The TechTown neighborhood is a terrific Detroit asset, and it can be so much more. TechTown is a business incubator, and in order for it to thrive, we must focus on creating an environment where the area can grow organically out of existing assets.
The way to fight poverty in Detroit is to make sure schools give kids an education that is real, relevant and comprehensive. We must also begin to create small, self-governed intentional communities throughout the city.
Fighting poverty in Detroit and across the country requires not just protecting existing programs that work, but also doing more to promote opportunities for the children and adults whose voices are not heard on the convention floors.
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.
I recently got to sit down with Deirdre Greene Groves, executive director of The Collaborative Group, to talk about Challenge Detroit; a unique program beautifully thought up to catalyst success for the city.
Detroit is becoming a place, in certain pockets, where citizenship isn't defined by voting and paying taxes. It's thought of more broadly -- creative collaboration to create new ways of living out of necessity.
Cutting expense alone is overly simplistic and shortsighted. To be successful, Detroit must cut expense and increase its revenues. With a workable and attractive plan for the future, Detroit can be great again.
When we fail to fix the structural costs and deliver a workable plan-of-action to pay down our debt in the City of Detroit, we jeopardize future prosperity. We must transform a spendthrift culture to one of fiscal responsibility.