Urban Nation: The Feds Lionize Mayors, But Forsake Their Cities

In his column Urban Nation, Harry Moroz argues for deeper involvement from the federal government in urban policy in order to give American cities the fighting chance they deserve to be healthy and enjoyable places to live. Moroz sees the increasing removal of considerations of “place” from federal policy as “the Nixon-Reagan philosophy that the federal government can do best for cities by doing least has won the last 30 or so years of federal urban policymaking.” Politicians in D.C. leave it up to the nation’s mayors to ensure the success and well-being of their cities, laments Moroz. “We might all be accustomed to D.C.’s inaction, but since when did we become so resigned as to accept that mayors should succeed despite the feds?”

Next American City via Planetizen

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