If you haven't read Eleven Signs a City Will Succeed or How American is Putting Itself Back Together, do so now. Great articles that echo my thoughts on the fact that cities can & do work. When they have strong & visionary leadership along with people willing to talk to each other things can get done. It is in cities that people put aside partisanship & ivory tower philosophy to make their community a better place to live. In Congress too often obstinacy & brinksmanship stand in the way of service. Not in cities. Wanting to be a mayor makes sense to me, wanting to be a congressman, not so much.