Nov 28, 2023 - Politics

Frank Jackson appears in book on worldwide mayors

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, in suit and tie, in conversation with man in glasses. Blue background.

Then-mayor Frank Jackson, right, at an event in 2016. Photo: Sam Allard/Axios

It's been awhile since we've heard from Mayor Frank Jackson.

  • Justin Bibb's predecessor was in office from 2006 to 2021 and is Cleveland's longest serving mayor of all time.

Driving the news: Though he's kept a low profile since his departure, he appears in a new book by Anthony Flint, a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

  • "Mayor's Desk" features interviews with 20 mayors around the world.

Context: The Jackson interview was conducted in 2021, during his final months in office.

What he said: Nothing particularly earth-shattering. He discussed the sound infrastructure and natural resources that made Cleveland an industrial hub in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and reflected on the challenges of revitalization in the context of contemporary social unrest.

  • "Whatever we do," he said, "it will never be sustainable if we don't address the underlying issues that are the issues of America: institutionalized inequity, disparities, racism, and classism, which have a lot to do with land."

💭 My thought bubble: It pales in comparison to the infamous "Butthole of the World" interview in 2020, but seeing a transcript of Jackson in conversation sure brought me back!

Go deeper: Read more about "Mayor's Desk" here.


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