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April 28th, 2009
11:49 AM ET

What happened to the office of urban policy?

After 100 days, Obama’s shiny-new dream for our cities is looking more like a bureaucratic nightmare.
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Dayo Olopade
The Root

In November 2008, less than one week after winning the votes of city dwellers by a margin of 28 points, President-elect Barack Obama announced he would reward them by creating the first-ever “White House Office of Urban Policy.” Like other new aspects of Obama’s executive branch, appointing a city czar was intended to fast-track communications among city governments, federal agencies and the White House. With great fanfare, Obama dispatched his friend and fellow Chicagoan Valerie Jarrett to tell America that he was making good on his campaign pledge to “stop seeing cities as the problem and start seeing them as the solution.”

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Larry

    I hope that obama adopts the Chavez doctrine.

    April 28, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  2. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Urban Policy or if you so desire Urban Affairs are going to have to take their place in the "transformation line"--just like the other hundred of programs that have to be implemented.

    April 28, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  3. selvin sudhakar

    I am an ardent supporter and admirer if Obama's intelligence and insight...but my biggest dissappointment for his first one hundred days is 'he allowed and continues to allow the genocide in Srilanka to progress unfettered'.

    April 28, 2009 at 11:57 am |