Ross is a politician but not cowardly or overly slick. Among other ideas, he included:
Home rule: A vestige of class warfare that cripples the city. Boston should be able to govern itself.
Term limits:Mayor Tom Menino has been fine, but 8 years should be the max for the office. Don't toss the councilors so easily. We need institutional memory as well.
Council power: There is real power for an elected official in coalescing groups to get in idea implemented.
Recession drives: It's up to the council, mayor, businesses and non-profits to step up now to keep key programs working and even expanding.
In other words, Ross seems to expect a lot of himself — and everyone else — in improving the city rather than whining.