Best Of 2007

MOST IGNORED ISSUE: St. Pete’s race relations

St. Pete Mayor Rick Baker at a ribbon cutting

Nobody likes to talk about race — especially St. Pete. From the Times to the City Council, St. Pete’s institutions continue to remain si-lent on racial tension despite its presence in every major issue affecting the city: Midtown’s economic development, gentrification, po-lice attrition. To be sure, race relations are never an easy subject, especially in a city rocked by riots a decade ago, but the earlier that residents have this difficult conversation, the sooner we can move on.