Quantifying Downtown Detroit’s Comeback

The Atlantic Cities: February 20, 2013

When people talk about the resurgence of urban America — the shift of people, jobs and commerce back to downtowns and center cities — they’re usually talking about a narrow group of elite cities like New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boston, and San Francisco. That’s why a report [PDF] released this week on the transformation of downtown Detroit is so interesting.

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Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah: Business leaders ‘ready to accept’ EFM

Detroit Free Press: February 20, 2013

Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, said that most business leaders are ready to accept an emergency financial manager as the fastest way to improve city government. “At the end of the day, whatever solves our problems the most efficiently and effectively is the right solution,” he said. “The status quo is not solving the problems fast enough.”

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Mayor Dave Bing Deserves Credit, Business Leaders Say

Michigan Chronicle: February 20, 2013

In his State of the City address last week, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing cited various challenges and achievements during his term in office. Emmett Moten, Jr. CEO of the Moten Group, who is a co-owner of the Doubletree Hotel downtown and a former development advisor in the Coleman Young adminstration, said he was pleased that for the first time in a long time he heard a compilation of what the mayor has accomplished.

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Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah: Business leaders ‘ready to accept’ EFM

Detroit Free Press: February 20, 2013

Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, said that most business leaders are ready to accept an emergency financial manager as the fastest way to improve city government. “At the end of the day, whatever solves our problems the most efficiently and effectively is the right solution,” he said. “The status quo is not solving the problems fast enough.”

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Gov. Snyder talks Detroit emergency manager, increased spending on roads at Detroit Regional Chamber luncheon

Crain’s Detroit Business: February 11, 2013

Gov. Rick Snyder said he has not offered anyone the job as Detroit’s emergency manager but has been talking about it with people so he can act if needed.

But, he said, don’t take that to mean he has made up his mind to appoint one. “If we go down that path, then I’ll have people available to help,” Snyder said. He has compiled a short list, he said, declining to offer names.

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