Detroit police increase presence at Orleans Landing after residents voice concerns

Residents say littering is still a major issue

Detroit cleans up Orleans Landing area after massive weekend party
Detroit cleans up Orleans Landing area after massive weekend party

DETROIT – Police said they’d step up patrols at the Orleans Landing development along the Riverfront after a Local 4 Defenders investigation revealed concerns from residents.

Local 4 reported on this issue in 2017 as well. Residents in the area said that the activity at night impacted their quality of life. One resident said he was looking for a new place to live.

A woman who lives there said when the sun sets there are constant parties, street racing and in the morning there is trash left all over the place. That’s just a few of the issues.

READ: Detroit Riverfront resident concerned for safety due to street races, parties along street at night

She said there are parties, drug use, alcohol use and street racing on Atwater Street. She said up the road there was a driver who did doughnuts around a police SUV.

The Detroit Police Department’s interim police Chief James White said the incident did happen and he wants more officers on the street.

While police did step up their presence there, it didn’t manage to stop the littering problem.

The residents want the nightly block parties to stop. Monday morning city crews were seen sweeping bottles, cans and everything else that had been left in the street.

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About the Authors:

Shawn Ley is an Emmy-Award winning reporter. In more than 20 years covering stories in television news, Shawn’s reporting has taken him from war-torn eastern Europe, to reporting from an F-16 fighter jet and now to the fast and furious breaking news of Detroit.

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