The urban hellhole has a new mayor. I admit I follow local politics less than I should, but that's largely because it's really hard to follow local politics based on press reports. Too much of what's important is really the story behind the story, the stuff that doesn't actually make it into the papers. The tuned in reporters know it, but it doesn't always fit the model of journalism that they're trying to do.
Another issue is that one of the biggest issues facing the city - schools - can't easily be addressed. The state took over the school system about 15 years ago and has been doing its best to destroy it ever since. All the city can do is throw more money it doesn't have at it and hope that not all of it goes into the coffers of corrupt charter operators.