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Prop A: How much say should Detroiters have in their neighborhood’s development?

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“It’s really simple. Proposal A says if we have to pay, we should have a say,” Ross told us.";s:3:


How much voice should people have about a development proposed for their neighborhood?

When a developer gets tax breaks or public funding, should the people living around that project get something?

Those questions are at the heart of a pair of a proposals in Detroit.The two competing community benefit ordinances, or CBOs, are on the November ballot.

Proposal A grew out of a grassroots initiative led by neighborhood leaders and activists under the umbrella group Rise Together Detroit.

One of those leaders joined us today. In our conversation above, the Reverend Joan Ross of the North End Woodward Community Coalition talks about Proposal A, what it would do for the community, and some of the criticism being leveled against it.

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