ABC News' Matt Dowd and LZ Granderson talk with The Platform's Peter Cummings & Angie Reyes from the Hispanic Development Corporation about the city's economic development.

ABC News' Matt Dowd and LZ Granderson talk with The Platform's Peter Cummings & Angie Reyes from the Hispanic Development Corporation about the city's economic development.
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Transcript for ABC News' Matt Dowd and LZ Granderson talk with The Platform's Peter Cummings & Angie Reyes from the Hispanic Development Corporation about the city's economic development.
Tumor this into the conversation however you like somebody up there wants to know what's the best way to engage the millennial in the election are in their community. In a meaningful way moving toward acting. Thank you very much. So I would say that the best rates are engaged wheels is asked when he was that question I don't think anyone's arm when he holds. And that I find out to be a big problem and I was you know production not too long ago and we were talking about what can we do frequently deals to watch we're doing a lot more. About Iran and North African moment deal. And I thought with a first you have to do is bring him in some divorces can be hurt so I would say they'll be the first to engage in when he was making sure that there when asked a question. Al I had at my heart and add that second part is don't force colonials into a box. I think there's constantly we have the solution for you all your millennial do it this way millennial want to create their own ways. And their own methods and how do what they're entrepreneurs many millennial entrepreneurs and how they want to communicate how they want associates a don't force them into a. Human pew pew research department this generation perennials are the most resistant to labels and wanted to call and Eagles. Mounted or not that's certainly that exact. Anyway we have 20 wonderful gesture of the conversation and have now is about America's great comeback obviously talking about Detroit. Are brought weapons Peter Cummings whose real estate developer. Those of you that's seen the whole foods. Are you can thank this gentleman for that also engaged right now fifty million dollar development plans and residents us. Count Detroit area. And to his right is answered me it's the executive director of the Detroit Hispanic development corporation. I wanna start a question you energy because I read it won't educate them is hard to explain. Exactly where space bar came from. It took some support is that you start at that Ph.D. C because who retired children. And you are going to more funerals. That high school graduates it's can talk articles pertaining to east. Short sellers it'll be twenty years ago Tom this coming April that they started to HTC. Had been working. In use work. In Detroit since I was a teenager myself so very very long book book. And over the years has seen a lot of the rise of violence particularly in my community its office to try. And the developed a lot of very close relationships with young people to start seeing them dying through lot of violence I was probably going to funerals. Maybe 234 months. All the time. Very few high school graduation at that time we had at that particular point. The Latino population in Detroit had an 87%. Push outbreak. Not drop out rate push up break. They have very few kids graduating. It was shortly after we lost about. Several thousands of jobs in the manufacturing industry in Detroit. So you know not surprisingly when young people start losing hope. They don't see a future for themselves. They do a lot of things that put themselves in dangerous form of suicide really. Also. Had started organization in order to try to address. Some of that violence by giving people hope and really by partnering with some of local Hispanic manufacturers who have moved back into. He traded erratically in the old Cadillac plant that hit shut down. I'm and they agreed to hire a lot of young. Men and women who who negotiated the release from the king negotiated troops and they started working together. Side by side from rival gains in so this this company's. Here I was gonna ask you your you left you you move some a year operation on the floor and there are or wherever you any you've less sort of Detroit for a bit and then decided that got the traits are great place to come back to. And we've all seen the ebbs and flows of the city. What in we've we've seen people say. As the poet yes it was saying we've seen people give up in Detroit when other people and give up an open appeal a lot of people given up on Detroit what. Changed. In Detroit that all of sudden it became. Sexy. For people to sort of say we're back in Detroit. What changed. Well not I don't think there was any one thing that changed I think there were a number of things that changed I don't think that any change had a more powerful impact. Then the resolution of the bankruptcy. Because for. For years and years and years we all knew it was coming it was this. Sort of threat on the distant horizon which eventually we would have to deal with the and there's nothing that is. More. Difficult to deal with anger investigating. Unser so the uncertainty of the bankruptcy was. It was a problem and then. When it got resolved no adjectives involved ago resolved quickly it old ways that Ronald lauded different people together in this city. So now it's become a few issues matter. So I would say that was you know. One of the land mark issues I would say. Dan Gilbert is and other landmark issues the amount of investment that he has made in the central city. In the central business district. Is extraordinary. And in any city bringing fifteen. Thousand jobs. Back into the central business district would have a profound impact in Detroit it was like this no. So I think those those two issues are probably the biggest issues but. You also have. The election of mayor Doug. Which is an extraordinary event. The idea that city that is more than 80%. Owner would elect wait here the first wait mayors mr. Kavanagh. In the seventies and mayor Duggan is a man who. Knows fix things. And Detroit has the laws things that are broken so. Perfect members of the man in the job and what he's done in the in in three years this administration. Does nothing short of extraordinary. Now there or a few other factors that are particular to work community that explain I think the turnaround. But most of the other factors our national. Terms of trends that are national. Urbanization. There. The news desire oval whole generation of people who. Grew up in the suburbs and who knows more than. To latency. On the stoop yogurt shop strip mall and you've got. Oh we these people who are interested in in living in an urban says it. Then you also have Michael Ward who may be a generation ago. Industry beginning to be so much longer you're bargaining for about fifty plastic. Is speaking because whatever you want. But in my coal or a generation ago if you word that your second home retiree. And you want. Please view. Word dreaming about com on the Beecher. Polo golf course. In the mountains. Now more and more people want a livable wall workable environment. With good access to cultural opportunities continuing education. And high quality health care so. You're seeing that all over the country so you put all of this together and Detroit which was a story of unremitting headwind for years. Now his story oh. You know what. Our next question Texas triple you and it and it tells all when you're talking about this sort of changing hands and what's happening to be chewing turned him tell where. I have one word that comes to mind when I think tomorrow is trying to cross country members judge the case. Good and the bad. And so I'm sure you both are you familiar with that if you could just talk about your views as well as your outlook. That attention seat each rate changes you can do shiny buildings. Easy can come and who can't comment how does that shape what you teach respect look like the other side. That's really loaded question I think that's something that we can grappling with a lot being a lifelong Detroit resident. And working with a lot of folks who are on the ground and then on the ground level warriors really a lot of them are women. Women of color who have been working in the city for decades and have stuck with it and are still. Still there fighting and I think there's this underlying fear that's. When all is said and done. The people who've been hero moment no longer be able to afford to be here that when we will be displaced. Where a new population coming in and I see it happening in my community a lot and I think opinions watching. A show. Just couple weeks ago right after the news and they were talking about. Hipster neighborhoods and how he could make money putting into hipster neighborhood if you came in when the. Prices were still lonely so how can you tell this hipster neighborhood as well first there's its diversity of restaurants and they showed. Mexican restaurant and they said second you'll see murals on the walls of initials and murals that we're very. Clearly. You know you don't write the base of the that you can block to any place Elizabeth just describe my neighborhood. And it. It. I don't want to be hipster neighborhood I'm not saying that we don't want other people to move in the south as it is very very diverse it's very diverse ethnically it's a very its diversity even. Social economically but. There's currently very little effort. To secure. The places in the housing for the people already live here. Especially because we have such high or how. I mean we have one of the poorest populations in the country. The Detroit and nobody is really talking about how to secure that place for the people who then hear a lot of the new development that's going on downtown. The developers are choosing to know so no longer have them federally subsidized housing. Sleazy a lot of seniors being displaced and we know from the search them when you start displacing particularly seniors within five years is a very high mortality rate. Lot of them and that. Because you've completely disrupted their social network. So you know these. I think as as people are coming in we need to make sure that one that they have an understanding of the history in the culture the people are here. They respected that they'd learned that they know it. They worked alongside us in not displace us. Peter your perspective. If you can as. Energy said it's it's really tricky question and it's a tricky question because to me Detroit is a tale of three cities and you have the central business district of the Woodward court or. Where light rail is coming in and it is the sort of the direction the destination of that part of the city is already becoming pretty clear. And then then you have. The sort of six target neighborhoods that the city has selected were sitting in one. President terrible all these institutions University of Detroit Mercy is an anchor and it's. Called the liver and only six miles of the live six neighborhood and their 45 other neighborhoods that. The city has determined are. So likely. To come back that that's where they want to invest. And then you have. All the other neighborhoods. Who are sort of patiently waiting their turn in these are the neighborhoods that have been kept alive by these greedy creative people. Who and you have to be creative to live in some of these neighborhoods who are the survivors and I think those neighborhoods. Of the neighborhoods where we need to listen to the people in those neighborhoods Darren walker who is. An extraordinary man wrote relatively new president Ford Foundation. Said that. We need to take advantage of what he called the un credentialed knowledge of the communities. And and and and that is. In my way of thinking. The future of the city of relies very heavily on the neighborhoods. And are relying on that on credentialed knowledge of the communities in terms of how we design. And shape those neighborhoods. And I think one of the great things about Detroit is we have an opportunity. To do it right we have an opportunity. Not to displease seniors we have an opportunity to develop projects that aren't just internally focused. And I. This is a very important conversation I think they had for everybody here believes that the only way to keep Detroit. Is that not news people that are in Detroit because if you lose its people it's no longer. Detroit and he is gonna happen whatever every other cities it happened in the country where development happened San Francisco nobody that doesn't make. Over a hundred million dollars can afford to live in the city of San Francisco central parts of Chicago so hopeless from the same way here. Oakland California so we. Don't have enough time to keep this to an important topic to go and we're gonna go Obama has a another guest and thank you. Both for being thankful.

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