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Urban Policy

Are States' Rights Right?

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Democrats have been increasingly willing to embrace state -- and local -- governments as partners rather than adversaries in both oversight and in substantive policymaking.

Define "Urban Lit" ...

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Charles D. Ellison

Rage against the Mullah machine fumes in Iran, economy is wrecked, and health care reform is a rubbery roast of ripped tire on the road to political h...

New York State of Mind

David Byrne | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Byrne

Does living in New York City foster a hard-as-nails, no nonsense attitude? Is that how one would describe the New York state of mind?

The Impact of the Economic Crisis on New York City Business

Kathryn Wylde | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Kathryn Wylde

For small business, the recession will be a difficult trial, but it may turn out to provide the wake up call that New York City and State needed to support entrepreneurial companies.

Realigning The Third Wheel

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

While the stimulus package directed $140 billion to state governments, the recovery act sent very little money directly to cities, which would generate longer-term dividends for federalism.

Summer Night Lights

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Antonio Villaraigosa

Last summer, our City came forward with a simple -- yet radical -- idea. For two months, we dared to challenge the conventional wisdom that gun violence and gang battles plague the summer months.

Putting Carter to Rest

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

President Obama seems committed to shifting federal urban policymaking from a reactive, "Marshall Plan"-type strategy to a proactive, cooperative approach.

Green Shoots, Urban Policy Edition

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Though this is less robust a beginning than urban policy advocates might have liked, Obama will address the Urban and Metropolitan Policy Roundtable, which demonstrates his continued commitment to cities.

Changing the Climate for Cities?

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Harry Moroz

Speaker Pelosi has snuck game-changing climate change legislation onto the House of Representatives calendar for a vote -- and likely passage -- this Friday.

Want A Successful Stimulus? Reactivate Obama's Grassroots Operation in Cities

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Why not set up stimulus accountability outposts of the White House in cities? Obama came into office with a metro mandate and now is the time to claim it.

Getting Steamy About the Administration's Unrequited Love

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

America's mayors, as Politico puts its, are "steamed" about the White House's decision to pull hundreds of administration officials out of last weeken...

Why Americans Ignore the Poor

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston

Urban populations across this country don't have enough food to eat in a country that pays farmers not to grow food.

Village Green: Putting the "UD" Back in HUD, Sustainably

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Let's be honest -- HUD has become the Department of Subsidized Housing, and that must change. We've got to put the "UD" (urban development) back in HUD.

Chicago: The Privatized City of the Future

Michael Moreci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Michael Moreci

This is the dream of business-minded elected officials: Boatloads of cash come in and none goes out. As Chicago sells off more and more, they'll be required to do less and less.

Ask What You Can Do for Your Hood

Rev. Lennox Yearwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Lennox Yearwood

This recession is a mess caused by the mistakes of the old, but the young possess the sole ability to clean it up.

Tech-Enabled Bike Sharing Rolls Into North America

Graham Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Graham Hill

Time just gave Montreal's public bike system Bixi an award as one of the 50 best inventions of 2008.

Is this Politician too Green?

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Reverend Billy

If elected I will ask the citizens of the city to break this town open; to descend upon the concrete and pavement with a wave of amateur jackhammers. ...

Tailoring Assistance: How Antipoverty Policy Can Address Diverse Needs within the Poverty Population

Dr. Margaret Simms | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Margaret Simms

f we are going to make a serious dent in poverty, the US will have to develop an integrated set of policies that address the diverse and interrelated needs of the poor.

A New President for Urban America

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The Obama presidency is an opportunity for our political leadership, of both parties, to stop denigrating big cities, and ignoring the positive role they play in our political life.

There's Something About Print

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Harry Moroz

If local papers disappear entirely (that is, if their digital versions fail), the evidence suggests that "untraditional" sources like blogs just won't be able to pick up the displaced audience.

Forging an Equity Agenda Aimed at Inclusion Across America

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

There is no better time for implementing an equity agenda than now. 37 million people live in poverty and many more are one paycheck away. All it takes is one health crisis or a downsizing at the office.

WHOUP There It Is! Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak for Urban Policy Czar?

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harry Moroz

The Minnesota Independent picked up on an interesting conversation Minnesota Public Radio had with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. The Minneapolis Mayo...

Let's See That Audacity In Action

Julian E. Zelizer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julian E. Zelizer

Obama should push for measures to deal with a variety of urban issues in exchange for the financial assistance sought by auto makers, Wall Street investors, middle class homeowners and the rest of America.

The New Narrative: Cities Aren't Cesspools

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Harry Moroz

That Barack Obama won the "city vote" - 83% of Philadelphia County, 76% of Chicago's Cook County, 68.5% of Cleveland's Cuyahoga County - is no surpris...

The Best Part of Rachel Maddow's Obama Interview

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harry Moroz

Obama is onto something here when he argues for investment in transportation, communication, and information infrastructure -- this is what could drive American competitiveness going forward.