Talk to urbanists about the upcoming presidential election, and there is one hopeful sentiment you hear over and over again: That presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney might govern the nation as he did Massachusetts. Just like his health care record, Romney’s history on urban development issues includes achievements that President Obama has learned from, including an inter-agency Office of Commonwealth Development that looked a lot like Obama’s Office of Sustainable Communities. Would President Romney be “Mitt Romney the governor, or Mitt Romney the candidate?” wonders Bruce Katz, director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. “It’s a little tricky to know which Romney takes office,” muses Xavier Briggs, a professor of urban planning at MIT who served as associate director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama administration. Political writer Ben Adler takes on the question, providing cogent analysis of Romney’s record and political will — and offering a comprehensive look at what is at stake for cities this November.
- Learn about the smart growth skeleton in Mitt Romney's closet.
- Gain an understanding of the election promises most relevant to cities.
- Explore scenarios for post-Obama urban policy.