Friday, November 08, 2013

POLITICS - New Mayors in 3 Largest Cities

"Urban politics shift with fresh faces elected mayor in America's largest cities" PBS Newshour 11/6/2013


SUMMARY:  Bill de Blasio, Mike Duggan and Marty Walsh won mayoral elections in New York, Detroit and Boston, for their pragmatic campaign approaches.  Gwen Ifill talks to Brookings Institution' Bruce Katz and Atlantic Cities' Emily Badger about how these new mayors will tackle economic and unemployment challenges in their cities.

BRUCE KATZ, "The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy":  Well, cities are the engines of our economy, with their suburban areas.  They're the centers of trade and investment, and they're really on the front lines of this demographic change, environmental change.

They can't duck.  They can't be absent.  You can't shut them down.  They're close to the ground.  They're close to these challenges.  So we're seeing a level of pragmatism play out yesterday, but also what we're also seeing in cities in metros, they're the vanguard of policy innovation and this corporate-civic-public partnership that is really powering places forward.

There's a lot that cities can teach Washington, frankly, about how to keep your eyes on the main challenges we have in this country.

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