Talking Progress

Talking Progress

A series on ideas that matter

Empowering Cities: The American Rescue Plan

Download it: MP3 | AAC | OGG | OPUS

From damaged livelihoods to a lack of hospitals, the Covid-19 pandemic has drastically affected cities across the United States. As the pandemic exacerbated inequalities present in urban areas and drained local budgets, metropolitan areas have required support.

Building Back Better - What is Infrastructure?

The episode takes a closer look at the core slogan from Biden’s presidential campaign and if the American Rescue Plan is able to fulfill the promise of building back better by providing funding to cities. The two guests Sly James and Rep. Strickland discuss what infrastructure is in the 2020s and how the American Rescue Plan can help cities modernize their infrastructure to make their communities more equitable.

A Window of Opportunity for an Equitable Society

With historic funding reaching cities and metropolitan areas during extremely trying times, Sly James and Rep. Strickland converse about the importance of recognizing the sexism and racism that have been present in modern US cities. As infrastructure, ranging from roads to broadband, is rebuilt and strengthened, there is the opportunity for society to be built more fairly and accessible for everyone, regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity.

Find out more!

Read up on the American Rescue Plan Act and Covid-19 relief and recovery goals at the White House.

This episode was first released by the Progressive Policy Institute, post-production and additional recordings were done by Annika Hoffmann and Das Progressive Zentrum. It is part of New Urban Progress, a joint metro initiative on the future of work, democracy, and well-being launched by Das Progressive Zentrum, the Progressive Policy Institute and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft.

The project is supported by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany and funded by the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).


Comments


New comment

By submitting your comment you agree that the content of the field "Name or nickname" will be stored and shown publicly next to your comment. Using your real name is optional.

About this podcast

Tune into Talking Progress, the podcast about ideas that matter. The Berlin-based think tank "Das Progressive Zentrum" (The Progressive Centre) is gathering the most pressing political debates and perspectives from Berlin to San Francisco, all in one place.

A guest will kick-off each episode with a thought-provoking take on one of today's political challenges. Leaving no stone unturned, a second guest will be invited to respond to the first guest's idea. To ground the debate, the two guests will offer further reading and listening recommendations on the subject on hand.

Talking Progress will dive headfirst into everything progressive, ranging from the European public sphere to urban policy. Subscribe now and be the first to hear our miniseries!

by Das Progressive Zentrum

Subscribe

Follow us