DETROIT (AP) — A spokeswoman for Boston's mayor says Thomas Menino is sorry that his published remarks that Detroit should be blown up and started over caused offense in the Motor City.
On Tuesday, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing accused his Boston counterpart of insensitivity for the statements included in an interview in the New York Times Magazine.
Bing says the choice of words is "extremely regrettable."
Menino spokeswoman Dot Joyce says her boss "feels strongly about cities," cares about Detroit's problems and "would like to help in any way he can."
Joyce says "the mayor is sorry that people have taken offense."
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's response to Menino's New York Times interview:
"It is extremely regrettable that Boston Mayor Thomas Menino used such an unfortunate choice of words to describe what he would do if he came to Detroit. I would think the mayor of a city that recently experienced a deadly bombing attack would be more sensitive and not use the phrase 'blow up.' I am also dismayed that Mayor Menino did not get his facts right before making his remarks to the widely-read New York Times. The Detroit Police Department's response time is not - and has never been - 90 minutes. And, most of our city's buildings are not boarded up. Since taking office more than four years ago, there has been tireless action on the part of my administration to improve the quality of life for our citizens. In fact, I invite Mayor Menino to visit Detroit to see our city for himself."