Detroit Today

Mayor Duggan Hears From Detroiters Before State Of The City

Monday, February 9, 2015

"The recovery will happen a whole lot faster if Detroiters are a part of it," says Mayor Mike Duggan.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan will be giving his State of the City address on Tuesday, February 10 at 7 p.m. Ahead of his speech, the mayor says things are looking better in Detroit, even if there is still a lot of work to do.

“We’ve gone from, I think, a sense of hopelessness to a sense of higher expectation,” Duggan tells co-hosts Christy McDonald and Stephen Henderson.

Mayor Duggan says the conversations he has with residents have changed since he first took office. He says when he drives around the city people want to take pictures with him, but also share their concerns about their neighborhoods and streets. Duggan says auto insurance rates are also a concern he hears about frequently, and is an issue he says has been, "a problem in the city forever."

Housing costs and foreclosure rates have been on the mind of many residents over the past year. Mayor Duggan says his administration is working hard to change the housing climate in Detroit. The mayor says he is working to fix problems stemming from the housing crisis, specifically that lenders won't allow homeowners to take out a mortgage that exceeds the current market value of the house.

Duggan is also proud of the work that he has done with the Detroit Bus System, and tells Christy and Stephen about the new Bus App and the new buses that DDOT is adding to their fleet. He says he's proudest that the bus system is set to run on-time for the first time in two decades.

“We are going to run a bus service that actually meets the published schedule," he says. "Which is the first time in 20 years that the schedule that we put out is actually the schedule we serve, and it’s going to happen in the first half of 2015."

Duggan says he doesn't want to give himself a letter grade for his first full year in office.

“In my business you don’t get to grade yourself," he says. "If you could, Bob Ficano would still be county executive."

During the hour-long conversation on Detroit Today, Duggan also hears from callers concerned about the state of Detroit Public Schools, the now-disbanded Citizens District Council, city services, and the blockade between Grosse Pointe Park and Detroit.

To watch DPTV's live-stream feed of the conversation, click here.