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President Obama and the Cities

Urban policy has—not surprisingly—not been a hot topic during this year's election. Will it get more attention during the president's second term? Here's a look at our coverage so far.


Obama Anti-Poverty Programs Begin to Take Shape

The president's neighborhood-based anti-poverty initiatives will soon move into a second stage. But in an era of budget-cutting, Promise Neighborhoods and Choice Neighborhoods face a steep political challenge.

Obama Must Make Youth A Priority, Focus on Disconnected

In this op-ed, an advocate says a multibillion-dollar federal initiative is needed to bring disconnected youth back into the mainstream—not just for their sake, but for ours, too.

Repealing Health Care Reform's Impact on New York City

Republicans want to reverse President Obama's health care reform law. What would that mean for New Yorkers?

Detroit: Beyond the Auto Bailout, Immigration Is Key Issue

While many hands have shaped the good and bad of today's Detroit, the impact of current federal policy is easy to spot.

The President's Urban Policy: Slow Start. Sustainable Finish?

The president's campaign pledge to pay attention to cities got some tough early reviews. But now communities around the country are getting federal help to plan for the future.

Food Stamp Shortfall in NYC Linked to Homelessness, National Policy

The gap between the typical cost of a family's food and average food stamp benefits may be one reason New York City has seen near-record numbers of families at place like the Department of Homeless Services' PATH intake center.

'There Is No Science' Geoffrey Canada's Philosophy

A Q&A with Harlem Children's Zone founder and CEO Geoffrey Canada. Canada's program is being used by the Obama administration as a model for Promise Neighborhoods, a set of 20 poverty reduction campaigns in areas around the country. .

Federal Funds Have City Planners Eyeing East New York, Bronx

A federal planning grant to be shared among several governments on either side of the New York-Connecticut border aims for transit-oriented development.

Black Male Unemployment: Stimulus Seen Failing Jobless Blacks

As City Limits Magazine looked at the crisis of black unemployment, examines how the federal stimulus bill has—and hasn't—helped.

Foreclosure Crisis: Disagreements on Reasons Federal Programs are Rescuing so few

Mortgage companies, foreclosure counselors and government regulators disagree on the reasons why a federal program to help distressed homeowners is rescuing so few.

Federal Green Program Can Address Energy Issues & Workforce Development

Federal weatherization funding can be used to address not only the energy efficiency of buildings but also their financial sustainability, resident health and safety, all while upgrading green skills for workers.

Local Transit's Future Depends on the Federal Investments

Transportation advocates in the nation's largest city believe the 2012 election will decide the future of mass transit in the United States.

We Won 'Race To The Top' Money. Now What?

One thing that is clear, and of concern to many advocates and educators, is that the money isn’t going to particular school-based programs.

As Hospitals Face Pressure, Six in Brooklyn Could Close

With 15 hospital closings in the past decade, and six more in Brooklyn on shaky ground, New York's healthcare system is caught between balancing the budget and providing the medicine people need.

Can Job Training Reduce Unemployment?

Governments are pouring money into job skills programs as a way of combating poverty. But what jobs are participants being prepared for?

For Low-Income Immigrants, Status Complicates Survival

C is like many students at Hunter College. She balances work and school, struggles to pay her tuition bill, wonders what the future will hold. Secretly, she also carries the burden of being an undocumented immigrant.

President Obama Visits NYC's Ground Zero After Bin Laden Death

Following the death of Osama Bin Laden, President Barack Obama visits the World Trade Center site to pay tribute to victims of 9/11.