Detroit Today

Officials Attempt To Open Detroit Through Technology

Tuesday February 24, 2015

Photo from L to R: Sandra Svoboda, Saeed Khan and Garlin Gilchrist (Credit: Kyra Johnson)

Mayor Duggan’s new open government initiative allows residents to look at crime maps, building permits and city contracts online. Garlin Gilchrist is the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement and joins Sandra Svoboda and Saeed Khan to discuss Detroit's technological future.

Gilchrist says the city's new focus on transparency through technology is a service every Detroiter deserves.

"It's a realization that this type of technology... is a great way to make sure citizens know what government is doing," says Gilchrist. "We are turning over a new leaf in the city, by policy and by practice."