Can Money Save the Environment In Cincinnati, Buffalo, and Nashville?

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Through his Bloomberg Philanthropies, Billionaire Michael Bloomberg will try to help 25 cities “proactively build low-carbon, resilient, and economically thriving communities.” The money is meant to supplement what is already available from the federal government. The program is labeled Bloomberg Sustainable Cities. 

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The “initiative” is over three years and will be funded by $200 million. Given the depth of the problem, the sum is not nearly enough, mainly when spread across so many urban areas. Much of the money will also be spent on people and not programs. 

Partnerships with PolicyLink, the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University, and the Natural Resources Defense Council will assist the efforts. “Tackling climate change and building stronger and more equitable cities go hand in hand,” Michael R. Bloomberg commented about his program. ,

Old Cities

Most of the cities on the list are dying metros that have lost population, often have high poverty rates, and will almost certainly not recover to their peak years, which in many cases were in the 1950s and 1960s. What amounts to $2.7 million per city per year can hardly make a dent in places with populations in the hundreds of thousands and aged infrastructure.

The 25 cities:

Akron, OH

Atlanta, GA

Birmingham, AL

Buffalo, NY

Charlotte, NC

Chattanooga, TN

Cincinnati, OH

Cleveland, OH

Columbus, OH

Dayton, OH

Hampton, VA

Jackson, MS

Kansas City, MO

Lansing, MI

Memphis, TN

Montgomery, AL

Nashville, TN

Newport News, VA

Oakland, CA

Philadelphia, PA

Pittsburgh, PA

Raleigh, NC

Rochester, NY

Savannah, GA

St. Louis, MO

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