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Trickle-down urbanism, no future at all

The concept of trickle-down urbanism is key to understanding the regional discussion of Detroit’s bankruptcy and current state of affairs. Trickle-down urbanism is a failing policy-directive, according to University of Pennsylvania’s history and sociology Professor Thomas Sugrue. Trickle-down urbanism is a take-off of President Ronald Reagan’s 1980s economic policy, which directed tax benefits and other inc ...

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Much given; little gained

The Emergency Manager-led bankruptcy offers a poor financial plan, which fails to grow city revenue and represents a continued violation of civil rights and democracy. EM Kevyn Orr released his Chapter 9 plan to the bankruptcy court last week and it is the first reveal of the EM’s blueprint for Detroit’s ailing finances. Within the grassroots community, the plan fell with a thud. ...

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State of Black Detroit: Where do we go from here?

In 1973, a more hopeful time for African Americans, Coleman Young became the city’s first Black mayor and the outlook for Black political and economic empowerment appeared to be sure. Forty years later, Detroit is in the process of an emergency manager-led bankruptcy — the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Under emergency management, democratic values and practices are gone. The mostly Black cit ...

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Justice for Jayru

This week, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Cass Tech high school senior Jayru Campbell with one felony charge of assault to do great bodily harm and one misdemeanor count of aggravated assault. After a heated exchange with a with a school security guard, who asked Campbell not to wear his hood in the building, the 17-year-old allegedly body-slammed the guard. The incident was captured on video, w ...

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