Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- Mayor Dave Bing's vision for Detroit over the next four years includes a leaner, less populated city perhaps dotted with urban farms.

But Bing tells The Associated Press that the city has to avoid bankruptcy and still is in "free-fall" due, in part, to a disastrous economy.

Detroit's budget deficit is about $300 million. Shrinking tax bases have made it difficult to pay bills.

Bing, an NBA legend and former business executive, is starting a four-term as mayor following a Nov. 3 general election win. He first was elected in a May runoff to complete ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's second term.

Bing says as the city's population continues to drop he will look at shutting down dying neighborhoods, making the land available for urban farming.

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