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Considering the City: Former Milwaukee Mayor and Author of the Wealth of Cities John Norquist Comes to Erie

Lisa Austin

John Norquist has some good news about cities. As mayor of Milwaukee from 1988 to 2003, John Norquist reduced property taxes while controlling the budget, demolishing a freeway, promoting light rail, and initiating reforms in education and welfare – all of which fostered a revitalized, less-impoverished city. One reviewer of Norquist’s 1998 book, The Wealth of Cities, noted that Norquist believed that U.S. cities are “on the verge of a renaissance.” Norquist noted that cities have always “fostered civilization” and “provided environments” for the “creation of markets and wealth.”

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