The washington post reports that there will be jobs for architects and planners in the Obama White House. Sign up here.
from the plan (pdf)
Create a White House Office on Urban Policy: Barack Obama and Joe Biden will take the federal government’s role in supporting urban America seriously. Today, government programs aimed at strengthening metropolitan areas are spread across the federal government – including the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Transportation, Department of Labor and Department of Commerce – with insufficient coordination or strategy. Worse, many federal programs inadvertently undermine cities and regions by encouraging inefficient and costly patterns of development and local competition. Obama and Biden will create a White House Office of Urban Policy to develop a strategy for metropolitan America and to ensure that all federal dollars targeted to urban areas are effectively spent on the highest-impact programs. The Director of Urban Policy will report directly to the president and coordinate all federal urban programs.
and it goes on to cover:
* Strengthen Federal Commitment to our Cities
* Stimulate Economic Prosperity in our Metropolitan Regions
* Strengthen Livability of Cities
* Urban Education
* Crime and Law Enforcement
* Strengthen Homeland Security
* Support Families
though my favorite part is making the 2030 challenge policy:
Use Innovative Measures to Dramatically Improve Efficiency of Buildings: Buildings account for nearly 40 percent of carbon emissions in the United States today and carbon emissions from buildings are expected to grow faster than emissions from other major parts of our economy. It is expected that 15 million new buildings will be constructed between today and 2015. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will work with cities so that we make our new and existing buildings more efficient consumers of electricity.
Set Building Efficiency Goals: Barack Obama and Joe Biden will establish a goal of making all new buildings carbon neutral, or produce zero emissions, by 2030. They’ll also establish a national goal of improving new building efficiency by 50 percent and existing building efficiency by 25 percent over the next decade to help us meet the 2030 goal.