What is the best system of local government to operate our cities why?

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There is no objective way to say which system of government is best.  Different systems may work better in different circumstances. 

For example, I would argue that a council-manager system of government is good for small cities.  This system ensures that such towns (which do not have big enough governments to warrant full-time mayors and council members, will have a professional running their city operations.  The council provides democratic control and the city manager provides competence.

By contrast, a strong mayor system is probably best for a big city.  In such big cities, government is much more important to daily life.  It would be dangerous, politically, to have a chief executive who was not elected by the people.  Thus, a more elected system is better in such cases.

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