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The Bonus Book of the Week is “The Nation City, Why Mayors Are Now Running the World” by Rahm Emanuel, published in 2020.
As is fairly well-known, Rahm Emanuel served as mayor of Chicago, IL from 2011 through 2019. He bragged about the various education programs he set in motion in his city, and described a bunch of other programs and ideas put forth by other mayors across the country.
Mayor James Brainard of Carmel, Indiana signed onto one particularly environmentally-friendly, accident-reducing transportation project that could be implemented nationwide: that of installing traffic circles (also called roundabouts). The circles eliminate the need for traffic lights (which saves electricity), reduce emissions of motor vehicles– they less often need to make a full stop for a minute or more at a time, and eliminate games of “chicken” that young drivers might play on previously straight, long streets!
One of many points the author made about American mayors was that they, irrespective of their political parties, have been cooperating and sharing ideas at conferences in recent decades.
Read the book to learn much more about additional ways mayors have made their cities more livable for their residents, pursuant to the fact that, “A city that improves its infrastructure, its education, its research facilities, and its protections (of things like the environment) will attract businesses and employees without having to dole out corporate welfare.”