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Welcome to – January 13

Welcome to! If you’re from a distant state you may still view North Carolina as a land of tobacco farms and mill villages, but, as Neal Peirce’s column makes clear, it’s now a state with an urban identity as well: one that just elected a big-city politician, former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, as governor. The question Neal explores is whether McCrory will govern as a pragmatic mayor might, eschewing hyper-partisanship… Our other offering is a bit outside the norm. Former U.N.-Habitat official Nicholas You offers a long but inspiring summary of cities around the world that are finding innovative ways to solve their problems, and – just as important – sharing their lessons with other cities. I hope you’ll take time to read You’s work; you’ll be as inspired as I am at cities’ vigor.