Then And Now
"Detroit's embattled Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick says the best regional partnership for his city is not with the suburban cities in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, but with Windsor.
Detroit has tried unsuccessfully for decades to forge alliances with the suburbs in order to attract new business and tourism to the region.
"This whole debate over Oakland, Wayne County is terribly old and boring," Kilpatrick said in a recent interview. "The best opportunity Detroit has and Windsor has for survival into the future is to join together and market each other jointly."
That's been happening lately, particularly with the planning for the 2006 Super Bowl, and Windsor's involvement as a Canadian partner. It will be an opportunity to showcase the Detroit-Windsor region, said Kilpatrick. "And I just think it's time, it's time."
Detroit News, January 15, 2006
Kilpatrick introduced Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis, thanking him for an offer to send snowplows and crews across the river if it snows on Super Bowl Sunday. Kilpatrick pointed out that Detroit is the only international Super Bowl host city.
[Shhhhhhhhhh Can you keep a big secret? We won't tell Kwame that Eddie said "but it will only come after our own needs are taken care of completely."]