Candidates to discuss ‘Quality of Life in Detroit Neighborhoods’ at three forums #QualityofLifeinDetroit #TellUsDetroit

A woman and girl are seen talking in front of store in the Poletown neighborhood of Detroit. Most of the people in neighborhood were displaced so that General Motors could build a new plant. (Photo by David Turnley/CORBIS)

By Elsie Aquino/Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Detroit) – The Detroit Neighborhood Forum: Meet the Candidates inspired by the Detroit Works Project – Long Term Planning (DWP LTP) will take place July 24th, 26th, and 30th. The three State Representative forums will be hosted by nine community organizations and the focus will be on improving the quality of life in Detroit.

Each of the three State Representative Candidate Forums will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a Candidate Meet and Greet. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end by 8:30 p.m. Detroit residents will also be able to find out their polling locations when they attend any of the three candidate forums.

The candidate forum schedule is as follows:
• Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at Serbian Memorial Hall, 19940 Van Dyke St., Detroit, MI 48234-3212 (313) 366-9668 for residents living on the Northeast side of the city

• Thursday, July 26, 2012 at Wayne County Community College District Downtown Campus, 1001 West Fort Street, Detroit, MI 48226-3001 (313) 496 2758 for residents living in the Southwest, Central, and Near East Communities

• Monday, July 30, 2012 at Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Rd # 1, Detroit, MI 48235 (313) 578-7500 for residents living on the Northwest side of the city

“Inspired by the work we did with residents during the Long Term Planning Community Conversations, our organizations thought it would be important to hear from candidates about how they intend to use their office to improve the quality of life in Detroit if we were to elect them,” said Steve Tobocman, Interim Director of Community Development Advocates of Detroit.

Invited candidates, both Democrats and Republicans, have been provided with information about the project including the imperatives actions that have been identified as being necessary to improve the quality of life in Detroit; and feedback received from the community about the factors they want to see focused on for Detroit’s future.

The nine community organizations co-hosting the candidate forums are: Community Development Advocates of Detroit, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, Detroiter’s Working for Environmental Justice, Excellent Schools Detroit, Michigan Environmental Council, MOSES, Transportation Riders United, Excellent Schools Detroit, Detroit Collaborative Design Center, and Michigan Community Resources.

Detroit Works Project – Long Term Planning is developing a Strategic Framework Plan, a comprehensive, action oriented road map for near and long-range decision-making that can be used as a guide by Government, Businesses and Investors, Neighborhoods and Community Organizations, Philanthropic Groups, and other Non-Governmental Organizations. When completed this fall it will include a physical vision, public policies, recommended implementers, and strategies for:

• economic growth and attracting new job opportunities for residents
• stabilization and growth of neighborhoods and employment centers
• more efficient practices for improving city systems and infrastructure
• reforms to zoning that accommodate modern and innovative land uses
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