In October the UK’s City Growth Commission, chaired by the economist and creator of the BRICs acronym Jim O’Neill, released “Unleashing Metro Growth”, an influential report explaining how the UK can boost its economy by facilitating the growth of London and its other great cities.
Jim believes that cites are “the most powerful engines of growth almost everywhere.” Writing in the report, he argues that “ambitious metro areas should be bold and demand enough decision-making power to put their best ideas into effect.”
The Commission, which was run by the RSA think tank in London, argues that more powers should be devolved away from central government to metropolitan areas, and identifies London’s Oyster smart card, enabling seamless travel, as a model for other cities to copy. Creating world class digital infrastructure is another key factor in driving city growth.
“Absolutely first class…there is real opportunity here”
British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomes
the Cities Growth Commission Report
Bruce Katz, Vice President of the Brookings Institute in Washington DC, served on the Commission. Here he cites a number of lessons the US can learn from the experience of the UK.
Click here to read the report in full.
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