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The David McDonald Interview



  1. Question: I like the analogy you use to explain regionalization. Comparing it to a business merger makes a lot of practical sense. In pursuing foreign direct investment, the cost of creating awareness among capital investors keeps going up and up. I am beginning to believe the only way to afford competing is by cost sharing through regionalization. What do you see are the benefits and liabilities of a regional approach to economic development?For the population as a whole, there are absolutely no liabilities and there are many, many advantages. However, if you are a union employee who loses their “back room” job in a merger, or if you are an elected official who must give up their power and their pay check, then it is a different story. Regionalization is absolutely the same thing as mergers and acquisitions in the private sector. One of the prime reasons companies merge is to get rid of the duplication in “back office” functions, like accounting, payroll, legal, human resources, etc. I was once with a company that merged. 700 employees had to find other jobs. For them, it was not pleasant. However, one year later the purchasing company put $12 million dollars to their pre-tax bottom line because they merged back office functions and freed up $12 million for expansion. Your cities are the equivalent of these companies; because big cities ARE big business and they need to be run like big business. Therefore, the main reason to regionalize is to cut expenses, and you CAN cut them drastically and maintain services, although special interest groups will try to say this isn’t so. Given the fact that cities are as financially strapped as they have ever been, and given the fact that it will get worse over the next few years, cities had better get in gear and start merging services and political entities NOW. Of course, in addition to saving money, you also streamline the decision making process by reducing the number of government entities that have a say in all sorts of decisions. Millions upon millions of dollars that could be used for a regions economic development and marketing are eaten up by bloated, outdated bureaucracies. I have researched the 22 cities that, to date, have regionalized. Half are more successful than their state’s average, and half are less successful. Regionalization is not a silver bullet! It is PART of the answer. It is not THE answer to saving your cities. Additionally, it takes roughly 12 years to implement – that is if you have a “strong mayor” form of government and a strong mayor. Does your city have that long to wait?
  2. Question: You talk about the fact that there are only four initiatives that can save a city. Why don’t more cities focus on doing the things that really matter in the long run? Are there any cities you feel are doing it right and can be viewed as success models?Virtually all cities are run by what you would fairly have to call concerned citizen groups, fiefdoms and large egos. They typically don’t want ANYONE suggesting a new way of doing ANYTHING – even if the walls are crumbling around them. The four initiatives that can save a city are so very simplistic. Trouble is that almost no one takes them on because they require money and development expertise. The groups running most cities have neither. The four initiatives that can save a city: 1. Keep the businesses you already have 2. Keep the residents you already have 3. Bring in new businesses 4. Bring in new residents. Since these four initiatives are so simple to understand, but so difficult to implement, the groups in charge of most cities go after “low hanging fruit”, such as bike paths, parks, monuments, arts festivals, paint everything, put in planters, etc. You can have any kind of government structure in a successful city because nothing much matters – since you are already successful for reasons other than elected officials. In a stagnant or decaying city, you need at a bare minimum: 1. A strong mayor form of government 2. A strong mayor 3. Senior regional CEO’s to take a “hands on” interest and 4. A WORKABLE VISION!!! This last requirement is why I wrote Saving America’s Cities.As stated earlier, the best examples are Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis. Other noteworthy examples are Los Angeles, New York City and Memphis. Remember, you can’t just look at the successful cities for answers because virtually all of them are successful for reasons other than what people did. You must look at the few decaying cities that people have actually helped.
  3. Question: What was the motivation behind writing your book – Saving America’s Cities? What has been the reaction to the book from private sector and public sector leaders? Are you seeing signs of hope that cities are on a path for improvement?For about 34 years of the 39 years I have been in business, I have observed literally hundreds (approaching 1,000) of cities react to the loss of their retailers, entertainment, restaurants, businesses, and residents. I have seen them make almost exactly the same mistakes time after time because they are not trained to know what to do and they have no workable vision. If you don’t have a truly workable vision, you stand absolutely no chance of success. I saw the same mistakes being made in my home town, and it was very frustrating for me, so I wrote a book about what actually went wrong with many of our cities and what could and should actually be done to improve their condition. Since I have 9,600 pages of demographics in my office that I have used for about 29 years, it was easy to back up my conclusions with facts – and in some cases, examples of who has actually done the right things.The reaction has been outstanding from the private sector and about half the public sector. I have lectured roughly 40 times in the past 16 months, and not a single group has let me complete my lecture on time. In every case, I have been held over between 15 minutes and two hours.Other than for a handful of cities, I see very little evidence that anything new and dramatic is in the works that could actually turn our stagnant and decaying cities around.
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Top 10 Quotes From Elon Musk’s Genius




Regardless of whether we’re discussing on the web instalments, science, innovation or space travel, the name Elon Musk should fly up in your psyche.

Alluded to as the Nikola Tesla of our age, Elon Musk is a business person, business head honcho, speculator, designer, and innovator. This person unquestionably knows his way with cash. He turned into a multimillionaire in his late 20s when he sold his first new business, Zip2.

The founder of SolarCity, Tesla, and SpaceX trusts in humankind and needs to change the world, and this isn’t merely pie in the sky considering. The man is really taking a shot at lessening an unnatural weather change and building up a human settlement on Mars to forestall human elimination. What more verification do you have to trust that all that you decided is conceivable?

Here are 11 Elon Musk quotes to influence you to begin taking a shot at your fantasies, regardless of how unimaginable they may appear to be at present.

When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.

It is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.

The first step is to establish that something is possible then probability will occur.

Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.

I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.

Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.

If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not.

Life is too short for long-term grudges.

I take the position that I’m always to some degree wrong, and the aspiration is to be less wrong.

People should pursue what they’re passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.

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Top 5 Things We Picked From Cristiano Ronaldo’s Interview




Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up about his life in his most cosy meeting to date with The Players’ Tribune.

The Real Madrid forward talks about everything from his first football memory, to his most significant minute in the game, and each inclination he had in the middle.

He additionally discusses his family, the two his folks who helped him achieve the highest point of the diversion, and his child, who helped him value the most important things throughout everyday life.

Underneath we have select five intriguing applies from the long meeting – 5 things you’ll certainly be intrigued to find out about the Portuguese.

Ronaldo played football on the roads… among cars.

Each adolescent has a type of memory of playing on concrete, regardless of whether it’s merely booting a ball against a check.

In any case, as indicated by future four-time Ballon d’Or champ Ronaldo, he used to play in the street, while autos were driving past. Thank the ruler there were no mishaps, eh?

He wasn’t prepared to leave home and battled at Sporting Lisbon.

Ronaldo appears to be the most satisfied person on the planet, yet at 11 years old he didn’t feel prepared to leave home for the Portuguese capital.

As per the man himself he battled at the Sporting Lisbon institute and was exceptionally achy to visit the family, just observing his folks once like clockwork. Luckily he stuck it out, and things showed signs of improvement.

He understood he was unique at the Academy.

It likely didn’t come as a lot of disclosure, considering the reality he would go ahead to end up the best player on the planet. However, Ronaldo can pinpoint the minute he knew he was extraordinary.

He’d show signs of improvement of his partners in preparing and was regularly lauded for his capacity. So, he conceded he was worried about being too little.

Turning into a father at Real Madrid made his chance at club additional exceptional.

It must be truly unique to advance out onto the pitch wearing the all-white Real Madrid strip and having the capacity to tell the world you’re a Los Blancos player.

Be that as it may, as indicated by Ronaldo, this has all been made additional unique by the reality he fathered his child while at the club, which he concedes changed his point of view.

Holding hands and strolling with child is his most memorable moment

Strolling as an inseparable unit with his child in Cardiff is his most loved memory.

All through the meeting, Ronaldo talks gladly about every one of the trophies he has won in his profession, however, concedes they implied more to him when he was more youthful.

Today he views his most loving memory as strolling around the pitch at Cardiff clasping hands with his young child after winning the Champions League. Favour.

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Mr. Bailey, would you swear in front of the Queen?

No, if you’re going to accept the Queen you have to accept the tradition. You know, I’ve got nothing against the monarchy. I think there are too many hangers-on, but that’s also a cliché thing to say. I doubt she’d be too shocked. She’s been around; she’s not stupid.

You recently took the official photo for her 88th birthday.

Yes and I think she looks incredible for 88. I had never photographed her before.

Why not?

I wouldn’t photograph anybody if they only give you five minutes. I don’t care who it is. I don’t care if God phoned me up and said, “I want a picture, I’ve only got five minutes.” I’d say, “Well, work some of your magic and make it longer!” Even though I’m actually quicker than most and I usually get bored before they get bored.

What kind of people are the most difficult to photograph?

Lots of politicians are so full of themselves. Sports people too a bit. But actors are the most difficult because you never know who you’re photographing. They could be Hamlet or Lassie. But the fewer people they come with, the more interesting they usually are. Johnny Depp came with nobody so I knew it was going to be all right. Jack Nicholson never came with anybody, but Jack’s different because I’ve known him for so long.

You once said Jack Nicholson is the smartest actor because he knows something nobody else does. What is it that he knows?

I don’t fucking know. If I knew, I’d be as smart as him. (Laughs)

One of the things that fascinated me when I met him was his grin and the sparkle in his eye when he talked about women.

Yeah, with Viagra. He’s the first person that told me about Viagra.

When was that?

Oh, years ago. Before everyone knew about it! (Laughs)

“Actors are the most difficult because you never know who you’re photographing. They could be Hamlet or Lassie.”

When you know someone very well like you do Jack Nicholson is it easier to take a great portrait of them?

It depends. It’s one of those abstract things. We had a difficult bloke this week, what was he called? Van Morris or somebody… He was so grumpy. But I loved him being grumpy because I could use his grumpiness. I got a great grumpy picture out of him. If I see another picture of a rock ‘n’ roller against some graffiti… It drives you mad, the same old picture! Can’t they ever think of something different to do? So I don’t mind people that are difficult. I quite like that. It amuses me because there is always a way around it. I mean, no one could be more difficult than Van whatever he’s called, Van Morrison.

It seems pointless to have your picture taken if you’re not going to cooperate though.

Well he left really happy, Van Morrison. But it is kind of pointless to come here if you’re not going to help me. They might not like the picture, but one day they will. One day that’s what they’re going to look like – whether they look like that or not. Medici said to Michelangelo, “That sculpture doesn’t look like me.” Michelangelo said, “Listen, you’ll be dead in 20 years, but this will be around for 2,000 years. So, that’s what you look like!” You could say that a bit with photography.

Does it often happen that people aren’t happy with their portrait, but then years later change their mind?

Yeah. 10 years later usually. We had one recently, I won’t mention his name, I shot him 30 years ago and he said, “I hate the picture.” But his wife bought one for him as a birthday present recently. (Laughs) 30 years later and come get the picture.

Are celebrities more difficult nowadays than they were 30 or 40 years ago?

Well, I avoid celebrities. I’m not really interested in people that come with PR. That’s probably why I can’t work in America, because I don’t take all that bullshit. I don’t know how people like Bruce Weber manage, because it would drive me mad. All these silly people who don’t know anything that come with celebrities and try to tell you what to do. It’s madness! They brought it on themselves, the magazines. They should have been stricter. They should have said, “No, we’re not showing you. We’re doing the interview and that’s that.” But instead they pander to them and in the end they end up owning you. Those magazines are owned by the celebrities, really.

You don’t strike me as the type to pander to anyone.

I never really read what people write about me, but the comments people made when doing this exhibition recently at the National Portrait Gallery are so stupid. “Oh, Bailey panders to these people.” I don’t pander to anybody. I just do the picture I do. I don’t care who it is. And I won’t do pictures if people want approval. It has always seemed stupid to me that they ask you to do something and then want to sort of tell you how to do it. What madness!

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