The purpose of government is to help people, not to turn a profit. This issue was at the heart of the anger directed at the previous mayor, who too often seemed to view city governance through numbers and the bottom line, not through the eyes of those he represented.
While full of possibility and enormous opportunity for growth and renewal, Detroit's future remains tenuous. Our civic leaders must urgently confront the deep historical challenges that are engulfing us today with three essential tasks.
What was lacking in the State of the City speech was not so much the specifics, but the inability of the mayor to follow through on the recognition that we need to think very differently about where we are and what we need to do.