In the face of federal gridlock, economic stagnation and fiscal turmoil, power in the United States is shifting away from Washington and toward our major cities and metropolitan areas. Across the nation, these communities, and their resolutely pragmatic leaders, are taking on the big issues that Washington won’t. They are reshaping our economy, and fixing our broken political system. In The Metropolitan Revolution, Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley chronicle this sea change away from the ever centralizing government of the post-World War II era, showcasing examples of how ground-up innovations are solving our toughest problems and revamping U.S. economic relationships with the world.
Special thanks to the Rockefeller Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, the George Gund Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, and the Brookings Metropolitan Leadership Council for their support.
The Metropolitan Revolution upends conventional wisdom and makes the case for how our cities and metros are leading American change and progress: they are transforming our national economy, political conversation, and collective destiny from the bottom up like never before. A must-read for anyone working toward a brighter future for our cities, and our nation.” – Mayor Cory Booker
This book captures the energy and excitement bubbling in cities across America. This is ‘do it yourself’ urbanism of the highest order and it is altering our landscape and our country.” – Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation
The Metropolitan Revolution builds on twenty years of studying metropolitan areas and hundreds of thousands of miles traveling to them around the globe and the result is an exciting guide to the new world economy – urban, networked, innovative, collaborative, and driven by human potential.” – Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry G. Cisneros
With paralysis in Washington, public policy solutions will come from successful metropolitan regions, the clinical trials of our future. We are well into this journey, but never has it been explained with such insight and analysis until The Metropolitan Revolution.” – Governor Jon Huntsman
The Metropolitan Revolution is compelling reading on our federal system is as a powerful advantage in global competitiveness. This book is indispensable for business and elected leaders on realizing the economic potential of metropolitan areas for their citizens and the country.” – Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin
Being mayor of Chicago is the best job I’ve ever had in public life. Katz and Bradley totally get it: the real power to change America lies in our cities and metros.” – Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Just when ‘by the people, for the people’ seems like an anachronism, cities are giving it new meaning, fueled by 21st century technology. Every citizen needs to understand the metropolitan revolution. If we change cities, we change the country.” – Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director, Code For America
Through real-world examples, The Metropolitan Revolution brings to life how America’s cities and suburbs drive innovation to solve problems and seize opportunities. This book is a call to action beyond Washington, where metro leaders join together and simply get stuff done.” – Mayor Scott Smith