Mike Duggan http://michiganradio.org en 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 Being broke makes Detroit get creative http://michiganradio.org/post/being-broke-makes-detroit-get-creative <p></p><p>Detroit's municipal bankruptcy has made the world aware of what Michigan already knew. Detroit is broke. No matter how it turns out, bankruptcy is not going to change things very quickly. Detroit will still be broke. That’s going to force the city to get creative.</p><p>Let’s get one thing out of the way: the state of Michigan is not going to bail out Detroit.</p><p>And the state of Michigan is not going fully restore revenue sharing from the sales tax with cities such as Detroit.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 16754 at http://michiganradio.org Being broke makes Detroit get creative Detroit mayor steps up pressure on scrap metal bills http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-mayor-steps-pressure-scrap-metal-bills <p>Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan hopes to renew state lawmakers’ interest in curbing scrap metal theft across the state. Duggan met with Democrats and Republicans in the state House on Wednesday.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>He wants to make sure the House does not approve a Senate version of legislation that he says does not go far enough to crack down on illegal scrap metal sales.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:06:24 +0000 Jake Neher 16737 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit mayor steps up pressure on scrap metal bills Daniel Howes on the current state of Detroit's bankruptcy http://michiganradio.org/post/daniel-howes-current-state-detroits-bankruptcy <p>As Mayor Duggan does the heavy lifting to get Detroit actually up on its physical "feet," the other part of its rehab is, of course, the historic bankruptcy.</p><p>So many pieces, so many players.</p><p>Detroit News Business Columnist Daniel Howes has been keeping a close eye on all of it, and he joined us today for our weekly check-in.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:56:16 +0000 Stateside Staff 16639 at http://michiganradio.org Daniel Howes on the current state of Detroit's bankruptcy Duggan covers blight, transportation, job development and more in his first State of the City speech http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-covers-blight-transportation-job-development-and-more-his-first-state-city-speech <p>Detroit Mayor Michael Duggan delivered his first State of the City speech last night before a packed, invitation-only crowd. And his message was clear: We are going to change what it means to live in Detroit.</p><p>Even among those who have a "wait-and-see" attitude, the mayor's speech is being praised for what many believe is a refreshing attention to detail and the sense that a team is at work.</p><p>Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:56:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 16641 at http://michiganradio.org Duggan covers blight, transportation, job development and more in his first State of the City speech Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-feb-27-2014 <p>You’ve heard it before, folks, time and time again. In today's economy, the more education one attains after high school, the better, right? But what if some students might be better served in other settings, academic or otherwise? Is it time for Michigan to develop some credible alternatives for high school grads? We’ll find out more on today’s show.</p><p>Then, we spoke to Daniel Howes about his reporting on Detroit's historic bankruptcy.&nbsp;</p><p>And, Fifth Third Ballpark wants to expand its concessions menu. We took a look at some of the food options fans can vote for, including deep-fried lasagna and a bacon-and-chocolate taco.</p><p>Also, how can we keep young entrepreneurs fresh out of college in Michigan? The Michigan Collegiate Innovation Prize awards them for launching their start-ups in state.</p><p>And, a new fee system for hunting and fishing goes into effect soon, and it’s the first significant raise in over 15 years. We spoke with Ed Golder of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources about what’s behind this increase.</p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit Mayor Michael Duggan delivered his first State of the City speech last night before a packed, invitation-only crowd. And his message was clear: We are going to change what it means to live in Detroit.</span></p><p>Even among those who have a "wait-and-see" attitude, the mayor's speech is being praised for what many believe is a refreshing attention to detail and the sense that a team is at work.</p><p>Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer joined us today.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:55:51 +0000 Stateside Staff 16647 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 Detroit adding cameras to city buses to deter crime http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-adding-cameras-city-buses-deter-crime <p>Detroit buses are being outfitted with new security cameras.</p><p></p><p>Mayor Mike Duggan says the intent is to deter crime against passengers and drivers.</p><p></p><p>“For far too long, our drivers have not been safe driving the buses. And at times our passengers have not been safe riding the buses,” says Duggan.</p><p>Duggan says city bus drivers particularly don’t deserve some of the treatment they’ve been getting.</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:41:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 16584 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit adding cameras to city buses to deter crime Can our political system in Michigan be saved? http://michiganradio.org/post/can-our-political-system-michigan-be-saved <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They used to say that the definition of chutzpah was the boy who killed his parents and then asked the court for mercy since he was an orphan. But that was improved on twice this week.</span></p><p>First, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan began talking about making a bid for the Democratic National Convention two years from now.</p><p>That’s a nice “comeback kid” idea, but there are two major problems.</p><p>The entire metro area probably doesn’t have enough hotel space. Detroit could barely host the Republican Convention in 1980, and Democratic conventions have more delegates.</p><p>Plus, conventions are expensive. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:44:25 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16542 at http://michiganradio.org Can our political system in Michigan be saved? Mayor Duggan says President Obama asks for formal proposal to boost Detroit's economy http://michiganradio.org/post/mayor-duggan-says-president-obama-asks-formal-proposal-boost-detroits-economy <p>President Obama was doing more today in Michigan than talking about farm policy.</p><p></p><p>The president also met with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Over a lunch of salmon and rice, Duggan says the two men talked about improving Detroit’s economy.</p><p></p><p>“The conversation was very fast-paced. We exchanged a number of ideas on a number of strategies,” says Duggan. “You are going to see a continued partnership between the Obama administration and the city of Detroit.”</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:12:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 16356 at http://michiganradio.org Mayor Duggan says President Obama asks for formal proposal to boost Detroit's economy Leaders call for immigration reform to help save Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/leaders-call-immigration-reform-help-save-detroit <p>Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit leaders announced their immigration reform plan this morning at the Hispanic-owned Ideal Group in Detroit.</p><p>The plan calls for federal changes that would allow immigrants to live, work, and hopefully create jobs in the city of Detroit.</p><p>More from Gov. Snyder’s <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277--320079--,00.html">press release</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Detroit must harness the power of skilled immigrants to grow its economy, increase its tax base and reverse its population decline, Gov. Rick Snyder said today as he urged federal action on his proposal that increases employment-based visas for immigrants.</p><p>“We want the world to know that Detroit is open for business,” Snyder said. “Legal immigration helped to build this great city and is just as critical to its comeback. Immigrants create jobs and Detroit is a great value opportunity in terms of business costs and overall quality of life.</p></blockquote><p>The plan calls for the federal government to secure 50,000 employment-based visas for skilled immigrants (employment-based second preference visas, or <a href="http://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers/employment-based-immigration-second-preference-eb-2">EB-2 visas</a>).</p><p>The visas would require that the visa holders reside and work in the city of Detroit.</p><p>Gov. Snyder's office cited the following statistics in support of the plan:</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:16:46 +0000 Mark Brush 16150 at http://michiganradio.org Leaders call for immigration reform to help save Detroit Gov. Snyder launching Detroit immigration initiative http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-launching-detroit-immigration-initiative <p>DETROIT (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder says he's launching an initiative to encourage immigration as a way of fostering Detroit's economic development.<br /><br />Snyder's office says the governor will join Mayor Mike Duggan at a Thursday morning news conference. It says City Council members and business and community leaders also will participate.<br /><br />The 10 a.m. event is at the offices of the IDEAL Group, a family-owned manufacturing and construction company.<br /><br />Snyder has promoted immigrant entrepreneurs as a resource for Detroit's economic development. He said in last Thursday's State of the State address that he wants to make Michigan more immigrant-friendly and more attractive for foreign investment.<br /><br />Snyder has applied for Michigan to join Vermont as states that run a regional center for the EB-5 visa program targeting immigrant entrepreneurs.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 02:56:40 +0000 The Associated Press 16146 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder launching Detroit immigration initiative Biden to attend working dinner with Detroit mayor http://michiganradio.org/post/biden-attend-working-dinner-detroit-mayor <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">DETROIT (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden plans to attend a working dinner with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan during a visit to the city.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The White House says Biden will travel Wednesday to Detroit and attend the dinner Wednesday evening.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">On Thursday, Biden is scheduled to attend the North American International Auto Show. The White House has said that Biden will discuss the future of the U.S. auto industry and "highlight its strong recovery following the tough restructuring and shared sacrifice" under the 2009 federal bailout.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">News media, industry and other previews for the show began Monday, and the show is open to the public Saturday though Jan. 26 at Cobo Center.</span></p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:25:54 +0000 The Associated Press 16030 at http://michiganradio.org Biden to attend working dinner with Detroit mayor Duggan sworn in as Detroit's 75th mayor http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-sworn-detroits-75th-mayor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wasting no time, Mike </span>Duggan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was officially sworn in as Detroit’s 75th mayor on New Year’s Day.</span></p><p>Duggan took the oath in a small interoffice ceremony, surrounded by his family.</p><p>He comes into office as Detroit’s fate hangs in the balance in bankruptcy cout, with his mayoral powers limited by emergency manager Kevyn Orr.</p><p>Orr and Duggan have a power-sharing agreement that gives the mayor control of most day-to-day city operations. Duggan says he’ll do what he can with that.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 22:01:19 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15856 at http://michiganradio.org Duggan sworn in as Detroit's 75th mayor Detroit News columnist talks about Duggan and Bing http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-news-columnist-talks-about-duggan-and-bing <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In less than two weeks, Detroit will have a new mayor.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mike&nbsp;</span>Duggan's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;term begins January first. Outgoing Mayor Dave Bing has been making his "farewell tour" around Detroit.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What is the Bing legacy? And what might we expect from his successor?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We turned to Detroit News business columnist Daniel&nbsp;</span>Howes<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;for some perspective.</span></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen above.</em></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:24:12 +0000 Stateside Staff 15778 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit News columnist talks about Duggan and Bing In this morning's headlines: No clear energy plan, Duggan to have power, McBride trial http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-no-clear-energy-plan-duggan-have-power-mcbride-trial <p><strong>Snyder wants less coal, but no clear energy plan</strong></p><p>"Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan needs more renewable energy and less coal over the next decade. The governor yesterday outlined broad goals for energy policy between now and 2025. But the governor admits it’ll be difficult for lawmakers to pass comprehensive energy legislation during an election year," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Duggan to have broad powers as Detroit Mayor</strong></p><p>"Detroit mayor-elect Mike Duggan will have broad powers to run the city’s day-to-day business when&nbsp; he takes office in January. Duggan and emergency manager Kevyn Orr have reached a power-sharing agreement that gives Duggan control over most city functions," Sarah Cwiek <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-orr-reach-power-sharing-agreement-detroit">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Murder trial for man who shot Renisha McBride</strong></p><p><br />"A Dearborn Heights homeowner will go on trial for shooting and killing an<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-know-about-renisha-mcbride-case"> unarmed teen</a> on his front porch. A judge ruled Theodore Wafer can face a second-degree murder charge," Sarah Cwiek<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/homeowner-who-shot-renisha-mcbride-will-go-trial-murder"> reports. </a></p><p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:37:53 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15772 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: No clear energy plan, Duggan to have power, McBride trial Duggan, Orr reach power-sharing agreement in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-orr-reach-power-sharing-agreement-detroit <p>Detroit mayor-elect Mike Duggan will have broad powers to run the city’s day-to-day business.</p><p>Duggan and emergency manager Kevyn Orr have <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20131219/NEWS01/312190176/duggan-oversight-detroit-orr">reached a power-sharing agreement</a> that gives Duggan control over most city functions.</p><p>While Duggan will have substantial operational powers, he’s also promised not to “interfere” with any of Orr’s financial control.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15770 at http://michiganradio.org Duggan, Orr reach power-sharing agreement in Detroit New mayor's plans include speedier house demolitions in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/new-mayors-plans-include-speedier-house-demolitions-detroit <p>DETROIT (AP) - Mayor-elect Mike Duggan says he wants to reduce the time it takes to tear down vacant houses as part of his plan to revitalize distressed Detroit neighborhoods.<br /><br />The Detroit News reports that Duggan also told about 50 people attending the ARISE Detroit! annual breakfast Saturday that between state and federal programs designed to attack blight "there is more than enough money" available to transform the city.<br /><br />The former Detroit Medical Center chief was elected in November and will take over as mayor in January.<br /> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 23:53:13 +0000 The Associated Press 15594 at http://michiganradio.org Will Detroit's new mayor work well with the emergency manager and governor? http://michiganradio.org/post/will-detroits-new-mayor-work-well-emergency-manager-and-governor <p>In the weeks after the Detroit’s mayoral election, a top aide to Gov. Rick Snyder recently quipped that “adults” are now running Detroit’s city hall.</p><p>Does that point to a better working relationship between the governor, Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, and the city’s Mayor-elect Mike Duggan?</p><p>Detroit News Business Columnist Daniel Howes is taking a look at the relations between Detroit’s leadership and the governor’s office.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:35:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 15377 at http://michiganradio.org Will Detroit's new mayor work well with the emergency manager and governor?