Mayor to announce "Detroit Homecoming"

Jul 14, 2014

Credit Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

Detroit is going to hold a little get-together to persuade former residents to come back home.

Mayor Mike Duggan wants former Detroiters to visit the city for a homecoming. The idea is to attract people who wrote off their relationship with the city. The "Detroit Homecoming" is aimed to bring them back for a visit, a little flirtation. After all, Detroit should be getting through its messy bankruptcy by then. It will be a little brighter, with thousands of  new LED streetlights. The parks are being mowed.

It's a little reminiscent of the Ford slogan, "Have you driven a Ford lately?" This homecoming sounds like the city of Detroit is asking people to come back, kick the tires, take a test drive.

Mayor Duggan will announce details of the Detroit Homecoming  tomorrow morning. The event is to be held September 17-19. Organizers, including businesses, foundations, and civic groups, hope people see investment opportunities, whether it’s buying a house or starting up a business.

The mayor has repeatedly said his primary goal while in office is to reverse Detroit’s population decline and  get people moving into the city.

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