An important early step in the success of a great civic project is finding the right people to guide it. And for that, you have to know what it will take for the project to succeed.
The rescue of one of America’s greatest urban parks holds important lessons for local government officials everywhere about working with nonprofit partners, patience, and trading power for results.
How can local governments communicate if the only sources of information left are the social media? They have to create an army of informed and engaged citizens willing to speak up when others spread rumors and falsehoods.
Progress comes two ways to cities: by inches or in great leaps. Both are needed, but they follow different paths.
Governments sometimes lose their way. But there’s a group you can always call on for help, if you know how to ask. It’s not an organized group, but its members do have a name. We call them “citizens.”