The Impact of Environmental Racism in Detroit with Sen. Warren & Rep. Tlaib
New proposal would eliminate all residential blight from every Detroit neighborhood by mid-2025 Joined by neighborhood residents and Councilmembers Andre Spivey and Scott Benson, Mayor Mike Duggan today announced a request for Detroit City Council to authorize a $250 million bond initiative for the March 2020 ballot that would completely eliminate all residential blight from every Detroit neighborhood by mid-2025. The proposal, if approved by Council and passed by voters, would not increase taxes for Detroiters. It would allow for the city to demolish 19,000 abandoned residential buildings while rehabbing and occupying approximately 7,000 homes that can be saved. It would take 13 years for the City to complete the same number of demolitions without this bond proposal, which would eliminate residential blight citywide in five years. Until now, the City's blight removal efforts have been funded by mostly federal Hardest Hit funds, which can only be used in limited areas of the city as directed by the federal government. This program would allow the city to remove blight in EVERY neighborhood across Detroit. ?For the past five years, residents living outside of the federal boundaries have been asking me when it?s going to be their turn and those have been difficult conversations,? Mayor Duggan said. ?Because these funds will be completely controlled by the city, neighborhoods that have lived with blight for decades will see all of it removed within five years of the bond sale being approved.?
Detroit?s comeback is about how we value education in the city. We must value education to help educate children, and underprepared and non-educated adults. We have a great system but there are still some challenges; if we want to move forward, we must prepare all of our residents, both young and old, for the future.
Michigan's political climate is always changing, finding Michigan's next political leaders is something that will approach quicker than we know it.
In one of the most highly anticipated sessions of the 2019 Detroit Policy Conference, Quicken Loans founder and chairman Dan Gilbert joined Conference Chair Dennis W. Archer Jr. for a conversation on Detroit?s future.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers keynote address at 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference
Known for his dynamic keynotes on Michigan?s Center Stage, Mayor Mike Duggan will be returning once again deliver an impactful address on Detroit?s progress and trajectory. Mayor Duggan will offer a glimpse into the city?s next steps and major initiatives as Detroit?s revitalization continues to spread into the neighborhoods.