National Affairs: Cities

The national government is glamorous, but it is the city government which steps most noticeably on people's toes. It is the city that a man curses when he finds a parking ticket on his car, when his car is stolen, when he gets dust in his eye, when the street sprinkler squirts his new suit, when his son comes from the public school with a bloody nose, when his son cannot go to school because of a measles epidemic.

So last week, to discuss this necessary monster, mayors, professors, doctors, businessmen betook themselves to...

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