After Mayor Kenneth Cockrel briefly assumed office in Mayor Kilpatrick’s absence, Dave Bing was elected Mayor in 2009. Mayor Bing had been a 12 season basketball star, played for the Detroit Pistons, Washington Bullets and Boston Celtics, and was a successful businessman, having owned an auto parts manufacturing business prior to moving to Detroit to run for Mayor. He took office in May 2009.
Selected tweets from Mayor Dave Bing show his progression of thought toward getting Detroit on Track…
2/4/10 Yes, Governor Granholm we are indeed on the path to creating a new Michigan…and a new Detroit!
3/2/10 The plan to address land use changes for Detroit is still being developed. The complete plan will be introduced before any action is taken
4/23/10 Detroit we still need your help in identifying SPECIFIC illegal dumping site for attention during Motor City Makeover.
7/8/10 The residential structure demolition program continues to make progress
7/30/10 Mr. President today was a great day for the nation’s auto industry. I look forward to your next visit FOR DETROIT!
8/16/10 Welcome to Detroit Quicken Loans! And, thank you Dan Gilbert for your vote of confidence.
9/9/10 Thank you for continuing the land use conversation. We are not “rightsizing.” We intend to plan for ALL of Detroit’s 140 sq mi.
10/4/10 This year alone 2,085 abandoned and dangerous residential have been demolished. We plan to continue at that pace through 2013
11/18/10 The success of Turino’s philanthropic partnerships may provide a model for Detroit
12/9/10 The City of Detroit cannot continue to operate as if we are 2 Million residents strong.
1/26/11 The Detroit Works Projects beginning meeting with communities to discuss specific neighborhood concerns and needs.
5/11/11 Yesterday I shared with City Council a detailed plan to eliminate the City’s deficit.
5/25/11 GM confirms it will build Impala at Detroit-Hamtramck plant, add 2,500 jobs. Good news!
6/3/11 Detroit’s greatest asset beyond people is its land. Land presents a great opportunity for the city not a liability.
6/19/11 Lighting is a major issue. We are working to improve the 100 year old system and provide every neighborhood with reliable lights.
8/22/11 Citizens Banks has partnered with the City of Detroit offering grants and loans to help area residents purchase homes
12/1/11 Detroit needs to be run by Detroiters. We know what needs to be done and we are ready to do it.
12/12/11 I look forward to working with the Detroit Delegation on legislative reforms in the MI Legislature that move the City forward.
12/14/11 We decided that RRT [rolling rapid transit] would be the most effectively means to connect Detroiters to job centers throughout the region .
1/11/12 We are working to stem crimes committed by 16-24 y/o through the Youth Violence Prevention initiative. We are also making changes that will put more DPD officers on the street.
2/1/12 The City of Detroit of Detroit has no plans to close any city recreation centers.
2/2/12 Members of the City’s non-uniform coalition of unions have reached tentative contract agreement. This agreement is the first meaningful step in achieving the necessary concessions and structural changes.
2/21/12 Mayor Bing is in Lansing today presenting his budget stabilization plan to the Senate Democratic and Republican caucuses.
3/7/12 500 letters sent to Detroit property owners saying they can buy adjacent vacant lots for $200.
3/9/12 The Citizens Bank Home Grant Program Was A Success
3/15/12 The nine-member advisory board resembles an emergency manager with majority of the votes going to the state. My staff began meeting Wednesday with Detroit City Council staffers to draft a counter-proposal to Gov. Rick Snyder’s draft Agreement.
4/4/12 The Detroit City Council’s vote tonight represents a pivotal moment in Detroit’s history. It is time now to begin the monumental task of stabilizing Detroit’s financial operations, which has always been [my] mission.
4/12/12 The budget reflects a new fiscal reality for Detroit. We can no longer spend money we don’t have.
5/18/12 We’ve got to figure out how to make people who live in Detroit feel safer.
6/7/12 Transforming Detroit is an ongoing interactive campaign highlighting the transformation of Detroit
7/18/12 I want to thank the four council members who took a tough vote yesterday in their efforts to restore financial stability to the City.
7/26/12 the consent agreement process isn’t perfect, but it was our best option to ultimately, avoid an emergency manager and allow us to continue to work to financially stabilize the City and transform Detroit.
9/25/12 The lease creates a cooperative agreement between the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan to manage Belle Isle as a state park
9/26/12 Chrysler’s move to downtown an indicator of confidence in the long term economic growth of Detroit
12/5/12 Breaking News: Mayor Bing Announces Six New Police Mini Stations:
1/23/13 If we can’t hire more police officers then we must restructure and redeploy the officers we have.
2/21/13 We have reduced the number of employees on the City’s payroll from 13,420 to 9,696. As a result, the City‘s payroll and benefits’ costs have been cut by nearly a half-billion dollars.
3/15/13 Kevyn Orr, told The Detroit News they plan to work quickly to turn around the troubled city
3/121/13 ATF, FBI, State Police and others working together along with the community will make Detroit One successful