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Wharton: City's problems not unique, solutions will be

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton made his vision for the city known Monday during his annual State of the City Address. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton made his vision for the city known Monday during his annual State of the City Address.

(WMC-TV) – Memphis Mayor A C Wharton made his vision for the city known Monday during his annual State of the City Address.

A Metro Gang Unit, more cameras in high-crime areas and more reentry programs for convicted felons – those are just some of the dozens of initiatives the mayor wants to generate over the next 100 days.

"This is our moment; this is our time," Wharton said to applause Monday.

In what was an overwhelmingly optimistic State of the City Address, Wharton said Memphis' issues are not unique, though its solutions may be.

"The bottom line is that we've got challenges, but we know they're there and we have roadmaps to deal with those challenges," he said.

During his term in office, Wharton said he has four main goals.

"We will work every day to create safe and vibrant neighborhoods, grow prosperity and opportunity for all, invest in our young people, and advance a culture of excellence in city government," he said.

Wharton outlined an aggressive approach to the next 100 days and stressed the urgency of these matters. He also explained how he would measure success.

"When we have more jobs, cleaner neighborhoods, when every child has a school he or she wishes to attend not because they're just trapped there."

The mayor said the biggest obstacle is a crisis in confidence among the general public.

"I'm not naive," Wharton said. "Yeah, you've got to take care of the money problems, but you'll never take care of money problems if people aren't working, if they don't have any dignity to take care of their neighborhoods. And the way to do that: give them a reason to believe in Memphis. We'll turn this around."

The mayor tabbed George Little, Robert Lipscomb and the city's CFO as the leadership team in charge of implementing his strategies.

Wharton said he feels the pressure and will make sure they do too.

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