City Government by Commission

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CHAPTER XVI
THE SUMMING UP

IN reaching a conclusion as to the effectiveness and efficiency of city government by commission it must always be borne in mind that its introduction into American municipal affairs has been coincident with the awakening of the American people to their municipal duties. This fact has given it vogue and vitality. The American student, legislator, administrator, turns a friendly ear to every suggested solution, and when a plan, even though owing its introduction into the arena of current affairs to a great physical disaster, produces results so generally satisfactory to the people of the cities directly concerned, it is only natural that it should be given a broad and generous support.

It has been wisely said that the commission government movement involves both a protest and a policy: a protest against the old order; an intelligent policy for a new order. American municipal conditions have been bad, desperately bad, and the rapid adoption of a plan, any plan, by 155 cities and its consideration by 267 more, shows how discontented Americans have become with these conditions. To be sure there

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