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President-elect Barack Obama has secured the urban planner vote for 2012 by announcing that he will establish an Office of Urban Policy "in order to better coordinate federal efforts to help America's cities." Are those butterflies in our collective urban planner-nerd stomachs? "Because he began as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago, he understands at the local level is really where you can impact change and that local government can play a vital role as we try to jump start our economy," [Obama transition co-chair Valerie Jarrett] said. [Washington Post via Urban Planning Blog]