The Closing of the American City


The Closing of the American City

A New Urban Agenda

by Michael Hendrix

We are at the dawn of the urban century. More Americans are living in cities than ever before. And yet, while recent years have brought about an urban renaissance in America, we are doing everything we can to turn off the lights. Too many American cities do not offer the opportunities for success and growth that they should, especially for those climbing the socioeconomic ladder. Rather than asking why cities are growing, we should ask why they are not growing more.

In “The Closing of the American City,” Michael Hendrix describes why expensive housing, costly regulations, and poor governance call out for a new urban agenda.

Michael Hendrix is senior director for emerging issues and research at the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

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