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"I Want to Be a Mayor," Says Tom Friedman

The Metropolitan Revolution

If you want to be optimistic about America today, "stand on your head," says columnist Tom Friedman in The New York Times. Writing about our new book, The Metropolitan Revolution, Friedman notes that—as described in its pages—with Washington paralyzed, U.S. cities and metropolitan areas are emerging as the "great laboratories and engines of our economy," making things look a whole lot better from the bottom up.

Read Tom Friedman's column at NYTimes.com »

  • Bruce J. Katz is a vice president at the Brookings Institution and founding director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. He is also co-author of The Metropolitan Revolution (Brookings Press, 2013), a distillation of his work on the emerging metropolitan-led "next economy" and its practitioners around the country working to produce more and better jobs driven by innovation, exports and sustainability.

  • Jennifer Bradley is a fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and the co-author of The Metropolitan Revolution (Brookings Press, 2013). The book, and her work in general, explain the critical role of metropolitan areas in the country’s economy, society, and politics. Jennifer has written for The New Republic, the Atlantic Monthly, Democracy, and the American Prospect. During a brief legal career, she co-authored Supreme Court briefs in cases that affirmed the constitutional powers of local governments. She has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and MPhil from Oxford University, which she attended on a Rhodes Scholarship, and a B.A. from the University of Texas.

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