Monday, June 26, 2006

Dick DeVos' Michigan Turn Around Plan

DeVos' Plan

This is the DeVos economic plan for Michigan, straight from its primary source. I encourage everyone to read it.


Mark Twain said...

The most encouraging thing to me is that DeVos has a plan, unlike the current Governor who thinks that "cool cities" is the answer to our problems.

Keith Richards said...

My pet peeve with Granholm is the way she's been funneling the vast majority of state road money into highly urbanized areas like Wayne County and Flint, leaving the rest of the state (including Livingston County) with just a few scraps.

Out in Wayne County cars can hardly move because there is so much road construction going on yet out here we have to beg just to get one badly needed interchange built. Here, Livingston County, beg! Sit up! Sorry guys, no treat this time. Maybe next time. After all the work that our legislators did to get federal money for the interchange you'd think Granholm would have been eager to get it done to soak up the free money, but no . . we have to beg, beg, beg.

And we can be positive that her being so stingy with road money in rural areas while pouring it into urban areas has nothing to do with election paybacks. No, not at all.

TQ Menon said...

Funny, it won't seem to load. Is this just another DeVos stalling tactic?

I kid, I kid. The "cool cities" initiative is easy to laugh about, but if you look at the fastest-growing areas of the country (many of them blue areas of blue AND red states) they fall under what Ruy Teixeira calls "ideopolises." Portland, OR. Northern VA. Michigan sadly does not have much like this now.

And to any conservatives who continue to scoff, I ask: Isn't this the same thing as Rudy Giuliani's broken windows theory in NYC?

Republican Michigander said...

You're half right. The fastest growing CITIES are those areas, but the fastest growing areas are the red "exurbs", much to the chagrin of Teixeira's book. (The emerging Democrat majority) It's similar to Richard Florida's "Creative Class" thinking.

Granholm's banking on Richard Florida's "Creative Class" (lofts, etc) type of thinking to turn Detroit around and use for other cities. She wants this whole state to turn into one big Ann Arbor. I don't mean that as an insult.

Most of the creative class types aren't going to Detroit (outside of a few in Downtown). Most I've seen are snobs that look down on it. Compounding the problem here, they like Ann Arbor and Royal Oak, right down the road from there.

Problem II - Many of these creative class types don't have families. How's that going to help the neighborhoods and schools- which are the biggest problem for any city comeback.

Problem III - I know what the creative class mindset thinks about Livingston County - especially with the debates over Howell High School and the rainbow flag (which is a BIG deal to a large number of the attitudes of the creative class). Despite that, we're the fastest growing county in the state year after year. Outside of a few liberals who are trying to change us, we never made any pretentions about being "cool", or following the creative class guidelines. Most people I know are trying to LEAVE the city (and I wish they didn't all bring the city out here, but that's another story).

I know those were generalizations, but that's all I can do on a blog post without turning this into a 50 page report.

BTW - Tahquamenon Falls is a must visit for those who haven't been there.

Keith Richards said...

TQ, I don't agree with you but I did find your comments interesting and thought provoking. Thanks for the civilized dialog.


If we want to see places like Detroit and Flint boom once again, the best way to do it is to eliminate the real property tax. Taxes in Detroit are downright punishing. If a highminded person says "I'm going to ignore the crime, the bad roads, the burned out street lights, etc . . . and move into Detroit anyway" that person then gets creamed by the property taxes. Detroit has some areas where it is pushing revival and they are doing it by temporarily slashing the taxes.

Yes, the taxes need to be replaced by something else. How about eliminating property taxes statewide and replacing it with the "Fair Tax" (essentially a tax on goods and services)?

bluzie said...

Wayne County has the highest number of new housing starts in the state of Michigan. What's this all about?

Republican Michigander said...

I didn't use new housing starts as my source. I used population growth.

Some parts of Wayne County are fast growing (Plymouth, Northville, Canton, Huron Twp, Brownstown Twp), others are shrinking (Inner ring burbs, Detroit)

bluzie said...

Population in just Detroit? Let's be clear now.

If Kevin was kicked off I will be so very disappointed.

Say it's not so.

Republican Michigander said...

Kevin (also known as Communications Guru) can post here if he wants. I think as many conservatives as liberals would be mad at me (but would never admit it) if he was kicked off.

It's not just Detroit that's shrinking. Inner ring suburbs (Warren, Redford, parts of Downriver, Inkster, Romulus, Taylor) and most core cities (Flint, Saginaw, Bay City, Lansing, Jackson, Battle Creek) across the state are shrinking. I believe even Grand Rapids which grew back to almost 200,000 in the 90's is shrinking.

Communications guru said...

Kevins certainly was kicked off.