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One of Detroit’s largest private blight-cleanup blitzes gets under way in Brightmoor (with video)

By JC Reindl Detroit Free Press Business Writer One of the largest private blight cleanup projects in Detroit history is now under way in the city’s hard-hit Brightmoor neighborhood. Spearheaded by the recently formed nonprofit Detroit Blight Authority, the cleanup initiative is targeting a trash-strewn 14-block area that encompasses 500 residential lots and about 70 vacant structures, including numerous ransacked ... Read More »

Australia takes Japan to Top UN Court to Stop Whaling

Australia takes Japan to top UN court to stop whaling (via AFP) Australia takes its legal battle to stop Japanese whaling in the Antarctic before the UN’s highest court on Wednesday, in an emotionally-charged case activists say is make-or-break for the giant marine mammals’ future. Canberra will argue before the… Read More »

Detroit Tigers, Karmanos Cancer Institute Team Up For 2nd Annual ‘Pink Out The Park’

DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit Tigers and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute are teaming up for the second annual Pink Out the Park at the Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals game Friday, Sept. 13, at 7:08 p.m., at Comerica Park. The event raises awareness of breast cancer, as well as helps raise funds for breast cancer research at the Karmanos Cancer ... Read More »


Gracie Love | Stones Detroit      June 12, 2013 I don’t know about you but I hate getting my monthly visit from Aunt Flo. I have had good months and some really bad months. Having a period living in a Western Culture is easy, and all in all most accommodating. We have access to every type of sanitary napkins under the ... Read More »

Eric Lacy: Detroit deserves ESPN X Games bid; action-packed #XG2D party likely sealed deal

Eric Lacy: Detroit deserves ESPN X Games bid; action-packed #XG2D party likely sealed deal (via DETROIT, MI – Tyler Fernengel, 17, of Wyandotte, knew Tuesday night he put himself in a dangerous situation in downtown Detroit. He simply didn’t care. This BMX pro was one of at least 40 kids – some with skateboards – that risked bodily harm ... Read More »

Opportunity Detroit and D:hive team up to bring more pop-ups to Woodward Ave.

Opportunity Detroit and D:hive team up to bring more pop-ups to Woodward Ave. (via Retail! Retail! We need more retail! That’s the constant chant as downtown Detroit works to transform itself. Over the past few weeks Opportunity Detroit has laid out several plans to do just that. One of the most recent is a partnership with D:hive to bring ... Read More »

On Earth Day, modern effort hopes to save ancient redwoods

On Earth Day, modern effort hopes to save ancient redwoods (via Observer-Dispatch) A team led by a nurseryman from northern Michigan and his sons has raced against time for two decades, snipping branches from some of the world’s biggest and most durable trees with plans to produce clones that could restore ancient forests and help fight climate change. Now comes ... Read More »

25 Years Of The Heidelberg Project

By: Lauren Meir| When Detroit native Tyree Guyton returned to his hometown after serving in the army, he was shocked by what he saw. It was as if “a bomb went off,” he later stated. The scenes that welcomed Guyton home were images of a city that had rapidly declined after the 1967 riots; the once-flourishing metropolis was literally falling ... Read More »

DetroitSoup – It Gets Things Popping

By Terri Garza-Makowski |   A few weeks back, I posted a video news story that ran on NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams. It was a great story for the start of the new year telling of a small group of people coming together each month paying $5.00 to share in soup, salad and togetherness to support an ... Read More »

DetroitSoup – A Micro of Hope in Economic Hard Times – via NBC Nightly News

By: Terri Garza-Makowski |   I was once told there is no such thing as a bad ideal. An ideal, much like a dream, motivates and gives one hope for their future. Oftentimes, we live in the grandeur of our dreams, secretly hoping someone would believe in us enough to help make it happen. Well, now is your opportunity. ... Read More »

The Relief This City Needs.

By: Patrick Holliday/ If you were to poll the residents of Detroit about the current economic crisis that our city faces or the state of urban decay that currently plagues this once industrious city, you would be hard pressed to find a kind word or a positive outlook for the cities future.  Once hailed as the “Paris of the West” ... Read More »

Be The Change

By Terri Garza-Makowski |   “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” ~ Gandhi It is that time of year again. That time for reflection of ... Read More »

Tragedy and the God Complex

By: Terri Garza-Makowski |   Again, we mourn as a nation. Before reading on, please take a moment to think of those who have lost their lives. The children.  The adults. Their families. Now think of your own children or those that you love. I ask that you remember these are real people with real lives. I ask that for ... Read More »

Variety Show Fundraiser Flash – Benefiting The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

Proceeds will benefit The Family Assistance Fund.    About the fund: The family assistance fund, administered by the hospital’s social work department, provides emergency support for patients and their families. Sometimes patients and their families need help to pay for parking, meals, transportation or medication, especially when a child is hospitalized unexpectedly. These are emergency situations that are not be covered ... Read More »

6 Mich. firms get financial boost – Incentives to create jobs, raise $110M in investments

Six Michigan-based companies — including three in Metro Detroit — have been approved for incentives that will generate an estimated $110 million in investments and add 616 jobs here, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. said Friday. The Michigan Community Revitalization Program provides grants, loans or other economic assistance of up to $10 million toward revitalization efforts. In Metro Detroit, the incentives will ... Read More »

Ford donates $1M to Red Cross

Gift from carmaker’s charitable arm to help train veterans BY DAVID SHEPARDSON AND TONY BRISCOE Detroit — Ford Motor Co.’s charitable arm said Thursday it is donating $1 million to the American Red Cross for workplace development training for veterans, military members and their families, as well as to disaster relief through the Red Cross Disaster Responder program. In this two-year commitment, ... Read More »

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