Jim Brainard, Mayor of Carmel, IN and Bob Dixson, Mayor of Greensburg, KS interviewed by Frank Foer, Editor, The New Republic
Carmel, IN Mayor Jim Brainard is Carmel’s first five-term mayor. Under his tenure, Carmel has experienced tremendous growth and prosperity. It is considered one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. The population has grown from 25,000 to almost 80,000 in the last 12 years. Park land, greenspace, and trails have increased from 40 acres to more than 800, including the Monon Trail and Central Park. The creation of a new downtown and the Arts & Design District has breathed new life into forgotten areas of the city. All of these improvements have given the citizens of Carmel increased opportunities for recreation and cultural activities.
Mayor Bob Dixson is a native Kansan and he has been a resident of Greensburg since 1985. Dixson took office as Mayor of Greensburg in May 2008 and he is leading the way in the process of rebuilding the community after the May 4, 2007 tornado. Sustainable building, renewable energy and "green” technologies are the cornerstones of the recovery of Greensburg.
Franklin Foer is the editor of The New Republic.
Foer graduated from Columbia in 1996. Before joining The New Republic, Foer was a frequent contributor to the online magazine Slate.
His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Spin, U.S. News & World Report, Lingua Franca, The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, New York and Foreign Policy. In 2004 he published his first book, How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization.
Greensburg, Kansas Mayor Bob Dixson sees being stewards of the environment as a calling for all communities that dates back beyond the hippies of the 1960s to the founding pioneers of the western United States.