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

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Regnery Publishing, Apr 5, 2011 - Political Science - 350 pages
HOW DO WE KEEP AMERICA GREAT?

Rick Baker, former mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, provides a compelling—and challenging—answer: by making American cities great. And great cities are built first of all through strong leadership.

During his two terms in office, Rick Baker worked toward a clear, uncompromising goal: to make St. Petersburg the best city in America. He led a downtown renaissance, rebuilt the most economically depressed area of the city, attracted businesses, worked to reduce violent crime, and made public schools a city priority—all with measurable results. The Seamless City offers practical advice, based on his nine years of experience in City Hall, to show how every mayor and city council can make their city dramatically better.

In The Seamless City you’ll step behind the scenes of city government to learn:

How maintaining basic amenities, like running water, requires constant vigilance—and sometimes tough decisions on the part of city leadership
Why a vibrant downtown is essential to attract businesses and create jobs
Why the most effective leadership is servant leadership
How to find and implement the most effective solutions to a city’s most challenging problems
Why city government needs to regard the city as a seamless whole, with no section under-served or overlooked

 

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Contents

Day One
1
Four Years Later
5
The Plan for the City Chapter 3 Define the Mission Set Goals Become the Best
9
Public Safety Is Job No 1
23
Downtown
51
Jobs
83
Inner Cities
95
Schools Belong to Everyone
123
Measure Progress
191
The Job of the Mayor Chapter 14 Run the Business Handle Crisis Advance the Vision
199
Faith and a Public Life
205
Family
215
Leading the City
225
Managing the Government
243
Conclusion
259
Epilogue
261

Neighborhoods
139
Improve Government Operations
159
Homelessness
169
Promote the City
185
Acknowledgments
267
City Scorecards
271
Index
277
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About the author (2011)

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.

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