Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Unveils Urban Agenda on West Side of the State
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick will unveil Detroit's new urban agenda in western Michigan where statewide politics have traditionally marginalized the two regions. Mayor Kilpatrick will speak to the Grand Rapids Economic Club during a luncheon on Monday, October 28, 2002, along with Grand Rapids Mayor John Logie. The luncheon begins at noon and goes to 2 p.m. Kilpatrick will address the need for an urban agenda for all of Michigan and the need for true regional cooperation. He will distribute copies of "Detroit's Urban Agenda," which outlines urban issues specific to the city of Detroit, but outlines challenges for urban communities throughout the state. "When we talk about urban cities in Michigan, we only think about cities like Detroit and Flint in the southeast, which lends to the further division of our state," Mayor Kilpatrick said. "But urban cities in Michigan include Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Muskegon, and -- yes -- Grand Rapids." Drawing upon his experience when he toured the state as the Democratic Leader of the Michigan House of Representatives, Mayor Kilpatrick said that even in communities that are traditionally conservative, he learned that most communities care about the same things, regardless of their geographic location or political boundaries. That dialogue inspired what Mayor Kilpatrick now calls "Detroit's Urban Agenda." "There are 10 recognized urban cities within the state of Michigan, which represents more than 80 percent of the state's gross product. However in the history of the Michigan Legislature, there has never been an urban agenda that proposes an investment in the engines that keep the state's economy running," Mayor Kilpatrick said. "Traditionally, the focus has been on our differences in an attempt to keep us divided for personal political gains," he said. "However, Detroit and Grand Rapids, for example, both experience the same challenges such as: a mass exodus from the urban core to surrounding suburban cities; urban sprawl; blight and a suffering housing stock; rapid growth of other ethnic populations; job opportunities/training needed for the large number of impoverished citizens; and road/sewer infrastructure improvements that come at an astronomical cost, while state shared revenues are consistently threatened. The list goes on. "These identical challenges should inspire collaboration among all of Michigan's urban cities instead of dividing us," Mayor Kilpatrick said. Make Your Opinion Count - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X78025125
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