Friday, February 26, 2010

DETROIT MAYOR SAYS CITY CAN'T SUPPORT ALL ITS NEIGHBORHOODS. . .PEOPLE WILL HAVDE [sic] TO MOVE


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Aren't you glad you don't live in Detroit? Well now you have another reason to appreciate you don't.

DETROIT NEWS - Detroit mayor Dave Bing says the city plans to encourage residents to move from some neighborhoods: 'If they stay where they are I absolutely cannot give them all the services they require.'

In his strongest statements about shrinking the city since taking office, Bing told WJR-760 AM the city is using internal and external data to decide "winners and losers." The city plans to save some neighborhoods and encourage residents to move from others, he said.

"If we don't do it, you know this whole city is going to go down. I'm hopeful people will understand that," Bing said. "If we can incentivize some of those folks that are in those desolate areas, they can get a better situation."..

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Bing acknowledged it won't be "an easy conversation." And he's already facing opposition from activists such as Ron Scott, who said he is "adamantly opposed" and believes the business community is pushing Bing to get cheap access to large tracts of the city.


Is this a land grab scheme? It wouldn't surprise me. I've witnessed this in other places under other guises when business wanted large tracts of land inside a city.

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