Preparing our city to achieve its destiny will require strong leadership.
The true privilege of being Mayor is that I have the opportunity to be everyone's neighbor.
And it was from Boston that one in every six American families began their journey into the land of the free.
Currently, Boston has only nine percent of the state's population - but we provide more than 16 percent of the jobs and 19 percent of the state's revenues.
For every $5 that Boston's economy sends up to Beacon Hill, the state gives only $1 back to us.
I am also committed to providing city employees with housing assistance.
The true value of sport is more than the skills that young people learn.
We must be vigilant in our actions towards criminals, and innovative in our approach towards solving crime.
I brought together experts from health care, business, academic institutions, and the community to develop a comprehensive blueprint for eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care in the City of Boston.
Children need continuity as they grow and learn.
Boston is the engine of the state's economy.
Boston is safe. And we're going to keep it safe.
I'm proud to report that in 2004 alone, we approved 3,600 new units of housing - our best year ever!
Diversity gives our city a competitive edge.
He was a man of great statue
It's like an Alcatraz around my neck
And for the city's birthday, we will host events in every neighborhood of the city, inviting all of our residents to share in the celebration of Boston's great epic - the story of neighbors who support one another where it matters most.
I grew up with a Christmas tree, I'm going to stay with a Christmas tree.
Boston is known for its innovation.
I am working hard to ensure that working families can continue to afford to live in our city.
One of our key strategies has been to restructure traditional high schools into small learning communities with personalized attention and a range of options.
In the 1990s, we introduced Boston's community policing strategy. We reversed the tide of violent crime that threatened our city, and we established a national model for preventing and fighting crime.
Tonight, I am pleased to announce that I have secured $1 million from the Convention Host Committee to fund the beautification of Boston's neighborhoods.
2004 was a great year for Boston! The Patriots won the Super Bowl! Boston hosted its first national political convention! And - the Red Sox won the World Series!
Here's what I see all across this great city - people working together to make Boston a better place to live and to raise children, to grow and pursue dreams.
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