About a month ago I put out a call for your input on the emerging urban issues you think are important. Since some requested it, I want to summarize some of the ideas people sent me.
- The need to build more housing and commercial space.
- Income inequality and creating middle class jobs. What does the local high school grad who doesn’t go to college do for a living? The rise of the robots, etc.
- Unfunded pensions and crowding out of services to fund pensions. And fiscal challenges generally.
- The debate over local powers and state pre-emption. (This includes the divide between Republican mayors and conservative thought leaders on this issue). More broadly, the urban-rural divide.
- Challenges, including fiscal challenges, coming from the decline of bricks and mortar retail and the rise of online.
- Corruption and the revolving door – the politico-real estate axis.
- Will Millennials (or even Boomer retirees) leave the city over time?
- Is there are strategy other then gentrification for neighborhood revitalization?
- Future of the CDBG program under Trump, and the need for reform in this program regardless.
- Public safety and police reform
- Urban education challenges
- What will happen to Sunbelt boomtowns when they hit the end of their growth era?
from Aaron M. Renn