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Mapping the Motor City

Since December, the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force surveyors have photographed nearly every parcel of land in the city, encountering residents who are either “excited” or “suspicious,” says Tanya Lamar-McDonald. McDonald is a supervisor and one-time surveyor working on an unprecedented effort to catalog all properties in the city of Detroit. Surveyors — Detroit residents from the neighborhoods they are c ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

In a news report, the youngest member in the history of the Detroit City Council sounded as if she was challenging the old ways with old-fashioned common sense. “Why are we transferring over this (public) property for a dollar, when the value of the land is worth way more than that?” said Detroit City Councilwoman Mary Sheffield. “It’s hard for me to just give away land with nothing in return.” ...

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Plans of adjustment

Plans to adjust Detroit are underway. Soon, the confidential bankruptcy plan, forged behind closed doors, will be made public. The adjustments to move through bankruptcy sought by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr should be carefully studied. Orr has repeatedly shown he does not value the people of the city. He would rather protect the profits of the banks. Now, we are depending on his belated efforts to hold ban ...

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DETROITERS STIFFED

Construction on a new hockey stadium will begin this spring — with help from bankrupt Detroit. Against much community opposition, the Detroit City Council voted 6-3 to approve a land transfer deal that paves the way for the new $650 million project. Council President Pro Tem Cushingberry and Councilmembers Spivey, Leland, Jenkins, Benson and Sheffield voted in favor of the transfer; Council President Brenda ...

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Parents of dead teen demand justice

Justice for Kendrick “K.J.” Johnson is what his parents want, now. In a visit to Detroit, Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson told an overflowing room at the Historic King Solomon Baptist Church they would not give up on looking for their son’s killer. “We are not going to stop no matter what it takes,” Mr. Johnson told those gathered Jan. 25, for a weekly Michigan National Action Network meeting. Detroit was the ...

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