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.
Progress comes two ways to cities: by inches or in great leaps. Both are needed, but they follow different paths.
If you’re in charge, you’ll be asked by subordinates to make lots of decisions, some of which you should not make. How do you know when a decision would be better made by others? And what should you say when you hand it back?
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?
Civic projects are how we accomplish big intentional changes in cities. Why, then, do we know so little about them?