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May 2, 2008
Clean, walkable cities touted as goal at summit / Photo
Journal photo / Mary Murphy
Bruce Katz, a director of the Brookings Institution, tells several hundred planners and businessmen at the Grow Smart Rhode Island conference today that the nation's economic future is in its cities.
PROVIDENCE -- More than 400 planners, government officials and business people attended the Power of Place Summit today at the Rhode Island Convention Center by Grow Smart Rhode Island, the anti-sprawl group.
Bruce Katz, director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, told the audience that the nation’s cities are the key to its prosperity, and a new federal partnership needs to be formed to help strengthen city economies and create a strong, well-educated workforce
Patrick MacRoy, executive director of the Alliance for Healthy Homes, called on planners and city officials to make local populations healthier by encouraging clean, walkable cities.
-- Journal environmental writer Peter B. Lord
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