Our universities and museums are respected around the country.
If we are to succeed, we must recognize that the community redevelopment is not solely the rehabilitation of housing, or putting a mall in the business strips.
I am here before you tonight to dedicate this administration to bringing a new renaissance of neighborhood life and community spirit, a renewal of confidence in the future of our city and a revival of opportunity for all Chicago.
Tonight - by taking this solemn oath - I am no longer a private citizen but the Mayor of the City of Chicago.
I am a Democrat. I have been one all of my life.
Chicago's neighborhoods have always been this city's greatest strength.
We must care. We must all care. And while I am working, while the governments is working, so must the people also work.
As I visited the various neighborhoods in the campaign, I learned fast that it's a mistake to think that all of the wisdom and possible solutions to our problems are available only in this building.
Be assured that I did not become the Mayor of Chicago to preside over its decline.
But as important as the job to be done by government in the neighborhoods, the people must also be involved.
Chicago kept industry, attracted new business, became the center for convention trade and transportation.
City employees will be hired and promoted because of their abilities - without outside interference.
The Chicago Symphony is considered the greatest orchestra in the world.
The nation can no longer afford to continue policies that hasten the flight of persons to the distant suburbs.
The people ask much, often more than any government can give. We must resist the temptation to promise solutions to all problems.
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