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.
Carrion's departure leaves the Office of Urban Affairs at a crossroads. Without a formal leader, the Office is at risk of being lost in a White House filled with powerful figures and, as will always be the case, competing priorities.
Who was really "America's Mayor," Rudy Giuliani or John V. Lindsay? Each could stake a credible claim to that rubric, which was the title of a book about Giuliani and of one that I just edited on Lindsay.
Sustainable regions are only possible if all people have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Areas that embrace this "regional equity" focus will be on the fast-track to economic stability and growth.