Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan delivered his 10th annual State of the City speech Tuesday, March 7 at Michigan Central Station, the future site of Ford’s new electric vehicle campus. Duggan took the podium with an optimistic outlook for the future of Detroit, highlighting the city’s turnaround in vacant housing and homeowners as well as ongoing efforts to clean up and restore blighted neighborhood communities. 

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His speech celebrated historic investments happening around the city, like the Joe Louis Greenway, Richard Hosey’s investment in the Fisher Body Plant, and automotive investments to build and support an all-electric future. Duggan also spoke about a new community violence intervention program, ShotStoppers, unemployment rates in the city, working with returning citizens, and the importance of tax abatements to incentivize developments in the city.  

One Detroit contributors Stephen Henderson, host of American Black Journal, and Nolan Finley, editorial page editor at the Detroit News, sat down to discuss the focal points of the mayor’s speech. They talk about Duggan’s push for community buy-in on tax abatements, what he plans to do with the city’s American Rescue Plan Act funds, and the efficacy of how ShotStoppers might work to reduce community violence. 

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