Here is a wonderful example of unconventional and exceptional leadership by Mayor Tom Brown of McPherson, Kansas. (I write about McPherson and Mayor Brown in the book.)
In January 2010, the city was gifted the local golf course. Many thought it a mixed blessing as the golf course had never been profitable. But it was an opportunity for the city and Mayor Brown challenged the staff by saying that if the golf course turned a profit, he would jump in the lake on the first hole. For the first time ever, the golf course turned a profit in 2010 and as you can see here, the Mayor is a man of his word!
This gesture not only created news all over the city and region, it was a simple little “love note” to the community. This small gesture has had an outsized impact on McPherson and is something that people will remember and smile about for a long time.
Coverage from my talk in Tauranga, New Zealand.
It is the little things that make a city great, says a visiting urban expert. - Bay of Plenty Times
A bit of guerrilla street art. Thanks to Rosalie Liddle Crawford for sharing it with me!
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Speaking at University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand next Tuesday!
Some great pop up place making in Milwaukee. Thanks Isaac Kremer for sharing!
It all started with an idea, and the idea wasn’t even ours — it was from a bunch of really smart people with the National Endowment for the…
Great examples of simple, inexpensive stuff you can do in your city. Well done Kenmore, WA!
4 food trucks. 500 people. 1 beer garden. 2 sprinklers. 250 ice creams. 2 bands. Add those all up, and you have plenty of reasons to love Kenmore. Check out...
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