Skip to comments.Dave Bing Will Not Seek Another Term As Detroit Mayor
Posted on 05/14/2013 11:26:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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Bing’s salary was $1.00.
He’s not a bad guy.
You’re confusing Detroit for Dearborn.
That teat (Detroit) is dry ... stripped of the last drop
Put Snyder on it. He's a sneaky little $hit. (with apologies to Dean Wormer & Douglas Niedermeyer)
Did you see the Dallas based company that is making high end wristwatches in Detroit? A Minnesota based company is making wide flat screen TVs in Detroit now. (The only TVs made in the USA) JP Morgan just opened a regional HQ in Detroit. A Canadian company has reopened the salt mine under the city and they’re paying for the new bridge over the Detroit river which will eventually bring hundreds of warehousing and freight related jobs.
Lots of real estate dealing going on now for that valuable riverfront property. There was even a serious billion dollar offer for Belle Isle a while back. Canadian companies wouldn’t be dumping all the money into Detroit if they didn’t see a brighter future.
Call me when MI votes for a Republican.
I’ll buy that and Lake Erie it is then.
Buy low... It’s cheap so there’s not much risk to purchase.
Knowing about, yes. You'd have to be a complete moron to live in the mitten and not be aware of Detroit's "peculiarities." But there have been no allegations of any kind of wrongdoing on Bing's part during his tenure as Mayor of a failing city. He has done the best that he could in a disastrous situation, better than most would have done. His departure is another blow to Detroit.
I've given up trying.
Sorry bro but Dave Bing does not deserve such an ignorant comment from you or anyone else. He is a man of integrity and honesty and made his fortune thru hard work, he doesn't have to "loot" from anyone. He may be a Democrat but he deserves respect for all he's accomplished on his own, for all he's given back to the community and he definitely gets it from me.
"Aged 22 with an NBA contract worth $15,000, Bing was rebuffed by the National Bank of Detroit on getting a mortgage to finance a home. This led Bing to work at the bank during the offseason, holding jobs in the teller, customer relations and mortgage departments.
Immediately after retiring, he worked at a warehouse of the steel processing company Paragon Steel and was paid $35,000. He left after two years, after stints in the company's shipping and sales operations.
In 1980, Bing opened Bing Steel with four employees in a rented warehouse from $250,000 in loans and $80,000 of his own money. Losing all his money in six months, the company shied away from manufacturing to focus on being a middleman.
With General Motors as their first major client, the company turned a profit in its second year on revenues of $4.2 million. By 1984, Bing was awarded by President Ronald Reagan the National Minority Small Business Person Of The Year. By 1985, Bing Steel had expanded to two plants with 63 employees posting revenues of $40 million.
Bing Steel would transform itself to the Bing Group, a conglomerate with headquarters located in Detroit's North End. The company, among other things, supplies metal stampings to the automobile industry.
At the 1990 NBA All-Star Game, Bing received the Schick Achievement Award for his work after his NBA career."
Ignorance and the unwillingness to look up Bing's biography.....Maybe it's a touch of racism too but I can't verify that.
Even more so if the Atrim Shale Formation is under the City and we could Frack it to death after they go Chapter 11 and clean up the processes and books...
I agree CC, I wish the folks here @ FR could see some of the old magnificent homes that could be restored still, man what a city it was, what a shame as to what happened, but what a Phoenix ready to rise from the Ashes..
Hell I don’t even like cities but I’m smart enough to know that its a whole lot cheaper to fix them than let them fall to decay. In the case of Detroit, its the second busiest landlocked port city on the continent after Laredo (and laredo doesn’t lead by much)
If you combine the land borne freight with the water borne freight, Detroit probably surpasses Laredo by a mile.
You might want to check a map before you acknowledge making that statement........
As a side note, you also might want to examine Dave Bing's personal history should you ever decide to criticize him.....
My fireman gnome in Detwaa tells of him coming to the firehouse to talk to the troops knowing what was broke and what needed to be done and some talk of getting rid of the toad they have for a commander. He ran out of time, money and that health scare he had didn't help. My fireman friend has a BS detector and Bing passed, he is the real deal, nice guy to boot.
If I could wave a magic wand and suplant Obozo with Bing I'd do it in a heartbeat....
“At least he isn’t prison bound.”
High praise indeed for a Detroit politician.
Another ignorant poster who is completely clueless on who Dave Bing is and what he has accomplished on his own.....
Kid Rock, Bob Seger, Ted Nugent and even Eminem are stepping up to help Detroit in a free market fashion.
Sorry Detroit died years ago and I know about Bing as he had a impossible task of clean up 60 years of mismanagement and waste, the unions and corrupt Democrats sucked the life out of the city just as they are doing in Philly, Baltimore East St. Louis, the list goes on and on. So I go it wrong on which Lake is closest to the city, does not change my point, you can’t breath life back into a corpse, which Detroit is and has become over the years!
Did anyone tell Duggan and Napolean there is no more money to steal?
>>>>you cant breath life back into a corpse, which Detroit is and has become over the years!<<<<<
Exactly...and you bury it.
That's not true. The people having "kissy fits" are the lifetime residents of the neighborhoods that deterioriated around them and which they had nothing to do with.
Elderly people who grew up in their neighborhoods, worked until retirement and took care of their own. People trying to survive in their homes who are law abiding but don't have the finances to sell their now worthless home and move out.
The very same people who were likely responsible for setting fire to the abandoned houses in their neighborhoods that were taken over by druggies and prostitutes. The same houses reported to the city as such but the city did nothing.......
Their houses aren't condemned.......
Where have I heard that screech before?
Just curious CAWW, how is the unemployment and crime rate in your own state city of Philadelphia? Latest report shows that Philadelphia had 329 people murdered in 2012 and the February 2013 unemployment rate was at 10.5%.......
Is that a statistic you wish to brag about?
Remember when they said Michigan would never ever be a right to work state?
Michigan conservatives are a lot tougher than we’re given credit for.
I'm sorry but you're wrong. The rejuvination is starting within the downtown city itself, and clearly evidenced if you were ever down there.
Translation: I can’t find anything left to loot.
Lots of lovely stuff there, mostly in ruins, though.
Have they changed the laws that drove business out? What are they doing to encourage industry? How much of the population actually wants jobs?
I been to Detroit several times and stopped going about 7 years ago as the city became a place of chaos, the damage is already done as whole neighborhoods have been bulldozed, property values have collapsed and the remaining residents are fighting over what little resources are left. The city is corpse of its former self and Bing was give a impossible task(s) by the voters.
They're still shoveling the dirt on Philadelphia..It's just a matter of time before it's buried
As a side note, you ever hear of the company called The Budd Company? What ever happened to their plants in Philadelphia and Red Lion? Last I heard the Red Lion plant property was converted to a golf course and the Philadelphia plant was just plain shut down back around 2002.........
And what's the Philadelphia unemployment rate again?
Oh really? How about giving us Michiganders your itinerary on where you arrived in Michigan and where you traveled to? More importantly, what was your purpose in flying here?
Excuse me for sounding sceptical but your alleged accounts of Detroit appear to be taken straight from the statements of the Detroit haters on this site who have never visited Detroit, let alone Michigan........
I guess what I'm trying to say is, PROVE IT!
I visited Detroit as a boy at its height in 1950 for the Hudson’s store Thanksgiving day parade. Enjoyed hot Vernor’s Ginger Ale from the Vernor’s store on the parade route. It was a nice city with a big-city feel, its population then at 1.8 million. It’s shrunken to a blighted shell of its former self with less than half (700,000) of its previous population.
Been to Wayne County and Downtown Detroit(as well as Windsor) several times in the past and I love the state of Michigan(first girl I ever liked moved there when I was 8). I at one time wanted to buy a second home in Detroit back in the 1990’s, I am more pissed to see what Detroit was once and how 60 years of Democrat rule turned it into. You can’t save what has been on life support for more that 6 decades with one party rule of corrupt politicians and union thugs.
“Conservatives” sneered at us when we said we could regain control of the state, they sneered at us again when we said we would make Michigan a right to work state, and now we’re just going to prove them wrong one more time.
But look at Jersey City. It went close to 9 decades with Democrat rule and was rapidly deteriorating when they elected a Republican Mayor (Bret Schundler) and he turned it around and the population grew on his watch. It is possible to tun around decayed cities with the right leadership. Detroit is badly decayed, but by investing efforts in the parts that can be revitalized (such as the central downtown, as was cited) and letting go of what can't, it can be turned around over time. It won't be that city of 2 million that existed until the early '60s, but we might be able to get it to be a leaner and fit and productive city of around a half-million over the next 20 years. I think it's shortsighted to begrudge our friends in Michigan attempting to try to do just that.
Well, you fellas have my support in Tennessee. Can’t wait to see what you can do with a successful and revitalized Detroit for the 21st century.
The unions are falling apart from within so things will get better based on that fact alone.
I love when unions fall apart.
Just the other day the court of appeals ruled that taxpayers don’t have to pay for union dues collection for school unions. The unions will have to go from member to member to collect.
‘tis heartbreaking. At this rate, they won’t be able to afford goons to go out to collect.
Philly is no place I go or would...as mentioned in another post..I ‘had’ to go there for meetings and couldn’t wait to leave. I have no interest in Philly...they could let it slide into the ocean and it wouldn’t affect me at all.
And BTW...I’m not bragging about any city... but everyone knows Detroit is done...short of another bailout they’ll go under and it will take years before they even get the condemned buildings torn down. They have no money even for that!
And if your’re going to compare the city closest to me then you’d be looking at Pittsburgh. Sheesh!
Do you see any life there in the heart of the city????
Downtown Detroit...March 23, 2013...Sat. noon.
...”The same houses reported to the city as such but the city did nothing”....
The city can’t afford fire departments or police...let alone have funding for delapitaed housing.
There’s a reason people keep moving out...crime, major drug issues...and a mentality that says your house is our house. ...you leve we’ll squat there.
The fact those people knew long ago the city was falling apart....before they became elderly....this has been going on in Detroit for decades, why didn’t they leave and sell their house sooner?.... Did they think someone was going to “rescue them”. Of course they did...it’s been a Democratic City for decades and they’re used to having handouts...well that’s gone now...there’s nothing left.
The people were given time to make other arrangements.....and rather than take care of business they spent valuable time fighting the city.
No doubt he's learned to pick up a turd by the clean end, and he's the first honest democrat mayor of a large city in the last 40 years. In fact he must be a regular saint the way the droolers here rush to attack anyone who suspects that you can't roll in the feedlot and get up without crap on your clothes. Funny how it's always the same cast of nimrods here who are willing to libel their fellow freepers
Maybe it's a touch of racism toobut run to defend a democrat. One can't help wonder what their DU handles are. Oh and BTW I'm not your "bro"
It's easy for people to pound on Detroit and be dismissive of what it has going for it. I really can't stand when someone has a go at Bing without knowing a damn thing about the man.