Eight Mile Boulevard Association – In his 1972 mayoral inaugural address, Coleman A. Young instructed all the criminals in Detroit to “Hit Eight Mile,” the city’s northern border, because they were no longer welcome in his city. Few such offhand remarks have had such a devastating impact on a region. In 1993, the 16 local and county governments touching Eight Mile formed the Eight Mile Boulevard Association (8MBA) to revitalize and promote this vital urban corridor. Douglas developed relationships with regional print and broadcast media and weekly papers in all those communities, feeding them a steady stream of positive news and instantly responding to any negative references to Eight Mile Road. The resulting news coverage was almost universally positive. The association received the 1998 Center for Joint Public Services award for Outstanding Private/Public Partnership and the 1998 International City Manager’s Association Program Excellence Award for Intergovernmental Cooperation.


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