Times-Dispatch columnist Michael Paul Williams is one of the vestiges of the old TD that I read regularly and today he dreams of a city without Wilder. And what a pleasant laundry list he puts forward. Now if we only had a candidate who would wrap the list around his or her campaign and run, run, run. Here are a few key items Williams asks of the next mayor:
- Please embrace collaboration over confrontation, consensus-building over petty bickering.
- Extend your reach, vision and attention beyond City Hall.
- We need a mayor who will attack our infrastructure shortcomings, including the appalling chasm between urban and suburban school facilities.
- We need an advocate for alternative forms of transportation and truly regional mass transit, and an architect of a cohesive plan for a Balkanized region.
- We need a mayor who will protect our most precious asset, the James River, while ensuring access to the river for all.
- We need a mayor who will lead by an ethical example, not one who preaches austere while practicing lavish.
- Finally, we need a leader with big-picture vision.
Amen, MPW, amen.