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Mayor to announce "Detroit Homecoming"

Lester Graham
Michigan Radio

Detroit is going to hold a little get-together to persuade former residents to come back home.

Mayor Mike Duggan wants former Detroiters to visit the city for a homecoming. The idea is to attract people who wrote off their relationship with the city. The "Detroit Homecoming" is aimed to bring them back for a visit, a little flirtation. After all, Detroit should be getting through its messy bankruptcy by then. It will be a little brighter, with thousands of  new LED streetlights. The parks are being mowed.

It's a little reminiscent of the Ford slogan, "Have you driven a Ford lately?" This homecoming sounds like the city of Detroit is asking people to come back, kick the tires, take a test drive.

Mayor Duggan will announce details of the Detroit Homecoming  tomorrow morning. The event is to be held September 17-19. Organizers, including businesses, foundations, and civic groups, hope people see investment opportunities, whether it’s buying a house or starting up a business.

The mayor has repeatedly said his primary goal while in office is to reverse Detroit’s population decline and  get people moving into the city.

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Lester Graham reports for The Environment Report. He has reported on public policy, politics, and issues regarding race and gender inequity. He was previously with The Environment Report at Michigan Public from 1998-2010.
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