City Boy: Urban Planning, Municipal Politics, and Guerrilla Warfare

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Sunstone Press, 2009 - Political Science - 174 pages
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In the world of municipal politics, truth is stranger than fiction and there is no truth stranger than La Blanca Gente, Colorado. In this striking first book, the author weaves between the anecdotal and the academic to sew a grand comic farce as he unveils the curtain over the tactics employed by government employees to achieve their own ends. Tragic? Absurd? Harrowing? Indeed, and "City Boy" serves as a lesson on what not to do when confronted by those who are just dumb enough to take you down. Throw your Urban Planning and Public Administration text books out the window because in the world of municipal politics you better be ready for a street fight. Mike Tedesco currently serves as the Executive Director for the Urban Renewal Authority of Pueblo. He has helped to establish and implement nearly $330 million in public/private economic development partnerships. He serves on the Board of Directors of Downtown Colorado, Inc., and several local organizations. Mike graduated from the University of Kansas with a Masters of Urban Planning degree in 2005. He lives in Pueblo, Colorado, with his wife and two children.
 

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Contents

Preface
9
Networking
11
Aloka Means Goodbye
17
Shelob
34
Planning Incompetence
48
Relationship Building
62
Marketing Incompetence
71
Show Me the Money
84
Politics
107
Campaign Season
121
The Village at Wolf Creek
131
On the Hunt
143
Election Day
150
Animosity
156
Fortunas Wheel
162
Copyright

Escape
100

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