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DMI on WNYC at 10am in “Urban Conversations: Strengthening the Middle Class”

This morning, Andrea Batista Schlesinger will be speaking along with leaders like D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and Mayor of Atlanta, Shirley Franklin about the need to strengthen the Middle Class in American cities. It is a topic DMI recently released a survey and held a conference on (transcript here).

Today's conference, "Urban Conversations: Strengthening the Middle Class" is convened by The Milano School for Management and Urban Policy and is being moderated by WNYC's Brian Lehrer. You can listen to parts of the conference live on the radio this morning at WNYC channel 93.9 fm.

Andrea's panel will start around 10am. You can listen live at and here's the permalink to listen to the recorded show and/or download it.

Here's more information on today's conference:
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Urban Conversations: Strengthening the Middle Class
As income disparity between wealthy and working-class families becomes more pronounced, middle-class neighborhoods are disappearing from many American cities. How are today's urban leaders trying to ensure their cities remain - or become - livable for middle-income families and affordable for the millions of working people aspiring to gain a foothold in the middle class?

Brian Lehrer, WNYC

* Hon. Adrian Fenty, Mayor of Washington, DC
* Hon. Shirley Franklin, Mayor of Atlanta, GA
* Hon. Thomas R. Suozzi, County Executive, Nassau County, NY

* Dan Cantor, Executive Director, Working Families Party
* Ester Fuchs, Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science, Columbia University, and former Special Advisor to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
* Nicole Gelinas, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute, and contributing editor, City Journal
* Andrea Batista Schlesinger, Executive Director, Drum Major Institute for Public Policy
* Dennis Walcott, Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development, City of New York

* Hon. Christine Quinn, Speaker, New York City Council

Presented by The Center for New York City Affairs and WNYC

Date: Friday, June 1

Location: The New School
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue), 2nd floor
Time: 8-11am
Ticket price: Admission is free, but reservations are necessary
Ticket information: This event is full - we are no longer taking reservations.

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Posted at 9:06 AM, Jun 01, 2007 in Cities | Drum Major Institute | Middle-class squeeze | New York | Politics | Progressive Agenda | public services
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