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.
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.
We can make our neighborhoods safer. We can light our streets, clean up the blight and fix our roads. We can educate our babies.
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 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.
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.
Governor Snyder has portrayed the bridge issue as cut and dry: Michigan will get a "free" bridge, with the cost shouldered entirely by Canada. While this sounds good in theory, there are still many pressing issues for which the governor simply has no answers.
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.
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.
As the nation moves closer to a pivotal moment of presidential decision, Detroit prepares to make its own history.
All cities change, especially those dependent on specific industries that outlive their usefulness to society. Detroit is suffering and Delray can be considered an exaggerated microcosm of loss and abandonment.
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.
There is another news report this week about a potential lead in solving the case of Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance. Rather than participating in the media circus, I ask you to reflect for a moment on the impact of his abduction on those who loved him most -- his family.
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 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.
Could Detroit host the Olympics in 2024? Before we get to the future, let's talk about how we are going to fix the problems here in the city in order to get to the future.