Menino also told the magazine that “inaction” and “leadership” are behind some of Detroit’s problems, like boarded up buildings, nonworking streetlights and lengthy police response times to 911 calls.
Bing, a member of professional basketball’s Hall of Fame and former steel supply company owner, said Menino should have gotten “his facts right.”
“The Detroit Police Department’s response time is not — and has never been — 90 minutes,” Bing said. “And, most of our city’s buildings are not boarded up. Since taking office more than four years ago, there has been tireless action on the part of my administration to improve the quality of life for our citizens. In fact, I invite Mayor Menino to visit Detroit to see our city for himself.”
Menino is the latest politician to offer his take on Detroit and its troubles. Two years ago, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told NBC-TV’s “Meet the Press” that Detroit should welcome immigrants to boost the city’s shrinking population.
Detroit in July became the largest city in the country to seek bankruptcy when state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr filed for court protection as he tries to restructure finances.
Orr said Detroit’s debt could be $18 billion or more.