In his 11th State of the City address, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan took the stage at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, on the city’s west side, to talk about a Detroit that looks different than it did a decade ago. As the city prepares to host approximately 300,000 people for the 2024 NFL Draft April 25-27, Duggan said they will no longer find bankruptcy and blight but rather changes in housing, crime and economic development around the city. 

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Duggan gave his first State of the City address in 2014. At that time, Detroit was in bankruptcy and under emergency management. During his 11th annual address, he covered topics from community violence programs and efforts to reduce gun violence to abandoned vehicle and blight cleanup; tax cuts for residents; investments in safety and transportation; and the future of Detroit’s neighborhoods, including solar neighborhoods. 

Duggan also discussed his Land Value Tax proposal, which he first introduced at the 2023 Mackinac Policy Conference, a plan that would cut property taxes on homeowners and raise them on parking lots and scrapyards in the city. His closed his address with the announcement that the Dexter Elmhurst Recreation Center in Detroit will be renamed after Helen Moore, a Detroit woman who fought to save the center.  

One Detroit contributors Stephen Henderson, host of “American Black Journal,” Nolan Finley, Editorial Page Editor of the Detroit News, and Zoe Clark, Political Director for Michigan Public share their thoughts on Duggan’s 11th annual address.

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