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"Detroit Works" begins second round of community meetings

Peter Martorano

The second round of meetings in a project to re-imagine Detroitstarts tonight.

A presentation will outline some of the problems the city faces – including statistics about its population decline, school quality and employment opportunities. And residents will get to weigh in on questions about where the city should focus its limited resources.

Dan Lijana is a spokesman for Mayor Bing. He says the project staff will use what they learn to draft an analysis of the city’s neighborhoods, expected in April. 

"We don’t want anyone to think that come April First there’s going to be a big announcement that has a map that says here’s what’s going to happen here, here’s what’s going to happen here. It’s basically going to be the first part of that conversation."

Mayor Bing has suggested that the city could provide incentives to encourage people to move out of blighted neighborhoods, and into more viable parts of the city. The idea of relocating residents has generated a good number of critics.

Below is a list of the upcoming meeting times and locations:

January 27, 2011, 6-8 PM
University Detroit Mercy – Student Center Ballroom
4001 W. McNichols Road

January 29, 2011, 10 AM–12 PM
Odd Fellows Hall
8701 W. Vernor Highway

January 31, 2011, 6-8 PM
1358 Abbott, 1 Blk. East of Trumbull

February 1, 2011, 6-8 PM
Focus: HOPE 
1400 Oakman Blvd.

February 2, 2011, 6-8 PM     (***Please note, this is a new venue***)
Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan
2131 Beaufait Street

February 3, 2011, 6-8 PM
Brenda Scott Middle School 
18440 Hoover Street

February 5, 2011, 10 AM–12 PM
American Serbian Hall
19940 Van Dyke St

February 14, 2011, 6-8 PM     (***Please note, this is a new venue***)
Leland Baptist Church
22420 Fenkell Street

February 15, 2011, 6-8 PM
Greater Grace Temple 
23500 W. Seven Mile Rd

February 16, 2011, 6-8 PM
NFL/YET – Boys & Girls Club – Dick & Sandy Dauch Campus
16500 Tireman Street

Space is limited. Doors will close once capacity is reached. All meetings are public, and may be taped and photographed.  For additional information contact: detroitplan2010@detroitmi.gov 

Sarah Hulett is Michigan Public's Director of Amplify & Longform, helping reporters to do their best work.