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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.

To understand the challenges of testing for lead in water, look no further than Highland Park. At the end of 2019, the impoverished city contained entirely within Detroit got back some alarming test numbers. But just this month it got back a much more encouraging result. How to explain the enormous difference?
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Planet Detroit has learned that 2020 will likely not count towards the race’s three-year contract since this year’s event was canceled on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that those opposed to the race will have to put up with it through at least 2022 when the event could then be extended for another two years under the existing contract.
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This is the new picture of food insecurity in Detroit, where the coronavirus pandemic has made hunger more visible. In the last six months, food banks, schools and social service providers have made a tremendous pivot to make sure people are able to eat.
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Food distribution in Detroit to meet increased need during the pandemic
This is the new picture of food insecurity in Detroit, where the coronavirus pandemic has made hunger more visible. In the last six months, food banks, schools and social service providers have made a tremendous pivot to make sure people are able to eat.
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Last week, we published a piece about a community group that’s been organizing around potential uses for the State Fairgrounds, the 160-acre site at Woodward Avenue and 8 Mile Road that has been mostly vacant since the fair stopped operating in 2009. The State Fairgrounds Development Coalition (SFDC) expressed disappointment in the process that led the city to sell it to a development team that’s planning on constructing a $400-million Amazon distribution center. The purchase agreement will be reviewed and voted on by Detroit City Council soon.  It was a classic tale of community versus the established powers of government,
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It’s doubtful many people know that this patch of grass, overgrown playscape and gravel-filled baseball diamond where Angela Lugo-Thomas stands is a park. She says that even she didn’t know it was a park until about a month ago, although she makes it her business to know about public spaces in Highland Park. It turns out that this piece of open space isn’t just an extension of the Barber Prepatory Academy, but one of the city’s few designated parks. It was named after a young newspaper delivery girl named Edith Perchman, who was tragically killed in 1974 when she was
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image of empty lot in Hamtramck
The plan intends to leverage the park as a space to celebrate the city’s multiculturalism, a place “where residents of all ages, religions, and ethnicities are welcome to pass the time harmoniously and in peaceful relaxation."
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dripping water faucet
Lisa Brooks still owes more than $2,000 in arrearages to DWSD. Once Michigan's water shutoff moratorium expires on December 31, she will be at immediate risk of losing her water service a third time. The first time Lisa Brooks’ water service was shut off by the Detroit Water & Sewer Department, in 2018, she and her family lived without water for about a year. Brooks, fifty-five, has a monthly income of about $1,200 from disability and food assistance, and couldn’t afford to pay her bill. She suffers from COPD, arthritis, and diabetes, and uses a portable oxygen tank. Her sixteen-year-old
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forest trail in autumn
Climate apocalypse vs. ‘stunning Michigan sunsets’
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From neighborhood markets to community kitchens, Detroit’s local food business owners are figuring out how to survive while stepping up for their workers as COVID-19 laid bare the restaurant industry’s inequities.
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michigan sunset appearing red in forrest trees
Climate apocalypse vs. ‘stunning Michigan sunsets’
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autumn forrest reflecting off of a body of water
The bald eagle, previously endangered, is now a regular feature of the Crescent, and just one example of the diverse wildlife coming back to the area thanks to local conservation efforts.
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