By Robin Shulman, The Washington Post, July 14, 2009

“For too long, federal policy has actually encouraged sprawl and congestion and pollution, rather than quality public transportation and smart, sustainable development,” said Obama.

Learn about Obama’s plan to reinvent Washington’s approach to American Cities. Long overlooked by federal policymakers, the president promises to examine how federal policy can help cities become more livable and more sustainable. It’s exciting to think that we’re finally acknowledging the fact that we are, for the most part, an urban nation and that our biggest challenge will be the integration of urban centers with the suburbs that sprawl beyond them. We were pointed to this article by our friends at Calthorpe Associates.