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Detroit historian to lecture on Hastings Street

Preservation Detroit’s Third Friday Lecture Series, highlighting the rich cultural history of the people and places of the city, will continue on June 20 at the Hastings Street Ballroom, 715 E. Milwaukee Street. Award-winning performer Marsha Music, a writer, singer and story-teller, will share the tales of her childhood in Detroit’s Black Bottom before the African American district was demolished for the i ...

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Detroit’s Hispanic business community weathering time of economic crisis

The Latino Press explored the effects of the current economic crisis in Detroit on the business environment of the Hispanic community. Mexicantown in Southwest Detroit, is where the Hispanic community of the region is primarily settled. It is a vibrant community of neighborhoods, parks, schools, and churches. One of the anchors of the community and of its success has been the burgeoning small business econo ...

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Allied Media Conference gathers grassroots on Wayne State campus

The 16th annual Allied Media Conference, scheduled to return to the campus of Wayne State University June 19-22, is a gathering of progressive media creators, academics and grassroots activists discussing the future of media and the ways in which it can transform the world. The Allied Media Conference is designed around the concepts of “create, connect and transform,” inspiring the building of new communica ...

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Work in Detroit

On June 5 and 6, in three different areas of the city, three types of public work was underway with three different wage levels and three separate employers. At the high end: A crew comprised entirely of Mexican workers, employed by Giorgi Concrete, were installing new sidewalks in the North End on streets south of Holbrook and north of Grand Blvd. and east of Woodward. ...

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Lagos spices up local food scene

Tunde Wey is earning quite a reputation in Detroit’s culinary avant-garde, first with his Hamtramck Revolver pop-up concept, followed by Goldfinch American. The Nigerian born chef recently launched a third concept, Lagos, a Saturday-night-only Nigerian barbeque joint in Southwest Detroit. But Wey, who moved to the U.S. by himself at 16 to attend college, doesn’t just jockey the finances; on opening night, h ...

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Water, dispossession and resistance

Water is a basic human right. That was the strong message sent to the Detroit Works/Detroit Future project during the environmental session held as part of their community conversations. These are the orchestrated conversations Detroit Future claims give it legitimacy to reshape our city. The message that water is a human right was ignored. Neither the subsequent “Strategic Framework” nor current practices ...

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Detroit Raw

Michigan Republicans manage just fine with a political sunscreen that blocks liability from issues that would burn Dems for at least three to four elections. Potholes that eat tires while nuking front wheel alignments that drone whack working-class checking accounts must be acts of God not negligent Republicans that control Michigan spending priorities. Big oil drilling, even fracking, is coming soon to a s ...

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‘Bad deal vs. worse deal’

Pensioners have less than a month to vote on Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan of adjustment to cut the city’s debt and get out of bankruptcy. Ballots were mailed to the city’s 32,0000 pensioners in May, and the deadline to cast their vote on what Orr and supporters call a “grand bargain” is July 11. Pensioners in both classes, the general retirement system and the police and fire retirement system, have t ...

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EM’s failure shuts down DPS Head Start

Because Detroit Public SchoolsEmergency Manager Jack Martin and his staff couldn’t get its application for Head Start funding to the federal government on time, there will be no Head Start in Detroit schools next year, according to elected board President Lamar Lemmons “It is malice of intent or gross incompetence,” Lemmons said in a phone interview. It is part of the “constant school closings and the progr ...

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