Oh Rudy

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's incomparable leadership during an urban apocalyptic aftermath earned him a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II and the hilariously ironic Ronald Reagan Presidential Freedom Award. But prior to September 11 Giuliani helped to successfully transform the once-seedy Times Square into a family-friendly hub of commerce that makes the renovated NorthPark Center look like a flea market. He also had city officials oust scads of artists, photographers and students from self-improved loft and warehouse spaces to make way for "economic development." The press release announcing his latest visit to DFW hints at some of the secrets to this success. Giuliani will offer suggestions on how political leaders can "solve critical strategic issues" (read: evicting the poor to make way for luxury condos) and "enhance the reputation of their organizations in the context of strongly held values" (read: using graffiti as a smokescreen to distract from an ineffective police force). Rudolph Giuliani appears at the Greater Dallas Chamber's 2nd Quarter Membership Meeting to discuss "Leadership in the Global Economy" on Thursday at the Fairmont Hotel's Regency Ballroom, 1717 N. Akard St. Tickets are $75 for Chamber members and $125 for non-members. Call 214-746-6746 or visit dallaschamber.org.
Thu., June 15
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Geoff Johnston