Major property owners are taking an active role in security in the downtown business district. Hundreds of cameras are focused on buildings and streets to enhance the safety and well being of those who live, work and play there.
Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr was in our studios for a Detroit 2020 live special event Wednesday night. During the half-hour special, “Questions Orr Answers,” Orr discussed the plan to lease Belle Isle to the state of Michigan, proposed pension cuts, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and other topics. Orr has been on the job for a little more… Read more »
From wxyz.com: A controversial move to lease Detroit’s Belle Isle to the state has been signed by Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and was announced at the Detroit City Council meeting this morning by Council President Saunteel Jenkins. Opposition to the lease earlier this year caused it to be tabled. Terms of the lease are not yet known but could… Read more »
The huge job of turning the streets lights back on in Detroit got underway today. Detroit 2020 was on hand when workers hit the streets. There are reports that 40% of Detroit street lights don’t work. Today, the new public lighting authority of Detroit began finding out exactly which lights are broken. Workers wearing day-glo vests are going block to… Read more »
A development deal for Detroit’s derelict Packard plant remains in limbo this afternoon. Chicago developer William Hults has yet to complete a transfer of cash to the county that would allow him to buy the Packard out of foreclosure for $1 million in back taxes. Hults has talked of turning the blighted 40-acre site on Detroit’s east side into a… Read more »
As Detroit police announce a new crackdown on carjackings in the city, there is real concern over car thefts in an area of northwest Detroit. 7 Action News reporter Dave LewAllen shows you car thieves caught on video and just how quickly they are able to strike and be gone: It happened in the light of day. “About 9:45 or… Read more »
From wxyz.com: Five homes in Detroit have become the first to be torn down under a new state program that is being called the largest residential blight removal effort in Michigan’s history. Governor Snyder was on hand as the homes were demolished near the University of Detroit-Mercy campus. Snyder announced the program in June. Under the plan, which was approved… Read more »
The city of Detroit will receive $52.3 million in federal funds for blight removal, Governor Rick Snyder announced today. About $37.4 million will go to four other Michigan cities to fund large-scale projects to stabilize neighborhoods, preserve property values and fight crime. The governor announced in June that the U.S. Department of the Treasury approved $100 million for anti-blight… Read more »
Blight. Crime and safety. Lighting. All are every day concerns of most Detroiters. During a meeting on Wednesday with 7 Action News staffers, Orr said things will improve. Better neighborhoods…with less blight. Tens of thousands of abandoned buildings litter Detroit’s landscape. The emergency manager told us–there’s a plan to clean things up… “We have a plan for blight remediation by… Read more »
Regina Vance loves Detroit’s parks. When she retired as district supervisor for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, she planned to spend much of her leisure time outdoors, “Just enjoying life and not having to worry about too many things.”
But now, like so many Detroit workers and retirees, she does worry that bankruptcy has hit home.