DETROIT — Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens visited Detroit lately for a fundraiser backed by a majority of Black enterprise house owners. The newly elected mayor met with the enterprise neighborhood and toured town house to a inhabitants of greater than 80% Black residents.
Atlanta is commonly famous because the epicenter for Black political and financial energy in America and Mr. Dickens who has been on the job for 5 months, seizes on the chance to unite, interact, and be taught from the city enterprise class in Detroit.
“We now have a enterprise relationship, however we even have private relationships between Detroit and Atlanta,” mentioned Mayor Dickens. “If you consider the good migration going north, coming from the south, a variety of southerners from Atlanta …went north to Chicago and Detroit to those nice automotive business jobs.”
In a joint interview with Actual Occasions Media’s Michigan Chronicle and Atlanta Day by day World, Mayor Dickens talked about finest practices he’s studying from cities he’s traveled throughout the nation and hopes to use among the similar instruments or comparable concepts to his native metropolis.
One of many locations he toured whereas in Detroit, was the safety command heart of Bedrock, a industrial actual property firmed, owned by Detroit billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert.
He illustrated how the power is supplied with a number of wall-mounted screens showcasing a whole lot of cameras tied to Gilbert’s downtown properties.
“For public security causes, it’s a very good factor, girls really feel safer strolling at evening and if an incident does occur you’ve got good entry to catch the particular person doing the crime and be capable to have a very good identification on them so you may stop crime,” mayor Dickens provides. “It makes enterprise individuals need to make investments extra so that they know they are going to have a downtown space or different areas which might be fastidiously being monitored.”
Mr. Dickens additionally understands the large brother surveillance points he believes should at all times be intently monitored for the safety of a person’s privateness. The town of Atlanta at present has a video interrogation system, however what he discovered spectacular in Detroit was how the significance of public security through digital camera surveillance was being led and funded by a company entity for private and non-private good.
Cities throughout the nation have skilled an increase in crime, and notably in city communities.
“It’s unlucky that we do have a gang drawback and a few of these of us are musicians.”
Mayor Dickens is speaking concerning the current arrest of rappers allegedly concerned in gang exercise. The peach metropolis made nationwide headlines final week when common rapper Younger Thug was arrested in Atlanta as he faces a listing of accusations from the Fulton County prosecutor, alleging him to a founder and lively chief of the violent Younger Slime Life avenue gang.
The 80-plus web page indictment costs each Younger Thug and one other rapper, Gunna, with gang-related crimes, and consists of greater than 25 others who’ve allegedly participated in YSL gang exercise.
“Hip-hop doesn’t must imply violence,” mentioned mayor Dickens. “If we guarantee that Hip-hop means leisure, it means tradition, it might be political affect, it might be social justice.”
“…As soon as hip-hop and media have equated themselves to violence, gang exercise and destruction, that’s when we now have to have a look at ourselves and course-correct that.”
The mayor who’s an Outkast music fan believes his metropolis ought to proceed to be the epicenter of the Black music business.
“I’m very huge with ensuring we now have a thriving hip-hop neighborhood. The Atlanta music scene has influenced the nation. It was New York or L.A., however now Atlanta has all of the producers and all of the hits.”
Mayor Dickens additionally confronted the problem of the pandemic-related crime wave which noticed his metropolis open for enterprise throughout his time on metropolis council. He attributed the violent wave of individuals partaking in felony conduct from out-of-towners not figuring out the principles of engagement as management within the state of Georgia pressed towards COVID-19 enterprise closures, which allured visiting friends from different cities throughout the nation.
Dickens acknowledges the nightlife and leisure is part of the important tradition and economic system of Atlanta. To fight crime, he has now carried out a nightlife division, a primary for town.
“We now have a variety of conventions, we now have a variety of sports activities, we now have a variety of locals that desires to kick it and have a very good time, however, we received to have guidelines of engagement so individuals come house secure on the finish of the evening”.
The mayor has appointed an evening life supervisor, and carried out information security precautions which requires each restaurant, bar, and membership should have a safety plan and safety guards.
A.R. Shaw, multimedia journalist and contributing author for Atlanta Day by day World, contributed to this report.