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ARISE Detroit! unites groups across the city

The telephone has been ringing off the hook at ARISE Detroit! The nonprofit that promotes volunteerism, community activism and a positive image to help transform Detroit has grown from 22 founding organizations in 2006 to more than 400 members as of… Read More »

MOTOWN DOWN

BY JOHN CASSIDYAUGUST 5, 2013 http://www.newyorker.com If you were to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts, home to Diego Rivera’s magnificent murals depicting scenes at the Ford Motor Company in the early nineteen-thirties, and then take a stroll through the surrounding streets, you might be surprised at what you would find: coffee shops frequented by young hipsters; old warehouses being converted ... Read More »

See Autobots from Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers 4’ on display in downtown Detroit

By Gus Burns | fburns@mlive.com  DETROIT — A semi, military vehicle and three sports cars, the real stars of the upcoming “Transformers 4” movie directed by Michael Bay, made an appearance in downtown Detroit Friday. Behind a fence in a parking lot on Adams at Clifford, five characters from the movie faced the droves of fans and curious bystanders who ... Read More »

New Training Institute, Grand Circus, Launches to Meet Growing Need for Tech Jobs in Downtown Detroit

New Training Institute, Grand Circus, Launches to Meet Growing Need for Tech Jobs in Downtown Detroit (via PR Newswire) -‘We’re excited to be at the epicenter of Detroit’s tech earthquake just as it’s making waves,’ –Grand Circus Co-Founder and Entrepreneur Bradley Hoos- DETROIT, Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — A new training institute will open in downtown Detroit to… Read More »

The Downfall of Detroit: A sad story told very well!

The Downfall of Detroit: A sad story told very well! (via The Political Commentator) I received this story from one of my readers that provides a chilling and very sad tale about the slow death of Detroit due to many factors that include corruption and political expediency!  It provides a stark warning for the rest of America’s cities… Read More »

Detroit radio station calls out Rush Limbaugh over false statements on Motor City history

By Khalil AlHajal | kalhajal@mlive.com  Detroit is not unaccustomed to exaggerated, outdated or uninformed perceptions of the city being thrown around in the national media. And everyone knew it was coming in waves after the bankruptcy filing last month. But it seems Detroit’s public radio station WDET had just about enough this week, taking aim at Rush Limbaugh, who spouted off a number ... Read More »

Mike Dugeon Takes On Mike Duggan In Detroit Mayoral Race

DETROIT (WWJ)  – A late entrant into the Detroit mayor’s race is taking direct aim at write-in candidate Mike Duggan. This new candidate’s name? Mike Dugeon. City Clerk Janice Winfrey confirmed to WWJ Newsradio 950 that the Detroit barber — with no known political experience — turned in paperwork this week declaring his intent to run as an official write-in candidate. Michael ... Read More »

Detroit Windsor Tunnel operator files for bankruptcy

By Tom Hals (Reuters) – American Roads LLC, the privately owned operator of the international border crossing tunnel that links Detroit to Windsor, Ontario in Canada filed for bankruptcy on Thursday, citing reduced traffic. The bankruptcy was not the result of last week’s petition for bankruptcy by Detroit, although the city’s problems contributed to the company’s difficulties, Neal Belitsky, American ... Read More »

Detroit’s collapse may cost Philly $500,000 a year

Detroit’s collapse may cost Philly $500,000 a year (via NewsWorks) Dave Davies Off Mic Dave Daviesddavies@whyy.org July 24, 2013 By Dave Davies ddavies@whyy.org An empty field north of Detroit’s downtown. On Thursday, July 18, 2013, Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in American history. The city… Read More »

Will Feds Bail Out Detroit Pensions?

Will Feds Bail Out Detroit Pensions? (via LA Progressive) Here’s an economic free-association test. Read the following sentence: The Federal government should bail out Detroit city worker’s pensions so that retirees can be paid in full. Some people will approve of the idea. But others will be shocked or… Read More »

Detroit says it’s settled with some creditors

The Motor City takes steps to relieve itself of billions of dollars of debt. Matt Helms, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — Kevyn Orr, the city’s emergency manager, has reached a settlement with unnamed creditors, according to federal court filings in a lawsuit with a financial insurer his office sued to block from accessing $11 million a month in tax revenue from ... Read More »

What is “fracking” and what does it mean to Michigan

Gracie Love | Stones Detroit June 9, 2013 I have heard of Fracking, but I had no idea until of late what it means to our natural environment. Michigan, The Great Lakes State should be informed and fearful of what fracking will do to our natural water ways and the wild life that lives there, like us. Here is the ... Read More »

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 »

Detroit emergency manager steps up pace in city restructuring

By Nick Carey Thu Jun 27, 2013 6:38pm EDT (Reuters) – Detroit’s emergency manager issued a flurry of announcements on Thursday addressing union contracts, power distribution and an errant council president as he steps up the pace of efforts to tackle the city’s massive $18.5 billion debt problem. Kevyn Orr stripped City Council President Charles Pugh of his authority and ... Read More »

Fair Food Network fights for Detroiters

Fair Food Network fights for Detroiters (via blog.thedetroithub.com) Sitting in an office decorated with food-related art right above the Detroit Future City location in Eastern Market is the Fair Food Network. The location seems only right. Detroit Future City is a vision … a strategic framework … for the city. An essential part of that is ensuring vibrant neighborhoods… Read More »

Detroit Manager Outlines Pension-Cut Plans for Workers

By Chris Christoff | Bloomberg.com Detroit (9845MF) workers not already vested in a city pension would be excluded and many retirees would be moved to federal health-care programs under cost cuts emergency manager Kevyn Orr outlined for union leaders yesterday. For those covered by a plan, benefits would be frozen and some would be switched to 401(k)-like defined-contribution savings accounts, under Orr’s proposal. ... Read More »

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