Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan visited the LBJ School on Wednesday to talk about efforts to rebuild the city of Detroit as part of the Dean's Distinguished Leaders Series. Duggan, who became the first white mayor of Detroit in 40 years in a city that is nearly 80 percent black, addressed a crowd of approximately 75 students and community members.
He discussed his efforts to restore basic city services like street lights, tackle issues of crime and blight, and help bring jobs and job training to Detroiters. With help from several innovative public/private partnerships (one of which was covered on Nov. 10 by 60 Minutes), Detroit is getting back on its feet. Now Duggan is focusing on how to grow the city in an equitable way, and on creating and preserving affordable housing, revitalizing long-neglected neighborhoods and ensuring every Detroiter has access to jobs and job training through the Detroit at Work program.
"You might be wondering how someone who looks like me became mayor of Detroit. It's an interesting story." – @MayorMikeDuggan kicks off today's Dean's Distinguished Leaders Series.— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) Nov 13, 2019
.@MayorMikeDuggan talks about investing in human capital, jobs training and workforce development. "We haven't solved all of our problems, but we're working hard at it."— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) Nov 13, 2019
"If you convert a driving lane to a bike lane, is that bike lane for those of us who stayed? Or for those new to town?" @MayorMikeDuggan said these decisions require community engagement or you will face resistance as a policymaker.— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) Nov 13, 2019