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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing hopes golden opportunities will help grow Detroit green (part two)

Mayor Dave Bing talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR

Written by: Erica Shekell

Right now, many Detroiters buy their fresh fruits and vegetables at the Eastern Market. But much of it is brought into Detroit from far away.

“If we could start looking at more and more neighborhood and community farmers growing their products in the city of Detroit, delivering them over to Eastern Market,” says Bing, “I think it’s going to be an economic boon because we’re not going to have to incur the high transportation costs from different places outside of Detroit.”

Bing hopes that urban farming may provide opportunities for entrepreneurship. But the greening of Detroit isn’t just beginning – it’s been underway for quite some time. People are already growing small plots of fruits and vegetables in Detroit, he says.

Bing also wants to continue developing Detroit’s five miles of river walk. This includes getting more people living downtown along the river.

“Our river walk is a much-underutilized gem here in the city of Detroit,” says Bing.

He is also in talks to get money invested in Detroit for car battery development.

“I’m hopeful that some point in time, we can see that as part of the industry redevelopment here in Detroit,” says Bing.

“Some of the jobs that we’ve lost are never going to come back,” says Bing. “So we’ve got to think about a different kind of manufacturing job, and that’s about re-training and educating our population.”

Click on the arrow above to hear part one of Bing’s July 23 Greening of the Great Lakes conversation with Kirk HeinzeGreening of the Great Lakes airs Friday evenings at 7 on News/Talk 760 WJR.

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