I gather Mayor Mark Stodola thinks our report on his first term as “strong mayor” wasn’t sufficiently worshipful. He particularly objects to failure to include favorable mentions of Little Rock in various national ratings (some with tenuous connections at best to city leadership and some, such as cheap prices, that are counter-indicative of growth and prosperity).

So read on for his upbeat assessment of a city battling budget woes with depleted city staff. (He did omit that recent Moody’s report that said Little Rock could be cruising for a double-dip recession.)

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He also didn’t highlight the marvelous job the city has done converting its lost minor league baseball franchise to a sparkling new park oasis.

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