A morning roundup of the day’s news.
America’s mayor? Politico Mag compares Donald Trump’s “grandstanding, room-filling, blow-dried” style of governing to that of a city mayor more than a nation’s president, comparing him to three mayors past and questioning why he didn’t go for City Hall instead of the White House. The magazine writes:
It’s from this script that Trump has largely governed, which helps to explain why, surrounded by all the trappings of the presidency, he still seems so unpresidential. It also helps explain why the initial months of his administration have accomplished so little. He’s a self-proclaimed champion dealmaker. But where are the deals? How can someone with the political skills to become president so totally lack the political skills to be president? Because he basically misunderstands the dimensions of the job. The presidency isn’t a supersized mayoralty. Mayors can get away with bullying city councils and acting like a legislature of one because councils are relatively weak. We’ve seen the approach in the first months of Trump’s presidency in the dismissive way he treats Congress—and we’ve seen it fail, over and over.
See also: Politico also profiles “the president of the United Mayors of America”: Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, elected leader of the U.S. mayors conference and … possible dark-horse presidential candidate for 2020?
Self-driving team: A new deal pairs Google’s self-driving car unit with maintenance from Avis, one of America’s biggest rental car companies, for the Phoenix pilot program testing how customers use autonomous vehicles. (Washington Post)
Worldwide warning: Fire-safety experts say governments and builders around the world should take note of Grenfell Tower fire in London as the latest in a string of fatal incidents—including the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland—showing building regulations and inspections have failed to keep up to date. (AP)
Minimum wage debates: Following the recent conflicting studies on Seattle’s minimum wage, The Washington Post looks at the surprising reaction in Maine to a measure raising restaurants workers’ salaries—which the workers themselves actively campaigned against.
What makes a smart city: The definition of “smart city” is a slippery one, clouded by buzzwords, but Digital Trends attempts to narrow down the guiding principles in the start of a series this week on the smart city movement.
Eying the airport: Nashville’s mayor is considering privatizing the city-owned international airport in order to generate funding for mass transit in Middle Tennessee, following a similar model approved in St. Louis. (Tennessean)
The urban lens:
Today's the last day of my course in the Netherlands. For the past 3 weeks, I've been experiencing the famous Dutch infrastructure and learning about sustainable community planning. I love this photo because it's a prime example of the streets we've been studying: one-way cycle tracks that separate cyclists from vehicles and pedestrians and raised driveway crossings that force cars to cross perpendicular to the cycle track. ...and the true transportation nerd comes out. 😁 #citylab #citylabontheground #thehague
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