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The editorial page editor at the Detroit News wrote about the “upside” to President Donald Trump’s recent tweets about rat infestation and violent crime in Baltimore as giving Democrats an on-ramp to talk about urban decay, including at the debates taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday in Detroit where 70,000 abandon buildings are still standing and black homeownership being reduced to 40 percent today from 51 percent since 2000.
Nolan Finley wrote:
Detroit - Baltimore - Cities - Stretch - Share
Detroit and Baltimore are not twin cities by any stretch, but they share similar characteristics and the same challenges that face most big cities in America.
There’s no better place to discuss those struggles than in Detroit, where 57% of children live below the poverty line and a rate of 2,057 violent crimes per 100,000 residents rank it as the second most violent city in America.
Agenda - Part - Campaign - Sheila - Cockrel
“There needs to be an urban agenda as part of this campaign,” Sheila Cockrel, former Detroit City Council member and CEO of Citizen Detroit, a civic engagement group, said in Finley’s column.
“When’s the last time you heard anything about an urban agenda?” Cockrel asked. “That’s become a swear word in Washington.”
Cockrel - Plan - Cities
Cockrel has a plan for “restoring central cities,” as Finely put it:
We need to address access to capital for residents who have been structurally discriminated against. We need a criminal justice policy. Address low-income housing, focus on education and rectifying the structural imbalance that has existed from the point of time that busing was struck down to deal with patterns of structural residential segregation.
Policies - Equity - Access - Hallmarks - Agenda
We need policies that are rooted in equity and access — those would be the hallmarks of an urban agenda.
Cockrel said the main target should be addressing poverty.
Strategy - Part - Actors - Poverty - Multigenerational
“We have to have a strategy on the part of all the main actors to address poverty and its multigenerational...
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