Once boasting a population of nearly 2 million, the population of the city of Detroit stands at somewhere between 750,000 and 800,000 residents. Detroit Free Press has a good look at Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s plan to offer incentives next year to concentrate city residents in core areas that will serve as population centers for a newly configured city. It’s part of his Detroit Works Project and he says:
“We’re going to be encouraging them to move and put themselves in a better situation. … They are much better off moving into a more dense area so that we can provide them with the services they need: that would be water, sewer, lighting, public safety — all of that,” Bing said. “We think that getting our city to be more dense with its population is the right route.”
…City officials say they have identified at least seven to nine population centers that would encompass two-thirds of the city’s 139 square miles. That would leave about 45 square miles, though some of that land is already public park space. The availability of strong schools, nonprofits, churches, parks, community development organizations and medical centers — along with housing stock, income and many other indicators — will continue to be considered in developing the neighborhood plan, officials say.
Bing says there will be incentives for people to move, but many in the city worry that relocation will not go well. You can read Bing’s interview with the Freep and hear what the Mayor is saying about “rightsizing” Detroit below (thanks Rethinking Detroit for the find):