The nation's capital city began a new era of hope and renewal this week as one of its own, Sharon Pratt Dixon, took the helm as mayor. In a moving inaugural, she spoke of a "new season of coming together. A season where the international city, the federal city, the many neighborhoods, the many constituents, become one."
Her words struck deep chords within Washingtonians eager tmove beyond years of scandalously inefficient, unresponsive government unable to deal with drugs, crime, public education and racial polarization. Ms. Dixon's first assignment will be the threatened bankruptcy of the city in a matter of months. If she is to win a boost in federal funding from a wary Congress weary of the District's spending excesses, she must act quickly and decisively.
Critical, too, is forging a partnership with a new, invigorated D.C. Council, one motivated not by power and personal gain but the good of city residents. She will be helped in this by new Council Chairman John Wilson, a holdover from the previous administration who, as head of its finance and revenue committee, routinely challenged former Mayor Marion Barry.