We believe that across America’s major metropolitan areas there is a majority of people who fundamentally believe in our worldview and are persuadable by our policy ideas. They are made up of not just of white voters and the working class, but upwardly mobile Hispanics, Asians and Blacks too. They are pro-growth and pragmatic in orientation, just like the Manhattan Institute. Fundamentally, the metropolitan majority cares about prosperity, public safety, and a good education for their children.
The need for a competition of ideas in our major metros is greater than ever. And the same goes for America’s cities: they should be competing within metros and across the country like their future depends on it. Legacy cities like Chicago should be competing by building on their strengths, while emerging cities like Nashville must avoid their peers’ mistakes. Coming out of the pandemic, America’s cities can no longer take growth for granted. They will have to compete for new residents both here and abroad. The leaders of America’s metros must embrace an opportunity urbanism of more safety, more jobs, more housing, and more people.
MI will build on the success of its NYC: Reborn campaign by cultivating a nationwide network of pragmatic local leaders putting our ideas to work. The core model of Metropolitan Majority is partnerships resulting in policy briefs supported by polling to equip allies for impact. Our goal is to share the best policy solutions to problems in metros across the country, celebrate the successes of effective municipal leaders nationally, and be the voice of the true metropolitan majority.
The Manhattan Institute is the only leading market-oriented think tank in America that’s saved cities, stayed in the city, and is saying now to the metropolitan majority that they are heard and we can help make their leaders listen.