The following is a rather straightforward, sensible, and encouraging statement from the Urban Policy section of whitehouse.gov:
Build More Livable and Sustainable Communities: Our communities will better serve all of their residents if we are able to leave our cars to walk, bicycle and access other transportation alternatives. President Obama will re-evaluate the transportation funding process to ensure that smart growth considerations are taken into account.
Of course, it’s not purely an “urban” issue — our suburbs, small towns, and rural communities need to be livable and sustainable just as much as our cities do.
But let us hope this positive vision comes to pass, and let each of us do our own part in making sure that it does.