Has Qalibaf been a good mayor of Tehran??

by Bahram

The British political magaizine "New Statesman" has selected Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf as one of the 10 people of 2009 who could change the world.

Qalibaf was also selected as one of the 10 best mayors in the world in 2008 by worldmayor.com.

I don't know much about him, but I am somewhat surprised to hear that he is well regarded as a mayor. I'd like to hear what Iranian.com readers who have been to Tehran recently or have spoken with relatives who live there, think of Qalibaf as a mayor? Has he really done anything to improve the city? Do Tehranis have a positive opinion of him?

Thanks for your feedback.


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He has brought the responciveness back

by Abarmard on

He has balanced the budget

He has modernized the city

He has cleaned the streets

He has been responsive to citizens' demands

He has developed a better Information System for the city officials 

He has brought the science back to approach difficult problems such as heavy taffics.

He has created On Demand service site for Tehranis.

I would consider him a good mayor by any standard and hope that he runs for the presidential election.


Dear Bahram

by Toofantheoncesogreat (not verified) on

He has modernized the police force, the streets, the traffic etc, and made such practical improvements. Plus I believe he caused the city budget to go up in a surpulus. He also had some good environmental programs, I dont remember what those were.

The negative side. The guy is Ahmadinejad lite. He fought in the war (not that thats a bad thing, all honour to him him for that, but I believe he fought as a Basij commander), believes in strict islamic dress codes, and supported Hezbollah with Teheran city funds if Im not mistaken, when people there were complaining that the city it-self needed the funds.

This is what I have heard, seen and read.