DETROIT - Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, along with police agencies from throughout southeastern Michigan gathered to talk about security as Detroit prepares to host the World Series.
Bing said, "We are prepared to provide a secure environment for sports fans and visitors attending the World Series." He said the number one goal of the city is to keep fans and visitors safe.
Interim Detroit Police Chief Chester Logan said, "We have hosted major events like in the past and we have been very successful. Our goal is to provide the same level of safety in the World Series as we have during previous events."
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Barbara L. McQuade added, "The Tigers may be down by like the city that they represent – they are never out. I loved it last night when Doug Fister took one in the head it reminded us in law enforcement and our city. We may take one in the head, we make get punched in the nose, we may fall down but we pride ourselves and define ourselves on the way we get back up again and keep fighting."
The Detroit Tigers are in the World Series for the second time since 2006. But much of the city seems seasons away from its own grand slam.
TV viewers during Game 3 on Saturday will see aerial shots of a downtown Detroit that's appealing. Whole Foods is building a store north of where the Tigers play, and wealthy optimists are snapping up vacant downtown office buildings and filling them with workers.
But the neighborhoods seem a world away from downtown. Homicides are up while the population is down. Former Councilwoman Sheila Cockrel says it's a tale of two cities: There's momentum downtown but a breakdown in services elsewhere.
But barber shop owner Chrystal Jackson says the Tigers give Detroit "something to laugh and smile about."
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