Week 8: Seminars – Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program

Week 8: Seminars

The seminar that I found most interesting was the one about DSWD’s water shut-offs. I say this because it was so contradictory from what the media has portrayed. The general consensus of the articles I have read is that Detroit residents refuse to pay their water bills. These articles implied that residents were reckless and irresponsible with their money. Nowhere did they mention the cost difference between Detroit and neighboring cities.

Furthermore, it was interesting to hear how these water shut-offs contribute to the gentrification process witnessed throughout Detroit. I knew that gentrification involved many levels and sectors of the city, but the water system too? That blew me away! I believe access to clean water is a human right, not a privilege.

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