Mystery Surrounds Mitt's Urban Agenda

On the eve of the election, with scant mention of his position on issues such as transportation, smart growth, climate change, or even housing while on the campaign trail, Emily Badger tries to divine Mitt Romney's approach to urban issues.

Although as governor of Massachusetts, Romney was "an active proponent of smart-growth policies" and actually established a precursor to the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities in the state's award winning Office of Commonwealth Development, "Romney has left literally no trail – in opposition or support – on the individual federal programs, such as the Partnership for Sustainable Communities and Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants, that have been designed over the last four years to help local communities creatively tackle the intertwined challenges of housing, transportation and the environment," writes Badger. 

"For a man trying to win the trust of conservatives suspicious of the caricature of urban policy in "Agenda 21" conspiracy theories, it's no surprise that Romney has said little about smart growth, complete streets, mass transit or density...And so, we're offering here our best guess for what might happen should Romney win on Tuesday, based on his record in Massachusetts, his statements since then, his running mate's history, and the temperature within his own party."

 

Full Story: Romney's Murky Urban Agenda

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