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What kind of city?

What kind of city will Detroit become? That is the fundamental question underlying the struggles swirling through the City Council chambers. It is the question that has been brewing, sometimes boiling over, in public opposition to much of the direction dictated by the state, the foundation-government elite and Mayor Dave Bing. ...

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Citizens want ‘plundering stopped’

Nearly 400 Detroiters showed up at City Council Nov. 20 for the last formal session of the year, some arriving as early as 7 a.m. for the 10 a.m. council meeting. Public comment, beginning at 10:30, lasted late into the afternoon. Citizens “begged” and “pleaded” with Council to vote down three critical measures: The purchase agreement with Hantz Farms, where CEO John Hantz would acquire 1,900 parcels of cit ...

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GOP ignores voters, offers new EM law

The Republican offensive, the reenactment of Public Act 4 (PA4), the Emergency Manager Law has begun. Lawmakers are poised to act with drafts of legislation for revised emergency manager (EM) laws along with a municipal bankruptcy authorization. The bills are crafted in opposition to voters who support local control rather than rule by a state-imposed all-powerful emergency manager. ...

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Hantz Woodlands land purchase temporarily tabled

Hantz Farms is close to purchasing 1,956 vacant lots from the city of Detroit for $600,000. But many are concerned with how the company would handle the 170-acre parcel. The land would be used for forestry development by Hantz Woodlands, a division of Hantz Farm. John Hantz is the CEO of Hantz Group. Detroit City Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee expressed myriad concerns at a Nov. 8 mee ...

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Citizens protest Hantz land sale

Detroit City Council sent Hantz Farms back to the drawing board after a Nov. 15 committee meeting to revise a proposal for the purchase of more than 1,500 parcels of city-owned land. Council members and concerned citizens expressed their concerns about the sale to Hantz Farms under a purchase agreement that would benefit the city financially, but would allow the commercial urban agriculture initiative to ac ...

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Hantz Questions

John Hantz is pressuring the City Council to sell to him nearly 2,000 vacant lots located on the east side. Last week, in spite of an informal agreement that this deal would be put on hold until the Detroit Agricultural Policy was in place, Rob Anderson, the director of the city’s Planning and Development Department, urged the council committee to approve the deal. The council’s Planning and Economic Develo ...

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DPS, EAA tighten security

Experts say intrusive security at public schools reproduces social inequality By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — “I don’t like it but it is what it is,” one Detroit Public School student said after going through video-monitored metal detectors and being patted down upon entering his school. Many of the districts’ high school students — including DPS and the newly created Educational ...

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GOP pushes statewide school privatization legislation

Billed as education reform, a new Republican measure would give the governor power over an expanded, statewide Educational Achievement Authority (EAA) with power to seize local school district properties and weaken local control. Subject of a legislative hearing Nov. 13, the citizens who traveled to Lansing and who opposed the bill were not allowed to testify on House Bill 6004. ...

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