FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – At the beginning of the month, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price announced a somewhat unorthodox way of handling the annual State of the City address.

Price said that she would be appealing directly to the residents of Fort Worth, asking folks to email questions or tweet at her. Instead of a traditional speech, Price will be addressing these questions and concerns directly from the podium.

Well, that time has come. On Thursday, she and staffers answered the questions in a ballroom at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

This new conversational-style State of the City was Price’s first-ever.

“We’ve got challenges to face and we’ll face them head on, just like strong West Texas, Fort Worthians do,” Price said. “We’re going to come out better for it.”

She says transportation is probably the biggest issue facing the city.  The mayor says future planning has to involve more than just new roads.

“We can’t pour enough concrete or build enough spaces for the future generation.  We have to look at light rail.  We have to look at high speed rail that will go to the airport and fan out to Dallas and to Fort Worth and Irving and Arlington.”

The mayor says she’ll ask for voter input as the city looks for ways to make up a $45 million shortfall in the next budget.

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