Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Questionable Priorities

The City of Detroit announced late last week that they intend to spend a little more than $1.4 million to demolish the historic Lafayette Building (144 W. Lafayette) in downtown Detroit. Meanwhile, thousands of vacant and burned out houses continue to rot in Warrendale and other neighborhoods with very little response from Mayor Dave Bing.

Just to clarify, Mayor Bing and his staff were able to find $1.4 million of our tax dollars to demolish this building downtown:

But they can't do anything at all about thousands of buildings like this one in our neighborhoods:

Priorities, people. Priorities.

I believe that the leadership of this great city needs to re-examine their priorities in a very fundamental way. If they don't then I believe we as residents need to start asking why we keep them in office.

1 comment:

Jeff said...

I have given a lot of thought to situations like this as well as the other problems that plague the City of Detroit, and Warrendale in particular. Just it's shear size makes managing the City of Detroit a constant challenge. It seems to me that a community like Warrendale, may be better served if it were no longer a part of the city. Certainly a city or township of Warrendale would be better served, not to mention the tax dollars of the residents used more effectively. The area of Warrendale still has a solid tax base despite the foreclosures and blight in the neighborhoods. It is obvious that the taxes paid out are not received back in the services that the residents deserve and paid for. Whether it's the tearing down of dangerous homes, streetlight repair, police and fire services, I believe that the residents of Warrendale can do a far better job of managing the affairs of Warrendale than the City of Detroit, regardless of who the mayor is. No one has more concern for Warrendale than those who live there. The City of Detroit is and has been dying, and we have been promised over and over again of it's rebirth or "Renaissance". My fear is that the city will continue to drag promising communities like Warrendale, my birthplace, down with it. Besides, Warrendale Township has a nice ring to it.