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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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SIDEWALK FESTIVAL OF PERFORMING ARTS RETURNS TO BRIGHTMOOR WITH MUSIC, DANCE AND COLOR

The second annual Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts returns Aug. 2, bringing performance art, visual arts and music back to Detroit’s Old Redford/Brightmoor neighborhoods. From 3 p.m. until sundown at Lahser just north of Grand River, dancers, musicians, actors, painters, poets and more will come together in celebration of Detroit’s cutting edge creative community. ...

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BACKPACK MUSIC FEST TO COLLECT SCHOOL SUPPLIES

The 9th Annual Backpack Music Festival will be held at Belle Isle, Aug. 2, for a day of music, art, education and summertime family fun. The event is a fundraiser for the non-profit Serendipity, Collage and Potpourri (SCP), an organization that works with public and charter schools, churches and community organizations to help provide basic school supplies to children in need, and will feature a notable lin ...

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Building an institution out of an old house on Ferry Park

Passing cars on slow down to wave at Yusef Shakur who is sitting on the steps of 2431 Ferry Park eating his lunch. A young man passes. He, too, connects with Shakur. “I ain’t too good,” the young man says. “Come back and talk to me,” Shakur responds. The young man nods. The west side neighborhood where Shakur lives and grew up in is known to many as Zone 8. The area struggles with the structural poverty and ...

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