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Detroit plans a ‘sandbox’ for mobility companies. Will residents benefit?


Construction crews continue work to redevelop the abandoned Michigan Central train station into a new Ford office and research campus in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood on Nov. 16, 2022. (BridgeDetroit Photo by Malachi Barrett)

ID: Construction crews continue work to redevelop the abandoned Michigan Central train station into a new Ford office and research campus in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood on Nov. 16, 2022. (BridgeDetroit Photo by Malachi Barrett)

“The benefits to companies is clear here, it is promised to them, but the benefit to the community is kind of a question mark, because we don’t know exactly what types of technology are actually going to be deployed and who they’re going to benefit specifically,” said Kaci Messeder, a policy analyst with Detroit Disability Power, a nonprofit advocacy group.


Two-thirds of the City Council – six of its nine members – must vote in favor of the ordinance amendment for it to pass. Council Member Coleman Young II asked his colleagues on Tuesday to delay the decision for one week so he could meet with organizers from Detroit Disability Power. BridgeDetroit could not reach Young this week for comment.


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