From Richard Florida's Who's Your City? (Random House Canada 2008), p. 181:
Jane Jacobs once told me that communities everywhere are filled with creative vigor, but that some of them are run by squelchers.
Squelchers are control freaks who think they know what's best for the city or region, even as their leadership (or lack thereof) causes a hemorrhage of bright, talented, and creative people.
Squelchers, she said, are the kind of leaders that use the word "no" a lot. They constantly put roadblocks in the way of community energy and initiatives.
I've seen firsthand how these squelchers drain the life and energy from their communities. They respond to new ideas with phrases like "That's not how we do things here"; "That will never fly"; or "Why don't you move someplace you'll be happy?"
I often wonder what our nation would look like if all the squelchers in our communities were to be suddenly - and magically - exposed and immobilized. Would there be anyone left at the tops of many local governments? Perhaps then we could finally unleash the positive energy that real civic engagement both inspires and needs. [paragraph breaks added]
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