Mobile: Future Dubai of the Gulf of Mexico?: Chapters 1-4 of How Mobile Can Reach Its Potential plus an analysis of the mayoralty of Mayor Arthur Outlaw

Mobile: Future Dubai of the Gulf of Mexico?: Chapters 1-4 of How Mobile Can Reach Its Potential plus an analysis of the mayoralty of Mayor Arthur Outlaw Leave a comment

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This is Chapters 1-4 of the upcoming book "How Mobile Can Reach Its Potential" by Andy Romagnano, an 11th generation native of the Mobile Bay area, great-grandson of WKRG legend Connie Bea Hope, grandson of Paralyzed Veterans of America President Joe Romagnano (1978-80), third cousin once separated of HEW Secretary David Mathews (1975-77). former member of the Mobile County Republican Executive Committee (an elected partisan office in Alabama), 29th Mardi Gras King of Spring Hill College (2007), and member of the Spring Hill College Student Government Association in the 2007-08 school year as a Senior Class Senator.

Mr. Romagnano is potentially a candidate for Mayor of Mobile in 2021 and this book can be considered "campaign literature" but is also an intriguing work of urban planning and design study. Mr. Romagnano analyzes the early history of Mobile and argues for the creation of a new "downtown" central business district in most of the 36609 zip code because historic preservation concerns simply will not permit much more development in the "official" downtown within the Hank Aaron Loop and Mr. Romagnano analyzes a number of CBDs throughout America and also looks into the density of New York City neighborhoods like his paternal grandfather’s native Bensonhurst and Carnarsie as well as Jamaica in Queens.

Mr. Romagnano makes the case that Mobile can be the Dubai of the Gulf of Mexico and proposes a high rise district of over 7 square miles when the current official "downtown" is not even .4 square miles and argues this is the only way for Mobile to break the historic patterns of stagnation and reach its full potential as the Queen City of the Gulf of Mexico and Mr. Roimagnano argues for a Mobile with a central business district on the scale of Manhattan, Miami, and yes, Dubai.

Mr. Romagnano also advocates edge city development in a number of areas of Mobile and lays them out here.

Also included are the results of Alabama House District 104 from 1974 which his grandfather lost to Douglas Johnstone, who later served on the Alabama Supreme Court.

Finally, included is an analysis of the mayoralty of Mayor Arthur R. Outlaw (1985-89) which is part of a broader Chapter 5 that will appear in the full version analyzing all directly elected Mayors of Mobile since the restoration of the directly elected office in 1985 after a 74 year hiatus under City Commission.

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