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Governor and Deputy Mayor Talk About Detroit’s Financial Future

March 29 2012 | 2 comments

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Deputy Detroit Mayor Kirk Lewis answered your questions in a lively Detroit 2020 interactive town hall.  The two men talked about the Challenge of Change in Detroit.

They answered questions about the Financial Stability Agreement proposed by the City Council, discussed the role race has played in the debate, and which–if any–Detroit properties or services should be run by someone else.

Throughout the 30-minute broadcast, hundreds of people took part in an on-line chat, while hundreds more got involved in the conversation through Facebook and Twitter.

The entire program will be rebroadcast on channel 7, Sunday, April 1 at 11:00am


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  1. dj sixfoe April 1, 2012

    why won’t the governor give detroit the money the state owes detroit, then see detroit in 1-2 years. he has to be stupid to think that blacks don’t understand language in contracts and agreements. my question to the governor, if a company owed your company money yet takes up fault against you when you ask for the debt what action would he takes?


  2. Hypestyle April 2, 2012

    I have lived and worked in Detroit for the past 20 years. The city of Detroit needs nothing less than radical intervention at all possible levels, along the lines of Reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of the U.S. Civil War. The City of Detroit needs a special economic and educational stimulus plan.
    Whatever the ‘final choice’ ends up becoming as to the means of addressing Detroit’s ongoing poor financial state, I would hope that the intervention plan includes an employment component for city residents. Ideally, I would like to see the governor and state legislature create an initiative along the lines of the Public Works Administration that took place during President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration. With all of the blight and urban decay that exists throughout the city of Detroit, the various construction and building trades would be a prime industry to recruit unemployed or underemployed Detroit residents for new jobs in dealing with blight head-on. Detroit’s skilled-trade unions should be directed to be a partner in this, including working with Detroit city schools and training adults and youth in their respective disciplines.
    Regarding issues of pushback to cultural diversity in urban Detroit, people who live here are going to have to stop having a narrow definition on what Detroit’s population should look like. Aggressive business outreach by civic leaders should be done with international-based companies (Africa, China, Middle East, South America) to invest in the city, bring people to reside here and engage in commerce here.


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