Detour Members to Know: Meet Nicole de Beaufort
We couldn’t do what we do here at Detour without our paying subscribers — all of you who support our work and inspire us to keep going! This week, we caught up with Detour member Nicole de Beaufort, founder of EarlyWorks and a Jefferson Chalmers resident. We love Nicole’s commitment to her neighborhood and her love of all things naturalRead More
Get to know: Alessandra R. Carreon, PizzaPlex
Read our feature story with Alessandra R. Carreon, co-founder of PizzaPlex in Southwest Detroit. Get to know Alessandra: What neighborhood do you live in? West Village What’s your favorite thing about where you live? My neighbors! What do you do for a living? I work in Global Sustainability at Ford Motor Company and help lead PizzaPlex as one ofRead More
Find your people: Alessandra R. Carreon, PizzaPlex
Alessandra R. Carreon knew she wanted to make the world a more equitable place. But she never thought she’d do it with pizza.Read More
Muslim Life Outside of the Mosque
Yes, Detroit’s a ‘Halal Metropolis’ — and it has been for a century At Target earlier this month, you could buy Happy Eid cards. Party City was hawking Ramadan decorations. In Whole Foods and Kroger, signage advertised directly to Muslim shoppers. That’s the lively “halal marketplace” at work, Razi Jafri said, describing commerce as just one piece ofRead More
Where the city could always be watching
Here’s a map of more than 550 businesses that take part in the City of Detroit’s Project Green Light program. Under Project Green Light, launched in 2016, participating businesses pay for surveillance cameras to be installed and monitored by the Detroit Police Department for use in criminal investigations. Via City of Detroit The camera system has beenRead More
You’ve got tax auction questions. We’ve got answers.
Demystifying the tax auction with Outlier Media’s Sarah Alvarez Back in February, Detour teamed up with Outlier Media to offer a free workshop we called Watchdogging the Tax Auction. Readers and members of the public came out to learn more about how the auction works and try their hand at tracking auction buyers to expose rule breakers.Read More
Apply for Detour Detroit’s 2019 Emerging Voices Fellowship
Here’s all the info on the new fellowship for citizen journalists in Detroit — apply by June 20. Overview Detour Media is pleased to announce the Emerging Voices program, which will select six fellows from neighborhoods across the city of Detroit for an immersive training in citizen journalism best practices. Fellows will be paid byRead More
Opinion: Can an artist from New York call out gentrification in Detroit?
The influx of mostly white newcomers and New York artists has been a concern among Detroiters who worry about rising displacement and wonder why long-time residents don’t receive the same attention and resources. Artist Ann Lewis responds.Read More
Is anyone actually in charge of oversight of the county tax auction?
County Treasurer Eric Sabree is in the hot seat, but no one’s answering the biggest question about the tax auction Yesterday the Wayne County Ethics Board held a hearing to decide whether or not County Treasurer Eric Sabree broke ethics rules in his role overseeing tax foreclosure and the annual auction of tax-foreclosed properties. Wayne County Executive WarrenRead More
The Devil’s in the Details of the Fiat Chrysler Deal
When Detroit City Council’s development and planning subcommittee met Thursday, they didn’t simply rubber stamp the deal to offer land to Fiat Chrysler to open a factory on the east side. It’s worth noting, because the tone radiating from City Hall from the start has been something to the tune of “we’ll make this happenRead More
Get the lowdown on a pioneering woman in Detroit design
There’s plenty of Michigan icons to celebrate during the ongoingDetroit Modernism Week — and you’re definitely familiar with their work, if not all their names. There’s industrial architect Albert Khan, responsible for the Packard Plant, Belle Isle Aquarium and dozens of other buildings. Mies van der Rohe designed an entire neighborhood, creating Lafayette Park on the razed site of Black Bottom.Read More
Contain your excitement
Shipping container buildings were supposed to be the Next Big Thing in Detroit housing — but they couldn’t get off the ground A few years ago, shipping container architecture was trending, like tiny homes, but even more minimal. People seized on the novel designs and the idea that using discarded steel cargo boxes for housing couldRead More