Dilworth was right about that. The city needs its fighters. And when we see them, when they burst onto the scene, when we get a good look at them and take their measure, we should hope that what we see staring back at us is not the face of Richardson Dilworth but the faces of leaders just as original and humane and complexly flawed. Leaders who love the city, and who can convince us that for them to succeed, for them to love the city like it needs to be loved, they need to be kept honest. By us. A city full of fighters.
Searching for Richardson Dilworth
He was the aristocrat who found his voice as a populist. The cerebral lawyer who fought in two World Wars. The cocktail-shaker dilettante who became the greatest reformer in the history of the city. Here’s why, more than ever, we need a mayor like Dick Dilworth