Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Bruce Katz at the Brookings Global Metro Summit

The Brookings Institution hosted an event called the Global Metro Summit in Chicago last week. Bruce Katz, director of Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program, gave a 30 minute speech that I think is a good summary of the Brookings worldview and prescription for our nation’s cities. Katz hits topics like exports, low carbon, innovation, ramping up industrial production, the primacy of metropolitan regions, collaboration and consolidation, and a push for a robust federal role in cities. (If the video doesn’t display for you, which it won’t if you are in Google Reader, click here).

Topics: Economic Development, Globalization, Public Policy, Regionalism, Strategic Planning, Technology, Transportation

2 Responses to “Bruce Katz at the Brookings Global Metro Summit”

  1. Leandro says:

    Thanks for covering the Global Metro event. There is more video, materials, and audio available on the event page as well:

  2. Wad says:

    If our future is metropolitan, one sign of it in the U.S. is this report in Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times:,0,2084635.story

    “Rural America gets even more sparsely populated: Most thinly populated counties in the U.S. continued to lose residents in the last decade, new census data show.”

    The rural areas that did gain were amenity zones in the Mountain Time Zone, as areas with natural wonders saw an influx of retirees and urbanites establishing retreat properties. Agricultural areas that absorbed Latino immigrants also saw gains. Otherwise, many other rural areas were thinning out.

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