Skimming the list of Mayor RT Rybak's 2013 priorities (many thanks to the Star Tribune's Eric Roper for transcribing everything on that white board), I was struck at how little on the list seemed immediately relevant to much of Southwest Minneapolis.
Among the 37-or-so main items on that list, only five seemed to bear specifically on this quarter of the city:
- Resourcing small businesses and community corridors
- Building a BRT station at Lake Street & 35-W
- Moving the streetcar project forward (Nicollet Ave to 48th Street is a prime candidate)
- Getting the city's voice heard in the MSP airport's expansion plans
- Revamping the city's regulatory services, to better support businesses
In all fairness, a lot of items on that list, like the Reg Services reorganization, are city-wide projects or have city-wide resonance. But should Rybak be paying more attention to Southwest Minneapolis? What's going wrong around here that needs mayoral attention?
Update 1/17/13 8:45 p.m.: I should clarify—Residents of Southwest Minneapolis, like other privileged parts of the world, have plenty of capacity to advocate for what they need from city government. That said, every part of the garden needs some attention from the gardener or else the useful plants will grow wild and weeds will take root. I'm genuinely curious what people think about the mayor's priorities. Is he striking a good ballance?