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Mayor Catherine E. Pugh Delivers First State of the City Address. Full Transcript.

On Thursday, March 16th, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh addressed the Baltimore City Council and honored guests to deliver the State of the City Address. You can read the entire transcript of the Address here.

I am committed to steadfast police reform.

I know there are concerns about the status of the city's police reform negotiations with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and what the forthcoming presidential administration change means for Baltimore's consent decree. Ensuring that every single citizen feels safe and secure in his or her neighborhood is the single most important objective of my administration. Rest assured, I am committed to steadfast police reform.

Mayor Pugh's Statement on Creating Safe Spaces for Artists in Baltimore

Just days before the start of my administration, artists who worked and lived in the Bell Foundry were displaced as a result of housing and code violations. This disproportionately impacted artists of color and members of the LGBTQ community, who rely on spaces like the Bell Foundry for practical and cultural value. While public safety is a non-negotiable imperative, I also recognize the intrinsic value of DIY-spaces – which offer resources that artists, especially emerging artists, need.

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Catherine E. Pugh

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh