Hello again, Friday. Weren't you just here a week ago? Well, as is tradition, let us have dig through some mayors' desks, shall we?
Rome at risk of shutdown, mayor says: Rome wasn't built in a day, but it may shut down for several, according to Mayor Ignazio Marino. As the AP reports, Mayor Marino has warned that, if Italy's Parliament doesn't make funds available, services such as trash collection and mass transit will face a shutdown next week. The funds owed to Rome, according to Marino, are taxpayer dollars (well, euros... 320 million of them) that Parliament was due to return to to the city by Friday, Feb. 28th. Here's hoping that money is freed up by the time we post this blog.
Detroit mayor sees signs of change: Newly elected Mayor Mike Duggan of Detroit hosted his first State of the City address this week, declaring that "the change in Detroit is real." His tone throughout the 45-minute address was optimistic, even though his city is still being run by emergency manager Kevyn Orr. Duggan cited "exciting projects" like the M-1 Rail, and he discussed an overhaul of the city's parks system that will allow 150 parks to be "open and well maintained" by the summer. "But 150 isn't good enough," so the city has reached out to local clergy and business owners with an appeal to adopt 50 additional parks. (More information on the adoption program is available here.)
For the full State of the City address, check out the video below.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will boycott St. Patrick's Day, too: Joining New York Mayor Bill de Blasio in opposing the anti-gay message of St. Patrick's Day parades, Boston's new mayor, Marty Walsh, has declared that he will boycott his city's parade if organizers don't allow a gay veterans group to march. "Equality comes first," Walsh told the Boston Globe. "The fact that it's 2014, I certainly hope we're able to come to an understanding. It's long overdue." By choosing not to march, Walsh is also following in the footsteps of former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, who began boycotting the parade in 1995 due to its exclusion of the LGBT community.
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba dies at 66: Chokwe Lumumba, the former civil rights lawyer and activist who became mayor of Jackson, Miss., last year, passed away this week at 66 years old. According to news sources, the cause of his death remains undetermined. As an activist, "Mr. Lumumba campaigned for the United States to pay billions of dollars to blacks as reparations for their ancestors' enslavement," The New York Times reported. As mayor, he turned his attention to fixing roads and sewers by asking citizens to pay a 1% sales tax. A well-respected, forceful political figure, Lumumba won the mayoral election with 87% of the vote.
That's our wrap for today, but we invite you to let us know about anything we missed on the boards below.
— Nicole Ferraro, Editor in Chief, UBM's Future Cities