A quick Google News search using the term “mayors” today revealed the following stories:
- Cambridge, Mass., Mayor Considers Large-Soda Ban
- Mayors Back Parents Seizing Control of Schools
- Mayor Insists Proposal Won’t Decriminalize Pot as Aldermen Raise Concerns
- Mayors Vaunt Progress Against Climate Change
- Mayor Bloomberg Offering $9 million for Good Ideas
From enacting policy on public health to making sure that utility, road, and transportation networks are running, mayors play a critical, hands-on role in civic leadership. (Sometimes, they even act as their own fire department and emergency services all-in-one.)
In fact, University of Maryland Professor Benjamin Barber believes that good mayors are among the best leaders in the world– even above heads of state or members of legislature. At a Long Now Foundation talk, Barber imagines the world if it was ruled by mayors.