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Concern about Urban Issues: A White House roundtable

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Advocates and pundits have been following President Obama’s focus on urban issues. Some have applauded his creation of an Office of Urban Affairs and appointment of New Yorker Adolpho Carrion to lead it, as well as many other Administration leaders with real knowledge and skill on urban issues. Others have been urging more action — and this week OOTS notes the White House held a roundtable to focus on these issues and the new office. There was some news as well. The President announced a review of the federal government۪s relationship with cities. President Obama called it the first “comprehensive, interagency review in 30 years.” The event Monday, in which the malfunction of a teleprompter made news as well, confirms that the President is still committing time and energy to this issue, although we expect some of our readers will be keeping an eye on the results of this review and what other efforts will show.

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