Detroit Mayor Duggan to deliver his 1st State of City Wednesday

Duggan to announce sweeping changes to fix city services, blight

By Mara MacDonald - Reporter

DETROIT - Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan will deliver his 1st State of the City Address Wednesday night.

During the speech, Duggan will announce sweeping changes aimed at giving Detroiters real city services.

You can watch the State of the City on Local 4 and right here on LIVE at 7 p.m.

"I think a year from now, I think people will feel a lot better about the services in the neighborhood," said Duggan.

For starters, Local 4 has learned Mayor Duggan has a commitment for funding what he is calling "the department of neighborhoods." Detroit will be split into seven districts and each will have a manager. That person's sole purpose will be to cut through inefficiency at City Hall and fix problems, whether it's blighted homes or water main breaks.

Duggan wasn't shy about detailing the utter disaster Detroit is from a technology standpoint at a gathering of business leaders on Tuesday.

"They hand him a piece of paper and say to him, 'Drive up Vernor until you hit the Dearborn border, drive back and then we'll give you a new piece of paper,'" the mayor said about snow plow drivers.

Every city department needs a massive overhaul to function at the most basic level. Duggan is demanding weekly progress reports from his cabinet members on how the fix is coming.

Sources also tell Local 4 that Duggan will announce that he has given the city's law department its marching order. It's main focus: Fall like a ton of bricks on lousy landlords and seize homes if they don't play ball.

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