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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan gives ninth address

Detroit — Mayor Mike Duggan delivered his ninth annual State of the City address Wednesday with a focus on job opportunities, blight transformation, and “how far we’ve come.”

“We’re going to talk about where we have been and where we are going,” Duggan said.

He delivered his speech at the General Motors Co.’s Factory Zero Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center, where he touted the future of electric vehicles and the city’s role in industrial innovation and technology.

Duggan focused on residents returning to work in the city, sustaining jobs and opportunities, black-led development, affordable housing, but jumped right into the redevelopment of properties that gave Detroit its international reputation for blight.

Around the world, museum spectators have paid to look at photos of ruin porn of Detroit’s abandoned buildings. TripAdvisor listed 4-stars for Detroit’s ruin tours, and the blight was the subject of a New York Times Magazine feature headlined “How Detroit became the world capital of staring at abandoned old buildings.”

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