There is hope in the horizon regarding a comeback for Detroit. What was once the richest city in the United States if fighting to regain its shine, with the help of new elected officials and diversity.
As the first Hispanic council member in Detroit, Raquel Castañeda-Lopez not only has supported immigrants by helping launch the Immigration Task Force in Detroit. She is now working hard on behalf of the Motor City itself.
The month of April marked the kick off of the new monthly District 6 Coalition meetings, led by Councilmember Castañeda-Lopez (D-6), where officials and volunteers will share information and create a collective vision for the renovation and clean up of the Detroit District.
The 2014 Motor City Makeover for District 6 will take place on Saturday, May 17th, at the Patton Recreation Center, with the participation of dozens of volunteers from all over Metro Detroit – but more are needed.
“Every neighborhood has a future, and that future begins with volunteers like you. Thank you”, is Mayor Mike Duggan´s message on the City of Detroit official website.
During Detroit Partnership Day in March this year, hundreds of University of Michigan students came to Detroit to join forces with Councilwoman Castañeda-López and other elected officials in Detroit to help clean up the Brightmoor Community, the Belle Isle Conservancy, and to work on the development of The Heidelberg Project, the open-air art environment in the heart of an urban community on Detroit’s East Side recognized around the world as a demonstration of the power of creativity to transform lives., among others.
Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is also taking important stepse to save the Motor City. In 2013 he announced that Detroit had decided to privatize residential trash disposal and waste and yard management, and picked two companies to do it. This decision will save the city $6 million a year.
Beginning in May 2014, two companies will be in charge of collecting trash, bulk items, yard waste, and of recycling services for Detroit residents. There are also plans to privatize trash pickup, which will save the city approximately $50 million per year.
The Motor City if fighting hard for its comeback, but it needs all the help it can get to turn back years of devastation and create a Detroit where people enjoy living again.
“Working together we can make our communities cleaner and safer, so come out to support each other. We hope to see you!” says the invitation to the District 6 Coalition meeting.