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Old 02-20-2013, 08:33 PM
 
Location: West Loop, Chicago, IL
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I'm just curious (open to all in Detroit Metro, but I particularly value the opinions of those who live in the city proper), what does everyone think of Mayor Bing? My take from the outside is that he's making a lot of unpopular decisions, but gets the big picture. This thought process may cost him his job. I think he's got the right idea by trying to shrink the city and tear down neighborhoods that are almost entirely vacant, although I think his efforts to fend off a lot of potential state assistance could be a combination of pride and self-preservation.

Regardless of that, he got dealt a nightmare of a hand for a big city mayor, and I think he's doing the very best he can with that. What are your thoughts? And how would you say he compares to Coleman Young, Dennis Archer, and Kwame Kilpatrick (although I think I know the answer to this one...and to an extent the first one...)?
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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He's stuck between trying to please the status quo and trying to move the city forward. Status quo says that Detroit can solve all of its problems without any or as little outside help because it'll protect the city and its history.

Actually, in his state of the city address, his common theme seemed to be "we can accomplish so much when we work together" which is quite the opposite of what Coleman Young would say. Just recently, Bing and grandson of the Pulte Homes family collaborated to form a non-profit group to demolish blight in Detroit quicker than if the city did it alone. That'd be unthinkable under Young and it's no surprise Bing kept the project secret until his state of the city address.

He's an okay Mayor. Given the stubbornness of the forces he's dealing with, he's starting to turn that corner to get to move the city forward it seems. I wish he was more pro-growth though. I'm a believer that Detroit can grow its population again if the right foundations are set.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:24 PM
 
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LEt's just say McGruff the crime dog has a better chance of being elected in August tha Bing does of being re-elected.

The folks he has imposed more pain on in the last year (without any remorse) are the ones who's going to decide his fate, not the business interests in downtown/midtown.

Godspeed back to Franklin please!
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Michissippi
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Maybe Detroiters will reelect Kwame!
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:49 AM
 
Location: On the brink of WWIII
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I had the highest of expectations...but Kilpatrick will be available to run in 2016?
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:31 AM
 
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Detroiters tend to vote for someone who victimizes them. "You been wronged...by the man" is the common mantra of the political elite in Detroit. From what I have seen, Bing doesn't seem to tote that message much. Until the city can start bringing in more young professionals to further economic growth, the city will continue to be a city of victims. And victims don't particularly contribute to growth, rather they expect 100% empathy and support, which often leads to dependency.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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He's an okay Mayor. Given the stubbornness of the forces he's dealing with, he's starting to turn that corner to get to move the city forward it seems. I wish he was more pro-growth though. I'm a believer that Detroit can grow its population again if the right foundations are set.
Stubbornness?

You mean IGNORANCE and corruption
coupled by opportunism, ARROGANCE and racism.

And the racism and bigotry flow both ways.
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