INVESTING IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS
Our neighborhoods provide a unique sense of space, community and belonging. Our success in revitalization will be measured by whether every neighborhood, from Morningside to Warrendale to DelRay to Green Acres, is a safe, clean, vibrant place to live and raise a family.
We should be proud that investment in Detroit’s downtown is at a record high, but we must put the same energy and resources into our neighborhoods.
As Vice Chairwoman of the Public Health and Safety Committee, I have made your quality of life a priority:
-Working to secure funding to renovate over 40 neighborhood parks in the next 18 months;
-Establishing public-private partnerships like the AFL-CIO Housing Trust to help families move into refurbished homes;
–Removing dangerous trees to keep our property and families safe;
-Keeping major project developers responsive to neighborhood concerns like
the need for green space, job training, neighborhood cleanup and boarding of abandoned homes. We are excited about development but we are adamant about improving the quality of life for the surrounding neighborhoods, too.
Our neighborhoods are the heart and soul of life in Detroit: where we live, play and worship. Each should have clean, safe parks for our kids; nearby shopping and quality grocery stores; affordable housing in areas free of blight and decay; and schools we can be proud of.
It is a tall task for a city of more than 140 square miles. No matter how long, every journey begins with a single step; and with the right priorities, I believe we are headed in the right direction.
“As a lifelong Detroiter, I know what it’s like to grow up in a neighborhood that could have been safer, with a better park or school. Investing in our neighborhoods is the best way to improve the quality of life for everyday Detroiters.”