Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said this week that a number of trends show signs of an economic recovery in Minneapolis. He cited a decline in the unemployment rate and growth in the labor force and job creation as positive indicators, and he pointed to an increase in permit activity and a drop in foreclosure rates.
Rybak has also been in the thick of negotiations to finance and build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings near the site of the Metrodome. He faces a city council that appears reluctant to go along with the plan, and a state legislature that is skeptical of his plans to get Target Center back on its feet and off the city's property tax rolls.
R.T. Rybak stopped by KFAI to talk with Bob Hines and Michelle Alimoradi.