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Rice U. urban expert available to discuss what Trump’s victory means for cities
HOUSTON – (Nov. 9, 2016) – With the 2016 race for president over, Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research Director Bill Fulton is available to discuss what President-elect Donald Trump’s victory means for the nation’s cities.
In a blog published online at http://urbanedge.blogs.rice.edu/, Fulton said that Trump’s victory highlights the important position of cities as “laboratories of democracy.”
“American cities are the engines of our nation’s prosperity,” Fulton said. “There is little reason to expect that will change under President Trump. Because of their density and flexibility, cities are at the epicenter of the tech innovation that is changing the way people live, travel and work on a daily basis — innovation that is driving economic growth across the nation.”
Fulton said this is “a time of great energy, creativity and prosperity for American cities.”
“Just as states became laboratories of democracy when Ronald Reagan cut back the role of the federal government in the 1980s, now cities are becoming the urban laboratories of democracy, pilot-testing new policies and ideas that might later spread across the country to become commonplace,” he said.
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To schedule an interview with Fulton, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or email@example.com.
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Kinder Institute website: http://kinder.rice.edu/
Urban Edge blog post: http://bit.ly/2fyFLqo
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