"America is not a single country. It is a collection of seven competitive nations and three quasi-independent city-states, each with its own tastes, proclivities, resources and problems.”
So writes geographer and futurist Joel Kotkin for Forbes Magazine. In his new map of America’s future, entitled America’s Next Decade, Kotkin sees not only the outlines of a remarkably robust nation running from south Texas to western Florida, but also the emergence of Americas next major "global city" - right here in Texas.
"To a large extent we’re a nation of nations that are sleeping together and dreaming different dreams," Kotkin says. "What works and makes sense, lets say for the Northeast, doesn’t make a whole hell of a lot of sense on the Third Coast – the Gulf Coast.”
And the nation Austin aligns with may surprise you. Listen to KUT's interview with Kotkin in the player above, and view the full size map at Forbes.