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Tom Murphy's End-of-Term Exam

A Murphy administration refresher course

"… Mayor Murphy also announced that he will teach an undergraduate course at Chatham College focusing on environmental policy and urban redevelopment. … 'I am delighted to have the opportunity to give back to Chatham and to help educate the leaders of tomorrow …'"
-- Dec. 27 press release


Instructor: T. Murphy

1) For optimum enjoyment, urban bike trails should be paved with …
a) Gravel
b) Asphalt
c) Macadam
d) The shattered bones of state legislators

2) Which of the following is the worst mistake a mayor can make in a redevelopment plan?
a) Not consulting stakeholders from the outset
b) Offering excessive tax incentives to private developers
c) Alienating other public officials
d) Mayors don't make mistakes; we just care too much

3) To leave behind a worthy legacy, a mayor must …
a) Clearly articulate a strong, forward-thinking vision
b) "Grow the city," enhancing the tax base through redevelopment
c) Commit to "green buildings" and other principles of sustainability
d) Escape indictment

4) In the "public/private partnership" necessary for redevelopment today, what can you count on corporate partners for?
a) Fulfilling the hiring goals promised at the groundbreaking ceremony
b) Taking the lead in PR efforts to sell the project
c) Underwriting costs with financial and "in-kind" contributions
d) Nobly accepting subsidies and other tax incentives

5) What important role can unions play in a mayor's agenda?
a) Ensuring African Americans get their fair share of construction jobs
b) Drumming up support for redevelopment projects
c) Negotiating public-sector labor contracts
d) Getting you elected … and then making you wish they hadn't.

6) A mayor who opposes highway projects such as the Mon-Fayette Expressway should try …
a) Using the "bully pulpit" to voice strong opposition
b) Forging alliances with environmental groups and politicians
c) Employing the tactics of non-violent resistance
d) None of the above

7) It's difficult to get hospitals, universities and other nonprofits to pay their share for city services because …
a) State law ties the city's hands
b) Nonprofits have been valuable partners in growing the city
c) Nonprofits can't afford the added expense
d) CMU controls the killer robots, and UPMC controls the hospitals

8) The market niche whose needs have been fully satisfied by new housing in the city is …
a) Low-income recipients of Section 8 housing vouchers
b) Young families seeking inexpensive housing stock
c) "Empty nest" senior citizens
d) Heiresses who renounce all earthly possessions, and everyone else willing to spend $900/month on a studio apartment

9) Which of the following is necessary before voters can evaluate a mayor's legacy?
a) Time for new developments to grow to their full potential
b) A successful PR campaign touting the city's assets
c) A chance to heal from bruising political battles
d) Four years of Bob O'Connor