This column from The Seattle Times argues that McGinn's priorities are focused on the long-term economic and environmental health of the city.
"Mayor McGinn thinks about the economy in sophisticated, holistic terms. He understands that discontinuity is our future - the next 25 years are not going to be a replay of the past quarter century. And, most of all, he understands that two of the greatest challenges ahead are a high-cost energy future and either addressing climate change or paying the price for inaction.
Thus, the notion of strong, walkable neighborhoods with good schools, connected by transit to a vibrant downtown, is not a throwaway line or a luxury - it's key to economic health. This dovetails with the green-building challenge and retrofitting charming districts with broadband and other advanced infrastructure."