Charlie LeDuff's Deadbeat of the Week: Mayor Dave Bing

Charlie LeDuff's Deadbeat of the Week: Mayor Dave Bing

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Graffiti is now scrawled across the front of this building on a Detroit property where luxury condominiums were planned. Graffiti is now scrawled across the front of this building on a Detroit property where luxury condominiums were planned.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

A building is partially covered in graffiti.  There are shattered windows and paint is peeling.  It is a veritable crack house just stinking up the riverfront.  Who's responsible for this outrage?  Mayor Dave Bing, that's who.

Bing seems to be an expert on bankruptcy because everything he touches seems to go belly up.  There is Bing Steel, his former company.  That went bust.  Then there is the City of Detroit.  The state recently yanked that out of his hands.  Then there is the dead fish of Watermark Development.

Back in 2007 before Bing was mayor, he got some investors together and raised a couple of million dollars to build some luxury condominiums.  He also got a $700,000 loan from the city, and they let him use a waterfront property.  Long story short, Bing became mayor, the project went in the dumper, and the city took the property back.  Now the city wants to sell the property for $3 million, but they can't because of the eyesore.

If you or I got booted off our property and left our crap behind, the city would come in, tear it down, fine us, and then send us the bill, but that doesn't happen I guess when you are the mayor.

"We want you to do business in Detroit, we just want you to do it legally," Bing said during his 2013 State of the City address.

I called City Hall for a comment and guess what, they hung up on me.  However, that doesn't change the facts.  Dave Bing, you're the "Deadbeat of the Week".

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