America's Mayors: Governing In Tough Times
Outside the Beltway, in cities large and small, mayors are grappling with economic challenges. NPR's series explores how those cities, and their mayors, are coping.
Carlos Gimenez, shown at a cafe earlier this year on Election Day, won a recall election that was part of a national wave of voter anger over taxes.
Carlos Gimenez was sworn in as mayor in July after a recall campaign that ousted his predecessor. That election was part of a national wave of voter anger over taxes. Now, the new mayor proposes a layoff of county workers, slashing pay and benefits, and closing libraries.
July 29, 2011 WFAEDuring the worst of the recession, new development ground to a halt and small businesses closed their doors on many Main Streets. That wasn't the case in Greenville, S.C., and while it seems improbable that a city would thrive during the recession, the city's mayor credits a mix of good luck and good fundamentals.
July 28, 2011 Former White House adviser Rahm Emanuel is no stranger to tough negotiations. And as Chicago's new mayor, that's where he finds himself now. Faced with a daunting financial hole next year, the mayor has proposed laying off hundreds of city workers.