Schaap said cutting pensions and selling art to satisfy city debt would hurt an already injured city. “None of us want to see individual people hurt and lose pensions,” he said, “and also then to provide for the long-term future of the DIA. I think if they have to sell one piece of art it will so demoralize people in this metro area that we can’t even imagine it.”
As of now in the city one building is considered a enterprise zone,that concept works in cities on a smaller scale,but Detroit is large.
If you take an entire zip code and create a tax zone it helps everybody across the board,combine it with the grants already available and property tax breaks for x amount of time it makes a difference on a larger scale.
It is short term loss for a more stable long term gain with the trickle affect of a stable family living in and supporting the city with their purchasing power.
Nobody wants that $500 house that has $5000 a year in taxes,and it is stated here all of the time that certain areas are gone and nobody wants them so level them and plant trees.
Change the structure of the system,if nobody wants them,change it to make it feasible.
This is nothing new,it is tried and proven elsewhere,so it does work across the board and everybody benefits.
Packard gets a can of paint just as does the homeowner 5 blocks away,it kinda eliminates the rebuilt building in the middle of a surrounding slum (harsh)aspect.
Tell me one thing you've seen or heard lately that made you feel good about being a Detroiter. Don't pick anything from the forum but something out in your everyday life. Negative is easy to find but positive is everywhere too.
As a longtime resident of the Detroit area (all of my 68 years) I have fond memories of shopping downtown. I remember Hudson's flagship and the great stores on Woodward. I also remember when Hudson's closed and when (clothing-based) retail ceased to exist in downtown. I don't understand why people think that major retail will succeed in downtown Detroit when urban retail has failed in almost every American downtown where it was tried. St. Louis is a good example. St. Louis had had a renaissance of their city similar to what Detroit is having right now but retail has failed with their last department store closing this year. I can understand pop-ups and small specialty stores but I don't understand why some people think major retail will succeed. If you feel that retail will succeed I would like to hear your reasoning and perspective on this.