The Abatement Debate

Over the past forty years or so, Detroit has toyed with various tax gimmicks; increment financing, abatements, etc. to attract manufacturing, sports stadiums and/or other building projects. The intent was to shortcut the redevelopment process. By almost any measure, this strategy was a flop. City and state government recently approved massive public subsidies for millionaire […]

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Code enforcement = blight removal?

Detroit’s campaign to bring the nearly 40,000 rental properties into compliance with the city housing code by 2020 defies logic. These codes were intended to prevent neighborhood deterioration. This blitz, however, will accelerate abandonment and decimate both low-income and middle-class communities. Rental property owners will have six months to register their units, bring them up […]

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The Depths of Detroit’s Political Impotency

Michiganders will go to the polls this year to elect a governor, attorney general and secretary of state. Unfortunately, the state’s largest city will only play a cameo role in the outcome. If recent voter participation is a future indicator, the majority of Detroiters will exercise their right to watch the results from the sidelines. […]

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Bill Johnson Detroit Splash

The Bill Johnson Group (BJG) is a unique public affairs, public relations, and media consulting firm. We specialize in crisis containment, consumer solutions and high profile advocacy.We form partnerships to create hands-on programs that allow each client to increase public or market presence and develop long-term image shaping. Our philosophy is based on the belief […]

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