Cities that do not view all of their residents as equal and deserving of all of the benefits and resources that flow into them will not be intentional about doing what is required to make thriving connections happen.
It is in many ways an urban planner's utopia: a city craving retribution and redefinition, and one armed with thousands of hungry, skilled workers, available space and as many natural resources as any city in the country.
People from outside still look at me strangely when I tell them I moved to Detroit. "There's not much in Detroit, is there?" They say. They don't get that that's the point. I moved to Detroit because the city is full of empty spaces, just waiting for me -- for us -- to fill them up.
Detroit is a tricky place. And its image -- coupling lament and fetishism -- often precedes it. If the city's image precedes it, why not engage the image toward the production of a new urban imaginary? Imaging Detroit is doing just that.
Rebuilding Detroit is not only a security issue for residents but a national security issue. We need to make big changes in order to improve both the city and the lives of its citizens. It is my hope that you will entrust me to work for you on these issues.
My top priority is making Detroit a world-class city again. As state representative in the 4th district, I will work to achieve this goal by urging our state to invest in infrastructure, education, and our neighborhoods.
Most of those driving the discussions about economic progress, urban gardening, land use issues, and governmental policy in Detroit are relative newcomers who do not necessarily understand or appreciate the challenges that the "old Detroit" has faced.
Detroit will turn around, and does every day, when we understand the power we have to transform the way we function. Every day we must remind ourselves that this is our community and we have the power to change it.
We have to band together to not only protect each other, but to provide for each other, share with each other, feed each other, care for each other and more importantly love each other in these tough times, Detroit.
Instead of working for a progress we can only access in the cinema of our imaginations, "a fantasy of more," we should embrace our station as a struggling city and exert ourselves towards making it better.