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

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

  • Title: The Seamless City: A Conservative Mayor's Approach to Urban Revitalization that Can Work Anywhere
  • Author: Rick Baker Jeb Bush JebBush
  • ISBN: 9781596981973
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 dowHOW 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 leadershipWhy a vibrant downtown is essential to attract businesses and create jobsWhy the most effective leadership is servant leadershipHow to find and implement the most effective solutions to a city s most challenging problemsWhy city government needs to regard the city as a seamless whole, with no section under served or overlooked

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    1. I love me some bullet points, and this book is full of them! Mayor Rick Baker clearly and concisely presents his plans for running the city of St. Petersburg, FL in chapters broken into glorious bullet points. What did he do to improve the police department? Raise salaries and benefits to be competitive with nearby cities, allow suitable military or police experience to replace an expected college degree, and create a task force that monitored about 40 or so members of a gang that were breaking [...]

    2. Not only is this an excellent documentation of the rebirth of the city I call home, but it is also a fantastic guide to being a great leader. Mayor Baker breaks down the history of the city, his positive experiences, and his biggest challenges revealing techniques for successful business: communication, marketing, problem analysis, creative solutions, and funding, among others. I highly recommend this to anyone in business, and it is a must read for anyone who has spent time in Florida's greates [...]

    3. This book should be required reading for every mayor, city council member, business owner, and citizen who wants to see the eduational system improved in their city at NO cost to taxpayers and who wants to see their city attract good business, become safer, and reduce crime. Anyone can learn outstanding leadership techniques by reading this book, and I believe Mayor Rick Baker's methods could inspire city and business leaders throughout the world to help their constituents create strong cities a [...]

    4. This book didn't blow me away in terms of the author's thoughts on cities, but it did make me think "this guy gets it" when it comes to how cities function. It was encouraging to read a book by a conservative politician that talked about things like walkability and urban development.

    5. This was an interesting book about the previous Mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida. It had some interesting ideas that can be implemented on our local level. This is certainly not a "read" for everyone, but for my friends in elected or governmental positions, you may find it worth the time.

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