The Boner Boondoggle

Tom Wood writes a great summary of a period of Nashville’s history most would probably rather opt to forget: the rise and fall of mayor Bill Boner.

Wood concludes by summarizing Bredesen’s rise through the ashes of the imploded Boner administration:

Nashville’s old elite got comfortable with Bredesen, and the sting of its failure to mount an adequate challenge to Boner in 1987 would gradually abate. As years went by and another northern-born good-government type, Bill Purcell, took the reins of the city, there was a growing confidence that Nashvillians could henceforth be counted on to make discriminating choices in the voting booth.

I hope this is true — certainly there’s no Boner in this race, but I think this election is going to have far-reaching implications for Nashville’s future. This city is at a real turning point, and the next Mayor will have an immense voice in determining in which direction we turn..

1 Comment so far

  1. sistasmiff (unregistered) on July 15th, 2007 @ 9:18 am

    I think there’s a rule of some sort that says “No Nashville Mayoral Candidate is allowed to play harmonica. In public or in private.”



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