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What Bing Said (and A Little Self Promotion)

Dave Bing says all the right things once again...

Make the city smaller. Focus on the positives, like our strength as an entertainment capital. And get some money out here to help, government officials.

Bing told participants in The Brookings Institution's event Thursday with Time magazine that he has been in Washington lobbying for more money for demolitions, transportation, literacy projects and the like.

Did I mention I keep getting a good feeling about this guy?

Bing notes that the Feds could do Detroit a big favor if they would send some coin our way in this column from The Detroit Free Press about the event.

Bing said Detroit first needs a big hand with eradicating blight before the city can rebuild itself with a new focus.

"We need money now, like yesterday, to clean up the blight," he said. Bing wants to tear down 10,000 vacant buildings and other facilities.

And the cost of that? About $10,000 per structure, he told (columnist Tom Walsh) after the event.

He also said he expects to present a plan next month for prioritizing -- and in some cases, privatizing -- city services.

Here's the story from The Detroit News.

(Bing) advocated downsizing the city, increasing marketing efforts and finding ways to re-create vibrant and safe neighborhoods during a forum Thursday with community leaders.

"Without a doubt, we've got to downsize the city," Bing said at the event sponsored by Time magazine and the Brookings Institution.

The mayor said "we've got to start talking about" better marketing of the city's "strengths," such as the Detroit River and casinos.

This Bing is a man among men. Your take?

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