The Boston Redevelopment Authority, which does most of the urban planning for the City, has a new head. The Mayor named Peter Meade, a long time insider who most recently headed the Edward Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate project, as the new director. He comes in with little planning or real estate experience, but lots of experience in Boston and presumably the ear of the Mayor:
What do you think of hiring an insider vs. conducting a wide search and hiring the best planner you can get? Is there a balance? I can see both sides to the issue but I generally think its a shame that Boston can't even conduct an open search to see who else might be interested?
Do your large cities hire the person the Mayor trusts, or the best professional? Or some combination?