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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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Detroit Residents Protest Highway Redesign

May 20, 2024

Detroit residents are sounding the alarm. Up until now, state government officials and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) have been ignoring residents’ concerns. A dangerous change to a local highway—disingenuously named the I-375 Reconnecting Communities Project—could delay urgent access to the Detroit Medical Center.

The I-375 current design allows for fast access of emergency vehicles from East Side Detroit neighborhoods to the vital Detroit Medical Center. The proposed MDOT re-design will change a one-mile stretch of expressway into a surface street with nine lanes. This surface street will create intersections “offering” gridlock and danger to pedestrians at multiple points.

A group calling themselves the ReThink I-375 Coalition just delivered petitions with 500 signatures from local residents and small business owners to Mayor Duggan, Governor Whitmer and MDOT. In short, it says, “we are telling you that aspects of this current plan are not improvements at all. In fact, the project will result in an uglier, less safe, less economically viable, less inclusive city fabric—one that would even delay medical services….”

The Mayor and Governor had announced the project stating that this was something “neighbors” had asked for. This petition signed by 500 neighbors puts the lie to that! “This is a project that’s being imposed on the neighborhood that none of us asked for,” said one small business owner.

If the mayor and governor could only share which big business corporate “neighbors” DID ask for this project in the first place, things might become crystal clear!