The Craig Fahle Show

Mayor of New Orleans: America Needs Detroit to Succeed

Monday, June 2, 2014

Photo credit: Matthew Trevethan, WDET

The mayor of New Orleans says the country should rally around Detroit the same way it rallied in support of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the country needs Detroit to succeed.

“There is only one Detroit," Landrieu told a crowd of southeast Michigan business leaders and policymakers.

"She is a special place. She’s worth fighting for. She may have lost her way for a bit, but I come here today to tell you you are not alone, or forgotten. We want you back.”

Landrieu says Detroit must improve public spaces and buildings on the path to recovery, and rebuild the cultural, intangible elements that make cities strong. Landieu was a keynote speaker at the Detroit Regional Chamber annual policy conference on Mackinac Island. He told the crowd the nation owes Detroit a great debt because of its significant role in major historical events. That includes early troop support for the Union during the Civil War, and manufacturing support during World War II.

“Detroit helped build the nation we are today by building the first and strongest multi-racial middle class. Now we need Detroit to help create the America for tomorrow. After all, who else is going to do it?”

Landrieu likes the Grand Bargain between the state, the D-I-A, foundations and some unions. He says it is important for all parties interested in the future of the city to show their willingness to invest. He toured the city of Detroit after speaking at the Mackinac Island conference.

-- Laura Weber-Davis