No Time For Gridlock: American Cities in 2018

Date(s) - 02/20/18
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

University of Chicago, Assembly Hall

Hosted by
Institute of Politics

No Time For Gridlock: American Cities in 2018

Tue, February 20, 2018 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

As public opinion of Congress remains at historic lows, many Americans have accepted gridlock as the governing norm. Yet this narrative – focusing exclusively on the federal government and the hurdles to bipartisanship – tells an incomplete story. American cities have forged ahead without federal support, experimenting with new approaches to address issues from climate change to education and infrastructure.

Join the IOP as we welcome a panel of mayors from cities across the United States. Together, they’ll discuss the ways in which their city governments have adapted to federal gridlock by creating innovative solutions to public problems – while waiting for Washington to catch up.


Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor of Gary

Michael B. Hancock, Mayor of Denver

Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans

Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of Boston

This conversation will be moderated by IOP Director David Axelrod.