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The urban agenda: in 2012, America's cities campaign to be heard.

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A presidential campaign is under way and the themes are familiar: terrorism and taxes, the size of government, the role of faith. Even with 24-hour news channels competing to cover the horse race, some issues get overlooked. America's cities are one of them.

Once upon a time, presidential candidates talked about cities. For one brief period in the 1960s, the federal government even attempted to forge a comprehensive policy for helping our urban places. Those days are gone.

But America's great cities remain--some limping, some booming, many ready to benefit from the kind of leadership only a national government can provide, which many other countries already give to their urban engines.

From Harry Truman to Barack Obama, from immigration and industrial policy in Detroit to housing and environmental programs in New Orleans, from the rise of crime in Oakland to the strains on transit in New York, the articles that follow look at how cities have fared in recent presidential races, and the federal policy issues that face America's cities today.

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Publication:City Limits Magazine
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2012
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