CHALLENGE TO CITIES by Henry W. Maier

CHALLENGE TO CITIES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

While ""so far he has never found an antidote for the pain in his wife's face as she reads an unfriendly news story,"" Henry W. Maier is a dedicated, determined public servant, the thirty-seventh mayor of Milwaukee. His city is now the eleventh largest in the nation, and while it is portrayed as the beer city, it is more aptly characterized as the machine shop of the Midwest. Mayor Maier presents here a reasoned plan for procedure in office with illustrations of his points. His plan incorporates Decision Making, Strategy, Tactics, Enrollment, Power, Philosophy: the D- STEPP formula. He uses his own administration to exemplify initiation of programs out of the mayoral office, the relation of the elected officer to the electorate, the philosophy of responsible institutional leadership. The problems he faced with Milwaukee would readily find application elsewhere: dealing with the Inner Core of non-white destitution; fighting for the placement (symbolically as well as functionally important) of a Post Office downtown rather than in an outlying area; creating a division of economic development to encourage plant growth; handling a land-grab attempt from an outlying community. Appendices give further insight and information. It's a sound job, one that has something to say to anyone involved in city planning and management.

Publisher: Random House