Thursday, February 28, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg pushes urban agenda

"In every city I have visited — from Baltimore to New Orleans to Seattle — the message of an independent approach has resonated strongly, and so has the need for a new urban agenda. More than 65 percent of Americans now live in urban areas — our nation’s economic engines. But you would never know that listening to the presidential candidates. At a time when our national economy is sputtering, to say the least, what are we doing to fuel job growth in our cities, and to revive cities that have never fully recovered from the manufacturing losses of recent decades?"

In this op-ed today in the NY Times, NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg declared he is not running for president. Even more important, he stresses the urban agenda, and lack there of, in the current presidential candidates plans. I admire Bloomberg since he is able to make decisions beyond the politics of the two party system.

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