Friday, December 28, 2007

Govt treating citizens like customers?

This could be a dangerous trend. If governments actually recognize that citizens are independent agents who have freedom of movement and freedom of, this could be big.


In an increasingly globalized economy, where businesses as well as workers have more say in where they locate, winter cities can no longer afford to appear lifeless for a quarter of the year. Many people now choose places to live on the basis of vital local culture, and civic leaders increasingly understand that making public places that are inviting all year, not just when it is warm and sunny, is essential for a dynamic, prosperous community.