Dearborn Heights as a city isn’t looking so good these days. Since 2009 when the housing market bubble burst and people walked away from their homes. You don’t see it, at first, its the little things homes not looking the way they use to. Streets not repaired like they were before. Lawns full of weeds, bushes and shrubs left to grow not trimmed anymore. Sidewalks crumbling garbage strewn about some residents just not caring anymore. Before you know it this has become the new normal. There are areas of the City starting to look like they did before 2009, but not the whole city. You can Make a difference by setting a standard on how you want your neighborhood to look. Set a standard on how you want the business in the area you live in to look. What kind of business do you want in your neighborhood? Set the standard and make it happen.
The south end of Dearborn Heights for years has been neglected many have asked well, who’s to blame? The residents, the City, the City Council, the ordinance department? The south end of Dearborn Heights is like a free for all why is that? It started with the economic downturn and maybe before that. Part of the problem as to why things have gotten so out of hand is we didn’t always have an Ordinance department. For years, the City had two ordinance officers under the building department how much do you think two people got done all those years? The City has ordinances for many things in this City and those ordinances aren’t being followed/enforced.
Residents on the south end of Dearborn Heights are making a difference they are no longer sitting back and just letting this happen to their community. They no longer want to put up with blight, rats, and business districts that look anything like a business district. They want to live in a safe, clean, thriving area. I’m excited to see what’s happening excited to see residents standing up for themselves. I’m encouraged to hear that so many came to the planning commission meeting on 2-3-2016. Encouraged to see many council members wanting to get involved and make a difference. There are brighter days ahead for the City of Dearborn Heights we as residents have to make sure that we keep the momentum going. No matter what we have to keep posting, sharing, reporting, and showing up to council meetings. Residents are the ones who are going to make the biggest difference. Residents are the ones who should set the standard of how they want to live. Not the Mayor setting it for you, by just ignoring what is happening in his City. That’s not what we need and for sure not what we want from the Mayor.