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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announcing the benefits of applying for a municipal ID card.
Bryce Huffman / Michigan Radio

Detroit residents can now apply for a municipal ID card that will be recognized throughout the city. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said the ID program will allow residents, regardless of citizenship status or criminal background, to access businesses and services that require a valid photo ID. “For most of us who have driver's licenses, we don't know what this experience is not to have ID and how hard everyday life can be,” Duggan said. Homeless people living in the city can even list the shelter...

Andrew Colom and Davide Alade
Mercedes Mejia / Michigan Radio

When we talk about investment in Detroit, the likes of Dan Gilbert or Christopher Ilitch come to mind. Certainly Gilbert has led the way in buying downtown buildings, reshaping the look of downtown Detroit. But today, we're going to look at investment in Detroit's neighborhoods. Andrew Colom and David Alade both gave up jobs to move to Detroit and launch an investment company called Century Partners . Their idea was to invest in Detroit's neighborhoods, and to close the wealth disparity gap by helping people invest in the rehabilitation of their neighborhoods.

Homes in Detroit.
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

Calling all homeowners. Did you know that if your income is below a certain level, you can receive tax exemptions on your property tax? Michigan law calls for it under the General Property Tax Act . More from the law: "The principal residence of persons who, in the judgment of the supervisor and board of review, by reason of poverty, are unable to contribute toward the public charges is eligible for exemption in whole or in part from taxation under this act." Property owners who think they...

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

DETROIT (AP) - The Obama Administration has detailed in a nearly 60-page report the federal government's role in Detroit's turnaround.

The report was released Saturday and says a federal and local partnership started in 2011 used financial, technical and other support to help the city which emerged two years ago from the nation's largest municipal bankruptcy.

Federal staff was assigned to City Hall to work with community, business and philanthropic leaders to...

The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative's new headquarters and community center in Detroit.
Bryce Huffman / Michigan Radio

The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative, or Mufi, is debuting what it calls the country's first sustainable "agrihood" in Detroit. Tyson Gersh, the president and co-founder of Mufi, said aside from fresh produce, the urban gardens have provided volunteer opportunities and brought local investment to the area. Gersh said the community resource center will hold meetings, serve as the new headquarters for the initiative, and host educational programs and events. "I want this place to be so much...

MSU opening first medical clinic in Detroit

Nov 28, 2016

Michigan State University is opening its first neighborhood medical clinic on Mack Avenue in Detroit Tuesday. The Late physician Michael Popoff previously ran the east-side Detroit clinic from 1968 until his death in 2015. Popoff's family agreed to donate his clinic to Michigan State University as long as the university would continue operating and providing care out of the facility. “For us it’ s a natural fit,” said William D. Strampel, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at MSU. ...

tyler scott / Michigan Radio

DETROIT (AP) - The return of professional basketball to downtown Detroit adds another piece to the city's fast-paced economic rebound two years out of bankruptcy, but some say all neighborhoods have to share in the turnaround.

The Pistons are expected to start next season at Little Caesars Arena, which is the centerpiece of a coming 50-block entertainment district in a part of downtown that's already nearly at capacity with new residents and new businesses.

The...

Drawing of a Thanksgiving dinner on a table at the Mel Trotter Thanksgiving dinner.
Mel Trotter Ministry

Homeless, elderly and poor people in several cities in Michigan are being given a reason to be grateful on Thanksgiving. The Detroit Rescue Mission is serving free food to homeless people and others in need at different locations in and around the city. While the ministry has been around for 107 years, it has been doing Thanksgiving dinners for over 20 years. Barbara Willis, the Chief Operating Officer for the Detroit Rescue Mission, said these dinners make a big difference to the homeless in...

Wayne State University is, I often tell the parents of prospective students, quite possibly the safest large campus in the state. I’ve taught there for nearly a quarter-century, and I get crime reports from Wayne’s superb police chief, Anthony Holt. They usually have entries like this: “Student was wandering around Cass Avenue at 2 a.m. and a man grabbed her cell phone and ran away.” Yes, if you put your i-Pad down and turn your back, it is quite likely to disappear. Somebody 10 years ago...

Seated left  to right, Detroit Mayor Mike Dugan, Illitch Holdings CEO Chris Illitch, Pistons owner Tom Gores, NBA commissioner Adam Silver
Tyler Scott

Detroit’s professional basketball team, The Pistons, is saying goodbye to its stadium at The Palace of Auburn Hills and relocating to downtown Detroit. Little Caesars Arena is still under construction in downtown Detroit. Beginning in the Fall of 2017, the new stadium will host both the Red Wings, Detroit’s national hockey team, and now the Pistons. With the Pistons relocating to a shared space downtown, Mayor Mike Duggan says Detroit will be the only city with four major sports teams in the...

Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

Business leaders are coming to terms with the brave new Trumpworld and the hometown automakers think they may have a new ally in the White House. Ford Motor CEO Mark Fields says the automaker’s brass is in “constant communication” with President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.

Detroit youth sports program wins national award

Nov 18, 2016
three boys playing basketball
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On Friday, officials from Detroit Parks and Recreation Department were presented with the Excellence in Youth Sports Award at the annual Youth Sports Congress in Orlando, Florida. David Miller is the interim director of the department. He said the youth program offers kids in Detroit a wide range of sports to play - all with one goal in mind: create opportunities for kids to develop healthy habits.

The evolution from Motor City to Mobility City

Nov 16, 2016
Dave Pinter / HTTP://J.MP/1SPGCL0

For the last century, almost since the day Henry Ford’s first assembly line started rolling in 1913, Detroit has been known as the Motor City. It was a regional point of pride that cars made in Michigan could be found zipping down roadways in every U.S. state and across the globe. That image has been battered in recent decades as factories have been shuttered and work forces trimmed. But today a new vision is emerging, one in which Detroit specializes not only in building cars, but in all things transportation. That includes new technologies like autonomous vehicles, but it also means connecting those technologies to services like public transportation and bike shares. In short: everything that moves people, goods, or information from point A to point B. Call it the “Mobility City.”

 "My grandmother always told me I was smart, and so I believed it. And so by the time she left, being smart and doing good in school was something that Shawn just did," Blanchard told us.
Courtesy of Shawn Blanchard

If anyone seemed destined for a life that would either end in a drug deal gone bad or in prison, it would probably be Shawn Blanchard . Everything in his life pointed him down that path, beginning with the fact that Shawn was born with crack cocaine in his system. Instead, Blanchard is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he majored in math and economics. He’s also a graduate of Wayne State University’s Law School. His memoir is titled How ‘Bout That for a Crack Baby .

Jennifer Guerra / Michigan Radio

There’s a big, coordinated push in Detroit for more and better early childhood services. But first, its boosters need to come up with a plan. The biggest boosters—and likely funders—of this “civic partnership” dubbed Hope Starts Here are the Kellogg and Kresge Foundations. They’re rounding up groups and people with a role in Detroit’s early childhood services, from day care providers to pediatricians. Kellogg Foundation CEO La June Montgomery Tabron says the idea is to come up with an “action...

Aerial shot of Detroit
flickr user Barbara Eckstein / http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

One of the big decisions before Detroit voters Tuesday was choosing between a pair of competing "community benefits" proposals. Both were aimed at making sure private developers seeking tax breaks for projects in Detroit would provide certain benefits to the community around the development: Things like jobs, affordable housing and pollution controls.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

The U.S. Justice Department will monitor the polls in three Michigan cities tomorrow. The federal monitors will be in Detroit, Dearborn Heights and Hamtramck. The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division plans to deploy more than 500 personnel to 67 jurisdictions in 28 states. The monitors will be there to enforce federal voting rights laws. “The bedrock of our democracy is the right to vote, and the Department of Justice works tirelessly to uphold that right not only on Election Day, but...

side view of a red Detroit Fire Department Firetruck.
flickr - user cutedtownboi

It seems like the city of Detroit has Halloween arsons under control. The Detroit Fire Department responded to 59 fires over this year's three-day Angels' Night campaign, the second lowest total on record. It's the second consecutive year there were fewer than sixty fires. There were 52 fires reported on Angels' Night in 2015. For decades, volunteers have struggled against a notorious tradition of fires in the city on the nights surrounding Halloween. Prior to 2014, the annual Angels' Night...

Razor wire at a Detroit police station.
Tim Jones / Flickr - http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

Heather Ann Thompson has been in the news recently because of the success of her new book , Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy , a nonfiction finalist this year for the National Book Award. But Thompson is also a nationally respected expert on mass incarceration and through her research has reached some provocative conclusions about the role Michigan’s criminal laws have played in Detroit’s slow-motion economic collapse in the decades following the 1967...

DWSD

Detroit found more lead in drinking water samples this summer than it has in recent years, and there’s a few reasons to account for the uptick. Unofficial results posted this month by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department show Detroit’s water is safe to drink by federal standards. Still, the number of homes with lead detected in water, the percentage of samples with measurable lead and the maximum lead detected were all up over testing in 2008, 2011, and 2014. There are three main reasons...

A mural in the Hope District of Detroit.
Zak Rosen / Michigan Radio

Turn on the TV news in metro Detroit, and you're bound to catch the latest story about a shooting, a stabbing, or some other tragic story about another lost life in the city. Violent crime is something every major urban center struggles with, and Detroit is no exception. Zak Rosen with our State of Opportunity team spent a lot time recently with people working to bring peace to their neighborhoods. Rosen shows us how they work in the face of overwhelming problems "like a disjointed school...

Inside Jackson Prison.
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The prison reform movement in Michigan – and across much of the nation – is one of the rare issues in this contentious era that attracts support from individuals, public officials and organizations with a wide variety of agendas and political views. Among the voices calling for changes to laws and practices that have made Michigan a leader in locking up its own citizens – at the cost of some $2 billion a year — are Gov. Rick Snyder; the Detroit-based American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan...

Courtesy Gaby Gerster, Diogenes Zuric

"Mystic River," "Shutter Island," and coming in December, “Live By Night” are just some of the major Hollywood films based on stories by Dennis Lehane. After building a career as one of America’s most popular and most respected crime novelists, Lehane began writing widely acclaimed historical fiction. But he’s also built a parallel career in the worlds of television and film, including time as a writer for HBO’s “The Wire” and writing the screenplay for one of James Gandolfini’s final films, ...

Voting sign.
flickr user justgrimes / http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

How much voice should people have about a development proposed for their neighborhood? When a developer gets tax breaks or public funding, should the people living around that project get something ? Those questions are at the heart of a pair of a proposals in Detroit.The two competing community benefit ordinances, or CBOs, are on the November ballot.

According to Nick Schroeck, the incinerator has been cited 21 times for odor violations since 2015.
tEdGuY49 / Flickr - http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

With thousands of tons of trash burned every day, Detroit has the largest urban incinerator in the country. Now its long and controversial history has a new chapter. The Great Lakes Environmental Law Center has filed a letter serving notice that it intends to sue Detroit Renewable Power, the operator of the incinerator.

Nick Schroeck , the executive director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center , joined Stateside to talk about the lawsuit and why they are filing it.

Lindsey Smith / Michigan Radio

The hunt is on for lead pipes in Detroit. Flint officials still don’t know where all the city’s lead service lines are. That’s because the building records were in horrible shape.

Courtesy of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.

If you had 20 years to give away $1.2 billion, how would you do it? That’s the question facing one Detroit-based philanthropy, the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. Funded by the estate of the late Ralph C. Wilson Jr., who was born in Detroit and went on to become the owner of the Buffalo Bills, the Foundation plans to focus its efforts on the areas Mr. Wilson called home: southeast Michigan and western New York. And unlike many philanthropic foundations, which invest their endowments and give away the income generated by those investments, Mr. Wilson’s foundation has a mandate to spend all of the money by 2035.

Amy Haimerl

When looking for a new house, prospective homeowners usually prepare to make a few cosmetic changes. When Amy Haimerl and her husband moved into their new Detroit home, it was completely void of plumbing, heating, and electricity.

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As more and more people turn to bicycles for transportation, fun and fitness, one might think it would be great to be able to bike between Detroit and Windsor. Once upon a time, that was possible. But no more. Cyclists on social media write of being able to ride, even walk across the Ambassador Bridge from Detroit to Windsor and back. But after Matty Maroun bought the Ambassador Bridge, the bike and pedestrian walkway was replaced by wider lanes to better handle 18-wheelers. Lori Newton and...

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One of the organizations to rise from the ashes of the 1967 uprising in Detroit was Focus: HOPE . It’s many things to many people, but primarily it’s a career training center for about 900 people each year, and a distributor of food to approximately 40,000 senior citizens in 42 Detroit-area communities each month through a United States Department of Agriculture program. This summer Focus: HOPE got a new CEO. His name is Jason Lee .

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