New year, new era at Minneapolis City Hall

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 1, 2014 - 5:14 PM

In a few key respects, we hope the new mayor is like the old one.

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elmore1Jan. 1, 14 2:30 PM

OK, editorial board, you made my new years resolution easy. Stop reading your opinions. If you think that Rybak leaves office with great popularity you haven't been paying attention to the outrage by people in Mpls when he betrayed them by suppressing their right to weigh in on the stadium fiasco.

momofboys2Jan. 1, 14 2:38 PM

The campaign is over along with all of the promises of what Betsy will do. Now that she is the Mayor she will have to play the game of Life and roll with the punches that come with Mayoral life. Only then will we see what she is made of, and whether or not her big ideas can be implemented and create change. Until then, the jury is out on whether or not she is/was the right choice for Minneapolis.

jdlellis1Jan. 1, 14 7:35 PM

Three key factors are necessary for any municipality to be viable. 1-Safety/Security: Citizens "must" feel safe in their homes as well in and around the municipality. 2-Education: Families must feel the education provided will allow students to succeed on a global basis. 3-Prospores Business Climate: To fund the "musts" not wants of the municipality. Under Mayor Rybek give the following; Safety/Security (C) as there is a serious gang war which continues to permeate throughout the city. Education (D) as the result of a graduation rate in the neighborhood of 50%. Business Climate (B) as the result of a continued lack of support for small, medium and large businesses. Expect little to change under a Democratic regime in place for the past few decades.

farcicalJan. 1, 14 7:49 PM

Mpls Mayor is simply a pretty face shuffled around to eat rubber chicken dinners and make vanilla speeches while trying to promote private and civic business endeavors. Please keep the microscope on the City Council, which holds the REAL power...including many new faces swept in by voters disgruntled with previous (and some existing) members who handed Zygi a nice $600M.

hughakstonJan. 2, 14 7:07 AM

The only difference between RT Rybeck and Batsy Hodges is lipstick.

rlundl02Jan. 2, 1410:07 AM

Glad to see the editorial board saw fit to pay lip service to the issue of urban crime down around the 13th paragraph. I'm sure the new mayor's main task will be first to "hold the police accountable." That's usually where the priorities start when it comes to crime in this city.

rlwr51Jan. 2, 1412:42 PM

I am skeptical that anything will change. Certain neighborhoods will continue to be gang refuges and healthy, prosperous neighborhoods will continue to be an open smorgasbord for developers to capitalize on.

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