We have institutional gems in Detroit that other cities envy. Many times we take them for granted. One of these gems, which needs our support, is the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).
On August 7, voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties have the rare privilege of voting on the importance of preserving a cultural treasure -- the Detroit Institute of Arts. I will be voting yes and urge you to do the same.
Detroit is suffering at the hands of a group with no frame of reference on how government is supposed to operate.
Having the state live up to its legally binding obligations to the city is worth fighting for. That is especially so when the alternative amounts to a complete abandonment of every principle that has made our society worth living in.
Military veterans offer employers the work ethic and unique training that may take your business to the next level. Through recent federal and state legislation there are also dollars attached to hiring veterans.
Detroit continues to face a fiscal crisis. However, the issue to address crime in the neighborhoods is not about resources; it's about managing the resources. The crime affecting our neighborhoods is fixable.
For progress to be made all, not just Detroiters, will have to be full participants in starting a new conversation. Unfortunately there are so many who have made a living playing the race card. They win but we all lose.
Less than a year ago, Detroit extended the hours of downtown parking enforcement till 10 pm. Making parking onerous and expensive is a great way to send people looking for a free, open space off where they know they can find one.
The key for all of us in Michigan is that the auto industry not only survived the Great Recession, but today is leading our economic recovery. Jobs are being added and new products are being introduced.
If Detroit wants to stabilize and grow its economy, buses, rapid buses, and light rail must all be included in Detroit's regional transportation system. If Detroit only supports a basic bus system, we will remain a third-class city.
Now that City Council approved the consent agreement, the real work begins. We must put meat on the bones to create a restructuring plan.
We need to encourage the mayor and the council to insist on their authority to make decisions. If the state is unwilling to protect the elected officials, we encourage the city to declare bankruptcy.
Even with the February 29 delivery of over 226,000 signatures to a petition to overturn Public Act 4, there has been another brave and bold attempt to overthrow the law.
Is democracy a luxury good in America, discarded when the going gets rough? Apparently Michigan's Gov. Rick Snyder thinks so.
Folks, it's time to just shut up and focus on what's coming at us across that metaphorical Dardanelles Strait. If the walls are breached, it really won't matter whose fault it is or how it happened. We'll all be in a bad way.
The concept of emergency management, as pushed forward by Gov. Snyder, is deeply flawed. It is a draconian attempt at a solution to a problem caused in large part by policies and circumstances not promulgated at the local level.