Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Why Mayors Can Make or Break a City

Ok, the video below has a lot more to it than that. Reuters reporter/columnist Felix Salmon did a four minute video interview with Richard Florida, presumably at the Aspen Ideas Festival, where they discuss a variety of topics. If the video doesn’t display, click here.

Topics: Economic Development, Public Policy

2 Responses to “Why Mayors Can Make or Break a City”

  1. Matt Korner says:

    The subtext of the interview is that Republican mayors who are in charge of cities and who belong to a political party that hates cities and that insists on catering to the most rural and suburban places will inhibit the economic vitality of not only the cities, themselves, but of the country as a whole because the cities are the engines of the new economy.

    One mayor that insists on building freeways at the expense of transit or another that says hateful things about gay people or immigrants can hobble a city for a very long time.

  2. Ziggy says:

    Good for Professor Florida for naming names (Toronto’s mayor).

    Boo to both for not identifying the elephant in the room – the ongoing systematic looting of the middle and lower classes by the global oligarchy.

    Their strategies for redeveloping cities are mostly meaningless if they are unwilling to address the obvious… that the global economic crisis has been engineered from the get go and, to date, is pretty much on schedule (LIBOR be damned). Cities in the U.S. and Western Europe have been especially hard hit by the devastation wrought.

    Otherwise, Messrs. Florida and Salmon are merely baseball broadcasters describing the action before them, and that ain’t much help. Anyone with eyeballs can tell you that the relief pitchers suck, but few announcers have the guts to tell you that it’s because management is too cheap or too inept to acquire better talent.

    Management of the American economy sucks. It’s rotten and fraudulent to the core. Cities are getting killed as a result. When the rule of law returns, cities will prosper. Until media leaders like Florida and Salmon are willing to step up and speak truth to power, cities will suffer.

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