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
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