Soon after announcing he’ll seek re-election as mayor — and while we’re still wondering if he’ll end up in the governor’s race — Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak gets some national attention with a big spread in Governing magazine (including the cover photo).
You won’t find this publication at the supermarket checkout counter, but plenty of policy nerds have access to it.
The article is titled “Radical Renewal, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak loves economic development. He just wants to do it his way.” The story starts with tastes of the Midtown Global Market, using it as a way to showcase the mayor’s development strategy.
The article says: “It’s only a slight exaggeration to say Rybak is trying to rewrite the rules of urban economic development. He is trying to prove that it’s possible to be a left-leaning mayor of a left-leaning city and still be both a fiscal conservative and a friend to business and development. Of course, what he defines as friendliness isn’t always the kind of relationship the CEOs would prefer. But it’s changing the face of the city.”
It’s a very long article.
It wraps up:
“There’s an irony to the transformation Rybak is looking for on Washington Avenue and throughout Minneapolis: No one is more nostalgic for the way Minneapolis used to be than he is. In 2001, he ran on the slogan:’I was born in a great city and I don’t want to die in a mediocre one.’
“It’s clear now that, for better or for worse, tomorrow’s Minneapolis will scarcely resemble the one in which he was born. ‘The old Minneapolis I grew up in was a wonderful place,’ the mayor says. ‘This is a different place, that has to be successful for different reasons.’ “