- Bernd Fesel
Deputy Director, European Centre for Creative Economy - ECCE
City or National Policy: What is more important to rescue the economy?
Mark Raymond explained the poles within a city: the social programm and its immaterial infrastructures on the one side, the economic process and its material icons like shopping malls or shiny harbor renovations on the other hand.
However these conflicts are brought to a solution on the local level - every day in thousands of cities - and leading to growing cities and wealth. Despite all short comings cities are still the economic success story.
In our current 100 year economic crisis shouldn´t the cities be financed with Billions of Euros - instead of companies and banks. Aren´t cities the best policy tools to solve unemployment and housing crisis - much more than tax credits or investment schemes on federal level? Why not give all empty houses to temporary city ownership - in order to re-distribute them to demand?
Does our democracy need to gives cities, as mini-democracies, more rights against federal exploitation? In Germany f.e. the federal government can make social laws and burden the costs to cities - which can not act against this effectively. So many cities are bankrupt while the federal budget "seems" ballanced.
Marks talk is to me a spark to re-thinking not only the architecture of cities, but the architecture of our policy system between local and national?!