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Spin Control

Mayor Condon did NOT start the fire

Spokane Mayor David Condon gave his annual State of the City address Friday, before members of Greater Spokane Inc. 

The talk hit the high points of Condon's three years in office - water rates, police oversight, passage of the street levy and park bond. But the highest high point came at the beginning, when this video played.

One attendee tweeted in pure, historical joy: "'We didn't start the fire!' In memory of the 125 years, 7 months since the Great Fire of 1889?"

Some may scoff (as has already begun on social media), some may sing along with the original Billy Joel lyrics (yours truly), but one thing is sure to unite as one political body: We all will get the song stuck in our head.

The mayor gave his speech at the front of the stage while people ate breakfast and their silverware tinkled. Condon decided to forgo the podium and instead paced between teleprompters. The format had a TED talk quality to it, and the mayor paused a few times to show videos. A couple were produced by local broadcasters, a couple more were produced for the city.

In all, it was a slick, professional performance, just in time for the mayor's re-election campaign (which he officially launched just days before). Judging by the repeated uses of "What If..." and "Spokane's Got it Going On," one wonders if these could be campaign slogans.

Here's the mayor's entire talk.

Nicholas Deshais
Joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He is the urban issues reporter, covering transportation, housing, development and other issues affecting the city. He also writes the Getting There transportation column and The Dirt, a roundup of construction projects, new businesses and expansions. He previously covered Spokane City Hall.

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