In his second State of the City address, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan praised his administration both for improving the Detroit’s economic prospects and the city’s image regionally and nationwide.

Additionally, Duggan highlighted the importance of ensuring Detroit’s longtime residents benefit from the city’s recovery.

“Can we build our recovery on the principle of economic inclusion?” he said. “What will the recovery of the city mean if the folks that have been here aren’t a part of it?”

Duggan delivered the address from the Redford Theatre, located in Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood. Residential blight hit the district particularly hard and large swaths of land remain vacant.

Duggan noted the addition of 500 new jobs in Brightmoor with the opening of a new Meijer, and continued to discuss economic and community recovery throughout the rest of the address.

“This community is fighting back like so many others,” Duggan said.

Duggan said his administration has worked to save houses from demolition through the Building Detroit website, which auctions city-owned homes to buyers who agree to fix and inhabit them within six months. The administration is also helping sell vacant side lots to community members interested in maintaining properties adjacent to their own.

The mayor said property values are increasing in 25 Detroit neighborhoods.

The city is also working to demolish hundreds of blighted homes deemed unsuitable for habitation.

The mayor also touted his program that gives loans to city residents for repairing blighted homes. The plan, backed by city council and the federal government, has a loan pool worth $8 million and has zero percent interest for lower to middle income residents.

The audience gave the mayor a standing ovation during his announcement that the city will finish the year with a balanced budget for the first time since 2002.

As job creation in the city improves, Duggan said he wants to ensure Detroit’s residents are offered the new jobs. To this end, he stressed job creation and training for residents of the city, listing the uptick in city residents having jobs in skilled trade fields like plumbing and electric. He also demanded that new development projects, such as the forthcoming arena for the Detroit Red Wings and a new accompanying entertainment district, create jobs for Detroiters.

“I believe one thing in my heart, that talent in this world is distributed equally, no matter what community, no matter where you are,” Duggan said. “What isn’t distributed equally is opportunity.”

The mayor also spoke on improved neighborhood service and safety, including Duggan a plan to secure body cameras for police officers and put 200 more officers in the streets.

Many other cities across the nation have adopted body cameras on police officers to hold officers accountable for brutality against citizens, an issue that has sparked protest nationwide.

“We are going to change the culture of this community to recognize every life matters,” he said.

The mayor also touched on the fact that police response times have been cut 20 minutes in the last year and a half, from 37 minutes to 17. Furthermore, in the last year, the city’s emergency medical service response time, formerly the slowest in the country, has been cut seven minutes and there are twice as many ambulances on the road.

Duggan also stressed revamping the city’s transit, jokingly calling the city’s high car insurance rates its “biggest problem.”

“I’m going to work every single day until we fix this injustice and get people a fairer rate on their insurance,” he said.

Along with improving car insurance, the mayor spoke on ameliorating the city’s public transit system. He said the administration has hired more drivers and implemented a smartphone application to track the bus schedule, and has since worked with Vice President Joe Biden to purchase 80 more buses in the city, eleven of which will beginning running this week.

“For the first time in years, riders are coming back to the (Detroit Department of Transportation) system,” he said.

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