Author of the definitive work about Detroit’s decline, “The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit,” Thomas Sugrue speaks with Craig Fahle. Sugrue will appear at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Policy Conference Feb. 27. Hear a preview.
At the Conference, Sugrue spoke with our Detroit Journalism Cooperative partner DPTV and the MiWeek team:
If you missed the speech, listen here.
Mayor Mike Duggan laid out what he said is a strong case that change can come quickly for Detroit in the Detroit Free Press.
Mayor Mike Duggan vowed Wednesday that “change in Detroit is real” to fix broken city services, as reported by The Detroit News.
AP tackled the mayor’s “strategic demolition” plan to tear down vacant and fire-damaged homes.
Fox 2′s recap of the speech with video
Channel 7 also filed a separate report about Duggan’s “D Insurance” proposal: a city-run auto insurance program to combat high rates for city resident.
“Hello jobs, goodbye blight.” That’s not the Reuters headline. But here is their story about the speech.
Editorials and Columns:
“Big hopes that Duggan can cure Detroit’s big problems” from the Detroit Free Press.
“Duggan projects action, optimism” from The Detroit News.
Freep Columnist Rochelle Riley writes “The first thing you want to ask Mayor Mike Duggan, after his first State of the City address is: ‘You really think you can do all that stuff you just said?’ The second thing is: How can I help?”
Sessions range from neighborhood revitalization to entrepreneurial strategies, from transit to economic diversification, from regionalism to small business success at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2014 Detroit Policy Conference held on Thursday, Feb. 27.
Next Chapter Detroit will be there and kick out updates all day long.
Meanwhile, Maggie DeSantis, executive director of Warren Conner Development Corp., gave audiences a preview of some of the discussions about neighborhoods when she dropped by The Craig Fahle Show on Feb. 26.
In advance of his first State of the City speech tonight, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has received a lot of proverbial ink. Here are a few pieces worth checking out:
WDET brings a bit of history about the State of the City with Mayor Dave Bing’s 2011-2013 and Kwame Kilpatrick’s 2008 addresses available.
As part of their America 360 Series on Detroit, The Atlantic and The National Journal profile Duggan and present a Q-and-A with him. “Nothing came easy for Duggan in his quest to become Detroit’s first white mayor in some 40 years,” they write in their introduction.
On Feb. 25, Duggan received the “Newsmaker of the Year” award from Crain’s Detroit Business. In his lunchtime speech, he urged the business community audience to help stop scrap metal theft and produce their executives as volunteers for city program and services.
We’ll have reaction on The Craig Fahle Show Thursday.
While experts, analysts and advocates were responding to Detroit’s Plan of Adjustment and determining what it means for pensions, city services, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the city’s future, a coalition of community groups crafted its own blueprint for Detroit.
Demanding “democracy, transparency and economic equity,” the group is proposing the “Peoples’ Alternative Plan: Toward a Sustainable Detroit.” It was released at a news conference Monday afternoon. It addresses democratic governance, financial structures and schools with a focus on children and families “rather than bureaucratic agendas.”
The coalition is calling for a plan based on “needs of the people” and rejecting what they call is a “banker-friendly” effort in Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan. The group also criticizes Orr’s work as being done behind closed doors “by lawyers who have no stake in the future of our city.”
One of the groups in the coalition is Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management. “Our goal is to support the people of Detroit not to strip the city to pay the banks,” D-REM’s Shea Howell said in a statement. “The Governor, his Emergency Manager and their race based, repressive plans are what stand in the way of Detroit’s revival. Our plan begins with the Detroit City Charter, a legal, democratically created document.”
-By WDET’s Sandra Svoboda
@WDETSandra and firstname.lastname@example.org