Livonia is a suburb of Detroit that consists of 36 square miles with about 97,000 residents and roughly 4,000 businesses.
Livonia Township was founded on March 17, 1835. Our modern city was incorporated on May 23, 1950. Throughout its history, Livonia has built a reputation as a city that puts “Families First” (which is the city’s motto) and has worked hard to build its reputation for public safety, good schools, and parks and public services.
Over the years, Livonia has received many accolades (from the City’s website):
While Livonia enjoys a some prestige, it is not without its problems.
Its largely aging population is predominantly white, and the city’s lack of diversity has led to accusations of racial profiling and discrimination within the Livonia Police Department and city services. This is an issue the Livonia Democratic Club is tackling through resolutions, conversations with Livonia officials, and campaigning. As of the 2010 Census, Livonia consisted of:
Beyond racial issues, Livonia grapples with many problems common to cities around the United States. It’s aging infrastructure and roads are a perennial complaint of residents, the gender gap resulted in a median income of $62k for men and only $42k for women, and 7.8% of Livonia’s population lives below the poverty line.
Livonia’s municipal government is jointly led by the Mayor and the City Council, all of whom are elected officials. The current Livonia government consists of:
Beyond our elected officials, Livonia relies on multiple boards and commissions, along with appointed officials and career staffers to run the city. Working directly with these boards and commissions can be one of the more effective ways to create change in our city. Currently, they consist of:
The city government is also split up into multiple departments, including:
You can find more information about each on the Livonia city website.
At the national and state level, Livonia is represented by:
Contact information for all of the above can be found on the Livonia city website.
There are lots of ways to get more involved in our community. One of the best is, naturally, to join the LDC. Beyond that, there you can:
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