Mayor Bing…Where Is The Leadership…
I voted for you each and every time your name appeared on the ballot. I believed and still believe that you are a person of integrity and civility. However Mr. Mayor; I feel that I cannot provide you with my vote in the next election; because you are not showing the business community the leadership that is needed for our City.
You promised us jobs. Where are they Mr. Mayor? By now you must be aware of the fact that there are NO MORE JOBS in the traditional sense of the Industrial Age. You cannot bring in jobs that do not exist; so you must help the small business community in this City create the abundance of opportunities which are awaiting development. We must create our own jobs.
Mr. Mayor…are you aware that the most popular game in Detroit right now is Bing-GO!
Business is hurt because those who use public transportation are left waiting HOURS ON END for a bus; which and if they arrive are filled or come two and buses a row. Parents who need to get to work; and kids who need to get home are nearly always late. Instead of spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a light rail that will only help suburbanites leave the City faster; why not spend that money to upgrade D-DOT and SMART buses help people MOVE AND REMAIN in the City.
Please show some leadership.
Are you aware the store ‘5000 Shoes on Grand River is having a clearance sale? Are you aware of the many, many, talented plumbers, electricians, carpenters and Detroit residents who are prepared and qualified to work on City contracts or private residences; yet that sit without work? Are you aware of the many fine local businesses we have in our neighborhoods? In fact Mr. Mayor, when is the last time you stopped by a business that was developed and remains in the City today. Are you aware that Honey Baked Hams started on the southwest corner of Fenkell and Quincy?
Where is the leadership?
There are those, Mr. Mayor, who think that turning this City into a city only for African Americans (lead by that STUPID FISTon our welcome mat) is the way to grow our City. It is not. We need a progressive leader who will develop a climate of cooperation and innovation that makes this a City which makes us a world class city again. Even if we never regain that status; if we become a family friendly city again with reliable city services and well kept neighborhoods, such too will make us world class.
Mr. Mayor, you can put the aforementioned to work by rebuilding Herman Kiefer Hospital and having the drug companies pay for the work. We have THOUSANDS of skilled auto workers who can build clean, green cars on a micro basis if the leadership existed to help them start their own car companies. If they can be a Rose Royce by hand, then we can build affordable green cars by hand. We have the talent and we have the abandoned factories to make this happen. When will you lead the way?
When will you lead the way and stop giving tax breaks to companies that don’t hire local workers and instead encourage [what is left] of the business community here to get into the game. When will you lead the way and ask the owners of the (nearly) empty Penobscot Building to lower rent to attract more people to the plethora of empty office space in Downtown Detroit?
Put our construction companies to work here in the City be encouraging participation in the HUD ‘Good Neighbor Next Door’program? Teachers and First Responders are given really great deals on homes in revitalization zones and you can use local construction companies to perform the upgrade?
How about showing leadership and empty the City’s land bank by giving the TAX PAYING RESIDENTS the deeds to City owned abandoned homes and vacant lots. Just letting the land sit there going to waste; waiting for someone from the suburbs to get the land and then not pay taxes on it is not leadership. It’s capitulation.
Mr. Mayor, if you want to attract new businesses to the City; then we need your leadership to help grow the businesses that are still here. Join us in the development of a Parental Directory which includes a listing of all the businesses owned by Detroit, tax paying residents. There is an online version of the directory and we are developing a CD version which will be circulated to Human Resource departments around the District. This is similar in nature to the one that I developed for our school district for parents that were looking for work or wanted to promote their business.
In conclusion Mayor Bing; the residents of Detroit proper are members of an orchestra. Together we sound great. On the other hand, with a conductor showing leadership by having us on the same sheet of music; we could produce magnificent symphonies.
Where are the jobs you promised Mayor Bing? Where is the leadership, Mr. Mayor?
Until next time.
Lawrence A. Harper, Sr.