Less than one percent of stimulus spending went directly to cities because cities are "lowest" in the federal hierarchy. Yet cities contain the majority of the nation's jobs, population, and economic output.
If one looks at the history of some of our cities' most desirable neighborhoods today and recognizes what a staggering number of them were once miserable slums, then a truly "creative" path reveals itself.
The Dodd-Frank finance reform bill provides an opportunity for the federal government to reverse course and support the cities and metro areas that were made weaker by the housing crisis and an overgrown financial sector.
In stark contrast to the US' coast-to-coast approach, Qatar proposes that every match of the 2022 World Cup will be played within an hour's drive from any other. This would be an advantage for both the players and the fans.