Campaign Flashback: Obama an Admirer of Jane Jacobs

This vid has been making the rounds via Streetsblog Network member Beyond DC. In it we see candidate Obama tell a crowd in Toledo that the Death and Life of Great American Cities is "a great book" and delve into some talking points about the importance of cities to regional economies. Read into it what you will. To me it says advocates for cities and urbanism should hold our next President to a very high standard, because he knows his stuff.

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Today’s Headlines

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Obama Launches Campaign With Pro-Car Hoopla, Plus, Go Ride a Bike, Plus Yay Trains! (HuffPo) LaHood Calls For Federal Oversight Over Transit Safety (WAMU) Mica May Join Rahall In Calling For Reinstatement of Earmarks (Florida Political Press) An Even More Polarized Congress Would Spell Disaster For Transportation (Trans Issues Daily/Politico) Road Traffic ‘Single Biggest Source […]