southwest detroit en NHL gift benefits hockey rink at Detroit's Clark Park <p>The Detroit Red Wings’ charity and the National Hockey League have teamed up to refurbish Detroit’s only outdoor hockey rink.</p><p>The gift, which benefits southwest Detroit’s Clark Park, was <a href="">announced there Monday</a>. The facility will get a new Zamboni, new lighting and other upgrades worth about $200,000.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 03:17:13 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15721 at NHL gift benefits hockey rink at Detroit's Clark Park A fresh face on Detroit City Council <p></p><p>Raquel Castaneda-Lopez is the newest member to the Detroit &nbsp;City Council<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;representing District 6 in Southwest Detroit,​ which includes the largest concentration of Hispanic voters in the city.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Lopez gained political experience running state Rep.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rashida</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tlaib’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;campaign in 2008. She has worked with non-profit groups for years with a focus on youth programs in disadvantaged communities.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lopez says she want to keep the focus on the needs of her constituents - safety&nbsp;and access to city services for example.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:36:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15273 at A fresh face on Detroit City Council The kids on the bus pick the bus route in Detroit <p>This summer, kids in Southwest Detroit had a new way to get around.&nbsp;</p><p>In a story by <a href="">Model D</a>, the Youth Transit Alliance, which is funded by the <a href="">Skillman Foundation</a>, became the solution for a lack of adequate and safe transportation for kids in the southwest part of the city.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="">YTA&nbsp;contracted a private company</a>, the Detroit Bus Company, to pick up kids and take them to activities outside of school.&nbsp;</p><p>Before the Youth Transit Alliance existed only 40% of youth in southwest Detroit participated in things outside of school, according to Terry Whitfield. Whitfield works for the Partnerships for Youth Initiative, an organization which helps different Detroit non-profits collaborate and share resources.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 19:04:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14072 at The kids on the bus pick the bus route in Detroit You need to see these photos of the pet coke piles in Detroit <p></p><p></p><p>Michigan Radio has had <a href="">several reports on the petroleum coke piles</a> along the Detroit River in southwest Detroit.</p><p>But to better visualize the situation, you should check out <a href="">these stunning photographs</a>.</p><p>James Fassinger, a freelance photojournalist, reported on the petroleum coke piles in “The human cost of Detroit’s petroleum Koch piles” on his website, <a href="">Stillscenes</a>.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:39:44 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13013 at You need to see these photos of the pet coke piles in Detroit Taxiing Southwest planes touch wings in Detroit <p>Two <a href="">Southwest Airlines</a> planes struck each other while leaving adjacent gates at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Southwest spokesman Chris Mainz says no one was hurt when the planes' winglets collided Saturday morning.</p><p>Both jets returned to their gates, and all passengers and crew got off.</p> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 20:36:03 +0000 Associated Press 11725 at Taxiing Southwest planes touch wings in Detroit Business group raises $6.4M for Detroit lighting <p>A private business group has stepped up with $6.4 million to do what struggling Detroit couldn't - restore working street lights along a 2.3 mile thoroughfare on the city's southwest side.</p> Sun, 03 Mar 2013 20:26:53 +0000 Associated Press 11500 at Business group raises $6.4M for Detroit lighting Language approved to put bridge question on the November ballot <p>A state board has <a href="">approved ballot language proposed by the owners of the Ambassador Bridge</a>.</p><p>They hope voters in November say &ldquo;yes&rdquo; to the measure that reads, in part: &ldquo;The People should decide whether state government may construct or finance new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles.&rdquo;</p><p>Matthew Moroun is Vice Chair of the Detroit International Bridge Company. He says the public can decide the ongoing dispute over whether to build a new bridge once and for all.</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 23:47:54 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7223 at Language approved to put bridge question on the November ballot Living next to heavy industry, pt. 1 <p>A little more than 50 years ago, Delores Leonard and her husband moved into their red brick ranch in Detroit.</p><p><em>&ldquo;I selected it because the sun comes up over there in the morning and I was thinking about my flowers.&rdquo;</em></p><p>They&rsquo;ve raised their two kids here and now they have four grandchildren and five great-grandkids and they all live nearby.</p><p>But she says on any given day... she doesn&rsquo;t know what she&rsquo;ll smell when she steps outside.</p><p><em>&ldquo;Sometimes it&rsquo;s a kerosene odor. Sometimes it&rsquo;s a horrible stench, like at a slaughterhouse. Sometimes, you&rsquo;re out in public and people will say, &lsquo;where do you live?&rsquo; And they&rsquo;ll say,&rsquo; oh yes, I know that area, that stench, I don&rsquo;t see how those people live there.&rsquo;&rdquo;</em></p><p>&ldquo;There&rdquo; is zip code 48217. It&rsquo;s a corner of Southwest Detroit packed with heavy industry.</p><p>There&rsquo;s the state&rsquo;s only oil refinery, owned by Marathon Petroleum. The salt mine. The city&rsquo;s wastewater treatment plant. DTE&rsquo;s coal-burning power plant. Severstal Steel. And many more.</p><p>Delores Leonard grew up just a few streets over, in River Rouge. She remembers asking her dad why people were covering their cars with tarps.</p><p><em>&ldquo;And he said it was because of the fallout, the pollution. Well, if they&rsquo;re covering their cars so the paint pigmentation won&rsquo;t peel, then what happens to the person who lives and who&rsquo;s breathing all this stuff?&rdquo;</em></p><p>Like Delores Leonard, a lot of people have lived here their whole lives.</p><p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 05:18:22 +0000 Rebecca Williams 4987 at Living next to heavy industry, pt. 1 Latinos, Muslims protest Detroit border patrol <pre> Some people in southwest Detroit say the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol continues to practice racial profiling in their community. Detroit is home to the busiest border crossing between the U.S. and Canada. </pre> <p>Residents say Customs and Border Protection agents regularly question and detain people who look Hispanic.</p> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 19:50:05 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4247 at Marchers protest racial profiling, federal immigration agencies in Detroit <p>Hundreds of people rallied against racial profiling and for immigration reform in southwest Detroit Saturday.</p><p>The marchers protested what they call the increasingly abusive tactics directed toward members of Detroit&rsquo;s Latino and Arab communities.</p><p>Protesters singled out Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Border Patrol. They say those federal agencies have created a climate of fear, especially in southwest Detroit&rsquo;s immigrant communities.</p> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 18:28:17 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3857 at Marchers protest racial profiling, federal immigration agencies in Detroit Teens survey their southwest Detroit neighborhood <p>A group of teenagers in Detroit has been pounding the pavement this summer and surveying local organizations. Their goal was to find out which organizations offer jobs and internships to young people.</p><p></p><p>The teenagers surveyed 150 organizations and mapped out their results using a data analysis program. One of the things the kids learned was that transportation becomes an issue for kids who are far away from resources.</p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 15:10:28 +0000 Kyle Norris 3792 at Teens survey their southwest Detroit neighborhood Detroit immigrant community denounces ICE investigation <pre> Immigrant advocates in Detroit have denounced an Immigration and Customs Enforcement internal investigation. </pre> <pre> They say the agency &ldquo;whitewashed&rdquo; an investigation into whether agents improperly targeted a school in southwest Detroit. </pre> <pre> Speaking through a translator, Brisa Maldonado recounted how she and her husband were pulled over, and her husband detained, after dropping their children off at Hope of Detroit Academy on March 31st. </pre> <pre> The incident happened during what parents and school officials say was an ICE stakeout at the predomi Mon, 01 Aug 2011 23:20:37 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3566 at Detroit immigrant community denounces ICE investigation "Eviction notices" shake Detroit community <pre> Residents in a Southwest Detroit neighborhood found <a href="">what appeared to be eviction notices</a> on their front doors Monday. </pre> <pre> The notices were actually flyers distributed by the group Americans for Prosperity in the city&rsquo;s Delray neighborhood. </pre> <pre> The flyers warned residents that the state will seize their homes, if legislators approve a plan for a new bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor. </pre> <pre> Scott Hagerstrom, d Tue, 07 Jun 2011 22:39:20 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 2797 at "Eviction notices" shake Detroit community