A professor left an Ivy League university to work in city government. What he learned in city hall was important, but what he missed was even more important.
Reporters at city hall have a choice. They can write only process stories or they can take the harder path of writing about results. Here’s how they can cover both process and results . . . and why they ought to.
We live in a country that believes power is best exercised by a herd and not a shepherd. So for reporters to learn how government works, they must be good at seeing and reporting on collaboration. Here’s how to do that and, along the way, discover what makes some governments succeed.
By design or by chance, cities are headed somewhere. But where? And if there’s a vision for your city, how do you know if it can succeed? The answer lies in demographics.
Compromises are ways of opening the door to change by reducing the objections of interest groups. They are at the heart of decision making in city halls and are the closest thing in politics to an art form. Here’s what reporters should know about how compromises come about . . . and why.