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The land, the people

Kathina Carey has mixed feelings about the Hantz Woodlands’ development in her neighborhood on the city’s lower east side. Carey, a Detroit native, described how she’d single-handedly cared for her block on McClellan Street for seven years, using her own money to mow the vacant lots between abandoned homes, and feed homeless neighbors in the area who sometimes went for days without a meal. She was relieved ...

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Detroit students athletes dine with, learn from Lions Head Coach Caldwell

On April 16, the Detroit Lions new head coach, Jim Caldwell, sat down to eat with more than 300 Detroit Public School and Educational Achievement Authority student athletes at the United Auto Workers-Ford’s (which hosted the event) National Programs Center. During the meal, Caldwell offered the students his thoughts on sport(wo)manship and respect, after which the students were able to ask the coach questio ...

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Detroit Raw

The defiant middle finger hurled at TV cameras by one of the defendants in the Eastside beat-down of the white pickup truck driver who hit a 10-year-old Black child is understood all too well by the streets of Detroit that one day may shock the nation, indeed the world, when the pent up rage coursing through Detroit is released in total. Those who serve as apologists for the right-peopling of Detroit lead t ...

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Grant program will give cash to veteran businesses

Nationwide, the media is buzzing about the transformation of Detroit’s downtown and midtown areas — the new stadiums, businesses, restaurants and apartment buildings, and the influx of new residents. Yet, many Detroit activists maintain this “rebirth” was only made possible by advantageous post-housing bubble land prices, and that residents, businesses and neighborhoods who survived disinvestment, the crack ...

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Broke? City increases management costs

As Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr takes the city through bankruptcy, many question the amount of money he spends on consultants and aides in both his office and the mayor's. It is estimated that at the end of the bankruptcy -- in five months, the city will have spent $62 million dollars on consultants. To date that number is at approximately $20 million. Orr's former firm Jones Day is contracted to mak ...

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Orr wants Manhattan Institute fellow to evaluate his plan

Of all the people in America who might be considered a candidate to evaluate the effectiveness of Detroit’s so-called “plan of adjustment,” Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and a team of lawyers from his former law firm, Jones Day, suggested Harvard economist Edward L Glaeser. Glaeser’s name popped up after U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes announced he is considering calling in an expert, or maybe several of ...

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SHUT IT DOWN!

Noir is standing outside in the cold and snow, waiting for the bus driver — who is taking his break alone inside the heated bus — to open the door. Young Noir is frustrated with inadequate city services, joblessness and the city’s overall economic system, as are many of other the riders who were waiting at the Rosa Parks bus terminal in Detroit on April 15. He has a litany of complaints about social issues, ...

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Sell off DWSD, save cuts to pensions

Negotiators for Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and the police and fire retirees reached an agreement April 15 that now needs a vote of two-thirds of the retirees before it can be presented to bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes. Under the terms of the deal, the pensions of the civilian retirees will be cut 4.5 percent with no cost of living increases, sources say. Police and fire retirees will take no cuts but rece ...

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BMe honors Black men who help their communities

Clement “Fame” Brown, a Detroit entrepreneur who has been designing and selling clothes since he was 12, uses his experience to help others become creative professionals. Philadelphia college student, youth advocate and social entrepreneur Rashaun Williams educates high school students on environmental sustainability. Computer scientist Emmanuel Cephas of Baltimore has developed software to teach youth math ...

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Detroit Raw

We love it if we can see it on a screen. HD TVs are going for street reasonable prices so we can see that “Scandal” sistah get it on with the white prez in high def, and smaller smart phone screens will do to sneak a peek at Mimi working it slippery-when-wet from a shower rod. Hey it’s not worth a post if it’s not moving on some kind of screen. President Barack Obama was in New York City in person before th ...

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