Skip to content
CityLab
Housing

All I Really Needed to Know About Cities I Learned From ‘Jaws’

Want to understand how public meetings work, the power of place-based branding, and why bad mayors keep getting re-elected? Look no further than Amity Island.
Mayor Vaughn (left) gets an earful from Chief Brody.
Mayor Vaughn (left) gets an earful from Chief Brody.Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images

A few weeks before the off-year elections of November 2017, this tweet appeared: