The Nation: Hailing a Booster

One of the first impressions many visitors get of a city comes from their cabbie, often the kind of grouch who would have honked at Lady Godiva for slowing up traffic. But when a recent visitor to Omaha joked with his driver about the city, he was amazed at the rebuttal: a glowing description of Omaha's waterfront development project along the Missouri River. "You should see the barge traffic going through here now," the driver boasted.

Impressed, the visitor told Omaha Mayor Eugene Leahy about his upbeat arrival by cab. As a result, all...

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