Inclusive growth is a no-brainer. But how can cities make it happen?

The argument for inclusive growth in our towns and cities has been won. But what does an inclusive growth policy look like and what can places do to drive it forward? At this week’s Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s event ‘How can cities deliver inclusive growth?’, city leaders from across the UK, the US and Europe came together to answer that question. Bruce Katz from the Brookings Institution in the US opened the event, with a call-out to cities to take the lead as the capacity of national government to solve problems – in the US in particular – becomes apparent. ‘We are now in a world where cities have to compensate for a national government that could scale back basic safety nets for disadvantaged populations. New localism is the only way forward.’ A burst of innovation around a ‘new localism’ is happening in the US, as cities rethink the norms of … (To read more, subscribe below)

Clare Goff

Clare Goff

Clare Goff is editor of New Start magazine

1 Comment

  • Fernando Centeno, CED

    Cities will not be able to ‘solve problems’ if they continue facilitating & subsidising ‘economic segregation’ using the same, conventional Chamber of Commerce & Brookings model of ‘urban’ planning & ‘economic development’, and to pretend that they are on the cutting edge of city planning ideas & innovations. Not so.

    If we are serious about urban planning outcomes more broadly beneficial to citizens, we must change the definition of ‘success’ from business terms to socioeconomic terms, using metrics which certifies that median levels in standards of living & quality of life is growing the right direction, using this S-E paradigm.

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