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The Mayor of Phoenix Prepares to Take On Trump

Big cities are economically ascendant, but politically isolated—and ready to fight to maintain economic growth and cultural diversity.
Source: Ross D. Franklin / AP

Forgive Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton if he feels caught in a crossfire.

For years, Phoenix has been at the center of the escalating nationwide struggle between progressive cities and conservative Republican state legislatures, usually dominated by voices from suburban and rural areas. Now, Phoenix is on the front line of the impending confrontation between cities and an incoming Donald Trump administration championing a racially divisive nationalism most urban leaders consider anathema to both their values and strategies for economic development.

“When they try to preempt us at the state or federal government, we're going to fight,” Stanton, a Democrat in his second-term, told me at

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