Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
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).
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