Summary of The Metropolitan Revolution

How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy

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The Metropolitan Revolution book summary
US cities are charting their own paths toward greater independence from bureaucratic federal and state governments.


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Local government leaders now guide their area’s destinies. Instead of taking cues from federal and state governments, cities and metropolitan areas are charting their own course on a variety of initiatives and innovations. Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley of the Brookings Institution offer an insightful take on how metropolitan areas are enacting change and what they can do to advance that role. Their report curiously ignores the grittier political aspects of local government, such as graft and patronage. Still, getAbstract recommends this timely overview to businesses, local leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and all those seeking to make their city a better place to live.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why cities lead in enacting local change;
  • How different cities create “innovation districts,” transportation hubs and other transformative projects; and
  • How local leaders work effectively with state and federal representatives.


Cities Take the Lead
From Boston to Miami to Los Angeles, cities around the United States are forging unique identities and financial futures. Instead of relying on federal or state governments for direction, local leaders are tapping into community strengths to guide change through a ...
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About the Authors

Brookings Institution Vice President Bruce Katz is the founding director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, where Jennifer Bradley is a fellow.

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