Detroit is starting a series of public discussions on what to do about nearly vacant neighborhoods and the best uses for city land.
The first community forum for the "Detroit Works Project" takes place Tuesday evening at Greater Grace Temple. Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is appealing for public participation and is scheduled to attend.
Bing has said the 12- to 18-month land use planning process aims to strengthen the city. Other public meetings are set for this week on Thursday and Saturday, with more to follow later this month.
Some parts of Detroit nearly are empty of people as the city's population continues to decline. Bing has said that providing police and other services to areas where few people live drains city resources.