Congratulations to President Elect Barack Obama, our first metropolitan President since the 1920's, and it's about time. I was reminded of this fact as I read an article the Washington Post ran during the election. As we recognize the importance of cities in our national environmental and planning policies, it is promising that we elected a candidate with proud and strong ties to urban living (another significant change in this election). Obama has spent much of his adult life in cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Boston while attending school, in addition to his community organizing on the South Side of Chicago, and has resided on the North Side for the last 20 years (when he's not legislating in Springfield, IL or Washington, DC).
Build More Livable and Sustainable Communities. Over the long term, we know that the amount of fuel we will use is directly related to our land use decisions and development patterns. For the last 100 years, our communities have been organized around the principle of cheap gasoline. Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe that we must devote significantly more attention to investments that will make it easier for us to walk, bicycle and access other transportation alternatives. They are committed to reforming the federal transportation funding and leveling employer incentives for driving and public transit.