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Week Three of the Occupation: Bottom Lines

This week, Detroit’s emergency manager (EM) firmed up the foundation of his operation. After reinstating the pay of elected City Council members, the EM announced the Council is welcome to meet, but he has the final say. All decisions are his alone. A few days later, a consulting firm recommended that the City Council be reduced to part time and cut its staff. ...

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Grocery stores: Anchoring neighborhoods in Detroit

Five years ago, did you even know what “gluten-free” meant? What was your opinion then of produce that was marked “organic?” Now think about your last trip to a full-service grocery store. Chances are you encountered many options for health-conscious eaters or people with special diet requirements. Grocery stores are changing across the country as they try to respond to consumer demand for healthier choices ...

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Toward a restorative justice Detroit

For the past four years, Forbes magazine has ranked Detroit as the most violent city in the nation. Some might argue this is because we are a city without much financial capital and/or because there are too many guns on the street. Although there is truth in both these statements, I believe, as my colleague Henry McClendon likes to say, “The problem is not that we have a violence problem in Detroit; it’s th ...

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‘What’s on your plate?’ gathers Detroiters to activate and celebrate our food system

The Detroit Food Policy Council invites you to join us for our third annual summit April 4-6. This year’s theme is “What’s On Your Plate?” This year’s summit will engage Detroiters in the local food system and celebrate our vibrant local food culture. The Detroit Food and Fitness Collaborative is co-hosting this event. ...

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A growing season to remember

As the days grow longer and temperatures begin to rise, Detroiters are welcoming spring by dusting off shovels and preparing for a productive growing season. Over the coming months, hundreds of residents will break new ground by starting or expanding community or market gardens in the city; thousands will grow vegetables at home for the first time; and tens of thousands of the city’s existing urban gardener ...

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Child hunger demands an immediate response

Poverty and continued economic instability are threatening the success of a generation of our region’s children. In Michigan, child poverty has reached 23.2 percent, having trended upward over the past nine years. Hunger, a direct consequence of poverty, has also risen. One in four children in southeast Michigan are at risk of not having enough nutritious food on a regular basis. All signs indicate the situ ...

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