Jun 14

Past Event

Cities and the Presidential Election


Federal urban policy has generally consisted of small initiatives and narrowly focused policies. To create real change, and to help cities become strong and competitive, government officials need to think differently about urban policy. At this National Issues Forum, mayors and other experts will discuss critical urban issues—transportation, housing, jobs, and crime— and explore what presidential candidates and the federal government should be doing to help cities grapple with these concerns. Oakland mayor and former California governor Jerry Brown will give the keynote address. The Summer 2000 issue of the Brookings Review, which is dedicated to urban policy challenges, will be released at the forum.

This forum is the fifth of eight election-year conferences—called the P2K, Priorities 2000, series—at which Brookings is encouraging a serious and informed discussion of the most pressing issues facing the next president.

Event Agenda

  • Keynote Address

    • The Hon. Jerry Brown

      Mayor of Oakland, former Governor of California

  • Moderators

    • Ray Suarez

      NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

      author of The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration

  • Panelists

    • Bruce Katz

      Bruce Katz

      Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program

      The Adeline M. and Alfred I. Johnson Chair in Urban and Metropolitan Policy

    • Janette Sadik-Khan

      Transportation consultant, Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade Douglas, New York (former Deputy Administrator, Federal Transit Administration)

    • Jeremy Travis

      Senior Fellow, The Urban Institute (former head, National Institutes of Justice, urban crime expert)

    • Mayor Anthony Williams

      Washington, D.C.

    • Ronald D. Utt

      Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

    • Steve Coyle

      AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, Washington, D.C. (former head, Boston Redevelopment Authority, housing expert)

    • The Hon. Steve Bartlett

      former Mayor, Dallas TX, and U.S. Congressman


June 14, 2000

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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