Coming the week of Feb. 14: LEADERSHIP

What difference can a strong mayor make in the success of a city? What are the challenges our mayors and civic leaders face as we reinvent ourselves, and what are their plans to move forward?

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing

In a three-part series, Changing Gears looks at LEADERSHIP. Kate Davidson reports from Detroit on Mayor Dave Bing’s efforts to shrink and revitalize his struggling city. Dan Bobkoff reports from Cleveland, where a decidedly low-key mayor hopes to get results, and where county residents hope a new form of government will drive out corruption.

And Niala Boodhoo reports on the best-known mayor in the Great Lakes, Richard M. Daley, who is winding up 20 years in office.

Listen for our reports on partners Michigan Radio, WBEZ Chicago and ideastream Cleveland. Then on Thursday, come to the stations at 2 pm ET/1 pm CT for a call-in show produced by Sound of Ideas, a daily public affairs program from ideastream.

We’ll host a live chat here at and we hope you’ll post your thoughts on our Facebook page, too.

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