ON-Lion Letter

"What public-policy innovations can make cities better places to live?" begins the foreword by Edward L. Glaeser in the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research's new book The Next Urban Renaissance:  How Public-Policy Innovation and Evaluation Can Improve Life in America's Cities.  "A large number of American cities -- from New York to San Francisco -- have experienced remarkable rebirths over the past 30 years.  But their success has made housing less affordable and traffic congestion worse.  Even America’s most successful cities contain large numbers of poorer citizens left behind by the urban renaissance.  Can creative public policy reduce the downsides of density and improve economic opportunity in urban America?"

Glaeser is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor of its City Journal, and the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University

The Next Urban Renaissance "brings together the best ideas from scholars with expertise across a broad spectrum of urban issues," Glaeser continues.  "The common theme of the papers is to innovate, evaluate, and leverage the remarkable private talent that is so abundant in America's great cities.  Public capacity is sharply limited; the ingenuity of urban entrepreneurs seems practically boundless.  Local governments should be more entrepreneurial and do more to use the talents of the entrepreneurs around them."

The book contains chapters on affordable housing, urban mobility, preschool, entrepreneurship zones, and the "brain drain" in some cities.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the Manhattan Institute, including its work on The Next Urban Renaissance.

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