Cities Must Realign Priorities Toward Job Creation

Aaron Renn argues that when it comes to thinking on large cities, "too many people remain stuck in the 90s." Now that the recession has civic finances in a vice grip, we ought to focus not on condos or bike shares, but straightforward job creation.
August 23, 2010, 10am PDT | George Haugh
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The stimulus and bailout, which Renn states helped urban sectors like green building, university research and public employees has largely run out of steam and political support.

What if a focus on sustainability and green technology doesn't somehow create jobs? "These cities would be well-advised to go beyond counting skyscrapers, new condo construction, green roofs, and bike share programs." These are all worthwhile but are underpinned by job growth in the long haul, says Renn.

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Published on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 in New Geography
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