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A Backyard Conversation with Mayor Bing

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An “Extremely Refreshing” Backyard Conversation with Mayor Bing

Posted: 08/29/11
 
Sharon Meadows, president of the Jefferson/Chalmers Citizens District Council said Mayor Dave Bing’s visit to their neighborhood on the evening of Thursday, August 25 was “extremely refreshing” after a group of neighborhood advocates spent nearly two-hours talking with him during a backyard gathering.

Eleven community leaders and residents from the area listened closely to the details of the Detroit Works Project short term intervention strategy  to understand how and why the strategy will be implemented.

The candor of Mayor Bing, who was joined by Marja Winters and Karla Henderson, seemed to be music to the ears of residents who have been the recipients of a lot of lip service in the past.

“We want to have an informed CDC,” said Jocelyn Harris, who lives in the neighborhood and chairs the Jefferson/Chalmers Citizens District Council.

Those present expressed an eagerness to help out where they could, and seemed to appreciate having the Mayor provide a realistic picture of the city’s opportunities and challenges.  The group even offered their own solutions to neighborhood challenges, and agreed to share information they have compiled that could help the city concentrate services based on the market condition.

“With each meeting we find willing participants who want to do their part to make Detroit a city that works,” said Winters.  “Gatherings like the one we had here today add the much needed neighborhood perspective to the data, and we look forward to acquiring more of it in the weeks ahead.”

Jefferson East Business Association, Southeast Waterfront Neighborhood Association, Creekside Community Development Corporation, and Jefferson/Chalmers Citizens District Council each had representatives at the backyard gathering.

Sharon Meadows, president of the Jefferson/Chalmers Citizens District Council said Mayor Dave Bing’s visit to their neighborhood on the evening of Thursday, August 25 was “extremely refreshing” after a group of neighborhood advocates spent nearly two-hours talking with him during a backyard gathering.
Eleven community leaders and residents from the area listened closely to the details of the Detroit Works Project short term intervention strategy  to understand how and why the strategy will be implemented.

The candor of Mayor Bing, who was joined by Marja Winters and Karla Henderson, seemed to be music to the ears of residents who have been the recipients of a lot of lip service in the past.

“We want to have an informed CDC,” said Jocelyn Harris, who lives in the neighborhood and chairs the Jefferson/Chalmers Citizens District Council.

Those present expressed an eagerness to help out where they could, and seemed to appreciate having the Mayor provide a realistic picture of the city’s opportunities and challenges.  The group even offered their own solutions to neighborhood challenges, and agreed to share information they have compiled that could help the city concentrate services based on the market condition.

“With each meeting we find willing participants who want to do their part to make Detroit a city that works,” said Winters.  “Gatherings like the one we had here today add the much needed neighborhood perspective to the data, and we look forward to acquiring more of it in the weeks ahead.”

Jefferson East Business Association, Southeast Waterfront Neighborhood Association, Creekside Community Development Corporation, and Jefferson/Chalmers Citizens District Council each had representatives at the