Hartford had an inaugural ball last night for our newly elected Latino Mayor, Attorney Pedro Segarra. His spouse, Charlie Ortiz, accompanied him. The ballroom of 900 diverse people (with proceeds to charity organizations) was filled with business people, non-profits, government, neighborhood people, city and suburban residents of different ethnic, cultural, economic, religious, experiences, educational backgrounds, ages, and political beliefs, all giving Mayor Segarra their rousing and vocal support. We have many challenges, but if last night is any indication, we have come together around a leader who came to the city as a 15-year-old runaway and has made a solid contribution ever since. Our differences don’t matter. The challenges we face do. The energy and commitment to work together and overcome the barriers/hurdles was evident throughout the evening. Are we a city of the future? We may be.. We’re not bogged down in pettiness and I hope we can continue to expand upon that energy. It was a magical evening and spawned so much hope for the future.