The GOP should ditch its current strategy of bypassing
the city and take the fast lane direct to the heart of it, says economist Edward Glaeser.
Republicans' loss of interest in city politics risks undoing years of right-leaning reforms in places like New York City and Los Angeles, writes
Glaeser at City Journal
, an online mecca of sorts for urban-oriented conservatives. He points to the crime turnaround in NYC under Republican Rudy Giuliani, and to economically-informed efforts to make housing more affordable in certain cities via less regulation, among other victories informed by conservative thinking.
"The Republican move away from the cities is bad for the cities themselves," says Glaeser, "which have hugely benefited - and could benefit a lot more - from right-of-center ideas."
But Samuel Goldman at the American Conservative
thinks the chances of the Republican party going urban are rather poor:
"Glaeser dreams of a fiscally conservative, socially moderate Republicanism that might win in New York and its inner suburbs," writes
Goldman. "But there aren't enough votes to make this an appealing strategy on the national level: any gains in metropolitan areas would be wiped out by losses in the so-called base."
Via City Journal and the American Conservative