“Our work is so important, but we cannot lose sight of the fact that it was a history of fighting between the mayor and council for years that accelerated the city’s financial crisis,” Duggan said. “We have got to work together to make sure that never happens again.”

Duggan also reiterated his focus on improving Detroit’s neighborhoods and reaching out to the faith-based community for support.

“And to the unions, we are going to rebuild a relationship on mutual respect,” he said. (Read more from Crain’s Detroit Business, 11/5/2013)