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February 25, 2010

DETROIT MAYOR SAYS CITY CAN'T SUPPORT ALL ITS NEIGHBORHOODS. . .PEOPLE WILL HAVDE TO MOVE

DETROIT NEWS - Detroit mayor Dave Bing says the city plans to encourage residents to move from some neighborhoods: 'If they stay where they are I absolutely cannot give them all the services they require.'

In his strongest statements about shrinking the city since taking office, Bing told WJR-760 AM the city is using internal and external data to decide "winners and losers." The city plans to save some neighborhoods and encourage residents to move from others, he said.

"If we don't do it, you know this whole city is going to go down. I'm hopeful people will understand that," Bing said. "If we can incentivize some of those folks that are in those desolate areas, they can get a better situation.".. .

He said there's no timeline, price tag or estimate on the number of people who would have to be moved, but said federal funding would be needed. Bing said he plans to focus on the neighborhoods in which Detroit Public Schools plans to build schools with $500 million in bonds voters approved last year.

"You can't support every neighborhood," Bing told WJR's Frank Beckmann. "You can't support every community across this city. Those communities that are stable, we can't allow them to go down the tubes. That's not a good business decision from my vantage point."

Bing acknowledged it won't be "an easy conversation." And he's already facing opposition from activists such as Ron Scott, who said he is "adamantly opposed" and believes the business community is pushing Bing to get cheap access to large tracts of the city.

"Sounds like reservations to me, it sounds like telling people to move," Scott said. "The citizens of the city of Detroit who built this city, the working class, didn't create this situation. You are diminishing the constitutional options people have by contending you have a crisis."


2 Comments:

Anonymous If you push something hard enough it will fall over... said...

But the feds were willing to take these same peoples' money, including funds specifically witheld for retirement and give them to Cheney and W's contracting buddies for assasination and torture, now there's no funds for the people who've earned help and deserve help. God if I could deny Congressmen and expresidents and judges their pension/blood money...

February 25, 2010 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Jon said...

You want to know the biggest problem in Detroit then look internally. The federal government is heavily flawed but the problems with Detroit are the nearly half a century of corrupt Democrats siphoning money off the city for themselves.

Bush, Cheney, Halliburton and Blackwater aren't to blame for the prior decades Detroit has been f*d over. Detroit keeps electing Democrats and wonder why things don't get better. All the while Democrats lie to their less-than-awake citizens telling them it's the fault of everyone but them.

Don't they know it's been the job of the Democrats to keep blacks down since their founding to resist the end of slavery? Wake the heck up!

February 25, 2010 9:19 PM  

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