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Racial Equity, a missing strategy from Detroit’s revitalization effort

Racial Equity, a missing strategy from Detroit’s revitalization effort

Racial Equity, a missing strategy from Detroit’s revitalization effort

There ARE 2 Detroits!

The new Detroit People’s Platform NEWS (v.11) documents our work in Affordable Housing, Transit and Equitable Development. While each of these issue areas present unique challenges, structural racism are foundational to all three. The disparity between the neighborhoods and the 7.2 mile Downtown/Midtown area, branded as “Greater Downtown”, is largely based upon creating opportunity for some while blocking access to basic needs for others. While the media spins myths of “One Detroit” our work intends to spin it back around to reality; there ARE 2 Detroits.

Until we create, empower and enforce policies that intentionally address the harsh lines of difference that plague Detroit’s redevelopment the divide will continue to increase.

The 7.2 mile “Greater Downtown” area is sucking up all of the resources and pouring what they don’t use down the drain. During 2017 it is estimated 18,000+ households will have their water shut off. (27,000 in 2016) The United Nations has recognized this humanitarian/public health crisis.

Why do the majority of Detroiters have to put up with bus stops with no shelter or seating while the QLine stations in the 7.2 mile “Greater Downtown/Midtown” area have real-time wait displays, seating, protection from the elements, lighting, and security? All bus riders deserve the same access to shelters with schedule information, seating, and protection from the elements!