Mike Duggan http://michiganradio.org en Mayor to announce "Detroit Homecoming" http://michiganradio.org/post/mayor-announce-detroit-homecoming <p></p><p>Detroit is going to hold a little get-together to persuade former residents to come back home.</p><p>Mayor Mike Duggan wants former Detroiters to visit the city for a homecoming. The idea is to attract people who wrote off their relationship with the city. The "Detroit Homecoming" is aimed to bring them back for a visit, a little flirtation. After all, Detroit should be getting through its messy bankruptcy by then. It will be a little brighter, with thousands of&nbsp; new LED streetlights. The parks are being mowed.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:01:59 +0000 Lester Graham 18356 at http://michiganradio.org Mayor to announce "Detroit Homecoming" $5 million from JP Morgan will help aspiring Detroit homeowners buy, rehab homes http://michiganradio.org/post/5-million-jp-morgan-will-help-aspiring-detroit-homeowners-buy-rehab-homes <p>The JP Morgan Chase Foundation is giving $5 million to a grant fund that will help Detroiters buy and rehab homes.</p><p>It’s part of the global mega-bank’s pledge to donate $100 million to Detroit-boosting causes over the next five years.</p><p>JP Morgan has actually given the money to Liberty Bank’s non-profit community development bank. To start with, the program will apply only to some homes up for sale on Detroit’s online auction site, <a href="http://buildingdetroit.org/Home">buildingdetroit.org.</a></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:35:51 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18338 at http://michiganradio.org $5 million from JP Morgan will help aspiring Detroit homeowners buy, rehab homes Duggan: We'll start seizing drug houses http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-well-start-seizing-drug-houses <p>Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is expanding his program to seize houses that violate the city’s nuisance abatement laws—and this time, he’s going after drug houses.</p><p>On Tuesday, Duggan announced an initiative to seize and auction off homes that have been raided twice for drug activity.</p><p>Duggan says more than 300 homeowners have already been put on notice—and that starting next week, their neighbors will start getting notices in the form of postcards, too.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 03:32:19 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18303 at http://michiganradio.org Duggan: We'll start seizing drug houses Duggan’s results in 6 months not going unnoticed http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-s-results-6-months-not-going-unnoticed <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There seems to be little doubt that Detroit Mayor Mike </span>Duggan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is making his mark.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His bulldog nature and savvy political instincts have combined to make Mike </span>Duggan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> a force to be reckoned with, even as he serves under a state-appointed emergency manager.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit News Business Columnist Daniel </span>Howes<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reviewed </span>Duggan's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> progress in his first six months. He said that people should not expect that he change the world in 6 months. What’s important here is the process and the direction.</span></p><p>“The direction is positive and bipartisan, and he’s clearly repaired relationships with city council,” he said.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:56:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 18261 at http://michiganradio.org Duggan’s results in 6 months not going unnoticed Detroit Mayor gets a lot from Lansing in his first six months, but will it last? http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-mayor-gets-lot-lansing-his-first-six-months-will-it-last <p>It’s been almost six months since Mike Duggan took over as mayor of Detroit. He took over a city however, run by someone else: state-appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.</p><p>But, that doesn’t mean Duggan has been denied all the rites of passage of the job including the schlep to Lansing to ask the state Legislature for something. Every mayor has to do it. And Duggan had to go to Lansing with a really big ‘ask.’ We’re talking about the $195 million dollar rescue package for his city (that’s right, ‘rescue,’ ‘settlement.’ Just don’t call it a ‘bailout.’)</p><p>Getting the Republican-led state House and Senate to go along with sending almost $200 million dollars to a Democratically-controlled city was not an easy task. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:01:27 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 18193 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Mayor gets a lot from Lansing in his first six months, but will it last? Can Mayor Duggan make Detroit streets look brighter? http://michiganradio.org/post/can-mayor-duggan-make-detroit-streets-look-brighter <p></p><p>All week long, the Detroit Journalism Cooperative is examining how Detroit is doing under bankruptcy and the leadership of Mayor Mike Duggan.</p><p>We've looked at the mayor himself. We've also looked at blight, transportation, and the bus system.</p><p>Now we turn to a challenge that seemed to have caught the collective attention of writers and reporters around the world as they talk about Detroit's bankruptcy: the streetlights.</p><p>The fact that almost half the streetlights in Detroit didn't work became a sort of symbol of how "broken" the city had become.</p><p>Let's find out if things are looking brighter in the neighborhoods and streets of Detroit.</p><p>We were joined by Lester Graham of Michigan Watch.</p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">*Listen to full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:52:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 18168 at http://michiganradio.org Can Mayor Duggan make Detroit streets look brighter? Weekly Political Roundup: Detroit Mayor Duggan's first six months in office http://michiganradio.org/post/weekly-political-roundup-detroit-mayor-duggans-first-six-months-office <p></p><p>The city of Detroit continues to work through bankruptcy, at the same time Mayor Mike Duggan, now six months into his term, has been working to return basic city services to residents in the city.&nbsp;</p><p>Joining us today were Ken Sikkema, Former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants and Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.</p><p>Detroit remains under the emergency management of Kevyn Orr, but Duggan&nbsp;really positioned himself as more of a chief operating officer when he was running for mayor. How much of what we see happening in the city is the result of efforts by Orr and how much of it is Duggan?</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview&nbsp;above.</em></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:39:45 +0000 Jennifer White 18171 at http://michiganradio.org Weekly Political Roundup: Detroit Mayor Duggan's first six months in office Detroit struggling to get enough buses on the road http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-struggling-get-enough-buses-road <p></p><p>This week the <a href="http://www.detroitjournalismcooperative.com/">Detroit Journalism Cooperative</a> is looking at how the city is functioning under bankruptcy. Mayor Mike Duggan suggested he’d get a lot done in six months. We’re nearly there and took a look at progress with mass transportation in Detroit.</p><p>One out of every three Detroit households doesn’t have a car. They rely on the bus system. But it’s broken.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 18083 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit struggling to get enough buses on the road Detroit Mayor Duggan's blight elimination effort http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-mayor-duggans-blight-elimination-effort <p></p><p>This week Michigan Radio and the <a href="http://www.detroitjournalismcooperative.com/">Detroit Journalism Cooperative</a> are looking at how the city is functioning under bankruptcy. One of the biggest problems facing Detroit is the huge number of abandoned houses, buildings, and vacant lots. Here's a look at what’s changed in the six months since <a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/MayorsOffice/tabid/123/default.aspx">Mayor Mike Duggan</a> took office.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 18082 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Mayor Duggan's blight elimination effort Duggan's six months is up. It's time to check the score http://michiganradio.org/post/duggans-six-months-its-time-check-score <p></p><p>“Six months from now, you are going to be able to judge for yourself whether the leadership of this city has a sound plan and is achieving it.”</p><p></p><p>Those were the words of Mayor Mike Duggan when he was sworn in.</p><p>His six-month challenge is coming to an end. All this week, The Detroit Journalism Cooperative will look at the changes in Detroit over the past six months and how the city is functioning under bankruptcy.</p><p>Michigan Radio’s Detroit reporter, Sarah Cwiek, and investigative reporter Lester Graham spoke with Cynthia Canty on Stateside about Duggan's efforts.</p><p>Though emergency manager Kevyn Orr is still running the show, Duggan has shown potential.</p><p>“He’s showing some real leadership skills for a guy who has been elected to serve a city with no power,” Graham says.</p><p>During Duggan’s campaign, he talked a lot about being involved in the bankruptcy progress and being aggressive with Kevyn Orr. They signed a power-sharing agreement after the election. While Orr continues to manage the bankruptcy, Duggan is focusing on the day-to-day operations of the city.</p><p>So far, Duggan has been focusing on blight, public lighting, and putting city buses on the roads. Cwiek says Duggan is building a good reputation with most of the city.</p><p>When judging Duggan’s efforts, he has no control over the bankruptcy, police department, or school district.</p><p>Duggan has said that he wants to bring in more residents, and he has made a bit of progress. His effort to rehabilitate vacant homes and sell them on online auctions helps a little. But crime and schools remain a key issue for potential residents.</p><p>“He really does have a knack for actually interacting with and talking to people,” Cwiek said. “I think while there may remain a few people in the communities who are a little suspicious of him, I think he’s managed to build a pretty good rapport with his constituents.”</p><p>Graham says as a white mayor in a city that is 80% African American, Duggan knows that he has to be seen as one of the people to make connections.</p><p>“He doesn’t dress like our past mayors; he’s a little more casual about his dress,” Graham said. “He drives himself around, he stops in the neighborhoods, he talks with people because he wants to be seen as a regular guy. And he’s not running around, like in the past, with five bodyguards and an entourage.”</p><p>The Detroit Journalism Cooperative will be looking at Duggan’s efforts on blight, mass transit, and lighting. Michigan Radio's Sarah Hulett will have a report on crime and Sarah Cwiek will look at the city's schools. Those reports will air on Morning Edition and All Things Considered on Michigan Radio.</p><p><em>*Listen to full story above.</em></p><p><em>–Bre’Anna Tinsley, Michigan Radio Newsroom.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:13:39 +0000 Stateside Staff 18107 at http://michiganradio.org Duggan's six months is up. It's time to check the score Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan not like past mayors http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-mayor-mike-duggan-not-past-mayors <p>This week Michigan Radio and our media partners in the <a href="http://www.detroitjournalismcooperative.com/">Detroit Journalism Cooperative</a> are looking at how the city is functioning under bankruptcy and the leadership of <a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/MayorsOffice/tabid/123/default.aspx">Mayor Mike Duggan</a>.</p><p>At the beginning of the year, Mayor Duggan said to watch what happens in six months. We’ll review the changes throughout this week, but we thought we’d start with a look at the mayor himself.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 18079 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan not like past mayors Detroit joins national "innovation districts" initiative http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-joins-national-innovation-districts-initiative <p>Detroit is now home to a designated “innovation district.”</p><p>Mayor Mike Duggan and other officials announced Thursday that Detroit was joining the Brookings Institution national initiative to recharge metropolitan economies.</p><p>Backers say those districts are a way to “supercharge the innovation economy.”</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB7CAoukKi8</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 04:02:47 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17987 at http://michiganradio.org Duggan's pitch to companies: Change a Detroit teen's life with a summer job http://michiganradio.org/post/duggans-pitch-companies-change-detroit-teens-life-summer-job <p>Helping Detroit teens get summer jobs could change their lives forever, and benefit whole communities.</p><p>That was Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s pitch for his new “TeenWork Initiative” at the Mackinac Island Policy Conference.</p><p>Duggan said too many Detroit teens feel like they’ve been “discarded” by society and the economy.</p><p>But he thinks that could change if they heard a different message.</p><p>“How powerful would it be if hundreds of companies came together and said, ‘We believe in you; we believe in your potential?” Duggan said.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 22:31:45 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17805 at http://michiganradio.org Duggan's pitch to companies: Change a Detroit teen's life with a summer job Duggan: "We got enough" in grand bargain bills http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-we-got-enough-grand-bargain-bills <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit Mayor Mike </span>Duggan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he “completely supports” the Detroit aid package being debated in Lansing, despite the conditions attached to it.</span></p> Sat, 24 May 2014 19:02:25 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17744 at http://michiganradio.org Duggan: "We got enough" in grand bargain bills JPMorgan comes to Detroit with $100M plan, and gets a warm welcome http://michiganradio.org/post/jpmorgan-comes-detroit-100m-plan-and-gets-warm-welcome <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Global financial giant JPMorgan Chase is bringing Wall Street money to the Motor City.</span></p><p>JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon formally unveiled his company’s plans to put $100 million into a range of targeted initiatives at a Detroit luncheon Wednesday.</p><p>Dimon called the effort a “long term investment” in a rebounding city.</p><p>“We believe in Detroit’s future, and we want to see the city recover its economic strength,” said Dimon.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17710 at http://michiganradio.org JPMorgan comes to Detroit with $100M plan, and gets a warm welcome Committee vote expected in Detroit aid agreement http://michiganradio.org/post/committee-vote-expected-detroit-aid-agreement <p>There could be a first vote tomorrow in the Legislature on an almost $200 million deal to aid the city of Detroit. Mayor Mike Duggan was one of those who testified prior to the historic vote. Duggan says, overall, he supports the plan.</p><p></p><p>“I want you to be comfortable we’re not going to be coming back in two years, four years, six years – that we’re going to solve this once and when we do solve it once, you’re going to be proud of how progress is made,” Duggan told the House Committee on Detroit’s Restructuring and Michigan’s Future.</p><p></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 00:46:14 +0000 Rick Pluta 17683 at http://michiganradio.org Committee vote expected in Detroit aid agreement Detroit to increase auctions and demolition of houses http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-increase-auctions-and-demolition-houses <p>Workers removed some of the plywood covering up a house in the Osborn neighborhood on Sunday to allow potential buyers to check out one of the houses the city will put up for auction.</p><p>Saturday, people visited available houses in the Boston-Edison neighborhood.</p><p>Detroit owns 16,000 properties. Some of them are houses&nbsp;in good enough condition to sell.</p><p>Bidding starts at $1,000, but the buyers have to bring the property up to code and either live in it or rent it to someone.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 00:30:39 +0000 Lester Graham 17647 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit to increase auctions and demolition of houses Detroit City Council approves massive property transfer to city land bank http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-approves-massive-property-transfer-city-land-bank <p>The Detroit City Council has agreed to <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140415/METRO01/304150095/1361/Detroit-council-OKs-transferring-city-owned-properties-to-land-bank">transfer more than 16,000 city owned properties to Detroit’s land bank authority</a>.</p><p>The transfer allows Mayor Mike Duggan’s ambitious blight eradication efforts to move forward.</p><p>Duggan wants to use the non-profit land bank as a key tool in the fight against blight.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17247 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit City Council approves massive property transfer to city land bank Detroit launches online auction site to fill vacant homes http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-launches-online-auction-site-fill-vacant-homes <p>The city of Detroit has launched an effort to fill some of its vacant homes with new residents – an<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;<a href="http://buildingdetroit.org/Home">online auction site</a> for city-owned properties. &nbsp;</span></p><p>There are 15 houses listed on the site now. The plan is for the Detroit Land Bank Authority to start auctioning off one home a day, starting May 5.</p><p>Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says this is part of the city “moving aggressively” to deal with blight.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17228 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit launches online auction site to fill vacant homes Detroit starts posting legal notices in new fight vs. blight http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-starts-posting-legal-notices-new-fight-vs-blight <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Detroit has started posting legal notices on 79 abandoned homes in one city neighborhood, warning homeowners to clean up the property--or risk a lawsuit, and the city seizing the home.</span></p><p>The effort in the west side neighborhood near Marygrove College was announced Wednesday afternoon by Mayor Mike Duggan, in what he called a "bold experiment" to fight blight.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It will work like this: once a notice is posted, homeowners have 72 hours to contact the city and arrange to sign a consent agreement. It will stipulate that the homeowner clean up the property, and move someone into the house within 60 days.</span></p><p>If that doesn't happen, the city can sue to have the Detroit Land Bank Authority seize the house. The Land Bank will then re-sell properties it deems "salvageable" at auction.</p><p>“When you leave your house abandoned, it is a nuisance to the neighborhood," Duggan said. "And you cannot legally leave your property in a way that’s a nuisance.</p><p>"I'm going to give every single person when we sue them the choice—either sign the court order to get it fixed up and occupied, or we’re going to take title.”</p><p>Duggan said it will be "fascinating" to see how the program plays out in the Marygrove&nbsp;neighborhood effort plays out over the next 90 days--but that plans are already in the works to expand it to other neighborhoods.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Duggan</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;said represents a shift away from the "mindless demolition" approach to blight eradication--though many homes that are simply unsalvageable will have to be demolished.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“If we take down the houses that can’t be saved, and we sell what’s left…I think people will value that," Duggan said.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lola Holton, a 39-year resident of the neighborhood, said she's ready to see "results."<br /><br />"I'm very, very excited about having community back," Holton said. "That's what we need. We've lost that.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Not only the restoration and taking boards down, but putting families in these houses. To build community."</span><br /><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:51:42 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17162 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit starts posting legal notices in new fight vs. blight