In what has been dubbed the “age of cities” where does the real power for change lie? While governments at the national level are encumbered by partisanship and budgetary challenges, cities have unleashed their dominance in driving innovation and growth on the world stage. This new concentration of power in urban centers, what Katz and Nowak describe as the “new localism,” has the potential to solve many of the challenges facing modern societies: economic growth, social inclusion, the challenge of diversity, and environmental sustainability. But, as the power and autonomy of cities continues to grow, what are the potential drawbacks of the new power dynamic?
This event is in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council.
Background reading and multimedia:
- Cities Are Growing More Powerful, And That May Be Good For You
Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, November 21, 2017
- Mayoral Powers in the Age of New Localism
Bruce Katz and Alaina Harkness, CityLab, November 15, 2017
- The Untapped Wealth of Public Cities
Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak, Brookings, August 17, 2017