Rybak years redefine Minneapolis

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER and STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: December 31, 2011 - 3:57 PM

In a decade on the job, he has stabilized city finances, promoted fresh ideas and presided over a string of tax hikes that spurred a citizen revolt.

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chlyn001Jan. 1, 1212:18 AM

Considering that the state has been lax in its support of Local Gov't Aid (LGA) in recent years, it's been a nearly impossible job for any mayor. In spite of that, Mayor Ryback has thrived because he stays engaged and on top of important issues and events. Witness his masterful win (or compromise) on the city pension problem that threatened to crowd out other city needs. Rybeck will take on unpopular causes on occasion, if he believes he's right, and he'll do it even when special interests are not necessarily on his side. No one doubts his honesty or desire to do right by and for the city. Now if he can just get the banks to help more on the housing problems.....

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fwallenJan. 1, 1212:19 AM

I am amazed. What planet is the writer living on. This mayor is a living poster for incompetence. The city has lost hundreds of employers, taxes are abnormally high, pockets of poverty and crime ring the city and this guy smiles and tells how great everything is. And the fellow travelers sing from the same song book. I'm so glad I know longer live there.

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chlyn001Jan. 1, 1212:21 AM

Here's a version with his name spelled right: Considering that the state has been lax in its support of Local Gov't Aid (LGA) in recent years, it's been a nearly impossible job for any mayor. In spite of that, Mayor Rybak has thrived because he stays engaged and on top of important issues and events. Witness his masterful win (or compromise) on the city pension problem that threatened to crowd out other city needs. Rybak will take on unpopular causes on occasion, if he believes he's right, and he'll do it even when special interests are not necessarily on his side. No one doubts his honesty or desire to do right by and for the city. Now if he can just get the banks to help more on the housing problems.....

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wildfoxJan. 1, 1212:41 AM

One of Rybak's initial campaign promises was to address property tax relief for senior citizens in Minneapolis and he failed miserably. Citizens concept of looking to other cities for ideas for tax relief on how to keep seniors in their homes never went anywhere. Now Minneapolis has lost many seniors due to them not being able to afford the tripled/quadrupled property taxes. I have systematically watched my elderly neighbors sell their house and move out one by one crying all the way to the bank. What is most disturbing is these people are the ones who built Minneapolis strong neighborhoods, engaged people in the community and made Minneapolis one of the most livable cities in the country. Now their spirits are broken and they are living the remainder of their lives apart from their neighbors and are unhappy. If there is a lesson to be learned ... don't make promises you have no intention to keep.

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mpsmitchJan. 1, 1212:53 AM

Thank you RT. I commend you on all the work you have done for Minneapolis, I am proud to live in this city. It's been a terrific 10 years.

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noggnbloggnJan. 1, 12 5:32 AM

The DNC job is the reason for promoting this Rybak piece. I have nothing against him personally, but a lack of leadership following the North-side tornado devastation (which remains unresolved), and the most shameful of all: acceptance of a culture of gang violence in which children and innocent by-standers are killed / murdered / shot / knifed / maimed on an almost daily basis. This is NOT OK, Mr. Rybak. The gang task force unit was corrupt and disbanded, leaving us with...? The paper reports frequent incidents of violence, but not much that is being done about it. In my opinion it is the Mayor's job to get out ahead of these types of problems and set a standard for the community. I don't see much in this regard, just self-promotion instead of leadership.

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monkeyplanetJan. 1, 12 6:44 AM

Rybak is just another self-serving politician, though he fools most of the people most of the time simply because he's telegenic and well-spoken. I am a Minneapolis homeowner, and the staggering property tax increases he's implemented won't really begin to bite until property values start to rise again, in which case you may very well see people forced from their homes. By that time, R.T. will likely have moved on to Washington, D.C. - no doubt in some job advocating for affordable housing. There's rarely any accountability for the political class.

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worldcitizenJan. 1, 12 8:26 AM

Measured by an expensive, subpar school system, extremely high taxes and numerous huge legal judgements for various indiscretions, this is a failed mayor. "Stabilized city finances" - this must be a joke.

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holymooseJan. 1, 12 8:32 AM

"Sometimes he has acted in the name of the city's fiscal health, raising property taxes year after year until it spurred a taxpayer revolt." Raising taxes to make living in Minneapolis unaffordable for many homeowners is not acting in the name of the city's fiscal health. It is acting in the name of special interests who will donate to his campaign if he spends other people's money on them. Does the writer not understand patronage politics?

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ejbonnJan. 1, 12 8:44 AM

Wow! The liberals must not be awake yet. I can't believe how well the negative Rybak comments are liked! Come on people! You have a newspaper article practically written by Rybak's office. This is handed to you on the silver platter. How can you be negative about this guy? Come on stand up for your mediocrity and high taxes. With housing costs dropping in the suburbs and higher city taxes, Minneapolis might just look like a mini-Detroit. But there are always the bikes :)

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