Detroit Today: Councilwoman Gabriela Santiago-Romero on current SW Detroit issues, future solutions

Detroit City Councilwoman Gabriela Santiago-Romero explores immigration rights, pollution and more in the 48217 zip code. 

Detroit City Councilmember Gabriela Santiago-Romero

Detroit City Council Member Gabriela Santiago-Romero

Detroit’s District 6, which includes Southwest Detroit, Corktown and Midtown, is one of Detroit’s most diverse areas, with large Latin and Middle Eastern populations in some neighborhoods. Although some of the neighborhoods have received a lot of investment, many residents nonetheless face problems such as constant noise and air pollution due to the unregulated movement of trains and trucks.  

During her campaign for office, now-District 6 Detroit City Councilwoman Gabriela Santiago-Romero advocated for infrastructural accessibility and higher environmental regulation.

Santiago-Romero joined Detroit Today to discuss the importance of building a more welcoming city and resolving environmental injustices, as well as to share her own immigration story.

Listen: The biggest challenges District 6 residents face


Detroit City Councilwoman Gabriela Santiago-Romero represents Detroit’s District 6. She describes the way environmental racism and broad injustices particularly hurt new and potential citizens. 

“What hurts amongst these things is that not only are immigrants coming to this country oftentimes to flee harmful situations, when we arrive in this country we are often met with racism or an infrastructure that keeps us from succeeding, including climate change,” says Santiago-Romero.

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