urban renewal http://michiganradio.org en "Write A House" opens applications for inaugural writer's residency http://michiganradio.org/post/write-house-opens-applications-inaugural-writers-residency <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Writer's residencies are common, but Write A House offers a residency that might only be possible in a city like Detroit. The group renovates vacant houses and gives them away, for free, and forever.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The unique program has opened up <a href="https://writeahouse.submittable.com/submit">its application process</a>, and in a few months, a panel of judges will select one fiction, nonfiction, or poetry writer to live in the inaugural house.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 19:29:51 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17657 at http://michiganradio.org "Write A House" opens applications for inaugural writer's residency A reminder of Detroit in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic http://michiganradio.org/post/reminder-detroit-quebec-town-lac-m-gantic <p>When I realized I was vacationing less than an hour from Lac-Mégantic last week, I grabbed my passport and went.</p><p>I somehow needed to see for myself what&nbsp;happened there.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:30:00 +0000 Tamar Charney 16723 at http://michiganradio.org A reminder of Detroit in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic A project hopes to give away rehabbed houses in Detroit to aspiring writers http://michiganradio.org/post/project-hopes-give-away-rehabbed-houses-detroit-aspiring-writers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If we could transport ourselves back to Detroit at its prime, we might barely recognize the city: The streets bustled with a population of nearly two million, lights shone in the storefronts, and the neighborhoods were full. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here how Detroit looked in the 1920s:</span></p><p>Today, the story is well known.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:54:56 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16281 at http://michiganradio.org A project hopes to give away rehabbed houses in Detroit to aspiring writers Detroit has tons of vacant land. But forty square miles? http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-has-tons-vacant-land-forty-square-miles <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">Forty square miles.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s how much of Detroit lies vacant, nearly a third of the city.&nbsp; You could fit Miami or San Francisco inside all that emptiness.&nbsp; At least, that&rsquo;s what we&rsquo;ve heard for years.&nbsp; The thing is, it might not be true.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">This is a story about a number &ndash; an estimate, really &mdash; and how it became a fact illustrating Detroit&rsquo;s decline. I&rsquo;ve read about 40 square miles in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120409/BUSINESS06/204090356" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 73, 153); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank" title="Detroit Free Press">Detroit Free Press</a>, the Detroit News,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2010/1108/focus-dave-bing-motown-autos-detroit-must-shrink.html" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 73, 153); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank" title="Forbes">Forbes</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703503804575083781073108438.html#U10551877953RJB" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 73, 153); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank" title="WSJ">The Wall Street Journal</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jul/11/detroit-urban-renewal-city-farms-paul-harris" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 73, 153); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank" title="The Guardian">The Guardian</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/09/detroit-looks-at-downsizing-to-save-city/?page=all" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 73, 153); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " title="Washington Times">The Washington Times</a>. I&rsquo;ve&nbsp;<a href="http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/foxe_reports/urban-gardens-flourishing-in-detroit-20100830-wpms" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 73, 153); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank" title="Fox">heard it on Fox</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2011/02/14/leadership-dave-bing-reimagines-detroit/" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 73, 153); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank" title="Dave Bing Leadership">I&rsquo;ve said it on the radio</a>.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; outline-width: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;">That&rsquo;s when Margaret Dewar called me out.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">&ldquo;Wait, this can&rsquo;t be true.&rdquo; Wed, 18 Apr 2012 13:38:23 +0000 Kate Davidson 7085 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit has tons of vacant land. But forty square miles? Public radio program 'On Being' focuses on Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/public-radio-program-being-focuses-detroit <p>It seems the entire nation is watching what will happen in the Motor City.</p><p>A <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detropia-makes-debut-sundance-film-festival-weekend">new documentary</a> opens this weekend looking at Detroit as the epicenter of the fallout of the new global economy.</p><p>And now, in their latest episode, the public radio program <a href="http://being.publicradio.org/"><em>On Being</em></a> uses Detroit to look at rebuilding.</p><p>The program&#39;s producers write the program is:</p><blockquote><p>A Detroit you probably haven&#39;t seen in the news. It&#39;s a city of vigor &mdash; a place where neighbors are reimagining work, food, and the very meaning of humanity. To meet these people is to gain perspective on all of our work, and how we might imagine possibility in our own community.</p></blockquote><p>The program includes conversations with 96 year-old social activist <a href="http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/06152007/watch3.html">Grace Lee Boggs</a> about reinventing society.</p><p>You can listen to the program below, and let us know what you think. Write a review of the <em>On Being</em> episode in the comments section.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="83" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://minnesota.publicradio.org/www_publicradio/tools/media_player/syndicate.php?name=being/programs/2012/01/18/20120119_becoming_detroit_128" title="being_programs_2012_01_18_20120119_becoming_detroit_128s_player" type="text/html" width="319"></iframe> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 18:19:43 +0000 Mark Brush 5878 at http://michiganradio.org Public radio program 'On Being' focuses on Detroit Federal government announces plan to assist Detroit and other urban centers http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-government-announces-plan-assist-detroit-and-other-urban-centers <p>The Obama administration today unveiled a federal program aimed at helping cities like Detroit revitalize parts of their urban core.</p><p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2011/07/11/strong-cities-strong-communities-chester-announcement">The Strong Cities, Strong Communities</a> program will target Detroit, Fresno, Memphis, Cleveland, New Orleans, and Chester, Pa.</p><p>And in keeping with federal government style, officials have given the program an acronym,<em> SC2</em>.</p><p>U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan unveiled the program with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing this morning.</p><p>From a HUD <a href="http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2011/HUDNo.11-141">press release</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;On behalf of the Obama Administration, it is an honor to announce the SC2 initiative in Detroit, one of America&#39;s most unique and vibrant cities,&quot; said U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. &quot;This will be a new type of federal partnership for Detroit - one that will allow the city to build on its progress and further strengthen its foundation for economic growth and resiliency in a global economy.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Officials say the program seeks to cut through federal red tape by providing communities with technical assistance to ensure federal and local dollars are spent wisely. Mon, 11 Jul 2011 16:07:04 +0000 Mark Brush 3242 at http://michiganradio.org Federal government announces plan to assist Detroit and other urban centers In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-139 <p><strong>Increasing rates of prescription drug deaths in Michigan</strong></p><p>Prescription drug abuse is on the rise across the nation, and Michigan is no exception.</p><p><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110711/NEWS06/107110334/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a> medical writer Patricia Anstett has a piece highlighting the problems in the state. From the article:</p><blockquote><p>In Michigan, more residents now die from prescription drug abuse than from heroin and cocaine combined, a federal registry shows. In 2009, the latest year data are available, 457 Michiganders died of overdoses from one or more prescription drugs, up from 409 deaths the year before.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;re seeing an alarming trend that continues to increase,&quot; said Larry Scott, manager of the prevention section of Michigan&#39;s Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction.</p></blockquote><p>One in four people seeking emergency care for prescription drug abuse were younger than 25.</p><p><strong>Michigan legislature working on proposal to cap welfare benefits</strong></p><p>Under a proposal being considered in the Michigan legislature, there would be a four-year life limit on welfare benefits in Michigan.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/07/horn_proposal_for_four-year_li.html">Saginaw News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The state Senate this week is expected to consider its version of bill sponsored by state Rep. Kenneth B. Horn that could end some poor Michigan families&rsquo; welfare benefits as soon as October.</p><p>Horn, R-Frankenmuth, wrote the proposed legislation that creates a 48-month, retroactive limit on direct cash assistance. People who have been receiving assistance since 2007 would be the first affected.</p></blockquote><p>House bills 4409 and 4410 are expected to go before the Michigan Senate on Wednesday. The bill&#39;s sponsor expects them to pass.</p><p><strong>HUD secretary to make announcement this morning on reviving urban centers</strong></p><p>Shaun Donovan, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary, is expected to unveil an economic plan in Detroit this morning.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/07/hud_secretary_to_announce_econ.html">Associated Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Donovan is scheduled to announce the initiative Monday morning in Detroit alongside Mayor Dave Bing and other government leaders at a loft development near downtown. He also is to speak at noon to the Detroit Economic Club at the Westin Book Cadillac hotel.</p><p>The department says Donovan is to discuss a new Obama administration approach to strengthening cities that involves working with them. He also plans to outline challenges facing those cities as well steps the administration already is taking at the local and national levels. Mon, 11 Jul 2011 12:42:00 +0000 Mark Brush 3237 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news... Changing Gears talks reinvention http://michiganradio.org/post/changing-gears-talks-reinvention <p>The Changing Gears team has put together a one-hour special <em>Reinventing Our Cities.</em></p><p>It airs today at 2 pm eastern and 1 pm central. You can hear it on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/">Chicago Public Radio</a>, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/">Michigan Radio</a> and <a href="http://www.wcpn.org/">Cleveland&#39;s </a><a href="http://www.wcpn.org/">I</a><a href="http://www.ideastream.org/">deastream</a>, or, you can click this audio link to take a listen:</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-940612.mp3</p> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 18:31:32 +0000 Mark Brush 620 at http://michiganradio.org Changing Gears talks reinvention