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    Duggan touts planning director, neighborhood development at Mackinac conference

    Mackinac Island — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan discussed side lot sales, connecting residents to the riverfront and revitalizing city neighborhoods during a keynote speech Tuesday at the Mackinac Policy Conference.

    After a 28-month hiatus, the conference resumed this week with a theme of “reimagining a healthy Michigan” at the island’s Grand Hotel with fewer attendees and strict protocols.

    Duggan, during an hour-long fireside chat in the hotel’s grand theatre, gave updates on neighborhood development and introduced Antoine Bryant, Detroit’s recently appointed Planning and Development Department director.

    Bryant said he grew up in the projects of Brooklyn and was inspired by his environment as it was “abundantly clear that my family, friends, and neighborhoods were never a part of the planning process.”

    It led him to pursue architecture and design academically and then he was all-in for community development similar to where he grew up.

    “I wanted to always give back and had my eye on Detroit for quite some time,” Bryant said after joining Duggan on stage. 

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