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A Nation of Cities: The Federal Government and the Shape of the American Metropolis

Kenneth T. Jackson
The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Vol. 626, The Shape of the New American City (Nov., 2009), pp. 11-20
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40375921
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Abstract

In the almost sixty-fìve years since the end of World War II, governments at the federal, state, and local levels have played a major role in reducing the economic viability of cities in the United States. The 2008 election represents a possible turning point in federal policy. This article suggests that loosening restrictions on immigration, encouraging higher urban densities, reducing dependence on foreign oil, restoring infrastructure to a state of good repair, increasing the affordable housing stock, improving public safety, and reimagining new roles for Rust Belt cities should be at the top of a new agenda for urban America.

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