“Young people can understand, and must understand, that we had success, we had failures, but we never gave up. We never gave in. We never became bitter. We didn’t hate. We continued to press on. And that’s what we’re saying: There are some ups, there are some downs, and when you’re not down, you must have the capacity and the ability to get up and keep going.”
Detroit was a place where we knew how to dream. Detroit was the last stop on the Underground Railroad. Slaves knew if they could get to Detroit, freedom was at hand.
When Henry Ford quit his job at Edison Illuminating Co., he left with a dream in search of partners to make it a reality. Detroit became a city where no matter what your race, creed, or origin, a person could move here and earn a fair wage. One day you could be working in a factory and the next day you could be the founder of Motown Records and completely change the sound of music. Today, the rich history of Detroit as the capital of innovation seems more like a dream than reality. If Detroit is ever going to be the city we dream of, we must take the first step today.
My vision of a better Detroit is simple: a community that people want to live in. That looks like
- a Detroit built on strong and safe neighborhoods
- a Detroit powered by residents owning homes and developing businesses
- a Detroit strengthened by new residents, attracting them by being fertile ground for innovative ideas
- a Detroit reinforced by the exceptional education of its residents, starting with our children
The keys to unlocking this vision lie in investing in transportation, improving public safety, developing careers and entrepreneurship, and strengthening public education in our city. Detroit should again be a place where anything is possible. I believe that we all have to do our part to make Detroit a place where everyone wants to visit and once they visit, they want to move here and join our community. From Downtown, to Midtown, and all the neighborhoods in between, Detroit should be a place where a person can get around efficiently, find gainful employment, raise their children safely, and get a great public education. This dream can become a reality if we work for it together. Join me in making Detroit the city of opportunity it deserves to be.