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Dot map showing race of Metro Detroit residents as recorded by 2010 U.S. Census, created by demographer Dustin Cable.
How can white residents who are new to Detroit responsibly enter historically Black communities, and how can longtime residents cope with changes to their neighborhoods? Rhonda J. Smith is tackling this complex and urgent topic in her journalism and community engagement practice as a Detour Detroit fellow, bringing together her reporting and personal knowledge for a discussion that will focus on people’s lived experiences and practical solutions. Smith will host the White Integration in Russell Woods-Sullivan Area conversation at the Dexter Grinds coffee shop on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Panelists include Russell Woods residents and others who have been heavily involved in race
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Southwest Detroit's Unity in our Community TimeBank, where more than 800 members have spent thousands of hours trading time and talents, turns 10 this month.
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Checker Bar exterior in Detroit.
Detroit's Checker Bar is quietly dealing with a racial discrimination complaint, and their response looks very different than Founder's Brewing Co.
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Think of Coup, located inside New Center’s Cadillac Place building, as an ever-evolving art object with a moodboard for a palette.
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Cadillac Lodge in downtown Detroit.
Here's more than 70 recommendations for spending your November out on the town in Detroit, from art events to the big parade.
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Aretha Franklin backstage in the 1980s. Photo by Linda Solomon.
The Queen Next Door, a coffee table book of photographs by Linda Solomon, shows Aretha Franklin's life off-stage when she was at the height of her career.
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First-grades focus on reading in their Chrysler Elementary School classroom in Detroit.
By Damon Mitchell On a Friday afternoon earlier this month, Gwendolyn Harris recited vowel sounds from her brightly decorated classroom overlooking a grassy expanse of Detroit’s Lafayette Plaisance Park. First-graders listened as Harris directed them to observe her tongue and lip movements for each sound, then wrote the matching letters on their worksheets. With each pronunciation, Harris slowed the tempo of her speech for clarity. Before long, the exercise ended and the room went silent as the students moved to a small carpet at the front of the classroom, waiting patiently. Next up: a reading of The Little Red Pen,
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Detroit artist Sydney G. James in her studio.
If you haven’t memorized the name Sydney G. James, it’s time to take notes. James, a native Detroiter and College for Creative Studies graduate, returned to the city from Los Angeles in 2011 and immediately started making her mark on the local art scene. You’ve probably seen her paintings, larger than life, adorning buildings in Detroit -- last year, she created 13 murals in just 10 months. One of the standouts is “Appropriated Not Appreciated,” for 2016’s Murals in the Market Festival, with text by Scheherazade Washington Parrish that reads: “The Definitive List Of Everything That Will Keep You Safe
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At first glance, the Pay as You Stay program -- which would dramatically cut down on back taxes for low-income homeowners in Detroit and attempt to stave off tax foreclosure -- seems like a great idea.  The initiative was announced by Mayor Mike Duggan, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and County Treasurer Eric Sabree last week. It will need state legislature approval to go into effect, but if passed, Pay as You Stay would allow qualifying Detroit residents (making $19,303 or less for one person, or $28,671 or less for a family of four) to not pay penalties or interest on property taxes for previous
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Dexter Grinds coffee shop interior
Dexter Grinds owner Pastor Clete Bontrager wants the coffee house to be a community hub -- and a catalyst to revitalize the formerly bustling Dexter Avenue commercial corridor.
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Illustration of boy using computer with 404 screen. One in four Detroiters doesn't have internet at home.
One in four Detroit households don't have any internet access. In just five years, the city’s new digital inclusion director wants to flip that.
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