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Top 5 Urban Turkeys of 2013

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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/2/2013 12:04:43 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Stuff them together
Great choices for "swans," hrfreeman! I'd second that for sure. 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/2/2013 12:01:44 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: All politics is local
Terry, I share your perspective and uncertainty here totally.

It's sort of interesting because money is the precise thing that's ruining (or, well, has ruined) politics and government. Yet, at the same time, a big part of the reason that Bloomberg didn't have to worry about stepping on toes is because he is a multi-billionaire.

Of course, Bloomberg isn't just an effective leader because he's rich. He also has guts, intelligence, and passion. But still, the world would be a much different place if we removed money from the equation.

hfreeman17
hfreeman17  
12/2/2013 11:33:17 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Stuff them together
Great list, Nicole.

As for Weiner and Filner, I say take them and Ford and stuff them all together, like Turduckin. Place the greasiest one on the outside, and you get auto-basting.

Rio sounds to me a lot like Athens did, with the additional exceptions you noted.  Still pulling for them.  Yet I hope to see them use the Olympics and World Cup to build things at scale and take advantage of redundancies.

I'd like to take this opportunity, too, to nominate two women not as urban turkeys but as swans, whose work has been noted on this site often: Janette Sadik-Khan and Amanda Burden.  I'm also looking forward to seeing how Zaha Hadid's first NYC commission is going to play out.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
12/1/2013 9:48:03 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: All politics is local
It's not so much a question of faith, Nicole... Bloomberg set the bar pretty high, and unlike most career politicians (especially municipal ones), Bloomberg didn't seem to worry about stepping on toes. We'll see what being mayor of America's largest city calls forth in de Blasio.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/30/2013 8:01:28 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: No surprise
Weiner is a textbook narcissist. I don't think the spotlight has seen the last of him yet, unfortunately. At least he's entertaining.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/30/2013 8:00:28 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: No surprise
"Now, if only we could get a website to work and politicians to get along."

Keep dreaming, PeterJ. ;)

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/30/2013 7:57:48 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: No surprise
Susan, I've begun to think that maybe things will turn out OK after all is said and done in Rio. Maybe all of this negative attention during the preparations will have forced them to attend to issues that were being easily ignored by the world beforehand. Wishful thinking?

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/30/2013 7:56:18 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: top spot
I can see your reasoning here, bulk. Hopefully one day Rob Ford will fade from memory but right now it's still seeming pretty tough to get rid of him.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/30/2013 7:55:11 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: All politics is local
Ha, I hear you, Terry. So... not much faith in de Blasio, then?

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/30/2013 6:52:45 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: No surprise
I'd go along with your thinking, @PeterJ, but with regard to Rob Ford, the bad behavior didn't lead to any mea culpa at all. Instead, the mayor of Toronto has dug in his heels, refusing any kind of leave of absence and insisting he doesn't have a problem bad enough to interfere with his leadership. So this can't be any cry for help.

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