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Planet Detroit

Planet Detroit helps you get smarter about the environment in Detroit and Michigan. Planet Detroit’s stories and weekly newsletter focus on explanatory, solutions-based and investigative reporting, and a deep commitment to community engagement around local environmental issues. Planet Detroit’s mission is to raise awareness about Metro Detroit’s environmental and public health issues, hold powerful entities accountable and help our audience connect with their local environment and take action to protect the health of their communities.

Five of the 30 Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund grantees recently completed deals to purchase properties from the City of Detroit, ushering in what funders hope to be a major uptick in land ownership for Detroit’s Black urban farmers.
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The nonprofit Make Food Not Waste launched Upcycling Kitchen in late 2020 in response to rising food security in the city during the pandemic.
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satellite map showing southwest detroit moroun-owned land
The zoning dispute focused on a Moroun-owned property in southwest Detroit shows the impact of Michigan’s eminent domain law.
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What's going on with the plan for multifamily recycling in Detroit? While the program was delayed, a pilot starts this spring.
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The Mckenzie Patrice-Croom Water Lab, which opened to the public last year, wants to change the relationship between people and water in Flint.
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Race track for Detroit Grand Prix shown on Belle Isle island park
A 1980s bargain pitted Detroit Grand Prix advocates against residents who fear the race is destroying the island park.
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Photo courtesy NOAA
In 2005, former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s administration negotiated a deal with businessman Manuel “Matty” Moroun that stunned local officials, who feared it could take land off local tax rolls while ceding the control of a public agency to a private company for the next 100 years.
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An exhibition of Detroiter Amy Sacka’s photography on declining Great Lakes ice cover, “Last Ice,” will launch on Feb. 20 at The Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle.
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Hercules Concrete, a company owned by the billionaire Moroun family, may be tempting fate by storing large piles of aggregate close to the Detroit River near the Ambassador Bridge.
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The lawsuit was brought in response to the city of Detroit’s water shutoff crisis that has affected a total of 141,000 homes since 2014.
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aerial photo of belle isle in detroit, where upgrades are underway
From a world-class garden to habitat restoration, millions of dollars are being put into upgrades at Belle Isle in Detroit.
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There's a minor revolution underway at Ford, transforming the dowdy, car-choked campus of today into a modern, collaborative and green workplace of tomorrow.
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