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Public art in the spotlight for Detroit Love 313 celebration

Featured installations visited included “Butterfly Park” at the Brightmoor Community Center; “Talking Fence and Illuminated Garage” by Design 99 and Wiley McDowell on Lamphere Street in Brightmoor; “Growing Together,” a marble statue by Larry Halbert and Shamlord Kaza-Yao in Rouge Park; and the “Food Justice Amphitheatre” by Nivek Monet and Lindsey Jewell in Rouge Park. The Brightmoor Farmway on Grayfield S ...

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Library millage will keep doors open

On the August 5 primary ballot, Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library’s current operating millage of 4 mills. That amount provides 86 percent of the DPL’s operating budget. DPL has a proposal on the August ballot to renew its current 4 mill operating millage for a period of 10 years. If it is not approved, the current millage would expire next June 30, 2015 and the Library would ...

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Two ballot proposals ask Wayne County residents to weigh benefits of tax increase

On Aug. 5, in addition to selecting candidates for November’s general election, Wayne County residents will be asked to vote on two number of millage proposals to fund education and transit. According to Wayne County’s website, a proposal to renew and increase .59 mills to 1 mill (2014-2017) could generate over $17 million dollars in its first year for the regional SMART bus system. A mill is equal to one d ...

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Salvation Army deal threatens Lipke Park

Over 300 citizens rallied July 25 in Lipke Park to organize and protest the pending deal for the park worked out behind closed doors between the Mayor Mike Duggan administration, district councilperson Scott Benson and the Salvation Army represented by McDonald’s owner Errol Service. The 15-acre site, with a 10-year-old recreation center was fully functional when Mayor Dave Bing shut it down in October 2012 ...

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Detroit Raw

I confront my mortality every time I lace my shoes up for my Galloway run-walk-run, lift not-too-heavy weights or dare try to throw down, but what’s a fella to do: Drop dead with a remote in hand on the couch? Not baby booming me. And there is a new study revealing that any amount of running, even as little as five minutes a day, extends your life span. With an ejection fraction too low to discuss, I never ...

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Water warriors say Orr’s hand off to Duggan is a victory

Gov. Rick Snyder’s appointed emergency manager for the city of Detroit, Kevyn Orr, granted Mayor Mike Duggan the authority to manage the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, July 29 after international outrage over DWSD’s mass water shutoff program. Maureen Taylor, head of Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, called Orr’s decision a “pretty good victory.” With all the international attention to this cont ...

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Duggan launches second super PAC

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is doing what recent Michigan politicians love to do: Establish a new super PAC that surrounds donors and recipients in secrecy. Duggan calls his PAC the Detroit Progress Fund, according to a recent report in Bridge Magazine. Using the fund, Duggan threw himself a birthday party last week with a $1,000-a-head ticket price. This is Duggan’s second super PAC. He raised more than $3 m ...

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Zone 8 goes all out for Detroit students

On Aug. 2, back to school fever will sweep 500 Detroit children in the Zone 8 neighborhood on Detroit’s west side. Yusef Shakur, founder of Restoring the Neighbor to the Hood, has organized the neighborhood’s 10th backpack giveaway from 1-6 p.m. at 2243 Ferry Park. In addition to the giveaway, there will be live entertainment and free food for all. “Everyone talks about what’s wrong with Detroit,” Shakur sa ...

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Neighborhoods Day has something for everyone

For eight years now, Arise Detroit has transformed the fleeting glory of a summer day into an opportunity to make a lasting impact on the Motor City. Arise Detroit’s Neighborhood day corrals service efforts and family friendly activities in almost every single of Detroit’s zip codes to show the sum of neighborhood-driven, micro-local projects can be massive. Since its inception, Neighborhoods Day has suppor ...

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