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.
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.