DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) - Mayor Dave Bing makes bold statements to CNN today including that he has the second most difficult job in the country behind the president.
The three minute interview popped up on the Internet earlier today even though CNN taped it two months ago. The mayor sat down and talked about his start and what the city used to look like and what it will look like in the future.
Mayor Bing said, “I know the reason I took this position is to make the hard decisions so this city would have a future. But it’s probably the second most difficult job in the country behind the President.”
The mayor said that no one wants go to backwards, but in order to move forward everyone must share in the pain of moving forward. He talked about how the city has changed since he first started playing with the Detroit Pistons.
When 7 Action News asked Mayor Bing more about his comment about having the second most difficult job, he said, “When I was interviewed by CNN, all I did was spoke from the heart. I think it’s a tough job. The president has the toughest job in the country. But as far as mayor’s go, I think I have one of the toughest jobs. "I’ve been with the president on a few occasions and he’s said to me. I think you have one of the hardest jobs in the country. And, I say, it’s not as hard as yours, but I don’t necessarily disagree with you.”
He talked about how Motown left, the automotive industry went through a difficult time and that a lot of the population left the city.
“I don’t think Detroit’s going to be what it was. We have to be able to look at ourselves differently. I don’t know that we are going to be the same blue collar town that we were, that we were known for,” he said during the interview.
“We are in an environment I think of entitlement. We have a lot of people who are city workers who for years and years, 20 years, think they are entitled to a job and all that comes with it.”
“You have a city who has 138 square miles, 139 square miles. All of this infrastructure and cost without the revenue to give people the services,” Mayor Bing said during the interview. He continued with, “I don’t think Detroit is going to be what it was. I think we have to look at ourselves differently. ”
He said that 10 years from now, Detroit will look a lot different with a renovated riverfront and sections of downtown will be stronger and thriving. He also said they will try to convince people to move so there are not just one or two families living on one block, but instead have more density in neighborhoods. He said it would bring people and families back together so it could be like it used to be.
Mayor Bing's interview came out on the same day that Moody's dropped the city's bond rating again citing that the City of Detroit could run out of cash by December.
“While the downgrade is unwelcome, the City of Detroit fully intends to be successful in the implementation of its reform agenda. The City of Detroit will not be filing for bankruptcy. The City of Detroit fully intends to correct its financial situation, and we believe we are making progress in doing so,” said Mayor Bing in a statement.
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