Metropolitan Policy Program

The Metro Program consistently chronicles the dynamic demographic, economic, social, and cultural forces sweeping the country and interprets what these forces means for cities and metropolitan areas. Our aim is to unveil the new spatial geography of work and opportunity in the U.S. and identify the new sets of challenges and opportunities (e.g., increased suburban poverty, downtown resurgence, declining older suburbs) that have arisen.

Current Efforts

The Global Cities Initiative: A Joint Project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase will equip leaders from the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas with the information, policy ideas, and partners necessary to build economic partnership with their international peers and operate in today's global environment.

The Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation is working to present fiscally-responsible state policies and practical metropolitan-led solutions that leaders can use to create a next economy that is driven by exports, powered by low carbon, fueled by innovation, rich with opportunity and led by metropolitan areas.

The Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative, led by Senior Fellow Robert Puentes, has broadly reassessed the nation's transportation policies, providing options beyond the current hodgepodge of pet projects, to better address these critical needs.

The Metropolitan Opportunity Series documents the changing geography of poverty and opportunity in metropolitan America, analyzes its drivers and implications and offers policy recommendations to enhance the well-being of lower-income families and communities in both cities and suburbs.

The MetroMonitor is a quarterly, interactive barometer of the health of America’s 100 largest metropolitan economies. It examines trends in metropolitan-level employment, output, and housing conditions to look “beneath the hood” of national economic statistics to portray the diverse metropolitan trajectories of recession and recovery across the country.

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