State of the City address envisions a bright future for Minneapolis

Standing at the lectern at the Walker Art Center, Mayor R.T. Rybak delivered his State of the City address as if it were 2025. The mayor described a Minneapolis where modern streetcars travel through a city that has grown by 65,000 residents, yet has no more cars than it has today. Mayor Rybak asked the audience to envision a community where property taxes are stable, Minneapolis dominates in the high tech and green economy, and economic and academic disparities have been closed. He described a Minneapolis where residents enjoy strolling and shopping along a vibrant Nicollet Green (the former Nicollet Mall) in the heart of a green downtown, where the community debates whether to build a third high school in a growing and high-achieving north Minneapolis, and where families head to Armory Yard for birthday parties, ice skating, concerts, skateboarding and snowboarding.

That future is possible, Rybak said, if action is taken this year.

The actions Mayor Rybak proposed include:

Each year, the mayor addresses the community to report on the City’s results and set an agenda for the coming year. This year’s speech was Mayor Rybak’s 12th and final address as mayor. The speech was delivered Wednesday, April 10 and laid out the Mayor’s agenda for his final year in office.

To read the State of the City address

Visit the Mayor’s website.

To watch replays of the State of the City address

The State of the City address will be replayed on Minneapolis 79, which is Comcast channel 79 in Minneapolis, from April 11 through May 31 on:

To view the speech online, visit Minneapolis 79 on the City of Minneapolis website.

 

Published Apr. 11, 2013