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President Trump Could Mean A Great Deal For Cities

The voters have spoken.  As President-Elect Donald Trump prepares to act on his vision to make America great, we can wonder what that will mean for Philadelphia and America's cities.  Far from the lyrical notion in "America, The Beautiful," our nation's cities are decidedly neither "alabaster" nor "undimmed by human tears."  If America is to be great, America's cities need a Great Deal.

Like most Philadelphians, I did not support Trump's candidacy, but I was particularly struck by his words in accepting his presidential victory.  "We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, schools, hospitals," Trump said in New York City after his election. "We will rebuild our infrastructure. Which will become second to none, and we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it."