Haciendo a nuestras ciudades mas fuertes y mas verdes: Un guia de planeacion para los candidatos
Consider this: The leading presidential candidates this election year have strong connections to our country’s largest metro area (that’s New York, New York), yet they’ve almost completely ignored issues and policy debates that matter to cities. It’s even stranger when you consider that 80 percent of U.S. residents live in a city or suburb. But ain’t that America: a country of suburbanites and city dwellers still largely ruled by their agrarian past, thanks in part to the rural bias of the current primary and caucus system.
This year we’ve seen New York real estate developer Donald Trump praising farmers and coal miners, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders promising to turn dying coal communities around, and all three backing an inefficient mandate to put corn ethanol in gasoline.
Thanks to the Senate, which gives hugely outsized power to low-population states, rural interests dominate Congress. Add in that Republican state legislatures have drawn their own districts and congressional districts to maximize the power of rural and Republican voters, and anti-urban bias pervades our whole political system.