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Newest Book in Idaho Metropolitan Research Series Looks at City Governance

Urban West Revisited: Governing Cities in Uncertain Times Cover“Urban West Revisited: Governing Cities in Uncertain Times,” is a revision of an acclaimed 1990s study, updated and colorfully illustrated with more than 200 photos and graphics.  The book will be available for purchase at the Center on Main, 1020 W. Main St. in Boise, from 5:30-8 p.m. on First Thursday, April 5. The event, titled “A Celebration of Cities”, will feature a book signing by authors Stephanie Witt, professor of public policy and administration, and James Weatherby, emeritus associate professor of public policy, as well as trolley tours of the Mercantile District led by historian Jacey Brain. Tours depart from the center at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Participants will receive a book, a tour and a colorful tour brochure in exchange for a $25 donation to the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs.

“Urban West Revisited” offers a solid primer on challenges faced by elected officials in 10 midsized western cities hit hard by the Great Recession: Boise, Idaho; Eugene and Salem, Ore.; Modesto, Calif.; Pueblo, Colo.; Reno, Nev.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Tacoma and Spokane, Wash.; and Tempe, Ariz. The book explores their common problems and illustrates hard-fought solutions in difficult times.

The Idaho Metropolitan Research Series illustrates a commitment to good scholarship, accessibly written and colorfully presented.

“Our new primer on city governments is especially timely,” said SSPA Dean. “Written for policy makers, students and the general public, it shows how cities have responded to the challenge of lost revenue during our current recession. It offers hope that Boise and its peer communities can learn to think beyond the current crisis, to govern smartly and to cope.”

Topics covered include city governance, influences and trends in city administration, the history of municipalities and government, tax limitations and the impact of policies, among others. Timelines, tables and illustrations combine with text to educate readers about the day-to-day governance that affects so much of their lives.

The softbound volume sells for $29.95.

More about Urban West Revisited in Boise State Update.

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