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Don't call him a Detroiter

Interesting exchange today on the "Detroit Yes" forum. The top-notch discussion on one thread centers around a letter to the editor published in the Livingston Daily's online newspaper.

Time and again, this blog and others have debated what it means to be a Detroiter. Some say you have to live and work in the city. Others believe if you are of the metropolitan area, you can call yourself a Detroiter. (I personally believe the latter).

Robert Lagana of Howell has his own opinion -- but he definitely does not want to be a Detroiter.

His comments are related to a story that ran Nov. 11 in the Daily Press. The article focused on comments from George W. Jackson Jr., head of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. He spoke last week at the Good Morning Livingston program at Cleary University's Johnson Center in Genoa Township.

Here's Jackson's take on it:

"In a sense, we're all Detroiters, and we all should be ambassadors for the city of Detroit. Whether you like it or not, we're all in this together," Jackson said, addressing the chamber audience.

One memorable quote from Lagana's letter:

Detroit has provided the seeds for its own demise over the past 40 years with anti-business policies, corruption, socialism and Detroit's own form of separatism, all enacted during a time of increased globalism and diversification of economies. Mayor Dave Bing will have a Herculean task to move the city away from being a Third World socialist economy towards becoming a relevant economic center.

Read the whole thing here.

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