Duggan hits streets with neighborhood plan; where’s Benny?

Duggan, MikeDetroit mayoral candidate Mike Duggan laid out a remarkably detailed plan to revive Detroit’s neighborhoods on NewsTalk 1200 Wednesday morning, saying the key is empowering residents who have been neglected for far too long.

“They haven’t had any help from city hall,” the former Wayne County prosecutor told host Angelo Henderson. “It’s a question of who do you call?”

While Duggan talked at length about a multi-pronged approach to improving neighborhoods, his opponent, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, has yet to release details of his plan.
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“People in the city want change,” Duggan said. “We’re nine weeks away from having an election where we are going to get change.”

When asked about opponent Napoleon’s neighborhood plan, Duggan was hard pressed to answer.

“If you’ve seen it, you know more than me,” Duggan told the caller.

Some listeners of the show questioned why Napoleon wasn’t more visible.

“Where in the world is Benny? I’m getting worried ya’ll,” one listener posted on Facebook.

Duggan said he has done 203 “house parties” to gather input from residents about their most pressing needs.

Here are some of his solutions:

  • Give homeowners three times the value of their home to purchase a house in a better neighborhood in the county auction.
  • Get businesses and foundations to collaborate on blight-removal projects and other improvements.
  • Encourage Detroiters to become entrepreneurs by awarding grants to from private funds.
  • Appoint neighborhood delegates to districts that would address community needs.
  • Reduce blight by making it easier and cheaper for residents to buy neglected, neighboring properties.
  • Enforce building codes that require owners to maintain properties.
  • Target scrapyards that are paying illegal scrappers for stolen copper, manhole covers and even fire hydrants.

The interview was nearly two hours. Check back for audio.
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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.