Our Priorities for Minneapolis
I’m focused on engaging every corner of every ward in our city. And I’m going to continue working with all of you to make Minneapolis a city everyone can call home – starting by tackling our affordable housing crisis.
A strong commitment to racial equity starts with a commitment to investing in affordable housing. Too many people in our city are sleeping on the streets and even more are working multiple jobs and skipping meals just to cover rent. How we set our budget reflects more than our policy priorities – it reflects our values. That’s why I’m committed to putting funding for affordable housing front and center. Everybody who wants to live in a great city should have that opportunity – regardless of race or background. And while we need more housing and more affordability, I am also committed to making sure we fight segregation. Lower-income residents currently have little choice when it comes to where they can afford to live due to a history of intentionally concentrating affordable housing in specific neighborhoods. Those neighborhoods often see fewer investments in transit, education, and economic opportunity. That should change, and I will fight to make sure it does. Stable, safe, and affordable housing is not a luxury – it is a human right.
And families who have a healthy home fuel economic prosperity for their neighborhoods. Minneapolis has seen a groundswell of flourishing small and local businesses across the city. We should be proud of that, but we can do more to make sure that economic growth is felt in all neighborhoods across the city. We can also do right by our local economy by supporting summer youth employment programs, which help employers looking for a talented workforce and young people looking for an opportunity.
Finally, for Minneapolis to be a city that welcomes and cares for everyone, we have to begin the difficult work of repairing the relationship between our police department and the communities they serve and protect. For officers to keep our city safe, our entire community must trust that our police department will treat all of our residents with respect – regardless of race, class, or background. That mutual trust can only be built on a shared commitment to making our police department more accountable to the people they serve. Public safety, accountability, and trust are fundamental to the policing goals my administration will pursue.
There is so much to love about our city. Let’s begin working together to make it a place everyone can call home.
Role of the Mayor
Last updated Feb 8, 2018