Detroit: nowhere to go but up

Beyond the Rhetoric

Harry C. Alford | 8/8/2013, midnight

You can’t have a great city without a quality work force. Detroit is the capital for unions. This will end. All city-related union contracts should be voided immediately and payroll and benefits will be in accordance with the bankruptcy committee and the ability to pay by the employers and shareholders.

The city will no longer be responsible for the parks and recreation facilities. The ownership remains with the city, but the maintenance, grounds-keeping, security, etc. will be privatized via a request for proposal process (three-year terms).

All utilities and hospitals will be privatized. RFP’s will be renewable on 10-year terms. City or county commissions will provide oversight and regulatory enforcement.

In regard to empty buildings and vacant lots, proposals will be accepted and reviewed. If viable and up to code, proposals will be approved deeded for $1. Development must begin immediately. Ninety percent of the work force during the developmental stage and permanent hiring thereafter must be residents of Detroit.

City and schools bus systems will be privatized as soon as possible. Revenue sharing will be between the new owners and the city. Ownership can be for the entire city or particular zones.

The new Department of Transportation will be responsible for upkeep and repair of city streets, alleys, roadways and snow removal. A multiple or single privatization process will be applied with oversight done by a citywide commission.

Well, I think the above is a good start. Any comments or additions are welcomed. Here’s to a safe, vibrant and family-friendly Detroit, devoid of corruption and blessed by our Lord.

Alford is the co-founder, president/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce®. Website: www.nationalbcc.org. Email: halford@nationalbcc.org.

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