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Response to Stinky The Clown (Original post)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 11:30 PM

41. City politics is different than federal/state politics.

The standard party lines don't apply in city politics. Real estate vs neighborhood interests are a big deal. Transit policy is a big deal. Macroeconomic policy, not so much. And there's a tremendous amount of pressure on local governments from developers who want every high-rise to have a nice white picket fence out front.

You also have to remember. Whereas national politics sometimes becomes a little more abstract, city politics is very Roman... very pragmatic. Decisions aren't made because they're the right decision. They're made because they're the expedient one. As much as a mayor may support a cause, none are going to support civil unrest in their little corner of the earth.

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