And why it ought to be done, year in and year out, by a political party. That’s right. A political party.
At some point in a long civic career, you may face a skillful liar who is elected to an important local office. Here’s how to fight back in a way that doesn’t leave the city deeply divided.
How can you have better politics in your city? Elect better candidates. And that starts by writing job descriptions for elected officials, judging candidates by those descriptions, then engaging citizens in a long-term conversation about what we should expect from our elected leaders.
Want to make a major change in your city? Better bring an army and be prepared to answer this question: Why do we need this change?
Forget about the NIMBYs vs. greedy developers showdowns. The real stories in local government are about efforts to create more interesting and attractive urban environments, and the people involved in these efforts. Some are elected officials or city workers, but many aren’t. They’re people in neighborhoods doing things that are slightly unusual, such as walking, biking, or taking buses to work . . . or restoring old homes.