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After securing the urban planner vote in the election with the news that he would establish an Office of Urban Policy "in order to better coordinate federal efforts to help America's cities," President Obama promptly let down many of those planners when nothing much seemed to happen with that office. Via the Washingon Post courtesy of Planetizen, news that will hearten all those laid off planners. "After remaining out of the public eye since its creation in February, the White House Office of Urban Affairs plans on Monday to launch a public conversation to create a national urban policy agenda, said Adolfo Carrión Jr., its director. The White House will host a daylong urban policy discussion including mayors, county executives, governors, urban policy experts, and heads of various agencies, Carrión said in a telephone interview yesterday ." No word yet on how it all went down today. [Washington Post]