Are Democrats Really the Party of Urban America?

Will Doing wonders why, at the Democratic National Convention last week, the challenges facing cities, and the benefits they bring to the country, were never mentioned.

Writing for Salon, Doig wishes that the Democratic Party would defend "urban values", noting that " a party that's quietly and apologetically pro-city is not really a pro-city party at all." He writes,

"Today, both sides of the aisle save their shout-outs for working moms, Main Street and "pain at the pump." We hear about families struggling with mortgage payments, not tenants worried about the rent. Political ads are soaked in images of small-town storefronts, porches and rolling farmland. Positive discourse about urban values is so nonexistent that the very phrase "urban values" sounds weird.

Imagine a Cities Party with a rabble-rousing candidate who speaks for cities, someone who's more concerned with urbanizing the debate than ultimately winning the White House. An outspoken advocate who's not afraid to say that density is good and that gas is way too cheap, and passionately argue that mass transit, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, inner-city schools, and issues that deeply affect cities - like pollution and homelessness - deserve more airtime.

[But] the system is stacked against the cities, and no politician in either major party is going to give cities the attention that a Cities Party candidate could."

Full Story: Do Democrats Hate Cities?

Comments

Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

New! 4th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs just released.
Starting at $24.95

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $209
Book cover of Where Things Are from Near to Far

Where Things Are From Near to Far

This engaging children's book about planning illustrates that "every building has its place."
$19.95

Essential Readings in Urban Planning

Planning on taking the AICP* Exam? Register for Planetizen's AICP * Exam Preparation Course to save $50.
$369 includes free shipping!