Michael Storper, co-author of our latest book club pick, The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies said recently in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times: “To succeed in the new economy … Southern California has to face its mistakes over the last 30 years.” The claim is that the Bay Area has been “better” at doing business than we have in SoCal. The book makes the claim that San Francisco has succeeded where Los Angeles has failed over the last 30 years. Experts from USC discuss the merits and faults of this comparison of the two regions, and what qualities might make one region “better” than another.
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Next Month …
Read The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin along with us, and listen to our discussion on June 27, 2016.
The next President will shape the course of the Supreme Court – both sides of the isle agree that the Supreme Court is one of the most important issues in the election. The Nation describes issues of SCOTUS nominations as “the most important civil-rights issue of our time.” The Weekly Standard said of Justice Scalia that he “did more than any other member of the judicial branch over the past three decades to exercise judgment instead of will, thereby becoming one of our finest-ever ‘bulwarks of a limited Constitution’—makes the upcoming presidential election even more important.”
Links to things we talk about:
Peter Gordon, Professor at USC Price, focused on applied urban economics
Steve Jobs’ Commencement address on June 12, 2005, Stanford University
Whole Earth Catalog
Route 128 : lessons from Boston’s high-tech community by Susan Rosegrant and David Lampe
Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West by William Cronon
This podcast was produced by Aubrey Hicks and Jonathan Schwartz, recorded and mixed by Corey Hedden, intro and outro voiced by Kristen DesCombes.