‘Freedom Cities’ contest to be held by Trump


An episode of the 1960s cartoon The Jetsons featured a fictionalized family flying around Orbit City, but for former President Donald Trump, it’s the basis for a set of futuristic policies.

Trump will call for an improvement in the standard of living of Americans in a video set to be released on Friday.

Trump’s strategy, previewed with POLITICO, suggests initiating a competition to construct and design as many as ten new urban areas dubbed “Freedom Cities” on federal property. It proposes supporting the growth of vertical-takeoff-and-landing technology and creating “industry hives” through ceasing imports from China. Additionally, Trump’s proposals include offering incentives for couples to start families by giving them “baby bonuses,” in order to boost population numbers. His team claims that these are just some components of an extensive initiative aimed at enhancing America’s future outlook and aesthetics nationally.

s. Previous generations of Americans accomplished remarkable feats, such as settling a vast continent and constructing cities in rugged terrain. They revolutionized American society with the creation of an impressive interstate highway system and launching numerous satellites into orbit around the earth,” Trump stated in his video message. “However, in recent times, our nation has lost its audacity. I intend to restore it on a grand scale through my leadership. If you reflect back just three years ago, we were achieving things that were once thought impossible – how astounding it was!”

In addition to his new plans, Trump campaign advisers note he has also made other eye-popping proposals before, such as buying Greenland from Denmark. They offered analogies to Abraham Lincoln’s campaign for the transcontinental railroad, Teddy Roosevelt’s vision for a national park service, and Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Interstate Highway System.

Known for presenting audacious new initiatives that are heavy on imagery and light on details, Trump’s latest offerings provide some explanations of how they will unfold.

In order to “reopen the frontier, reignite American imagination, and give hundreds of thousands of young people and others, all hardworking families, a shot at home ownership and the American Dream,” Trump proposes hosting a contest for the public to design and build “Freedom Cities” on a small piece of federal land.

During his tenure in the White House, Trump put forward two proposals that were met with criticism and later revoked by President Biden. One was a controversial executive order promoting classical architecture as the standard for all federal buildings, which some saw as discouraging modern design. The other was an executive order calling for a “Garden of American Heroes” featuring statues of notable figures from various fields, such as Harriet Tubman and Babe Ruth.

The “quantum leap” proposals are part of a series of videos Trump has released since launching his campaign for president. Other videos have focused on border security and education.

In his 2024 trade policy, Trump announced that he would “tax China to build up America” and create a system that rewards domestic production while taxing foreign companies and those who export American jobs.

During a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Trump is expected to discuss some of his recent policy proposals.

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