Do We Really Want Our Mayors to Have a Vision?

Senior Research Scholar Alain Bertaud asks “Do We Really Want Our Mayors to Have a Vision?” in a piece for The MIT Press Reader. 

“A city, after all, is entirely created by its citizens’ initiatives. These citizens are required to act within a set of “good neighbor” rules, and to be supported in their endeavors by a network of physical and social infrastructure managed by a mayor and a city council. Mayors and their municipal staff, including urban planners and economists, should be considered not visionaries or rulers, then, but a well-coordinated team (one hopes) of competent managers and janitors.

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