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Closing schools leads to crime

Do you think there is a link between the closing of neighborhood schools and the rise in crime? There are no more Boys & Girls clubs, so now robbing is a plot to come up. What else are they going to do? Real talk; if Daddy lost his job and Momma struggling, they do not see any hope. The kids are taking what they can get. — Tayari Sanders ...

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Deeper Democracy

At a time when local corporate media is trying to justify the destruction of democratic processes by ridiculing citizens, it is important for us to lift up the many ways people are advancing democratic dialogue here in the city of Detroit. Such an opportunity happened Monday night as the Riverfront East Congregational Initiative (RECI) gathered to talk about land use and economic development. In spite of th ...

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Council approves Public Lighting Authority

City Council voted 6-3 to approve articles of incorporation for the proposed Public Lighting Authority. Council members Brenda Jones, JoAnn Watson and Kwame Kenyatta were the dissenting voters. “The city needs to get out of the business of public lighting ... anything else is asking for the status quo,” said Council Pro Tem Gary Brown. The deadline for an initial plan is March 15. ...

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Mayor Bing announces closure of city parks; Belle Isle discussions continue

While the future of Detroit’s largest park remains uncertain, the city will be closing 50 other parks this spring. “The inaction by City Council and resulting retraction of the state’s participation not only negatively affects Belle Isle, but also has significant impact on the city’s other parks and services,” Mayor Dave Bing said in a statement Feb. 1. Thirty-eight additional parks will receive limited ser ...

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Detroit’s Black History

To mark Black History Month, The Michigan Citizen reached into its photo archives to repost a variety of events that tell some of Detroit’s recent history. We encourage readers who can add to the narrative of any of the photos to please do so by submitting comments to ...

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MLK Day in John Deere Country

I flew to Iowa to speak at Grinnell College on MLK Day. The weather was several degrees below freezing but the reception was warm. I was scheduled to speak Monday at 4:15 pm. At 4 o’clock, people from the community began streaming into the chapel-like auditorium: mostly white women, their eyes shining with anticipation. ...

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A chef’s midlife crisis

In the Bible, Joel 2:28 states, “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” With that said, I must be in the throes of a midlife crisis, because I am dreaming of and envisioning a strong and vibrant food system. ...

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WSU seeks public input for Detroit bike share system

Wayne State University, in partnership with several Detroit businesses, organizations and institutions, is conducting a feasibility study to explore establishing a public bike sharing system in greater downtown Detroit. Bike sharing consists of a network of bicycles distributed around an area that allow short, one-way trips from one location to another. Riders typically purchase a daily, weekly, yearly or s ...

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Housing rehab program a success for low-income residents

Take a moment and imagine desperately needing a new roof for your home and not being able to afford it. Or to make matters worse, having a worn-out furnace that keeps breaking down and needing new parts, especially during the winter months. The Neighborhood Impact Program (NIP) housing rehabilitation grant is designed to provide low-income housing residents in Detroit the opportunity to have up to $7,500 wo ...

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State Rep. Stallworth responds to governor’s State of the State address

State Representative Thomas Stallworth, D-Detroit, said the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus (MLBC) is ready to work with the Legislature and the governor to ensure the issues of the state’s urban communities, distressed communities and communities of color are addressed. Stallworth, who was recently elected MLBC chairman, said Michigan’s turnaround won’t be complete unless urban communities share in the j ...

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