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Mayor Foxx delivers "State of the City" Address

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx delivered his 2013 "State of the City" address Monday.

The Mayor says "our city is strong. It's getting stronger."

The Mayor's remarks happened Monday morning in the City Council chamber at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center uptown.

During the speech, the mayor outlined his thoughts on Charlotte's recent accomplishments and future challenges.

Mayor Foxx says the Charlotte region is the fastest growing in the country. He believes for the Queen City to move forward, Charlotte has to "re-invent" economically challenged areas.

The Mayor says he believes street cars can help the city move forward.

Fox told the audience in the City Council Chamber "let me be clear. Street cars and resolving the capital budget is more important than baseball, more important than football. It is important to put the city on a path of living together with more opportunity, more economic vibrancy, and more quality of neighborhoods".

Meanwhile, at the family owned Original Chicken 'N Ribs on Beatties Ford Road, Renee Johnson is counting on street cars running along that corridor.

"I think we need some more attention, revitalizing up and down the corridor so we can get come of the benefits that the rest of Charlotte receives", says Johnson - the third generation of her family to work in the business.

The eatery re-opened Monday after five months of renovations.

Johnson says she believes Beatties Ford Road "is up and coming. Transit is coming with streetcar" but she acknowledges "if it doesn't happen we'll have to adjust but we're hoping that it does."

Charlotte City Council Member Warren Cooksey says he noticed during the Mayor's State of the City speech a "heavy preponderance of street car and not a lot of detail about anything going on the city."

Cooksey, who represents the Ballantyne area, says "I think an Uptown street car project is not sufficient to look at what this city has needs for" and he takes issues with the Mayor's assertion that sections of the city have been ignored.

Cooksey says "I'd be interested in knowing what areas by name have been ignored. In the past 15-16 years this city has approved one billion dollars in infrastructure bonds all over the city."

You can read a full copy of the Mayor's speech here.

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