“Muhammad Ali owned something called power, his own. I had never seen a man, or a woman own their strength the way he did. He taught me such was not only possible, but just.”
HB 5232, as written, removes this power from the City of Detroit, allowing unobstructed demolitions as needed by any potential developer in the city. Thus, in certain scenarios, a corporation such as Meijer stands to make millions, literally, should HB 5232 be voted into law by the Republican-led Michigan Legislature.
HB 5232 and SB 720 are, at their essence, a selfish slap in the face to generations of Michigan citizens, both past and future, bills that are threatening to deprive each and every one of us of an economically stable future. These bills, unlike PA 169 at it’s birth, emerge in response to no crisis at all, NONE.
If enacted, HB 5232 eliminates our greatest tool in halting impending demolition in the 11th hour. Here is the kicker, and why I believe Afendoulis is jamming this legislation through: relevant to the proposed Cass Park District which threatens Ilitch’s right to demo the aforementioned three buildings, under HB 5232, creating the new Cass Park Historic District would require not only enactment by the City Council but a majority approval by vote in the next public election, a delay that would afford the Ilitch demolition team plenty of time.
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