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Urban renewal displaces residents

Recent evictions in the downtown and midtown area send the message to some that the new Detroit does not include many of the old Detroit residents. “This is going to end up like Harlem,” says lifelong Detroiter Betty Scruse. “They’re going to have the best and we’re going to have what’s left.” Scruse, 56, was recently evicted from her apartment at the newly renovated Alden Towers at 8100 East Jefferson. ...

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Students grow organic at Belle Isle Conservatory

Golightly Career and Technical Center Agriscience program is continuing a tradition that began over 30 years ago. Since 1981, students at the Detroit Public School have sold plants at the Belle Isle Conservatory. This year, Golightly students will hold a plant sale May 18-19 and a Community Garden Day May 21. The Golightly students belong to the National FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America), which suppo ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

There were over 60 individuals who had picked up petitions to run for mayor of Detroit when I strolled into City Clerk Janice Winfrey’s abode to pick up stacks of petitions for mayor and council-at-large. It had just been broadcast that ex-mayor Dave Bing had picked up petitions, though he had not stated for sure whether or not he would run again, for his vacated office. Bing was merely exercising his optio ...

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Democracy in Detroit?

The questions being raised in Detroit are important for the whole country. Over the last few years, we have seen an assault on our shared values, conventions and civic assumptions unlike anything previously experienced in this country. Except for brief, extreme periods of Martial Law, declared in emergency situations, no citizens of a city have had their basic rights and responsibilities so perversely viola ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

What about the terrorists? What about the union busting Detroit democracy destroyers? What about this naïve maybe stupid new leader of the Michigan Dems? What about the price of car insurance? Does the ex-Detroit City Council really believe that their ho-walk-around cash is for anything but to legitimate the illegitimate EM? Is anyone running for Detroit mayor worth a damn? Does sex education matter or is t ...

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SEMCOG cuts DDOT funds

A recent Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) decision will result in a $7 million net loss of bus funding for Detroit. The SEMCOG changes will give 51.5 percent of federal dollars for capital improvement to SMART and 48.5 to Detroit. SEMCOG Executive Director Paul Tait says this year the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) required a change in the funding formula that hadn’t been revised sin ...

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Pell Grant changes will slow Black graduation rates

In many ways, the route Bonita Rex took to college is not unusual. After graduating from high school in 2007, family issues forced her to delay enrolling in college. Two years later, thanks to Pell grants and an improved family situation, she enrolled in the Community College of Philadelphia with a focus on general studies in cultural science and technology. After Rex earns an Associate degree, while holdin ...

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New public trust

It is past time for the Detroit City Council to rethink its role under occupation. Their most recent vote to approve the no-bid contract for the Jones Day law firm is one more indication that the Council has no moral compass. Even Detroit’s most consistent voice of the business community, Crain’s, acknowledged the conflict of interest inherent in the city hiring the former law firm of the current Emergency ...

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Council 5 approves Jones Day

“Shameful” is how many Detroit residents described the 5-2 City Council vote April 16 to approve a controversial $3.5 million contract with Jones Day law firm. Council members JoAnn Watson and Brenda Jones voted no. Council President Charles Pugh, Pro tem Gary Brown and members Saunteel Jenkins, James Tate and Andre Spivey voted in favor of the contract. Members Kwame Kenyatta and Kenneth Cockrel Jr. were a ...

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