Mayor Barrett talks job creation, housing in State of the City address

CREATED Feb 24, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- Mayor Tom Barrett on Monday addressed a crowd of hundreds during his State of the City speech at the social service agency "Journey House."

He touched on a variety of topics, including job creation, attracting business, and developing housing.
"This is a city of neighborhoods. Even in the most distressed neighborhoods, there is a lot going on on," Barrett said. "The city is committed to working with as many partners as we can to improve the quality of life in these neighborhoods."
Barrett said he is proud of the dramatic reduction of teen pregnancy and the lowest number of fire fatalities ever, in the last year.
"...We don't want to sugar coat things," he said. "We know there were too many homicides last year. We know there is work to be done in infant mortality rates in African American communities."