Detroit http://michiganradio.org en Plan to transform downtown Detroit released http://michiganradio.org/post/plan-transform-downtown-detroit-released <p>Downtown Detroit could undergo a major transformation under <a href="http://districtdetroit.com/">a development plan</a> unveiled today.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The organization that owns the Detroit Red Wings says it wants to transform the northern part of downtown Detroit into a sports/entertainment/retail and residential destination.</p><p></p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:50:53 +0000 Steve Carmody 18445 at http://michiganradio.org Plan to transform downtown Detroit released Civil rights groups want to meet with Detroit officials about water crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/civil-rights-groups-want-meet-detroit-officials-about-water-crisis <div align="left"><p><font face="Tahoma"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Civil rights groups are asking to meet with Detroit officials about a controversial water shut-off campaign.</span></font></p><p><font face="Tahoma"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The ACLU and the NAACP want to meet with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to find a “fair, humane, and meaningful review process,” which would include adequate notice and a hearing to determine whether individual water customers can’t or won’t pay their bills. </span></font></p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:02:48 +0000 Lester Graham 18439 at http://michiganradio.org Civil rights groups want to meet with Detroit officials about water crisis Detroit celebrates its 313th birthday next week http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-celebrates-its-313th-birthday-next-week <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Detroit turns 313 years old next week. T</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">he Detroit Historical Society is celebrating with a week's worth of programming beginning tomorrow.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">July </span>24th<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;marks the day when the French explorer Antoine Cadillac landed on what would later become the city of Detroit.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Each day the group will host a different event- including storytelling, a classic car show, and film screenings.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Bob Sadler is with the Detroit Historical Society. He said celebrating the city is especially important now.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">"And based on Detroit’s history of being a hard-working, very creative and entrepreneurial town, I have every reason to believe that we’re reinventing ourselves again," said Sadler.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Some of the events include:</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;Arsenal of Democracy, Detroit is America’s Motor City, The Streets of Old Detroit, and one of the newer exhibits, the Gallery of Innovation.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The Detroit Historical Museum is in Midtown Detroit. All of the week's events are free.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 22px;">–&nbsp;</span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Reem Nasr, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:48:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18434 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit celebrates its 313th birthday next week Historic government building in downtown Detroit to be sold to New York buyer http://michiganradio.org/post/historic-government-building-downtown-detroit-be-sold-new-york-buyer <p>I know what you’re thinking.</p><p>This building that once housed Wayne County’s administrative office is perhaps "one of the nation’s finest surviving examples of Roman Baroque Revival architecture, with a blend of&nbsp;Beaux-Arts&nbsp;and some elements of the&nbsp;Neoclassical&nbsp;style."</p><p>I was thinking the exact same thing.</p><p>Well, I was really thinking it’s a beautiful building in downtown Detroit and I hope it gets some attention.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:16:30 +0000 Mark Brush 18430 at http://michiganradio.org Historic government building in downtown Detroit to be sold to New York buyer Detroit's minor league soccer team has a huge following, and they know a lot of chants http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-minor-league-soccer-team-has-huge-following-and-they-know-lot-chants <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The World Cup is over. And even if you weren't rooting for Germany or Argentina, the game was really something to watch.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(Germany won, for all the non-sports fans out there.)</span></p><p>In addition to the game itself, the fans are just as fun to watch.</p><p>They paint flags on their faces, and scream, and cry a lot.&nbsp;</p><p>Those fans exist outside of Brazil, too. There's an intense support section for the Detroit City Football Club. The minor league soccer team is called Le Rouge, and is in its third season.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before the game, a lot of fans and supporters go to a bar and rally the troops.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Then the "Northern Guard" march to the stadium. There are smoke bombs, drums, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">gas masks</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, megaphones, and a lot of rouge and gold.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Throughout the entire game, there's chanting -- some of which could never air on public radio.</span></p><p>According to Alex Wright, one of the<a href="http://www.detcityfc.com/"> DCFC&nbsp;</a>co-owners, about 2/3 of the team play for their college team during the school year.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The home games at Cass Tech High School began selling out this season, and Friday's game sold out by record numbers.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Wright said that he and the other co-owners wanted to create the team because they're committed to the city. Wright doesn't believe that soccer is going to save Detroit, but it's just a reason to feel good about what's going on in the city.&nbsp;</p><p>DCFC's season is over now, but fans like "Big Vytau"&nbsp;plan to come back next year -- and probably for a few years after that.</p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">*Listen to the full interview above</em></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:30:25 +0000 Stateside Staff 18360 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's minor league soccer team has a huge following, and they know a lot of chants Mayor to announce "Detroit Homecoming" http://michiganradio.org/post/mayor-announce-detroit-homecoming <p></p><p>Detroit is going to hold a little get-together to persuade former residents to come back home.</p><p>Mayor Mike Duggan wants former Detroiters to visit the city for a homecoming. The idea is to attract people who wrote off their relationship with the city. The "Detroit Homecoming" is aimed to bring them back for a visit, a little flirtation. After all, Detroit should be getting through its messy bankruptcy by then. It will be a little brighter, with thousands of&nbsp; new LED streetlights. The parks are being mowed.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:01:59 +0000 Lester Graham 18356 at http://michiganradio.org Mayor to announce "Detroit Homecoming" Detroit has a maternal death rate that is triple the nation's http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-has-maternal-death-rate-triple-nations <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In Detroit, the number of women dying from pregnancy-related causes is three times the national average.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:02:13 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18331 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit has a maternal death rate that is triple the nation's A deep dive into Michigan’s emergency manager law http://michiganradio.org/post/deep-dive-michigan-s-emergency-manager-law <p></p><p>Three years ago, only a half-dozen cities and school districts in Michigan were being run by state-appointed emergency managers.</p><p>Today, 17 are in some phase of receivership.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That proves not only cities and schools in Michigan are facing tough times, but that Governor Snyder is making vigorous use of <a href="https://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/publicact/pdf/2012-PA-0436.pdf">Public Act 436</a>,&nbsp;the state's emergency manager law.</span></p><p>Bridge magazine writer Chastity Pratt Dawsey&nbsp;examines the effectiveness of the law and how it measures up to similar laws in other states&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">in a <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2014/07/emergency-manager-or-emperor-why-michigans-law-stirs-contempt/">report </a>for the magazine's latest issue</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. She joined us today.</span></p><p>We also had Lou Schimmel on the show. He's served as emergency financial manager or emergency manager for Ecorse, Hamtramck and Pontiac. Right now he's on the transition advisory board for Pontiac. Our two guests explores a number of questions:</p><p><strong>First off, why does the appointment of an emergency manager result in such emotional responses from residents?</strong></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:31:55 +0000 Stateside Staff 18327 at http://michiganradio.org A deep dive into Michigan’s emergency manager law The rise and fall of Michigan's Stroh family http://michiganradio.org/post/rise-and-fall-michigans-stroh-family <p></p><p>Many of us are more than a little curious about the lives of the rich and famous.&nbsp;</p><p>In the mid-1800s, Bernard Stroh came to the U.S. and began selling beer in Detroit.</p><p>The business grew and prospered, but around 150 years later, the family company was bought and broken up.</p><p>Kerry A. Dolan of <em>Forbes</em> chronicles the rise and fall of the family in her piece, <em><a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/kerryadolan/2014/07/08/how-the-stroh-family-lost-the-largest-private-beer-fortune-in-the-u-s/">How to blow $9 billion: The fallen Stroh family</a></em>.</p><p>From Dolan's story:</p><blockquote><p>The Stroh family owned it all, a fortune that FORBES then calculated was worth at least $700 million. Just by matching the S&amp;P 500, the family would currently be worth about $9 billion.</p><p>Yet today the Strohs, as a family business or even a collective financial entity, have ceased to exist. The company has been sold for parts. The trust funds have doled out their last pennies to shareholders. While there was enough cash flowing for enough years that the fifth generation Strohs still seem pretty comfortable, the family looks destined to go shirtsleeves-to-shirtsleeves in six.</p></blockquote><p>Frances Stroh, a fifth generation family member, is working on a memoir about the family.</p><p><em>h/t Lester Graham</em></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:13:15 +0000 Mark Brush 18314 at http://michiganradio.org The rise and fall of Michigan's Stroh family The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-58 <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Emily Fox and Jack Lessenberry discuss Michigan's<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-rules-juvenile-lifers-not-entitled-re-sentencing-hearings"> ruling</a> on how juvenile lifers will not get a chance at parole, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-officials-get-pay-raises">pay raises </a>for city leaders in bankrupt Detroit, and what <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/protests-monday-night-against-migrant-children-coming-michigan">role </a>Michigan could play in housing undocumented minors crossing the Mexico border.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:06:04 +0000 Emily Fox & Jack Lessenberry 18311 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics Music duo Insane Clown Posse loses gang lawsuit http://michiganradio.org/post/music-duo-insane-clown-posse-loses-gang-lawsuit <p>DETROIT - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at scrubbing an FBI report that describes fans of the rap-metal duo Insane Clown Posse as a loosely organized gang.</p><p>Detroit federal Judge Robert Cleland says the government isn't responsible for acts by local police agencies that use the 2011 report.</p><p>Fans of Insane Clown Posse are known as Juggalos. The FBI report labels the Juggalos as a "loosely organized hybrid gang," although that description isn't part of the most recent national report on gangs.</p><p>Juggalos say their reputations have suffered because they have jewelry or tattoos with the group's symbol, a man running with a hatchet.</p><p>The lawsuit was dismissed last week. The Insane Clown Posse is Joseph Bruce, known as Violent J, and Joseph Utsler, known as Shaggy 2 Dope.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:30:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18290 at http://michiganradio.org Music duo Insane Clown Posse loses gang lawsuit Detroit, Flint get $9 million for doctor training http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-flint-get-9-million-doctor-training <p>DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit and Flint areas are getting nearly $9 million to help train new primary care providers.</p><p>Most of the money announced&nbsp;Monday&nbsp;goes to the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority for training in family medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology. Flint's Hamilton Community Health Network is getting $900,000 for family medicine training.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the money is part of $83.4 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support primary care residency programs nationwide. Overall, it will help train more than 550 doctors during the 2014-2015 academic year.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:15:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18288 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit, Flint get $9 million for doctor training Deadline approaches for bankruptcy plan vote http://michiganradio.org/post/deadline-approaches-bankruptcy-plan-vote <p>DETROIT (AP) - The most anticipated vote in Detroit this summer isn't for a city office.</p><p></p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 17:35:11 +0000 Associated Press 18270 at http://michiganradio.org Deadline approaches for bankruptcy plan vote Why this Detroit-area man refuses to say nice things about his city http://michiganradio.org/post/why-detroit-area-man-refuses-say-nice-things-about-his-city <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Say Nice Things About Detroit."</span></p><p>That cheery slogan was first launched in the '70s by Emily Gail. She had a shop in downtown Detroit when it was the murder capital of the country, and she grabbed a lot of attention with that slogan.</p><p>Now it’s been revived, as Detroit has been under the spotlight of bankruptcy and the "Grand Bargain."</p><p>James David Dickson, a commentary editor at the Detroit News, believes the chirpy slogan isn't helping anyone in Detroit or the city itself. His opinion piece "Why I refused to say nice things about Detroit" was on the <a href="http://blogs.detroitnews.com/dvoice/2014/06/27/refuse-say-nice-things-detroit/">Detroit News blog</a>.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:07:26 +0000 Stateside Staff 18256 at http://michiganradio.org Why this Detroit-area man refuses to say nice things about his city Congressman appeals to Pres. Obama over Detroit water shutoffs http://michiganradio.org/post/congressman-appeals-pres-obama-over-detroit-water-shutoffs <p>DETROIT (AP) - Longtime Detroit Congressman John Conyers has sent letters to President Barack Obama and other officials requesting immediate action and relief regarding water shutoffs in the bankrupt city.</p><p></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:10:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18199 at http://michiganradio.org Congressman appeals to Pres. Obama over Detroit water shutoffs Businessman Dan Gilbert's real estate arm buys newspaper building http://michiganradio.org/post/businessman-dan-gilberts-real-estate-arm-buys-newspaper-building <p>DETROIT (AP) - Businessman Dan Gilbert's real estate arm says it's bought the home of The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:56:04 +0000 The Associated Press 18196 at http://michiganradio.org Businessman Dan Gilbert's real estate arm buys newspaper building Detroit Mayor gets a lot from Lansing in his first six months, but will it last? http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-mayor-gets-lot-lansing-his-first-six-months-will-it-last <p>It’s been almost six months since Mike Duggan took over as mayor of Detroit. He took over a city however, run by someone else: state-appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.</p><p>But, that doesn’t mean Duggan has been denied all the rites of passage of the job including the schlep to Lansing to ask the state Legislature for something. Every mayor has to do it. And Duggan had to go to Lansing with a really big ‘ask.’ We’re talking about the $195 million dollar rescue package for his city (that’s right, ‘rescue,’ ‘settlement.’ Just don’t call it a ‘bailout.’)</p><p>Getting the Republican-led state House and Senate to go along with sending almost $200 million dollars to a Democratically-controlled city was not an easy task. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:01:27 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 18193 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Mayor gets a lot from Lansing in his first six months, but will it last? Experiencing Detroit's blight digitally is getting interesting http://michiganradio.org/post/experiencing-detroits-blight-digitally-getting-interesting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I timed myself and it took me a minute and 21 seconds to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/06/27/us/detroit-foreclosure-photo-mosaic.html?hp&amp;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;module=photo-spot-region&amp;region=photo-spot&amp;WT.nav=photo-spot&amp;_r=0" style="line-height: 1.5;">scroll through&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the images of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit's blight. Initially, I didn't even read any of the analysis that&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">New York Times</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;provided, I just scrolled.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The <em>Times</em> has done several <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/05/27/us/Defining-Blight-in-Detroit.html">interactive</a> pieces on blight in Detroit. There's been a wealth of data since the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/05/27/us/detroit-blight.html">Detroit Blight Removal Task Force Plan was published</a>.</p><p>This one really makes you realize how vast the city's housing problem actually is.</p><p>Their analysis breaks blight up geographically with different anecdotes and facts. Here are two examples:</p><p>7 Mile Road:</p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">While most of the properties on the foreclosure list were residential, about 5 percent were sites of former businesses, of which a majority were vacant lots or unoccupied structures. Many were formerly gas stations, auto body shops and car washes.&nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><p>Lenox Street:</p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Ronald Ford Jr. says he has struggled to find work as a laborer and to pay his bills, let alone the $7,000 in property taxes that he now owes. His family bought the house in 1969, and his mother made the final mortgage payment years ago. But he said they stopped paying the taxes after she grew ill and moved into a nursing facility. &nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">-- Lucy Perkins, Michigan Radio Newsroom</span></em></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:21:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18187 at http://michiganradio.org Experiencing Detroit's blight digitally is getting interesting Detroit sells $1 million worth of vacant homes http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-sells-1-million-worth-vacant-homes <p></p><p>The city of Detroit says it’s sold $1 million dollars worth of vacant homes that will be fixed up and occupied. Nearly 70 auctioned properties have been sold.</p><p>These are purchase commitments from bidders, not cash in hand, but reaching the million-dollar mark gives Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and the Detroit Land Bank some bragging rights.</p><p>Of the 16,000 properties the city owns, 2,000 are salvageable. At an open house of properties to be auctioned last month, Mayor Duggan said the city would start putting up two houses a day for auction.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:40:35 +0000 Lester Graham 18170 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit sells $1 million worth of vacant homes You won't believe how much less Detroit will spend on streetlights http://michiganradio.org/post/you-wont-believe-how-much-less-detroit-will-spend-streetlights <p></p><p>This week the Detroit Journalism Cooperative is looking at how the city of Detroit is functioning under bankruptcy. Until recently, almost half the streetlights of Detroit were dark. Thousands of new streetlights are replacing the old broken ones.</p><p>I caught up with one of several crews installing streetlights in neighborhoods around Detroit. James England is the foreman.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 18087 at http://michiganradio.org You won't believe how much less Detroit will spend on streetlights