Detroit Booster Emily Doerr Mugged On A Block In Woodbridge With Broken Streetlights

Emily Doerr
Emily Doerr
Emily Doerr describes herself to Kirk Pinho in Crain's Detroit Business as an advocate for Detroit.

At around 8 p.m. Tuesday of last week, Doerr, 28, the director of community and economic development for the city of Oak Park, was mugged at gunpoint while walking near Forest Avenue and Commonwealth. A contributor to the crime, she believes, was nonfunctioning streetlights in the area. Police and city officials agree.

It's the first time something like that has happened to Doerr, a Detroit resident since 2008 who for the past two years has also run Hostel Detroit, which gives tourists an inexpensive place to stay.

Doerr emailed council member Kenneth Cockrel Jr. about the crime against her, telling him that because the streetlights were out on Forest between Trumbull and Rosa Parks Boulevard, she also was unable to provide Wayne State University police any information on the mugger's getaway vehicle. She was unhurt.

Read more:  Crain's Detroit Business
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