Abstract: The problems facing cities around the world are intense and, all too often, unaddressed. Some of this attention deficit disorder needs to remedied by political decision-makers. But scholars can help. We need to think about concrete issues in a way that is simultaneously theoretical and practical. Suggesting such a combination has become commonplace—a slogan, really. This essay suggests six examples of what such a research agenda might include. These examples offer no more than a beginning of the list of topics that need attention. But hopefully it suggests a way to approach other aspects of our future research as well.