It’s an Urban Century. Canada Needs a Department of Cities
Richard Florida wants U.S. President Barack Obama to create a national department of cities. As much as the United States needs this, Canada needs it even more. We should have a new national ministry of urban affairs, as we had in the 1970’s. Or perhaps we’re ready to call it a ministry of cities.
The U.K. essentially has such a department, and is going further, devolving key powers from Westminster to cities. Australia has a “Major Cities Unit,” that, among other things, produces an impressive State of Cities analysis. Both realize the competitive importance of city-regions.
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