On October 19th, two new videos about Detroit dropped. One was the city’s bid for Amazon to move to Detroit, the other lifting up the need for Community Benefit Agreements around large public funded projects.
These two videos demonstrate the vast difference in experience and opinion between those Detroiters who are benefiting from the changes underway and those who are being left behind or moved along.
From the Black Bottom Archives: “The Ilitches’ choice to open their brand new, highly subsidized sports and concert venue with a Kid Rock concert has generated a lot of anger and left many Detroiters feeling disrespected. But the Ilitches’ disrespect for Detroiters began long before the first shovel hit the ground to build the new arena. It began with Olympia Development’s refusal of a real community benefits agreement that would have made them truly accountable to Detroiters whose money the developers were using for private profit.” The video has been written about in the metrotimes: https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2017/10/19/new-video-explains-why-kid-rock-at-the-pizzarena-is-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg
As we continue to work for REAL Community Benefits around projects that use public funds like Little Caesars’ Arena, the city is making a bid for the Amazon HQ2.
Questions about the Amazon Deal:
How much in the way of tax incentives and other public resources are the current city leaders willing to sacrifice to bring Amazon to Detroit? Read More:
“Members of the Detroit region’s 60-member Amazon committee have been tight-lipped all week about what the city would specifically offer Amazon in terms of tax incentives, mass transportation options for employees and filling a talent pool that dwarfs the size of any existing Detroit company (Gilbert’s family of companies employ 17,000 in downtown Detroit).” Crain’s
An Open Letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos
Detroit People’s Platform and many of our partners have signed on to the national campaign around Jobs, Tax Incentives, Accountability and Transparency and Amazon’s new headquarters, wherever they end up. Read More about the national campaign: https://ourhq2wishlist.org/#