ON-Lion Letter
Cities are the primary source of economic growth and cultural dynamism.  Today, more than half of the world's population lives in cities -- making urban management critical to keeping crime low, quality of life high, and the economy strong.  The cities that have embraced urban-policy reforms are thriving, and the ones that have not are falling deeper into crisis.

Twenty years ago, the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research launched City Journal -- the only quarterly to focus on cities and urban life -- as an intellectual and journalistic response to New York City's downward spiral and to the illness of the American city generally.  City Journal's ideas not only dramatically transformed New York during the 1990s, but have spread to other cities in the U.S. and the world.

To honor its 20 years of publication, City Journal has dedicated its fall issue to and in November, it held a conference in New York, on the past, present, and future of the city.  The conference's proceedings are viewable online.

In his introduction to the special anniversary issue, editor Brian C. Anderson wrote, "We'd like to think that the next 20 years will be a time when the twenty-first-century city comes into its own as a place where freedom flourishes, crime is low, commerce and culture blossom, and all families can send their kids to good schools -- and that the ideas developed in City Journal will help bring about that future."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the Manhattan Institute.
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