The Office of President-Elect Obama has indicated it will create an “Office of Urban Policy,” which will be charged with a creating a “comprehensive approach to urban development.”
Listen to an interview with leading urban development expert Ester Fuchs of Columbia University on what Obama’s plans will mean for cities.
Also, read the latest policy paper from the Obama campaign outlining environmental priorities, including plans for urban environments related to clean water, healthy communities, and brownfields. From the policy paper: “Barack Obama and Joe Biden will fight to clean brownfields, restore abandoned industrial river fronts, and give communities the tools they need to eat healthy foods, and expand livable, walkable neighborhoods.”
The key question may be whether votes from urban areas, which contributed directly to Obama’s election, will translate into smarter federal support for cities, and greener urban renewal programs.