The Next Metro Economy: Confronting the Persistent Challenges of Cities

UIC’s Great Cities Institute and LSE Cities at the London School of Economics are honored to present this very special event:

A pre-summit discussion leading into the Global Metro Summit to be convened at the UIC Forum on December 6 in Chicago by the Brookings Institution, Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society, London School of Economics and Political Science, and TIME Magazine.

Monday 6 December 2010 | 12:00-14:00

Room 302, UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted (directions)

Lunch provided

This panel discussion will foreground issues of urban inequality and poverty, and how the ‘next urban economy’ has the potential to address these issues. While the Global Metro Summit will focus on the economic significance of cities, and how the qualities of cities position them to lead us out of the current recession, this panel will focus on ways to ensure that these benefits can be more widely shared.

The format will be interactive. Each panel member will discuss the primary factors within their respective areas of expertise (urban educational systems, municipal government law) which contribute to poverty and inequality. We also hope they will offer some prescriptions for decision-makers for overcoming these challenges and moving the economy toward more equitable outcomes.


  • Andrew Altman, CEO of the Olympic Park Legacy Company, London 2012 Olympics
  • Alan Berube, Senior Fellow and Research Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution
  • Gerald Frug, Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Nik Theodore, Director of UIC’s Center for Urban Economic Development
  • Pauline Lipman, Professor of Educational Policy Studies, UIC
  • Karen Mossberger, Professor of Public Administration, UIC
  • Xavier Nogueras, President, Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of Chicago

Chair: Michael A. Pagano, Dean of UIC’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs and Interim Dean of UIC’s College of Business Administration

Please join us over lunch in a free-flowing and lively discussion addressing the issue of how a sustainable, global, and productive metro economy has the potential to lessen the material and social inequalities of vulnerable households and neighborhoods.

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