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Keep Lipke Park public

The battle over the future of Lipke Park in northeast Detroit says a lot about politics in the city, the sorry state of representative government, the lack of democracy. It also explains in large part the “apathy” of Detroiters over the approaching primary election while exposing the pitfalls of privatization. Children are what make the Lipke area unique. The largest concentration of children under 18 in al ...

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Investment for Detroit misses Black business

Low barriers to entry including inexpensive real estate, major-league infrastructure, national attention, respect and investment along with the potential for an urban lifestyle that anyone under the age of 35 seems to value — Detroit is poised for a rebirth. Chase bank is investing $100 million in Detroit. The foundation community with its New Economy Initiative, after investing $100 million, is entering a ...

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The true cost of the water shut offs

Most Detroit Water and Sewerage officials are saying the water shutoffs are necessary for restructuring the city department. Yet, their unimaginative, poorly planned, brutal attack on residents — mostly low income — by executing mass water shutoffs with little to no notice to residents reveal a wholly unprepared DWSD back office and the ineptness of the department’s leadership. This effort at restructuring ...

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Buckets and balance sheets

This summer, the real estate industry celebrated as Detroit neared the tipping point for real estate prices. The downtown rental market neared $2 per square foot. At $2 a square foot, financing gets a lot easier for developers and it indicates downtown and Midtown Detroit are increasingly popular markets. Available rentals are scarce, affluent professionals and 20-somethings are finding a home in Detroit. D ...

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To ‘all the single ladies’ and African Americans

The Supreme Court had one helluva week. First, in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, the court decided that it could not uphold the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. In a 5-4 vote, the court held the federal government could not require employers in closely held companies to provide birth control or contraceptive coverage to employees. Religious objections will effectively win out over the needs of ...

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Skinnin’ and grinnin’ for thirsty folk

In the photo at left, Detroit City Councilpersons Andre Spivey and Mary Sheffield appear happy to be celebrating with Gov. Rick Snyder. The specific piece of legislation that has Snyder so gleeful is what he and his emergency manager Kevyn Orr call the Grand Bargain. It’s what retirees call the Grand Theft. Under the Grand Theft deal, which passed with supporting amendments offered by Detroit Reps. Thomas S ...

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Nothing without a woman or a girl

In February, President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative aimed at helping young men and boys of color. The initiative brings together foundations, businesses, governors, mayors, faith leaders and nonprofit organizations. At Mayor Mike Duggan’s State of the City address, he indicated he would support the Obama administration effort in Detroit. President Obama pledged $200 million to My Brothe ...

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Broken Promise Zone

President Barack Obama first announced the Promise Zone Initiative during his 2013 State of the Union Address. The initiative is supposed to be a way for the administration to work with “local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand access to educational opportunities and quality, affordable housing and improve public safety,” according to a press statement at the time. ...

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You can’t build Detroit without Detroiters

If many readers aren’t excited about the future of Detroit, the corporate, foundation and establishment stakeholders who trek to the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference every year are. It appears all of the obstructionists are gone — no more fighting city council or elected Black or local leaders with any real say. Few are left to question the ideas coming out of the conference. No more bi ...

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Rap isn’t the problem, racism is

It would be easy for some to dismiss the racial dynamics of a Hamtramck-bar incident. But the racial politics of Southeastern Michigan are entrenched. When someone suggests rap music and Hennessey aren’t allowed, it is undoubtedly code for Black people aren’t welcome. Increasingly, in this supposed post-racial environment, comments or actions that are disparaging or alienating to Black people are disguised ...

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