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Co-Crafting the Just City: Tales from the Field by a Planning Scholar Turned Mayor

Author/EditorThrogmorton, James A. (Author)
ISBN: 9780367751043
Pub Date24/03/2022
BindingPaperback
Pages226
Dimensions (mm)229(h) * 152(w)
The 2016 election in Iowa City would provide an opportunity that planning faculty have long desired: the opportunity for one of their own to serve as mayor.
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The 2016 election in Iowa City would provide an opportunity that planning faculty have long desired: the opportunity for one of their own to serve as mayor.


In this new book, former Iowa City Mayor and Professor Emeritus James A. Throgmorton provides readers a sense of what democratically-elected city council members and mayors in the United States do and what it feels like to occupy and enact those roles. He does so by telling a set of "practice stories" focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on what he, a retired planning professor at the University of Iowa, experienced and learned as a council member from 2012 through 2019 and, simultaneously, as mayor from 2016 through 2019. The book proposes a practical, action-oriented theory about how city futures are being (and can be) shaped, showing that storytelling of various kinds plays a very important but poorly understood role in the co-crafting process, and demonstrating that skillful use of ethically-sound persuasive storytelling (especially by mayors) can improve our collective capacity to create better places. The book documents efforts to alleviate race-related inequities, increase the supply of affordable housing, adopt an ambitious climate action plan, improve relationships between city government and diverse marginalized communities, pursue more inclusive and sustainable land development codes/policies, and more.


It will be of great interest to urban planning faculty and students and elected officials looking to collaboratively craft better cities for the future.

The 2016 election in Iowa City would provide an opportunity that planning faculty have long desired: the opportunity for one of their own to serve as mayor.


In this new book, former Iowa City Mayor and Professor Emeritus James A. Throgmorton provides readers a sense of what democratically-elected city council members and mayors in the United States do and what it feels like to occupy and enact those roles. He does so by telling a set of "practice stories" focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on what he, a retired planning professor at the University of Iowa, experienced and learned as a council member from 2012 through 2019 and, simultaneously, as mayor from 2016 through 2019. The book proposes a practical, action-oriented theory about how city futures are being (and can be) shaped, showing that storytelling of various kinds plays a very important but poorly understood role in the co-crafting process, and demonstrating that skillful use of ethically-sound persuasive storytelling (especially by mayors) can improve our collective capacity to create better places. The book documents efforts to alleviate race-related inequities, increase the supply of affordable housing, adopt an ambitious climate action plan, improve relationships between city government and diverse marginalized communities, pursue more inclusive and sustainable land development codes/policies, and more.


It will be of great interest to urban planning faculty and students and elected officials looking to collaboratively craft better cities for the future.

James A. Throgmorton is Emeritus Professor, School of Planning and Public Affairs, The University of Iowa. He served on the Iowa City Council from 2012 through 2019 and was elected Mayor in 2016.

1. Introduction: City Crafting in a Contested Age 2. Trying to Be a Team Player, 2012-13 3. Turning toward the Just City, 2014-15 4. City Crafting as Mayor, 2016-19 5. Two Days in the Life of a Mayor 6. Conclusion

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