Mayor Duggan: 'The change in Detroit is real'

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Associated Press

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 1:34 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 27 at 2:03 AM

DETROIT (AP) — In the nearly two months that Mike Duggan has been Detroit mayor, he's met with President Barack Obama, public bus riders — anyone who will listen to his message that the city is changing for the better.

Duggan gave his first State of the City speech on Wednesday night.

He says he and other elected officials are addressing blight, unemployment, crime, poor public transportation, snow removal and many of Detroit's other problems.

He also announced that "strategic demolition" of some fire-damaged vacant homes would begin within 30 days. The project will be paid for with $20 million in an unused escrow fund earmarked for burned houses.

The address came shortly after the bankrupt city's state-appointed emergency manager filed his plan to pay creditors, fund city services and make future improvements.

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