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.
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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...
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.
Providing mayors a platform for influence, exchange, and coordination would capitalize on the economic power of metro areas while restoring urban policy to its proper place in national discourse.
Increasingly, the challenges facing suburbs are the same ones facing cities. The politics that used to divide metro areas have collapsed. Indeed, in this election, suburban voters are up for grabs.
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