Regional approach urged to move Detroit forward

April 14, 2015

The city needs a master plan to guide future development, but also needs to take a regional approach to revitalization, Detroit’s Chief Operating Officer Gary Brown said Tuesday.

The Cobo Center authority, the “grand bargain” that helped resolve Detroit’s bankruptcy, the Detroit Institute of Arts millage and the new Great Lakes Water Authority are all examples of regional cooperation that are moving Detroit forward, Brown said.

Population numbers in the city will continue to drop until Detroit can solve its crisis in education and public safety, Brown told a crowd of nearly 300 people at “The Making of a Great City,” the first of six community meetings by Detroit Future City.

“Get over the numbers that we’re not growing,” Brown said. “Let’s manage the city well. Let’s find regional approaches to fixing the problems as opposed to doing it all by ourselves.”

The event drew nearly 300 people mostly Detroit residents — to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Regional approach urged to move Detroit forward
Jennifer Chambers, April 14, 2015, Detroit News