When it comes to scandal, no city on Earth is untouched. If things look good now, just take a peek back in time.
That's how we at Future Cities approached our end-of-year review of the top city scandals of 2013. Yes, these cities need to take stock of the local disasters that put them in world headlines this year. But we outside observers need to take a lesson from each, as well.
Are we nonjudgmental? Of course not. Every city official, government agency, or taxpayer we've highlighted here deserves a booby prize. But we think what transpired in the cities we've called out can, sadly, happen elsewhere, given similar circumstances and pressures.
Indeed, we present the following slideshow, in order from least to most deserving of disgrace, as a set of timely cautionary tales -- some tragic, some merely laughable. We invite you to share your thoughts, as always. What did we miss? Who is on track for redemption? Why do you agree or disagree with our choices?
Just click the image below to start the show -- and enjoy.
No. 10: Tokyo Governor's Resignation
Naoki Inose, the governor of Tokyo, announced his resignation Dec. 19 for taking a personal loan of 50 million yen ($480,150) from a hospital official in what critics allege was a pre-election bribe. Inose (shown here inspecting members of the Tokyo Fire Department) is credited with helping Tokyo win the right to host the 2020 Olympics. CNN reported his apology from a press conference: "I don't want to further interrupt the operations of the administration as Tokyo prepares for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics." Sad, Mr. Governor, sad.
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— Mary Jander , Managing Editor, UBM's Future Cities