Tacoma Urbanist

Feb. 24, 2011 at 12:01am

Mayor Strickland v. Mayor McGinn : Who Delivered the Best State of the City Speech?


Below are the State of the City addresses given by Seattle Mayor McGinn and Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland:

What were the strengths and weaknesses of each speech, video editing, and effectiveness of which they were presented on each city's website?

Which was best overall?



Seattle Mayor McGinn's Speech:


Tacoma Mayor Strickland's Speech

Commentary:


A couple of initial observations:


Kudos to the The City of Tacoma has link to Strickland's speech on the front page of the city's website. However, the text needs to be edited a bit to read "[w]atch Tacoma Mayor Strickland's State of the Union speech."

On the other hand, Seattle utilized different camera angles which gave some visual context to the speech.  The Tacoma video looks like the camera was set up once and left.

Strickland had a better speech length which was 25 minutes versus 49 painful minutes Mayor McGinn forced the audience to listen to.


I think it was clear that Strickland had better speaking skills.

McGinn out-geeked Strickland with his knowledge and discussion of high speed fiber cable, and bandwidth/conduit/bandwidth discussions and lots of specific on rail, performance management theories and outcome measures for success.  He just did.

On the other hand, McGinn started his speech with an apology and seemed obligated to slight the Seattle police.

Be honest. How else do these two mayors compare in their State of the City speeches?

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Comments

by NineInchNachos on 2/24/2011 @ 6:32am
the Seattle Police needs to get with the program. Take more sensitivity classes or something.

by NineInchNachos on 2/24/2011 @ 7:58am
www.injusticeeverywhere.com/?s=seattle&s...

by Erik on 2/24/2011 @ 9:45am
McGinn also wants (yet) another light rail extension over the 520 bridge no doubt to be paid in large portion by the State of Washington if they are able to save money in shutting down the Washington State History Museum.

It's no secret the mayor is not pleased with the transportation solutions adopted for the city's waterfront and corridor over to the Eastside. McGinn said he'd prefer to see light rail on the 520 bridge and he anticipates a problem with tolling drivers $7 or $8 round trip without a "low-cost transit" option.

www.mynorthwest.com/category/local_news_...

by Jesse on 2/24/2011 @ 10:10am
Loved Strickland's speech. Lots of good stuff. It looks like she really "gets it" on most topics.

I'd love to see a comprehensive streetcar plan. Like, the next couple of routes with time-frame goals for completion.

by NineInchNachos on 2/24/2011 @ 11:20am
Strickland kicks Baarsma's ass

by Erik on 2/24/2011 @ 12:38pm
@Jesse:

Yeah, McGinn was well into implementation of different streetcar/light rail lines. Tacoma is still stuck in visioning processes for streetcars and the expansion of LINK.

by Daymaker on 2/24/2011 @ 9:01pm
Does anyone have a count in how many times the mayor said "shift"?

by Daymaker on 2/24/2011 @ 9:01pm
Does anyone have a count in how many times the mayor said "shift"?

by Erik on 2/24/2011 @ 9:12pm
Perhaps you could count them for us Daymaker!

by Erik on 2/25/2011 @ 12:21am
And now someone stole poor McKinn's bike:

McGinn's bike stolen after ride to work

Seattle's biking Mayor Mike McGinn tweeted Wednesday that somebody stole his wife's bike after he'd ridden to work.

By Susan Gilmore

Seattle Times staff reporter

Related

Seattle's biking Mayor Mike McGinn tweeted Wednesday that somebody stole his wife's bike after he'd ridden to work.

"I know I've been encouraging people to ride bikes more," McGinn tweeted. "but I didn't mean u could 'borrow' my wife's bike w/o asking."

He later tweeted that it was stolen after he rode it to work Wednesday and added a picture of the bike. "Peg is pissed," he tweeted about his wife.

The bike was stolen from a rack in the garage at City Hall, where it was sitting unlocked, said spokesman Aaron Pickus.


seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews...

by fredo on 2/25/2011 @ 7:40am
McGinn is too stupid to put a lock on his bicycle but smart enough to run a city the size of Seattle? I don't get it.