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Miller Canfield approved

By a 5-4 vote Dec. 11, City Council approved a $300,000 contract with law firm Miller Canfield. Mayor Dave Bing says Miller Canfield is necessary in the effort to gain financial stability for the city. Some Council members had reservations. Members opposing the contract cite a possible conflict of interest as Miller Canfield was involved in drafting the state’s emergency manager law. ...

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Detroit: A raisin in the sun?

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, after he — along with Council members Saunteel Jenkins, James Tate, Gary Brown and Charles Pugh — voted to approve the ill-conceived Hantz land sale proposal, he was quoted in the Detroit Free Press as saying, “a ‘no’ vote would have sent the message to the world that Detroit isn’t really serious about urban agriculture.” ...

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A different vision, saying ‘no’ to Hantz

Something very new is happening in Detroit. Forces long dispersed are coming together, recognizing the possibilities of creating a future based on values of care, compassion, local production and sustainable ways of living. Thanks to the Hantz Farms/Woodlands proposal, the question of what kind of city we will become is being discussed in barbershops, community centers and around kitchen tables with a new s ...

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Fiscal cliff?

More than 11 million Blacks lived below the poverty line in 2011, including an estimated 5.2 million that languish in severe poverty, according to a recent report. The yearly report by the Half in Ten campaign found that even though Blacks comprise 13 percent of the total population in the United States, they accounted for 27.6 percent of Americans living below the poverty line, defined as “$23,018 a year f ...

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From Hotsauce to carriage rides

CWMAAH does Noel Night By Puakea Olaisha Anderson Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History hosted its 40th annual Noel Night celebration  Dec. 1, with over 80 participating venues. The event was free and open to the public. The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Public Library and Zeta Phi Beta sorority were among t ...

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Regional transit bill passes Senate

By Zenobia Jeffries The Michigan Citizen LANSING — Supporters of regional transportation are a House vote away from seeing many years of hard work and dedication toward the measure materialize. The State Senate passed the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) bill package Nov. 27,                with strong bipartisan support. The bills are now going to the House of Representatives with hopes of success. ...

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Hantz opportunity

Hantz Farms’ drive to take over nearly 2,000 publically owned lots on the city’s east side is an opportunity to think very differently about how we approach land use. We urge the City Council to put in place productive, visionary principles, policies and practices to guide this and all future efforts at development. ...

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Residents propose plan for State Fairground property

The Michigan Land Bank “Fast Track” transfer program has devised a plan to give developer MAGIC Plus LLC the State Fairgrounds property to build an outdoor strip mall. The property is owned by the taxpayers of Michigan. According to Michigan Land Bank’s Web site, the proposal submitted by MAGIC includes a mixed-use development for the entire property that combines retail, residential, green space and entert ...

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