Obama Paints a New Vision for Nation’s Urban Policy

57896099Addressing a White House urban affairs summit on Monday, President Obama called for the “reinvention” of America’s cities and metropolitan areas and vowed to spark a public conversation to create a “new, imaginative, bold vision” for urban policy.

The speech was Obama’s first as president dedicated to urban issues, a subject he called “near and dear to my heart.”

He promised to send Cabinet members across the country this summer to engage Americans toward the creation of a national urban agenda, and he announced, for the first time in 30 years, an intensive interagency review to take a “hard look” at how federal policy impacts urban areas.


Pictured: US President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Urban and Metropolitan Policy Roundtable on July 13, 2009 in Washington, DC. The policy involves the national agenda for development plans in metropolitan areas, including social initiatives and planned housing. (Photo by Robert Giroux/Getty Images)