Re: [New Mobility/WorldTransport Forum] "Seven Sustainable Mayors":Profiles of Courage
- I think your "Profiles in Courage" is a commendable idea. Those who innovate
and undertake challenges deserve recognition. It also inspires others.
However, as far as India is concerned, it would be difficult to identify a
mayor who has done something novel in the area we are talking about. The
pattern of election/nomination here is party based.
Usually, the character is a majority party cohort, and the parties
themselves have a none-to- clean record in local governance in the matter we
are talking about.
Moreover, the mayor has little executive / discretionary power to achieve
It is more likely that in India one might find a dynamic or upright Muncipal
Commissioner, or such bureacrat who, prompted by his vision and
understanding, manages to achieve something despite the tangles created by
Pune Traffic and Transportation Forum
> Friday, July 02, 2004, Paris, France, Europe
> We have decided to work up a set of "Profiles of Courage", brief but
> sharp reminders of how a handful of hard-headed, far sighted mayors in
> (this list is in progress) Brazil, Britain, Colombia, Canada, France,
> Germany, and yes even the United States of America, have managed to turn
> around vital transport elements of their city and get them off the old
> path and onto that of a sustainable system (bit by bit). We hope to be
> able to share these with you before the end of the summer.
> Do you have candidates (lets note that we have not yet identified
> anyone from Asia or Africa in this lot)? Do you have information on any
> of these mayors that should be integrated into the profiles? Let us
> Several of these cases are well known to all of you here for example
> the stories of Jaime Lerner and Enrique Peñalosa but others are less
> known. And in any event I think that what will be important about this
> little collection is that by putting them next to each other and
> searching out the communalities and lessons in terms specifically of
> what is needed to break the old patterns, we will be able to help show
> the way for others. After all, there have to be some mayors out there
> who are ready to go and who may need just this nudge to greatness.
> I would intend to post these, possibly one by one on the site over the
> two months ahead so that you will have an opportunity to comment, which
> comments we shall of course take into fullest consideration.
> Note: Is there anyone out there who would like to take on this task for
> us? Either the whole thing or individual profiles that I could then try
> to whip into shape so that the whole lot reads as of a piece. I think
> its a important and timely challenge, and all offers of help will be
> gratefully received.
> Eric Britton
> PS. This could very nicely be sponsored by some international
> organization of local government, mayors or what have you. Or a
> foundation or anyone else who thinks this could be important and worth
> doing. The only condition, in addition to our being pleased to take
> their money and have a high profile public rostrum to get the news out,
> is that they cannot in any way influence the work in progress or final
> product. ;-)
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