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Author Love, Steve, 1946- author.

Title The indomitable Don Plusquellic : how a controversial mayor quarterbacked Akron's comeback / Steve Love.

Published Akron, Ohio : Ringtaw Books, 2016.

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Physical description 1 online resource (523 pages) : maps
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: Life writing can be hazardous to your health -- Football : a plan for a lifetime -- A sense of his place -- The Council years -- A sense of himself -- A year of firsts : governing and campaigning -- Breathing new life into downtown -- Water + vision = JEDDs -- Mayor versus media -- Leader or bully? : it's not that simple -- Staying power -- Chinks in the armor -- The larger stage -- The schooling of an education mayor -- The recall -- To run or not to run -- Afterword.
Summary "Until his resignation in May 2015, Don Plusquellic had been the mayor of Akron, Ohio, for twenty-eight years. When he took office in 1987, Ronald Reagan was in the White House, the average price for a car was a little over $10,000, and later that year the US stock market would drop over 22 percent in one day--at the time the sharpest market downturn in the United States since the Great Depression. This was a harbinger of things to come in Akron as the Rubber Capital of the World hemorrhaged jobs. In the 1980s, over 26,000 people were employed in the plastics and rubber product manufacturing industries in greater Akron. By 2007, the number had slipped to only 7,220. The loss of jobs coincided with greater suburbanization--a blow to the city's housing market. Plusquellic was challenged with rebuilding a transforming city. Using news sources and extensive interviews, Love has crafted a superb political biography of the person some have called Akron's Mayor for Life. Plusquellic reinvented his job, erasing the line between public and private efforts to provide employment in a reimagined downtown and innovative Joint Economic Development Districts beyond the city. He championed education for future workers. Don Plusquellic won fast friends and eager enemies with his silk-and-sandpaper personality. He became one of the longer-serving and most-honored mayors in America. His story is one of both place and person, the son of a rubber worker who restored Akron's spirit and belief in itself after the city lost its title of Rubber Capital of the World"--Provided by publisher.
Notes Description based on print version record.
Local Note Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2016. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Subject Plusquellic, Don, 1949-
Mayors -- Ohio -- Akron -- Biography.
Urban renewal -- Ohio -- Akron -- History.
Akron (Ohio) -- Politics and government.
Akron (Ohio) -- Economic policy.
Akron (Ohio) -- Social policy.
Akron (Ohio) -- Biography.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781935603627 (hardcover : alkaline paper)
9781629220550 (e-book)