Did you miss Mayor Duggan’s State of the City tonight? Watch it above – you’ll definitely want to check it out!

News coverage of the State of the City:

WDET: “What Comes Next” the Focus of Duggan’s State of the City Speech (read the full piece for a great summary of the speech if you don’t have time to watch it in full above

In an upbeat speech touting his administration’s accomplishments and announcing new programs to help address deep city issues, Mayor Mike Duggan delivered a nearly hour-long State of the City address Tuesday night.

There’s a great deal more hope in the city of Detroit than when I delivered the first State of the City three years ago,” said the first-term mayor who is running for re-election this year.

Duggan began by describing the Detroit of three years ago — a city in bankruptcy, city retirees fearing the loss of their pensions, closed and consolidated police stations, overgrown parks and streetlights that didn’t work.

But he said conditions today are better: the city’s budget is balanced, emergency response times are reduced, street lights are working, parks are open and thousands of vacant houses have been torn down.

We’ve improved the basic services but if we’re going to fulfill a vision of building a Detroit that includes everybody, we’ve got to do a whole lot more,” Duggan said.


Rochelle Riley: “Mayor Duggan’s to-do list is his can-do list” (read the column in full from the Detroit Free Press

This time, this year, people are less interested in the past or kept promises: working streetlights, improved bus transportation, hundreds of parks reopened, an enhanced national reputation.

All that mattered this year was: What comes next?

So after recognizing his City Council partners — something they must still be getting used to — he announced that he wouldn’t be talking about the past.

“We know we’ve got a long way to go,” he said.

So he announced the $30-million Neighborhood Strategic Fund, created from increasing donations from private investors, to focus the city’s attention on the neighborhoods, whose residents have felt left out of Detroit’s renaissance.

And the crowd at Focus: HOPE’s Machinist Training Institute cheered.

Then he announced that he was bringing back residential street sweeping.

And the crowd cheered.

Then he announced that he’d be reopening the shuttered 8th Precinct police station.

And the crowd cheered.

When Duggan says he’s going to do something, you just believe him.