“Suppose that the 500,000 blacks in Detroit decided this this is our city, this is our home, and we are not going to let buzzards take it from us,” Farrakhan said to thundering applause.
“I’m sorry but, I mean, bring it on,” George Jackson said of gentrification. “We can’t just be a poor city and prosper.”
Farrakhan is in town looking for potential buildings and properties to purchase as a way to help reignite the local economy.
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan may play a key role in Detroit’s turnaround as he plans to visit the city next week and search for properties to potentially buy.
The city of Detroit cleared the final hurdle to begin demolishing the storied, crumbling Brewster projects that loom like towering gravestones over I-75 near downtown.
Crews recently wiped out a 10-block area that included decaying buildings, thick overgrowth and discarded tires and needles.
The cost to demolish six houses, level trees, till the land and clean up discarded tires and trash: just $200,000.
Explore the mysterious project that leveled 12 blocks on the city’s east side.
In just two weeks, demolition crews flattened 10 blocks on the lower east side, leveling homes, a 19th-century church, school, and trees on the lower east side.
It’s the first real test of Mayor Dave Bing’s plan to repopulate stable neighborhoods and transform vacant areas into lakes, farms, forests and greenways.