What are THEY doing in Cass Corridor?....
" Concentration" fencing to keep homeless people between the sidewalk and the curbs. The cutting down of Trees to eliminate shade and to make visitors feel safe and the green light that flashes like a police car all night in your window..."they tore down paradise and put in a parking lot" per Joni Mitchel's song, development to create easy income while creating more sewage runoff so "our" water dept. can create a drainage fee, that is actually a tax, that under the Headly Amendment in the Michigan Constitution, we are allowed to vote on, not just the DWSD, Duggan appointees who have little technical experience and who rubber stamp things.
RALLY AT ROOSEVELT PARK (OFF MICHIGAN AVE IN CORK TOWN)
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
On September 13th Crain’s Business Detroit will use Matty Moroun’s abandoned train station to host their annual "Homecoming" event. This three-day event will kick off at the old Central Train Depot, where the wealthy elite will hear about all of the "great opportunities" in Detroit ripe for investment. In announcing the event, Mike Duggan said, "What’s more symbolic of this city’s decline and rebirth than the images of the Michigan Central Depot four years ago and the images today?" As the Duggan administration touts the image of a Detroit experiencing rebirth, it fails to acknowledge or seriously address the racist and unequal basis on which that "rebirth" is taking place.
While Duggan claims that his administration has not prioritized billionaires like the Illitch family, Dan Gilbert, and Stephen Ross, his actions show the exact opposite. Detroit has been recently named one of the nation’s most segregated cities AND the poorest, with 40 percent of the population making less than $26,000 a year. Not only does Duggan’s administration fail to address these issues in a concrete way, he in fact champions policies that fortify the growing inequalities. These policies have created two Detroits: the "New Detroit" reserved for the white and wealthy, and the old Detroit that is left to rot away, reserved for the minority and poor and working-class.
The Charlevoix Villages Association (CVA) has already had a serious impact on the City administration’s attempt to shove down our throats development plans that would lead to our displacement. We have made clear the growing, active opposition of the community to their plans. But we know that only a mass movement throughout the City can stop displacement and resegregation. That is why we need all opponents of the growing inequality in Detroit to mobilize and show Duggan and his rich backers that DETROIT IS NOT FOR SALE!
Protest the Crain’s Detroit Business “Detroit Homecoming” Event.
Wednesday, September 13, 6:00 PM
Meet at Roosevelt Park in Corktown
We are homeowners & renters standing strong against displacement
The Charlevoix Village Association (CVA) has been an active neighborhood association in the Islandview area of Detroit since the 1970’s. Many of our families have lived in this community for generations.
For years, mass school closings, home mortgage and tax foreclosures, and the gutting of city services like libraries, rec centers, and public transit have been used to push out our friends and families in droves. And now that the developers of the “New Detroit” have taken interest in our neighborhood, we face mass displacement through higher rent and taxes, home insurance, rising cost of living, etc.
We are building a movement against displacement, resegregation, and gentrification in response to plans for inequitable “redevelopment” in our neighborhood and throughout Detroit. We want real guarantees built into redevelopment plans that prevent displacement of the poor, working-class, and largely black long-term residents of our community. Read our demands for the city of Detroit.
- Stop the displacement and resegregation of Detroit. End the prioritization of the “New Detroit” over the Black, Latinx, Arab and undocumented communities who have been here for years.
- Implement a moratorium on tax foreclosures and evictions.
- Make home repair grants accessible. Right now only loans are available, and if you’re behind on taxes or don’t have enough homeowner’s insurance you can’t access these loans. Create options that combine repair assistance with homeowner’s insurance & property tax assistance (like some mortgages).
- Support long-term residents struggling to remain in the city, as well as those who have already been displaced. Provide incentives to long-term residents and displaced residents that are equitable to what you provide to newcomers. Support low-income people with cost of living. Redirect Step Forward funds toward helping people stay in their homes. Make empty homes the city is holding onto available to displaced people who want to come back to this community.
- Protect new and existing affordable housing. 40% of new build and rehabilitated housing must be reserved for affordable housing provided on a sliding scale based on income.
- All blight removal and land repurposing must be decided by the community.
- Reliable city services. We want block-by-block attention in our neighborhoods, including tree cutting, sewer and drainage, better lighting, sidewalk and street repair, and clean-up of alleys.
- Keep money for development and repair grants in our community. Contractors need to be approved by us. Contractors should be local, hire local, and train people in our community.
- Support small Black and minority businesses run by long-term residents. There must be equitable set-asides and incentives for new and existing Black-owned and minority-owned small businesses, prioritizing long-term residents responding to community needs and wants.
- No school closings! Invest in schools, libraries, and tech centers. Our schools need to be supported and maintained, not shut down. We need libraries and tech centers with programs and trainings for people of all ages.
- Equitably allocate funding throughout all of Detroit, not just a few chosen areas. In the master planning process, the city wants to funnel money into revitalizing a few neighborhoods they’ve selected (nodes) and connecting these areas. There is no plan for everyone else.