Five years ago, in 2013, 250 Detroiters gathered at Marygrove College to create the Detroit People’s Platform. This year we will come together again for the Detroit People’s Platform’s 2018 Summit.
Majority-Black Detroit Matters
Please save the date and plan to join us on September 8th at SEIU Local 1 at 2211 East Jefferson Avenue from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The event is free, but registration is limited.
This weekend marks a year since the QLine’s grand opening.
The total cost of the project was around $144 million, with almost $75 million coming from public funds. When the QLine opened on May 12th of 2017, Detroit Peoples Platform organized the WhyLine Action with over 100 people participating.
We gathered at multiple QLine stops and asked the important questions that no one else was asking.
Why does this development project use almost $75 million in public funds without a Community Benefit Agreement?
Why doesn’t the rest of the city have reliable public transit?
Why does the QLine exclude most Detroiters?
It’s been a year and now we’re not the only ones asking why.
More and more people recognize the injustice of using our public dollars without real public benefit. Based on an article in Bridge Magazine about the failure of the QLine to meet its numbers the press and media have become more critical of this example of transit gentrification.