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McDonald’s Honors Black History Month with art contest for high school students

Detroit-area McDonald’s restaurant owners are celebrating Black History Month with an art contest featuring a Black History theme, and prizes including cash and a gallery exhibit, aimed at local high school students. “McDonald’s Celebrates Black History Moments on Canvas” officially kicks off this week and asks metro Detroit high school students to submit original works of art that capture a significant mom ...

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Wayne County hosts Taxpayer Assistance Saturdays

This year, 42,000 properties in Wayne County face tax foreclosure. Wayne County Treasurer Ray Wojtowicz has created programs to help residents avoid tax foreclosure. In February the treasurer’s office and Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) will host Taxpayer Assistance Saturdays. Each Saturday the treasurer’s office will have representatives at four WCCCD campuses to meet with taxpayers and exp ...

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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 editor@michigancitizen.com. ...

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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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Krystal Crittendon talks about 2013 mayoral run

Last month, former Corporation Counsel Krystal Crittendon, announced she would run for mayor of Detroit. Crittendon rose to public attention after questioning the legality of the city of Detroit’s financial stability agreement with the state of Michigan. Crittendon, who has worked for the city for 18 years, was first appointed Corporation Counsel in 2008 by interim Mayor Ken Cockrel, Jr. She was twice reapp ...

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Detroit Works Project releases framework

After a year-long recovery effort, the Detroit Works Project has released a comprehensive document that provides a framework for the complete reorganization of the city of Detroit. The Detroit Future City strategic framework plan outlines citywide initiatives in five major areas: economic growth, land use, land and building property assets, city systems and neighborhood revitalization. ...

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HP residents want answers on water bills

Angry citizens facing water bills in the thousands of dollars packed the Highland Park Council meeting, Jan. 22, only to discover the person responsible for their grief, Mayor DeAndre Windom, was still in Washington, D.C. for the Inaugural events. Residents received water bills days before Christmas for the first time in over a year — many have yet to receive a bill — and the amounts of the bills ranged fro ...

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$30 million for Detroit

A Detroit transit plan will be funded, announced U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Jan. 18 in Detroit. He congratulated state lawmakers and city stakeholders for working to create a regional transit authority and committing $100 million in local dollars. Detroit will receive a $25 million TIGER grant that will go to the M-1 Rail Project, which will connect the three-mile stretch between downtown Det ...

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