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Detroit's Blue Ribbon Panel on Affordability Releases its Report

Gary A. Brown | Posted 03.09.2016 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

The past two years, water affordability has been front and center in Detroit. While opinions vary, it was clear that a review of policies, best practi...

College Student Carried Around Extra Socks To Help Homeless On The Spot

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.08.2015 | Impact

If you came across Josh York over his winter break, there's a good chance he would've had an extra pair of socks on him -- not for himself, but for pe...

Killing the Lights: The Emptiest Parts of the City No Longer Need Traffic Signals

Eric McAfee | Posted 02.18.2014 | Detroit
Eric McAfee

Why would the Department of Public Works consider removing a traffic light in an area so close to highest concentration of jobs and workers? It's not rocket science. This intersection no longer endures the volume of traffic to justify a stoplight.

Making Detroit Work Again

Brendan Milewski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
Brendan Milewski

What's happening in Detroit is about more than retirement and health care coverage. It's about the kind of communities we want to live in -- the kind where we keep our promises to each other, and where we put the interests of working families ahead of big banks and wealthy CEOs.

We Must Affirm Detroit as a Safe City

Benny Napoleon | Posted 11.10.2013 | Detroit
Benny Napoleon

Neighborhood revitalization is the key to Detroit's transformation. Our city will never truly be transformed until we can affirm it as a safe city.

Bailing Out Detroit?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 09.28.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

I didn't hear Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on TV yesterday, but I read this morning that he was asked "how come the Obama administration bailed out the banks but isn't talking about doing so for Detroit?"

The Next Step in Working Toward a Thriving Detroit

Gary A. Brown | Posted 08.26.2013 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

In 2009, I chose to run for Detroit City Council because I believed that we could bring a new direction that Detroiters trust. Voters granted me the h...

Spirit of Detroit Statue Represents the Potential for Our Great City

Benny Napoleon | Posted 06.10.2013 | Detroit
Benny Napoleon

Somehow we have lost our way as a city. We have lost sight of what really matters to our quality of life and to a strong Detroit.

Substance on Public Safety Plan Lacking in Mayor Bing's "State of the City"

Gary A. Brown | Posted 04.23.2013 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

Crime continues to be Detroit's number one issue. It is on the mind of every citizen. We will not thrive until the perception of Detroit is changed to that of a safe city through reducing the number of crime victims.

We Must Reduce the Number of Crime Victims in Detroit

Gary A. Brown | Posted 03.30.2013 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

I am concerned that there are not sufficient strategies in place to reduce the number of crime victims in Detroit and change the perception that Detroit is not a safe city. In my view, there are 10 strategies to achieve the goal.

Quality Neighborhoods Citywide Essential to Stronger Detroit

Benny Napoleon | Posted 03.05.2013 | Detroit
Benny Napoleon

As Detroiters, we embrace our city's non-residential stakeholders. We embrace the fact that many are rooting for us; understanding that we will never have a thriving state of Michigan, or southeast region without a vibrant city of Detroit.

A Thriving Detroit Remains My Long-Term Goal

Gary A. Brown | Posted 02.20.2013 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

As Detroit nears the possible appointment of an emergency financial manager, it's important to note that although the current pace of change is not as rapid as necessary to extinguish this fiscal crisis, we have made progress since 2009.

Emergency Financial Manager Is a Real Possibility for Detroit

Gary A. Brown | Posted 02.09.2013 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

I will not waver in an effort to join with my council colleagues and Mayor Bing to make the necessary bold financial reforms. If we don't move swiftly, the certainty is an emergency financial manager will take even bolder action on behalf of Detroiters.

Detroit Is Moving Forward -- It's City Government That Is Broken

Gary A. Brown | Posted 01.15.2013 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

Detroit is not a broken-down city. We are not going to fall into the river. Let's be clear on this fact. It's city government that is broken.

Getting the Lights Is a Priority

Gary A. Brown | Posted 11.09.2012 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

There are 88,000 street lights operated by the city. More than half of these are out on any given day. I believe most Detroiters want their lights on, regardless of who repairs them.

Progress on Financial Reforms and Restructuring Necessary to Get Closer to a Thriving Detroit

Gary A. Brown | Posted 12.24.2012 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

Detroiters have come accustom to the talk of deficits, low cash flow and payless paydays during the past several years. The reality is that the City of Detroit still faces a fiscal crisis that will continue if implementation of reforms is not moved forward.

Detroit Residents Are Collateral Damage to the People Now Calling the Shots

John K. Bennett | Posted 12.19.2012 | Detroit
John K. Bennett

If it has not occurred to the people of Detroit yet, on the heels of 32 murders in 15 days, the bell should be ringing loud and clear soon enough that we are nothing more than collateral damage to Governor Snyder, Mayor Bing and his financial advisory board.

Public Safety in a Thriving Detroit

Gary A. Brown | Posted 12.03.2012 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

I know all too well the damage that crime can have on families and our community. However, I caution Detroiters and people looking to move here -- the crime you see on the news is not a citywide epidemic and it's not insurmountable.

The Sacrifices Continue Following September 11 Tragedy

Gary A. Brown | Posted 11.11.2012 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

Eleven years ago, our freedom was violated in a fatal, destructive manner. But we did not elevate to that level of hatred. Instead, we stood together with our fellow men, women and children to protect our nation and to recover.

A City of Detroit With a Balanced Budget: What Does That Mean to You?

Gary A. Brown | Posted 11.06.2012 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

A balanced budget affords us the capacity to begin eliminating our deficit and pay toward our debt. The end goal is a fiscally stable, efficient municipal government that creates an environment in which Detroiters can thrive.

A Thriving Detroit Is the End Goal

Gary A. Brown | Posted 10.24.2012 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

An efficient City of Detroit government will create the environment to thrive. This is the vision I encourage us all to share.

Should Belle Isle Stay Under Detroit Control?

Posted 07.25.2012 | Detroit

Mayor Dave Bing still hasn't reached a decision regarding control of the Parks & Recreation Department's crown jewel -- the 932 pastoral acres of Detr...

Ashley Woods

LOOK: Hundreds Swarm Palmer Park Log Cabin, Step Inside Detroit's History | Ashley Woods | Posted 06.25.2012 | Detroit

For 125 years, while the Motor City grew up around it, and then slowly began to empty, the Log Cabin at Palmer Park stood sentry. On Sunday, for on...

Detroit's Old Games Are Over

Fred Leeb | Posted 02.28.2012 | Detroit
Fred Leeb

Those of us in the turnaround world have been waiting for decades for the City of Detroit to be in its current dismal financial condition with no easy way out. It is finally the time when people must step up and take positive actions.

The Self-Proclaimed Jewish Conspiracy Against Kwame Kilpatrick

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

Rather than seeking repentance for his misdeeds, Kwame cries that it was unfair the way he was treated and looks for a scapegoat. So, why not the Jews?