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Markus Berensson
City Mayors Correspondent

City Mayors Correspondent Markus Berensson specialises in urban development, local governance and regional economics. He studied economics and politics at Uppsala University, Sweden, used to work with a local governance think tank in London and, besides City Mayors, writes for his blog Metro Metrics.

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MOST RECENT
Adding value, not just shrinking
is the key to rightsizing cities

13 June 2011: Cities and regions grow, reach a plateau and shrink. Sometimes they start growing again after a short slump, such as New York City following the dismal 1970s, in other cases, like in Mayor Curley’s mid 20th century Boston, it takes decades of distress before the wheels of fortune start turning again and the urban economy finds itself in tune with current economic developments. Some cities though, like Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, St. Louis or Youngstown, are seemingly unable to halt their population losses. More

GOVERNMENT
Government fragmentation is holding
back America’s metropolitan regions

1 April 2011: What is a city? Defining New York, Chicago or Los Angeles is easier said than done. Where the border between a dense urban industrial, cultural and political center and the outside world was clear a century ago this is no longer the case. Take any major American metro area today and there will be both a central city – the political entity of New York, Chicago or Los Angeles that once was the metropolis – but also an urban landscape of millions of people that begins wherever the city limit ends. More

ECONOMICS
Danish and Swedish regions gave up
power to create bi-national metropolis

5 May 2011: After more than a century of the original grand plan to build a fixed link between Sweden and Denmark, the early 1990s finally saw real action. Inspired by the concept of a Europe of Regions and a post-industrial search for a new economic foundation, the two countries agreed to build a 7.85km-long bridge across the Öresund strait to connect the Danish capital Copenhagen with Sweden’s third city, Malmö, to form a united binational metropolis. More

DEVELOPMENT
Adding value, not just shrinking
is the key to rightsizing cities

13 June 2011: Cities and regions grow, reach a plateau and shrink. Sometimes they start growing again after a short slump, such as New York City following the dismal 1970s, in other cases, like in Mayor Curley’s mid 20th century Boston, it takes decades of distress before the wheels of fortune start turning again and the urban economy finds itself in tune with current economic developments. Some cities though, like Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, St. Louis or Youngstown, are seemingly unable to halt their population losses. More







The Code of Ethics has been instituted for city leaders who wish to perform their duties beyond all reproach


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Code of Ethics

The City Mayors Foundation was established in 2003 to promote, encourage and facilitate good local government. To strengthen local government further, City Mayors has now instituted a Code of Ethics for city leaders who wish to perform their duties beyond all reproach.

Mayors featured by City Mayors and those shortlisted for the World Mayor Prize have been asked to confirm that they and their administrations adhere to the letter and spirit of the Code. Ultimately, City Mayors aims to establish the professional title of Chartered Mayor in recognition of city leaders who bring high integrity and competence to public service as well as adhere to the code of ethics. More