That's their idea of livable?
It seems that things like jobs, housing prices and crime might be factors to consider in determining a city's livability. But apparently the U.S. Conference on Mayors prefers places where a city's chief executive talks about books and forces people to exercise.
The group handed out its City Livability Awards, sponsored by Waste Management Inc., on Saturday and gave Tampa an Outstanding Achievement for Mayor Pam Iorio's youth programs, including the "Mayors Book Talk" show that airs on the city's government access TV channel. Lousville, Ky., won the first place award for its mayor's "Healthy Hometown Program," which encourages exercise and good nutrition.
-- Janet Zink, Times staff writer