Our Cities Awake: Notes on Municipal Activities and Administration

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Doubleday, Page, 1918 - Municipal government - 351 pages
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Page 344 - WHERE the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where knowledge is free; Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls; Where words come out from the depth of truth; Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection; Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit; Where the mind is led forward by thee into everwidening thought and action — Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country...
Page 323 - I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man who lives in it so that his place will be proud of him.
Page 94 - ... the true romance which the world exists to realize will be the transformation of genius into practical power.
Page 332 - We will never bring disgrace to this our city by any act of dishonesty or cowardice, nor ever desert our suffering comrades in the ranks; we will fight for the ideals and sacred things of the city, both alone and with many; we will revere and obey the city's laws...
Page 315 - The benefits of education and of useful knowledge, generally diffused through a community, are essential to the preservation of a free government.
Page 332 - We will revere and obey the city's laws and do our best to incite a like respect and reverence in those above us who are prone to annul or set them at naught. We will strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty. Thus in all these ways we will transmit this city not only not less but greater, better, and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.
Page 232 - courtesy" for the lack of a better name has become such a preponderant factor in the utility situation that if it could be brought about that all the laws were scrupulously obeyed the present status would remain practically unaltered. The utility problem through its bearing on crooked politics and bad government has become almost the crux of the municipal situation and as such its solution is, in one sense, the key to national prosperity.
Page 58 - This completes the first count. (d) The whole number of valid ballots shall then be divided by a number greater by one than the number of seats to be filled. The next whole number larger than the resulting quotient is the quota or constituency that suffices to elect a member.
Page 67 - Obviously the only justification for the director's existence is that he should direct; which means that he should be an absolutely fair and intelligent adviser and critic of the enterprise. The men who are in charge of an enterprise as executive officers are supposed to manage, and to possess the required energy and determination to go forward. But in a well equipped organization there should be men who will check up the manager's judgment and performance. Only in this way can continued prosperity...
Page xiii - Baker puts il in his foreword: '*The mere business man makes a hard and lifeless city government. The mere idealist is likely to make a romantic failure. After all, the business of city government is the business of community cooperation.

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