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First suburbs in a policy blind spot

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/23/06 @ 2:26pm

A full 20 percent or 52 million Americans live in first-ring suburbs, which face flight, crumbling infrastructure, and a serious lack of government assistance, according to a report released this week by the Brookings Institution

"Scholars and astute politicians, including Senator Hillary Clinton of Chappaqua and Thomas Suozzi, the Nassau County executive, have recognized that their turf exists in a policy blind spot, between the revitalized cities and the newly booming, far-flung exurbs," The New York Times reports. "Mrs. Clinton and Representative Peter King have introduced a bill seeking $250 million to promote economic development in the first suburbs, which do not, as a rule, qualify for existing federal programs."

Locally, we have the Northeast Ohio First Suburbs Consortium, a national model working to bring a balance of investment of public funds between city, first-ring and outer suburbs.  

The next First Suburbs Consortium Meeting is Friday, March 3, 2006 at 8:30 a.m. Bedford Heights City Hall located at 5661 Perkins Road.

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