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.

Mayor Michael Nutter speaks to members of the media during a visit to Powel Elementary School in June. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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In Tough Times, Philadelphia Bucks The Trend

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Mayor Knox White has led Greenville, S.C., for 15 years, and is running unopposed for another term. Here, he stands near a natural waterfall that's in the middle of the city's downtown, in a park that cost $13 million. "Within two years," he says, "over $100 million in private investment was created around the park." Julie Rose/WFAE hide caption

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How A Park Helped One Town Weather The Recession

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Rahm Emanuel celebrated with supporters at the Journeymen Plumbers' Union Local 130 Hall after winning the mayoral election in February. Now, Emanuel is in a test of wills with unions over closing the city's massive budget gap. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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In Chicago, A Test Of Wills Over A Budget Deficit

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