U.S. mayors wary as London burns…(They Better Be!!… The Military Is!!)
By BEN SMITH & EMILY SCHULTHEIS
Leaders of American cities, facing fiscal crunches and the threat of diminishing federal support, were looking nervously across the Atlantic this week at the riots that shook one of the world’s premier metropolises.
But American mayors and big-city members of Congress who spoke to POLITICO — and several mayors declined to participate in a story that would include their cities’ name and the taboo word “riot” — said they thought the unrest in England was unlikely to be replicated in the United States.