Public Administration/Municipal Governing

  • The Pipe Dreamer

    By admin on May 28, 2013
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    For two years after she was elected mayor of Atlanta in 2001, Shirley Franklin talked sewers every chance she got. Few were convinced that the city’s pipes were crumbling or that the city was bleeding $20,000 a day in fines. And few wanted to raise rates on water to fix the problem. At high school graduations, Franklin talked about clean […]
  • The Legacy of a Great Mayor – Atlanta’s Shirley Franklin

    By admin on May 28, 2013
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    Atlanta’s Mayor Shirley Franklin steps down today, after serving eight years in office (the legal limit) and refusing at her final press conference to predict her legacy. She understood that her legacy would be defined by others, no matter what she said, but she was also comfortable letting her record speak for itself. And no wonder: it’s an extraordinary record. […]
  • Shirley Franklin / Atlanta

    By admin on May 28, 2013
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    Restorer of Faith Shirley franklin isn’t standard mayor material. For starters, she’s a woman, which makes her the first female mayor Atlanta has ever had; in fact, she’s the first black woman ever to run a big Southern city. All of 5 ft. 1 in. tall, Franklin is a divorced mother of three who dyes her hair platinum blond. Before […]