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Sunday, September 7, 2008

SENSE OF URGENCY SHOULD START NOW IN DETROIT

Nolan Finley of the Detroit News writes a thought provoking article in the Detroit News on September 7, 2008 regarding the state of Detroit City. His ideas are overly idealistic, with some being unrealistic and all much easier said than done. Yet, there is something to be said for the tone of the article and the urgency that all of us as metro Detroiters should have regarding our city.

"Detroit needs a big turnaround play to change the conversation about a city that can no longer deny its decline.

Why not make every inch of the city a tax-free zone? If you're willing to come here to live or open a business, you won't have to pay state or city income taxes, property taxes or sales taxes.

Pay for it by taking the bureaucracy down to the bare bones until the city regains a critical mass of commerce and residents.

Boost the repopulation effort by recruiting the immigrants who are flocking to America from places like Iraq and Eastern Europe.

Use the city's thousands of vacant houses to lure them here. If they're willing to come, give them the keys to a house. If they fix it up, it's theirs.

Detroit doesn't have the luxury any longer of a slow and steady rebuild. It needs to make a dramatic statement to get people talking about it again as a city of hope, rather than as the most devastated place in America."

See the entire article here
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