Rev. David Bullock: “After bankruptcy, Detroit poised for comeback”

Now, as we near the end of that road, two drastically different realities are coming into stark relief. Midtown and downtown Detroit are trending toward unprecedented prosperity — even as other neighborhoods remain in the throes of urban decay.  The entertainment district will see a new hockey stadium largely built with public funds on land transferred from Detroit for a dollar. But the city’s homeowners struggle to buy adjacent vacant lots on their streets.  A new train (of sorts) will chug from midtown to downtown — yet public transportation across the region has not been significantly improved to connect residents to jobs throughout Southeast Michigan.  Detroit has been returned to local control, but it has lost its health department, its police commissioners and any sense of a viable civic life. Labor has been decimated, work rules have been changed and pensions have been gutted.

We all want Detroit to comeback, of course.  The gnawing question is, who will be included and who will be excluded from the rebound?

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  1. As a native, authentic and dedicated Detroiter, I will not be moved. I’m here, and I’m to be included and will make every known effort to be inclusive, heard and busy!

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