In the meeting, Duggan announced the points which the local government would be focusing on over the upcoming years. According to the list Duggan and his team have compiled, there will be a doubled effort in commercial demolition, tougher policies for rental properties, and a concentrated effort on illegal dumping.
Duggan’s meeting was the first public unveiling of his plan.
In order to compile the list, Duggan and his staff spent many months meeting and consulting with local groups, such as block clubs and neighborhood associations, to gather intel and determine what areas required the most need.
Although the plan was publicized this week, Duggan stated the city administration won’t be enacting the plan until next week.
“We’ve got to extend what we’re doing to all neighborhoods, which is our next step,” stated Duggan. “We’ve got to have neighborhoods where we get the kind of investment we’re seeing in downtown, Midtown and Corktown …”
Neighborhood quality of life issues were also addressed by Duggan’s 10-point plan. These include factors such as removing over 10,000 dead trees, replacing 250,000 sidewalk slabs over the upcoming three-year period, and cleaning out catch basins to help minimize flooding.
At the close of the meeting, attendees were able to circulate the room and visit stations which had been set up to address any questions or concerns. These stations were manned by neighborhood managers and police officers as well as city department heads. Unfortunately, this format was not well-received as the Mayor refused to answer to questions himself—which is his usual stance.
“Today he didn’t even want to hear our voice,” said Teed, who represents the People’s Water Board of Detroit. “I wanted to talk to him about the health crisis around water in Detroit right now.”
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