Mayor Frey touts affordable housing, police accountability in State of the City speech

May 24, 2018 GMT

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the city must be more affordable for renters and homeowners. Its police should carry with them a list of immigrant rights written in multiple languages. Its leaders should raise their voices on national and global issues like gun control and climate change.

Standing in a north Minneapolis theater Thursday morning, Frey laid out the details of his vision for the city and its leaders at his first-ever State of the City address. The 36-year-old mayor praised the citys parks, theaters and every City Council member by name, and repeated his hope for the city to invest $50 million in affordable housing this year. He called himself pro-business and pro-growth and promised to make Minneapolis more inclusive for its growing and increasingly diverse population.

We are young, scrappy and hungry, said Frey, quoting the Broadway play Hamilton as he delivered his address at Lundstrum Performing Arts on the North Side.

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Frey has campaigned and governed on promises to make housing affordability for owners and renters, ease tensions between police and community members this while a former Minneapolis officer faces charges for shooting an unarmed woman and address the unequal distribution of wealth and poverty in the city. His speech Thursday reiterated many of these promises, and provided more details for how he plans to realize them.

In a word, Frey optimistically told the crowd, the state of Minneapolis is: poised.

There will be setbacks, but Im asking you to hang in with me on those days, said Frey. I promise that if we stand united, if you keep working alongside me, then together we will make the most of the moments ahead. We havent arrived yet, but we are poised in every sense of the word to do so.

Andy Mannix 612-673-4036 Twitter: @andrewmannix