Dave Bing stood before Detroit’s business and civic leaders last week and asked the same question I did a year ago: Where are the black people? The former mayor wasn’t talking about the absence of African-Americans in the hot new downtown nightspots, its trendy lofts and behind desks in its. This is a list of mayors of Detroit, Smith won election as Detroit mayor after Frank Ellsworth Dave Bing played 10 seasons of basketball with the Detroit. Oct 02, · Y ou could say that Dave Bing is a celebrity politician. But Detroit’s mayor is so mild-mannered.