Response to Mayor Bell’s State of the City Address

Mayoral candidate Randall Woodfin issued the following statement in response to Mayor William Bell’s State of the City address at the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham: As expected during election season, Mayor Bell tried to manage people’s perceptions rather than confront reality in his address. The reality is his policies aren’t working for all neighborhoods around Birmingham. If you look closer …

Mayoral candidate Randall Woodfin issued the following statement in response to Mayor William Bell’s State of the City address at the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham:

As expected during election season, Mayor Bell tried to manage people’s perceptions rather than confront reality in his address. The reality is his policies aren’t working for all neighborhoods around Birmingham. If you look closer we are dealing with a tale of two cities. The downtown area looks beautiful, but after almost seven years in office, I expect more to be done in neighborhoods like North Birmingham and Wylam, and others that are persistently left behind.

Knocking down 600 vacant properties in an election year may seem commendable, but there are over 10,000 dilapidated properties across the city. And it’s easy to applaud the $40 million investment in the Ramsay-McCormack building or $64 million for Regions Field, but not at the expense of our Birmingham Fire Department whose depressing living conditions were recently brought to light.

I respect Mayor Bell’s decades of service to the city, but with forty years comes rigidity and an unwillingness to compromise that only hurts the working families across the city. Our community deserves a vision that is inclusive, optimistic, and grounded in reality. A reality that we are still facing double-digit unemployment in many of our neighborhoods and consistently ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the country. In fact, Birmingham had the highest number of homicides in a decade in 2016 and that number has steadily increased under Mayor Bell’s watch.

Success does not need a fancy presentation with bells and whistles. Success speaks through the communities and hardworking families that prosper. We still have work to do to ensure we will build a Birmingham that works for everyone. That means one city, 99 neighborhoods strong, where all citizens have an opportunity to thrive and reach their God-given potential.

 

Randall Woodfin
Woodfin for Mayor
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