City Crafting in a Contested Age: Jim Throgmorton
Mayor, Iowa City, Iowa
Professor Emeritus of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Iowa
Drawing upon his background as both a scholar and an elected official in Iowa City, Mayor Throgmorton will narrate a story about becoming mayor and enacting that role over the past 24-plus months. The story can be thought of as part of a larger scholarly project about city crafting in a contested age, but it is also a very practical tale about the kinds of work a mayor has to do if (s)he seeks to govern well while also turning her/his city in a creative new direction.
A key part of the tale focuses on the challenge of responding deftly to unexpected events. There have been many such events over the past couple years, but the key one was the unexpected results of the November 2016 elections. Suddenly, and much to the mayor’s surprise, he found himself trying to craft his city in a “Trumped Up World.”
Throgmorton’s presentation is part of the Master of Urban Design / Master of Design in Sustainable Environments Lecture Series.