Bing Lays Out Vision For A New Detroit

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BY SUZETTE HACKNEY
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, in his first State of the City address, pledged Tuesday to deliver on plans to demolish 10,000 dilapidated buildings by 2014 and create two public academies that would prepare youths to enter careers in public health and public safety.

He also promised to reveal the location for a new Detroit police headquarters within the next two months.Bing, a former Detroit Piston and business owner, touted his achievements since becoming mayor 10 months ago, including securing regionalized management for Cobo Center, convincing General Motors to keep workers in the Renaissance Center and knocking down nearly 250 dangerous buildings near schools.

Yet Bing’s speech also looked to the future and his desire to begin a new chapter in Detroit — despite the city’s $325-million budget deficit, rampant unemployment and foreclosures and corruption in city government.

“Together we can reinvent Detroit, bringing new jobs and investment, cleaning up our streets and getting tough on crime, finding solutions to improve education and schools and once again restoring trust and pride in our city,” he said.

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