Snyder Still Waiting on Sense of Urgency to Fix Detroit

Apr 23, 2012

Governor Rick Snyder is outlining his vision for the future of Detroit.

He delivered an address Monday to business leaders in the city.

Governor Snyder says plans to stabilize finances and improve city have to pave the way for neighborhoods that will attract young families. He says young adults between the ages of 25 and 29 and children between five and nine fled the city in bigger numbers than any other group over the past decade, according to the U.S. Census.

The governor says there’s been a lot of progress, he’s still not satisfied with the sense of urgency among city’s political and business leaders.

“We are not staying even on a day where nothing happens," he says. "The city is still declining.”

A revitalized Detroit is a key element of the governor’s vision for Michigan’s economic future. He wants the state and its largest city to be the central point of a North American trade zone that stretches from Saint Louis to Montreal.