Metro Detroit http://michiganradio.org en Michigan's immigrant population is declining — except for one group http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-immigrant-population-declining-except-one-group <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Fewer immigrants are choosing to make Michigan their new home, according to figures released by the Department of Homeland Security.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Last year, Michigan’s immigrant population dropped 4.6% — the second-lowest level in the past 12 years. &nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">That decline doesn’t fit with current immigration trends in the Midwest. Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Ohio have all seen an increase in immigration. Only Michigan and Wisconsin are experiencing a drop.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But while the number of newcomers coming to the state is on the decline, one immigrant group continues to flow to Michigan — Iraqis.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“Michigan is just second to California in terms of its attraction of Iraqi immigrants,” said Kurt Metzger, director emeritus of <a href="http://datadrivendetroit.org/">Data Driven Detroit</a>.</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 19:48:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 14287 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's immigrant population is declining — except for one group Metro Detroit housing prices up 45% http://michiganradio.org/post/metro-detroit-housing-prices-45 <p>Housing prices in Metro Detroit are up 45% over last year according to data released on Monday by the Realcomp listing service.</p><p>Allen Daniels is the director of the Michigan Association of Realtors. He says home prices are up because the number of properties for sale are down.</p><p>Daniels says limited supply combined with low mortgage rates and an improving economy are raising home prices.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 20:48:27 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13662 at http://michiganradio.org Metro Detroit housing prices up 45% Families of Flight 255 victims wait 26 years to hear sole survivor speak http://michiganradio.org/post/families-flight-255-victims-wait-26-years-hear-sole-survivor-speak <p></p><p>This summer will mark 26 years since Northwest Flight 255 crashed onto the highway outside Detroit Metro Airport.</p><p>One hundred fifty-seven people were killed. The wreckage stretched across half a mile.</p><p>Only one person survived: a four-year-old girl with brown eyes, a chipped tooth, and purple nail polish.</p><p>Her name is Cecelia Cichan, and this week, she’s breaking her long public silence about the crash.</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 23:56:32 +0000 Kate Wells 12634 at http://michiganradio.org Families of Flight 255 victims wait 26 years to hear sole survivor speak Anne Frank cantata helps keep Jewish history alive http://michiganradio.org/post/anne-frank-cantata-helps-keep-jewish-history-alive <p></p><p>When older generations die, there’s always the fear that we’ll lose their stories.</p><p>But in metro Detroit’s Jewish community, they’re trying to keep history alive…through music.</p><p>And they’re doing it thanks to Anne Frank, her chestnut tree, and a stressed-out high school orchestra in metro Detroit.</p><p>Specifically, the Berkley High School orchestra.</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 17:33:44 +0000 Kate Wells 12515 at http://michiganradio.org Anne Frank cantata helps keep Jewish history alive Report: Metro Detroit #1 for 'job sprawl' http://michiganradio.org/post/report-metro-detroit-1-job-sprawl <p><a href="http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Multimedia/Interactives/2013/job_sprawl/Detroit.pdf">Detroit has the most “job sprawl” of any metropolitan area in the country,</a> according to a new Brookings Institution report that looks at how jobs are distributed throughout metro regions.</p><p>The report found that 77 percent of metro Detroit’s jobs are more than 10 miles outside the city’s central business district. The nationwide average is 43 percent.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:33:59 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12219 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Metro Detroit #1 for 'job sprawl' Grand Rapids metro area now home to more than one million people http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-metro-area-now-home-more-one-million-people <p>For the first time the Grand Rapids region now has more than a million people.</p><p>The boost in the 2012 estimate comes in part because of changes to the way the US Census is calculates the population there. The Grand Rapids metro area now includes Ottawa County because more than a quarter of the people who live there commute to work in Grand Rapids.</p><p>Tim Mroz is with the economic development group The Right Place. He says the million mark is significant in attracting big companies to the region.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:59:23 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11707 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids metro area now home to more than one million people Study: Metro Detroit has nation's third-highest rate of "youth disconnection" http://michiganradio.org/post/study-metro-detroit-has-nations-third-highest-rate-youth-disconnection <p>A new report says Metro Detroit has a serious problem with “disconnected” youth.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.measureofamerica.org/one-in-seven">Measure of America study</a> shows 17%, or more than 85,000, of the region’s 16-to-24-year olds aren’t working or in school.</p><p>Using that definition of “disconnection,” the study looked at census data from the nation’s 25 biggest metro areas. Metro Detroit had the third-highest rate of youth disconnection.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 23:45:16 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9083 at http://michiganradio.org