Re:CAP Recommends | Cities alone can’t fix the New Urban Crisis

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May 12, 2017

Re:CAP Recommends:  “Cities alone can’t fix the New Urban Crisis” by Amy Liu for Brookings

Who:  Author Amy Liu is vice president and Director of Metropolitan Policy at Brookings. Liu has authored, among other studies, a comprehensive examination of resilience and opportunity in communities following significant events of disruption. Prior to her work at Brookings, Liu was Special Assistant to the HUD Secretary and was part of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on housing and urban affairs.

What: The new urban crisis is the antithesis to the documented occurrence of urban flight. Richard Florida’s work suggests a new inflow into urban areas of wealth and abundance is displacing rather than incorporating existing urban communities, creating a sort of disconnected patchwork of wealth and disparity. Liu uses this theory to suggest four ways public and private leaders can work collaboratively: Make a case for change, engage voters to solidify commitment, collaborate broadly, and act locally. 

Takeaway: Liu’s important work is a powerful blueprint for the public and private leaders of major U.S. cities. Her four recommendations are a clear pathway to creating a broader merging of communities, impacting nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population across cities nationwide. As she astutely notes, there is no magic solution to the stark socioeconomic divides in the U.S., but her research indicates working multilaterally toward regional solutions is a start in the right direction.

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