The Seamless City: A Conservative Mayor's Approach to Urban Revitalization that Could Work Anywhere

The Seamless City: A Conservative Mayor's Approach to Urban Revitalization that Could Work Anywhere

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596981973
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Publication date: 04/05/2011
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

From 2001 through early 2010, Rick Baker was mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida’s fourth largest city. In 2008 he was named Mayor-Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine. Baker formerly practiced business law and is now Director of the University of South Florida’s Innovation Partnerships. He holds a B.S. in Management, an MBA, and a Juris Doctor (with honors) from Florida State University. He is currently an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute’s Center for State and Local Leadership. Baker studied comparative law at Oxford University and was a legal intern to Florida Supreme Court Justice Ben Overton. He and his wife Joyce have two children, Julann and Jacob.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction: A Great Nation Needs Great Cities xv

Chapter 1 Day One 1

Chapter 2 Four Years Later 5

The Plan for the City

Chapter 3 Define the Mission, Set Goals, Become the Best 9

Chapter 4 Public Safety Is Job No. 1 23

Chapter 5 Downtown 51

Chapter 6 Jobs 83

Chapter 7 Inner Cities 95

Chapter 8 Schools Belong to Everyone 123

Chapter 9 Neighborhoods 139

Chapter 10 Improve Government Operations 159

Chapter 11 Homelessness 169

Chapter 12 Promote the City 185

Chapter 13 Measure Progress 191

The Job of the Mayor

Chapter 14 Run the Business; Handle Crisis; Advance the Vision 199

Chapter 15 Faith and a Public Life 205

Chapter 16 Family 215

Chapter 17 Leading the City 225

Chapter 18 Managing the Government 243

Conclusion 259

Epilogue 261

Acknowledgments 267

Appendix: City Scorecards 271

Index 277

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