Mayor’s Update to Residents – May 13, 2022

May 13, 2022 / Comments (0)


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Mayor, local leaders break ground on 22-acre Ralph C. Wilson Centennial Park on riverfront

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Mayor Mike Duggan joined other Detroit leaders this week to break ground on the new 22-acre Ralph C. Wilson Centennial Park along Detroit’s west riverfront.

The park, located at intersection of Mexicantown, Corktown, and southwest Detroit, is part of the 5.5-mile-long riverfront area being revitalized for the community to enjoy.

The groundbreaking for this redevelopment was made possible through a $50-million commitment from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, City of Detroit support, and many other partners.

The Ralph C. Wilson Centennial Park will feature a water garden, the William Davidson Sport House, the Delta Dental Play Garden with an array of animal structures, and the DTE Foundation Hill for special events.

Watch the full press conference on the City’s Facebook page at City of Detroit FB.

Mayor Duggan names Todd Bettison as Deputy Mayor

  • Mayor impressed with Bettison’s ability to work with community groups across the political spectrum

  • 27-year DPD veteran starts as Deputy Mayor May 23

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Mayor Mike Duggan named Todd Bettison this week as his new Deputy Mayor to oversee many aspects of City government and serve as a bridge to community leaders and activists across the political spectrum.

Bettison, who currently serves as First Assistant Chief of Police, begins his new position May 23. He replaces Conrad Mallett, who recently was confirmed by City Council as the City’s new Corporation Counsel.

The son of a Detroit school teacher, Bettison has a distinguished 27-year career with the Detroit Police Department that culminated in his elevation to second in command to Chief James White. In that role he has overseen all aspects of the department’s community relations, as well as administrative functions of DPD.

As Deputy Mayor, Bettison will fill in for Mayor Duggan if the Mayor is incapacitated or otherwise unable to fulfill his duties. Given his extensive law enforcement background, Bettison will oversee all enforcement-related activities in the city, from police to blight enforcement and more.

Read the full story on the City’s website at Deputy Mayor (

Detroit ACE announces new app to track and identify murals across the city

  • Residents and tourists can use their smartphones to identify murals and learn about artists

  • Detroiters can submit new murals not yet included in the app

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The Detroit Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship (ACE) announced it is partnering with CANVS, an art technology company, to identify all the art on walls across the city.

ACE Director Rochelle Riley announced the launch of the CANVS collaboration, part of ACE’s contribution to Mayor Duggan’s Blight to Beauty campaign. She also discussed how ACE will begin enlisting “mural hunters,” an army of supporters who want to help the City honor muralists.

The ACE initiative will not only identify all the murals in the city, but honor some of the best artists transforming the city with color and beauty. The app will allow residents and tourists to use their smartphones to identify the mural and artist in front of them.

To better connect residents to murals, CANVS will create a digital map on ACE’s webpage to allow users to create tours of similar murals or find murals they have seen but do not remember where. The initiative is one of several that ACE is planning as part of the Mayor’s Blight to Beauty campaign.

Read the full story on the City’s website at Detroit ACE new app (

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Get emergency alerts in your area with Detroit Alerts 365.

Receive alerts such as severe weather, evacuation, flood warnings and more via cell phone, landline, text, email, TTY, and/or social media.

To register, visit or text DetroitAlerts365 to 99411.

Motor City makeover graphicResidents in District 2 will grab their rakes, shovels, bags and gloves for Motor City Makeover this Saturday, May 14. The City’s annual cleanup, and beautification effort will take place on seven Saturdays in May and June.

Individuals and community groups must register with the City of Detroit Department of Neighborhoods (DON) in order to receive a limited supply of bags and gloves, as well as information regarding special pickups of brush, tires, bagged litter and roll-off containers. Debris will only be collected from pre-determined locations.             

Cleaning will take place by districts on:
  • District 2 – May 14
  • District 3 – May 21
  • District 4 – May 28
  • District 5 – June 4
  • District 6 – June 11
  • District 7 – June 18

To register as a volunteer or to make a financial or in-kind contribution to the effort, go to

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Adoption & License Fees Waived at Detroit Animal Care until May 15

  • Event in partnership with BISSELL Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelters campaign

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Adoption and license fees are being waived at Detroit Animal Care from now through May 15, thanks to a partnership with BISSELL Pet Foundation’s national Empty the Shelters program.

Detroit Animal Care is one of 275+ shelters in more than 40 states that are participating in BISSELL Pet Foundation’s springtime Empty the Shelters event.  The funding allows DAC to waive adoption and licensing fees for the two-week period in May.

All Detroiters are welcome to come and visit Detroit Animal Care and check out the many dogs and cats in need of a “Furever home.” All animals are fully vaccinated, micro-chipped and neutered.

Detroit Animal Care is located at 7401 Chrysler Drive, Detroit. The shelter is open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  For more information, read the full story on the City’s website at Detroit Animal Care (

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