Support the news

Election 2012: The Urban Agenda23:37
Download

Play
This article is more than 7 years old.
Linda Forry, Democratic state representative, and Jeffrey Brown, executive director of the Boston TenPoint Coalition. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Linda Forry, Democratic state representative, and Jeffrey Brown, executive director of the Boston TenPoint Coalition. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Are the needs of cities being discussed in a serious way by President Obama or his Republican challenger Mitt Romney?

Nearly four out of five Americans live in or near cities, but the urban agenda often gets short shrift in national presidential campaigns.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has been in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention and has been advocating for National Institutes of Health grants, affordable health care and public education as ways that government can help people in Boston.

But what other issues should government be tackling?  What about improving public transportation and infrastructure, or poverty, homelessness and the continuing epidemic of youth violence? Those are just a few challenges facing cities like Boston.

Guests:

More: 

This segment aired on September 5, 2012.

+Join the discussion
TwitterfacebookEmail

Support the news