RE: [New Mobility/WorldTransport Forum] "Seven Sustainable Mayors": Profiles of Courage
I have asked my German colelagues whom to recommend. Two cities in the South
of Germany gotthe environment award: Heidelberg and Freiburg; both have made
great efforts to make their cities more livable. Maybe you should take
Heidelberg wh's Mayor Ms. Beate Schmidt was also an MEP and very active on
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Sent: Friday, 02 July, 2004 10:30
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Subject: [New Mobility/WorldTransport Forum] "Seven Sustainable Mayors":
Profiles of Courage
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 (let's 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 know.
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 it's a
important and timely challenge, and all offers of help will be gratefully
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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Your thoughts on this?
“Our” mayors, that handful of exceptional people who have not only done one or two good things for their city but who have by nature of their intervention changed the basic culture and the direction of their city – let’s call that sustainability -- thus making it a very different place, had a certain number of things in common. One is that while able and ready to listen, when the action gets started they turn out to be especially hard headed people to make sure that the job gets done. Hard headed and thick skinned. Okay, we will see about that in time.
But is it also true that these people are so different perhaps in part because they are not driven to work in their own car or their car of function, possibly with a driver… but that they either take the bus, bike, run/walk to somehow share a vehicle? Might that be part of the pattern? I know that some of the ones I happen to know best fall into that pattern.
Because if it does, it would seem to lend another dimension to the phrase car-free. Since when we are freed of something we are also free to think without that encumbrance?
And yes, kind thanks for those first notes of suggestion and your thoughts. Believe me I am taking all this very seriously. So thanks again.