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Closing schools leads to crime

Do you think there is a link between the closing of neighborhood schools and the rise in crime? There are no more Boys & Girls clubs, so now robbing is a plot to come up. What else are they going to do? Real talk; if Daddy lost his job and Momma struggling, they do not see any hope. The kids are taking what they can get. — Tayari Sanders ...

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Deeper Democracy

At a time when local corporate media is trying to justify the destruction of democratic processes by ridiculing citizens, it is important for us to lift up the many ways people are advancing democratic dialogue here in the city of Detroit. Such an opportunity happened Monday night as the Riverfront East Congregational Initiative (RECI) gathered to talk about land use and economic development. In spite of th ...

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Future of Belle Isle in limbo

The city of Detroit still owns and manages Belle Isle — for now. A few hours after Detroit City Council postponed a vote on the lease of Belle Isle Jan. 29, the state withdrew its offer. The following day the governor threatened the appointment of an emergency manger was inevitable. Council won’t take up the issue again for a few weeks, but it’s unclear what, if any, action will then be taken. ...

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Krystal Crittendon talks about 2013 mayoral run

Last month, former Corporation Counsel Krystal Crittendon, announced she would run for mayor of Detroit. Crittendon rose to public attention after questioning the legality of the city of Detroit’s financial stability agreement with the state of Michigan. Crittendon, who has worked for the city for 18 years, was first appointed Corporation Counsel in 2008 by interim Mayor Ken Cockrel, Jr. She was twice reapp ...

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Detroit Works Project releases framework

After a year-long recovery effort, the Detroit Works Project has released a comprehensive document that provides a framework for the complete reorganization of the city of Detroit. The Detroit Future City strategic framework plan outlines citywide initiatives in five major areas: economic growth, land use, land and building property assets, city systems and neighborhood revitalization. ...

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Speaking truth

The Detroit Works Project (DWP) launched a new format for its public information campaign about its strategic framework for the redevelopment of Detroit. The most recent newsletter says, “We know that Detroit Future City is an extensive document, so we would like to highlight smaller sections of the framework to make it easier for you to become familiar with the different strategies.” ...

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Jesse Long-Bey joins the ancestors

Jesse Long-Bey, longtime Michigan Citizen editor, was admitted to the hospital in early December after a month-long illness. He had suffered a stroke in December 2009 and was in a coma for 30 days but recovered. Jesse was in Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak when he died Jan. 21, 2013 the day of the first Black President Barack Obama’s second inauguration and of the national Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday ...

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Like Malcolm: Remembering Jesse Long Bey

He had an unusual advantage as an editor — namely, the perspective of one of society’s throwaways, an ex-convict who’d done hard time. Of course, Malcolm X had the same experience. Like Malcolm X, Jesse was forever marked by his time in prison. In his posthumously published autobiography, Malcolm X observed through Alex Haley, his ghostwriter: “Any person who claims to have deep feeling for other human bein ...

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$30 million for Detroit

A Detroit transit plan will be funded, announced U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Jan. 18 in Detroit. He congratulated state lawmakers and city stakeholders for working to create a regional transit authority and committing $100 million in local dollars. Detroit will receive a $25 million TIGER grant that will go to the M-1 Rail Project, which will connect the three-mile stretch between downtown Det ...

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