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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.

Pressley worries that the pollen from flowering trees may be aggravating her asthma, and she said her neighborhood experiences more blackouts because storms frequently take down trees and branches, knocking out power lines.
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life in the cracks
Check out the art and observations submitted by Planet Detroit readers in our virtual exhibition!
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This is the first in a two-part series on the foodways of Indigenous Michiganders in partnership with Indigenizing the News, the Traverse City Record Eagle, and the Mishigamiing Journalism Project, a grant-funded effort that provides journalism fellowships to emerging Indigenous journalists.
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Kayaking at Belle Isle, state park in Detroit. Proposal 1 on Michigan ballots this election asks voters to make decisions about how public funds for parks and recreation should be spent.
Funding for parks and public lands sounds like an easy yes for conservationists -- but that’s an oversimplification of what’s at stake with Proposal 1, and not all environmentalists agree on this issue.
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Dr. Tony Reames
Dr. Reames is a Black researcher at the highest levels of academia studying issues that directly affect Black people.
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The change in the Grand Prix’s schedule is a striking turn of events for an issue that’s inspired such heated debate, including contentious public meetings, impassioned Op-Eds, questions over the race’s environmental impact and conflicting reports on its economic benefit.
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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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