Tax increases aren't the answer. Atlanta's government can be better and cheaper.
Greg Streib, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University
Beware of politicians offering easy answers.
The current financial crisis demands tough decisions, but securing a bright future requires leaving the bunker mentality behind.
There is great drama in "going down gambling," but last chance thinking is not how great cities are built.
Our competitors build vast networks of eager supporters and they embrace the technologies and effective management practices that can help them achieve some level of foresight and initiative.
They build capacity by luring talented administrators who stay a bit and thrive, rather than serving as a revolving door.
Mayor Franklin put us on the right path, but we need rapidly accelerated professionalization and acceptance of the fact that decisions need to be driven by rigorous evidence.
Our new president and much of the nation have awakened to the fact that cities matter, and Atlanta should position itself to benefit from this new embrace of our urban places.