We won't solve the nation's "urban crisis" by labeling it such. Not doing so, however, means that we will not even begin to address in a serious manner those issues that over time could eventually destroy many of our American cities as we have known them.
What does the erosion of the economic and social fabric in these suburbs mean for the future of our metropolitan regions? What does it tell us about the great social experiment in suburbanization altogether?
In the absence of constructive action in Washington, cities and metropolitan areas have emerged as the can-do directors of the nation, taking powerful steps to grow jobs and remake their economies for the long haul.