Cities are the sites of some of the most extremes of poverty and wealth in the United States. Groups representing these diverse interests often desire very different kinds of cities and different policies from city governments. Businesses want a city that limits regulations and taxes, while the superwealthy may prize security and special amenities. The superwealthy may also use their own money to support some types of activities but not others. Low and moderate-income residents, by contrast, have less power to make government respond to their preferences for affordable housing and responsive public institutions. We will examine the strategies that each of these groups uses to achieve its goals in cities, asking when and how the preferences of the less wealthy can prevail in urban settings.