Sight seeing in Detroit, with some depth, is probably best accomplished by taking your interests over to the D:Hive on Woodward between State and Grand River, across from where Hudson’s downtown used to stand and is now an empty underground parking lot. Ask for some guidance and look through the assortment of information available. The staff there are regularly collecting pamphlets, flyers, and more about what is happening around Detroit. They hold tours around the cool-places and some are extended into communities. This welcome center approach is something every neighborhood in Detroit has a need to get up and running. Hopefully a central information hub in each district becomes known,
Michigan’s governor on Tuesday appointed a team to review Detroit’s finances, a move that could end in a possible state takeover of the city as it struggles with a shrinking auto industry and falling revenues.
This leading paragraph might have some believe the auto industry is heavily influencing Detroit’s financial picture. However three decades of push toward globalization, free trade agreements, and segmentation of labor into multi-tier negotiations have moved the auto industry well outside Detroit. The city has become a hallmark of corporate destitution when you drive past hundreds of abandoned assembly facilities. Today corporations in the city are awarded tax abatement to encourage “job growth”. These abated dollars show up as unfunded services such as lighting, water, transportation, and more. The infrastructure supporting new business is not being funded due to abated taxes.
A growing collective from around the state have began the chant “LET THE PEOPLE VOTE, NOW!” as it has echoed through the halls of Cadillac Place in New Center Detroit on June 28 and on July 11. The frustration stems from the lack of concern for immediacy on a court order from the Court of Appeals 1st District when decided on June 22 that the Repeal of Public Act 4 would be placed on the November 6 ballot.
Delays in this case threaten to suppress placing the referendum on the Nov ballot. This is a very targeted form of voter suppression, removing the voice of the people in communities selected to be placed under Emergency Managers (EM). Many of the EM ran communities don’t have funds to effectively run elections Continue reading →