Tuesday, March 22, 2011

713,777

The U.S. Census Bureau released its count of Detroit's population earlier today. The city currently has an official population 713,000 people, which is its lowest number in a hundred years. One should also point out that when Detroit last had a population this low, the city only had roughly half of its current land mass. Warrendale, and many of the neighborhoods that surround it, did not become a part of Detroit until the 1920s.

Mayor Dave Bing stated earlier today that he intends to challenge this count. It's possible that his efforts will be successful. However, I won't hold my breath on it. I believe that the Bing Administration would have been far more successful if they were more active in getting people to participate in the initial count last year instead of waiting to challenge the census count now.

The Bing Administration made a few overtures at encouraging people to participate in the Census. However, it obviously wasn't enough to have the effect that is needed. I find it doubtful that they'll be able to succeed at this point.

Regardless, I believe this illustrates precisely how serious matters are in Detroit. We have some very serious problems that require a serious discussion about solutions.

1 comment:

DAVID L. MALHALAB said...

Mayor Bing...Man UP

Don't waste scarce tax dollars on challenging the Census figures - use tax dollars to fix Detroit - not on another lawsuit.
Make Public Safety - Job 1- you have not done this yet.

Memo to: Detroit Charter Commission
CC: Mayor Dave Bing, Detroit City Council

It is now mandatory that the Detroit Charter Commission 'right size' the number of City Council members. The new Census figures show that Detroit has 714,000 people, down from 1,800,000.

For efficiency, economy, and a more effective city government - City Council must be downsized to five (5) members, and it will be reflected in a lower City Council budget, for staff and other miscellaneous items. City residents will be better served without superfluous ego centered council members.

Detroit must bite the bullet - see the truth, and not keep challenging it...Detroit city leaders must make better choices to move Detroit forward and a great first step would be to show that government will not stand in the way and that it recognizes the need to improve and get 'right sized'.

Detroit residents make your voice heard - keep Detroit moving forward don't look back - make Detroit better - starting with City Council. The future is ahead - start the process,with better smaller governance.

David L. Malhalab
Sgt DPD Retired