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"Because Washington has no urban agenda, the cities in this country are doing poorly. Unemployment is up. Faith in the economy has gone down. Crime has gone up."

"Our cities across this country are proud. They have a great history. But like a boxer, they've taken one knee, and they have to bring themselves back."

"I want to see one of the candidates come up with a comprehensive plan to eliminate the tide of drugs coming into our country. I mean, we have wars here in our city."

"The media and pollsters don't focus on urban issues. They focus on the war, abortion, gay rights -- things that, quite frankly, for those of us in the trenches, are not exactly the hot button issues."

"The Rocky mountains are a place where people come together and put aside partisan issues to solve problems. Being able to talk about those pragmatic solutions is going to be of great benefit to the entire country."

"I hope when the presidential candidates talk about cities, they stop thinking about us as basketcases, and think instead of the potential of cities to turn this country around."

"While presidential candidates are raising substantial amounts of money in cities, they are spending it in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina ... It disproportionately puts the focus on [rural] areas of the country where the majority of our citizenry do not live."

"Republicans and Democrats alike, among mayors in this country, have been very, very upset and concerned about the disregard for cities by this administration."

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown in the fourth in a series of conversations on the issues at stake for America's cities in Campaign 08.

Blogs

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December 13, 2013

Chicago’s commitment of almost half a billion dollars to privatize its transit fare collections sweated greed from every pore—and it doesn’t even work.

December 10, 2013

De Blasio won with NYC voters "regardless of race, gender, age, education, religion or income." 

November 5, 2013

Watch for the signs of changing political tides this Election Day.

November 5, 2013

With de Blasio coming out on top in last night’s debate, Republicans regroup for future attacks. 

October 16, 2013

Chicago’s parking meter deal doesn’t just sell off city assets—it uconstitutionally sells off the city’s very power to police itself.

September 5, 2013

Paper backs Christine Quinn as heir to Bloomberg. But do Democrats really want more of the same?

August 26, 2013

And it's time for Congress to recognize that.

July 22, 2013

Bankruptcy will dramatically alter Detroit's future. Yet, Michigan’s governor seeks it without consulting the voters.

July 18, 2013

From public housing to living wages, how can New York rebuild as a more equal, just city? 

December 7, 2012