Election 2012: The Urban AgendaPlay
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.
- Jeffrey Brown, executive director of the Boston TenPoint Coalition
- Linda Dorcena Forry, Democratic state representative for Dorchester and Mattapan and House Chair of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses
- Phillip Clay, professor of urban studies and planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
This segment aired on September 5, 2012.