Metropolitan Strategy Model

US capital elites are intensely aware that China — and, to a lesser extent, Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa, etc. — have used the economic crisis as an opportunity to retool their export industries for intensified global competition. This was the original goal of Obama back when Rahm was his chief of staff, but the Republicans wouldn’t cooperate. In the face of that deadlock, the Brookings Institute is pushing a “metropolitan strategy” which appears to be the national version of the Chicago Growth and Jobs plan. At first sight, what it looks like is a new, ramped-up phase of neoliberalism, where city governments are mere facilitators or “catalyzers” for a corporate takeover of the planning of entire urban regions, without transparency or democratic oversight. This document is co-authored by Robert Weissbourd of the Chicago-based firm RW Ventures, who also worked on Growth and Jobs:

Metropolitan Business Plans (Brookings 2011)

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