Stories Feed en "How I survived suicide" <span>&quot;How I survived suicide&quot;</span> <span><span>jacksonjam@det…</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/10/2019 - 10:00</span> <div> <img src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/2019-10/d1e55e35-0d06-47c8-90e1-f8b8ce38cac1-Depression_art_Getty_crop_2_7.jpg" width="1000" height="668" alt="The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has 24/7 assistance readily available at 1-800-273-8255. Professionals are standing by to provide free and confidential support." /> </div> <div>&quot;How I survived suicide&quot;</div> <div>Four Detroiters share their stories of triumph on World Mental Health Day</div> <div>Jamilah Jackson</div> <span><a href="/taxonomy/term/1081" hreflang="en">Citywide</a></span> <div><div class = ' story-main-content'><p>October 10 is World Mental Health Day. This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is focusing on suicide prevention. According to WHO, globally someone loses their life to suicide every 40 seconds. Suicide can be caused by a number of mental health issues and the impact of s suicide can affect many more lives than the deceased. These courageous Detroiters have decided to share their stories of overcoming suicidal thoughts in hopes of showing others their is a light at the end of the tunnel.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>TRIGGER WARNING: These stories contain discussion of depression, suicidal thoughts and sexual assault.&nbsp;</strong></p><p><em>If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has 24/7 assistance readily available at 1-800-273-8255. Professionals are standing by to provide free and confidential support. You are not alone!</em></p><p><strong>Kristy S.&nbsp;</strong></p><p>September 24, 2018 around 7:00 a.m., I remember lying in my bed because I had hit an all time low. Feeling like my purpose here was over. It was sunny outside yet my mind was cloudy. I had never been this low in my life and it scared me because how could&nbsp;someone&nbsp;so motivating, so uplifting be ready to end it all just because things were not working for me. I felt like no one was listening; I felt like I wasted too much time. Even though I was in therapy, I forgot to apply what I was learning and actually doing the work on myself.</p><p>So I said "You know what...this isn't working for me anymore I'm ready to go."&nbsp;I just remember the weight being so heavy on my chest; I felt like I couldn't breathe. I begin to look around my house for things I could grab and think about how I would do it but there were too many emotions running through me that I just stopped and started writing. I wrote in my notes, "It's been so dark inside of me I don't know how to find the light."</p><p>As I continued to cry I heard a voice telling me to BE STILL. That's all I could hear was BE STILL. So I slowed down, got up and got ready for work. Later that day I had dream of me climbing up a hill. Reaching higher heights and I knew that it was a sign that I needed to keep going. To overcome how I felt, I simply kept thinking of all of the great things that would manifest with me overcoming my depression. I begin to instill a new vision for my life and create daily habits and routines that would help me. As a result of that I begin to teach others how to do the same. Our mindsets are our most powerful weapons and if we don't feed it on a daily our minds can become clouded. You literally have to take your power back. Don't worry about the judgements of others. What do you feel is best for you? What makes you feel good? Everyone has purpose and it's a beautiful journey discovering what it is.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Keith A.&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Back in 2013, I started to realize my life had changed drastically to the point where the decisions I was making were very unfamiliar to me. I felt like the person I had once known was no longer with me. And the worst part about it was that I wasn't a fan of the person I was seeing at that moment. There were thoughts of confusion, anger, sadness, emptiness, and an overall feeling of being alone. I would have thoughts of driving the wrong way onto a freeway, using a gun, or slitting my wrist to make it all end.</p><p>The thing that kept me from performing any of those actions was the thoughts about how would my family cope with my absence. I knew that I did not fear death in that moment bu t I knew that my family didn't share those same thoughts. I wouldn't want my sudden death to cause the kind of turmoil for my family that I imagined it would.</p><p>Moving forward, I knew I could not end my life but I also knew I couldn't continue living with the same thoughts. I did a ton of research into the causes of depression and suicidal thoughts and that led me to a journey of self-discovery that has helped me to understand the source of my pain and how to deal with it effectively. To this day, life is not easy, but it is a lot easier to deal with having my own mind being on my side.</p><p><strong>Elena S.&nbsp;</strong></p><p>On the morning of September 17, 2018, I woke up with the intention to end my life. This was not the first time I had considered completing that act, but it was the first time that I took real action towards completion. Since, suicidal ideation doesn’t often happen in a vacuum, I think that it’s imperative that I share the context that precipitated that moment for me.</p><p>Fall 2018 was the culmination of several difficult life events. I was nearing the end of my PhD program, a journey that was fraught with an immense amount of self-doubt and fear. Being one of the only two Black women in the department added additional insurmountable weight to what I was embarking on. Imposter Phenomenon was real, and I battled with it during my entire 4 ½ year journey. In 2016, I ended a three-year relationship with someone I cared about deeply but realized that I had reached a point where I was no longer growing with them as my partner. That breakup was the first time I had to initiate such an action and as someone who spent years running from conflict that was difficult to handle. In the same year, I was diagnosed with mild depression and moderate anxiety. It was relieving to have a diagnosis but that year the depression and anxiety were often debilitating. I felt lonely, sad, and unmotivated. In 2017, I was confronted with the possible ending of a 10-year friendship with a person I considered my best friend (this relationship would inevitably end the following year). It was a relationship I valued immensely and with the space that I was in, this was an additional factor that forced me to feel that I didn’t measure up. Lastly, in August 2018 my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. This diagnosis loomed over me as I grappled with my inability to be with her as she went through chemo and radiation over the next year. This is not to say that there were no bright moments over that two-year time span, but the bad moments felt heavier and more enduring than the good ones.</p><p>Over those two years, I struggled silently, even though I went to therapy weekly and had a support system. I simply felt alone and like there was no end in sight for my feelings. That day was the culmination of those events coupled with not caring for myself in healthy ways. On the morning of September 17, 2018, I got out of bed after a restless night’s sleep, walked into my kitchen, and grabbed a knife. I stood there with the knife in my hand and visualized the knife slicing my arm open, and in that moment, I imagined the peace I would feel from that first cut. I stood there alone, for what felt like forever, but what was ultimately a few minutes and eventually put the knife down. I left my kitchen and went to the gym and did laundry (coping mechanisms that I was working on with my therapist). I reached out to my therapist, family, and close friends to let them know the space I was in. Since that day I have seen several bright moments (graduating with my PhD, my sister’s wedding, finding out my mom was cancer free, and several others), that had I completed the act of suicide I would not have been here to see. To this day I still struggle with thoughts and feelings of ending my life (or self-harm) but I continue to fight to be here.</p><p><strong>Keyerra R.&nbsp;</strong></p><p>My battle with suicide starts like so many others: self-hate as a response to childhood trauma. &nbsp;I was about 8 years old the first time someone decided that my childhood innocence had run its course. I can still smell the incense burning, feel the suede texture of the green sectional, and hear the cartoons playing on Nickelodeon in the background. &nbsp;The memory is vivid and so are the disgusting feelings that followed. I won’t go into detail as this is a story I seldom tell or open up about. Unfortunately, this was not my only run in with being violated. &nbsp;The first time I was silent and afraid. The second, the fear was there but I opened my mouth. The result: nothing. It was this “nothingness” that stuck to me for years to come.</p><p>My teen years were filled with an ever-blooming sadness. I realized that I had extreme trust issues and fears with interacting with males of any age. I tried to play it off and occasionally voiced concern over why did I always feel so sad, but never acknowledging the obvious, the trauma. &nbsp;See, in the lower-socioeconomic black community, therapy and acknowledgment of family wrongdoing is largely absent. I couldn’t fault a mother who had no idea how to handle such things. She’d had her own demons to fight during those years. &nbsp;My first thoughts of suicide came in high school. I realized my friends were dating and I was just having sex. Nobody wanted or desired “damaged goods” and in my mind I was just that. I didn’t know how to interact or require more respect of the opposite sex, because all I knew was my body was desirable and that’s how “love” is shown. I stared at a bottle of 800mg ibuprofen for hours on end one day. &nbsp;It was my out and I needed it. Something told me deep down this wasn’t the time. I did this more frequently as the years went on. I tried speaking to my mom about my feelings; even expressing what had happened to me the first time because I never spoke of that summer to anyone. She didn’t know what to do other than take on the feeling of being a failed parent and that did nothing but it layer more guilt on me for making her feel this way.</p><p>As my college years came and went, I sank deeper into promiscuity, suicidal thoughts, and the feeling that I had no place in this world. I became a mom and I felt that my son was at a disadvantage having a mother like me. I withdrew from my friends, picked up an anxiety about social interactions and quit my job all because I couldn’t find a reason to go on. I was drained. The high dosage antidepressants and bi-weekly therapy sessions seemed pointless. Check-out time was here and I knew it. Yet, here came another roadblock, another pregnancy.&nbsp;</p><p>My therapist sent me to a Psych OB specialist to help with my suicide prevention plan and care during my pregnancy. As badly as I wanted to end my life, I couldn’t take another life with me. My daughter. I prayed daily. I was ashamed to go to God because of the things I’d done and the thoughts I’d had, but that was the foundation I was raised on and when all else fails I know how to pray. Having a little girl was a hard pill to swallow because how could I keep her safe? Little girls are so beautiful and innocent and people are untrustworthy. I just wanted everything to go away, but I couldn’t take that final step no matter how much I planned it.&nbsp;</p><p>My son was so confused about why I was in the bed crying when he left out each morning to catch the bus and still in bed crying when he came home. Ultimately I made it to my due date and when I stared in my daughter's eyes all I wanted to do was protect her. I couldn’t protect her if I wasn’t here on this Earth. I love my son to death, but my daughter entered this world and something exploded inside of me.&nbsp; All of the disgusting feelings and the worthlessness was still there, but it became a driver. What did I pray for daily in the midst of my storm? Purpose. And there it was lying on my chest staring at me with those beautiful gray eyes. I named her Caydence because my heart beats on a rhythm that I’d never experienced before…a peaceful beat.&nbsp;</p><p>Suicidal thoughts are not easily defeated and it takes a toll on everyone around you. My mother developed severe anxiety because every time her phone rang she feared it would be someone who found me dead. We moved to Detroit in 2015 to be closer to family and so she didn’t have to deal with me alone. I didn’t want to leave my children behind if I took my own life, but that suicide demon was hard to shake. I’ve had significant ups and downs over the last couple years, but I believe things are finally leveling out. Every time I consider slitting my wrists, my tattoos there remind me of my “Strength” on the one hand and “Faith” on the other. Every time I want to down a bottle of pills my heart beats to Caydence’s cadence. Every time I want to shed a tear, I see my son’s confused face wondering why I’m so sad. My biggest help has been my wonderful therapist.&nbsp;</p><p>I still cry, but not so frequently. I still mourn the person I could’ve become before my childhood was stolen; I mourn that little girl with all my heart. Like with all things that die, we have to learn to let go. So I am slowly letting go of what could’ve been and focusing on what’s still to be. It’s not an easy road and&nbsp;it's&nbsp;like running a marathon every morning trying to focus on the positives and not negatives. It’s frustrating to feel “abnormal” and not just be happy like other people. It’s a challenge trying to develop relationships with the opposite sex and not feel like you’re “damaged goods”. My point is, there are so many reasons to live, but generally only one reason to die and that one reason can be overcome with prayer and therapy.</p><p><em>If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has 24/7 assistance readily available at 1-800-273-8255. Professionals are standing by to provide free and confidential support. You are not alone!</em></p></div> </div> <span><a href="/stories?field_story_first_title_value=&amp;field_story_type_target_id=1166">Health</a></span> Thu, 10 Oct 2019 14:00:36 +0000 6521 at PHOTO GALLERY: Kash Doll private album listening party <span>PHOTO GALLERY: Kash Doll private album listening party </span> <span><span>jacksonjam@det…</span></span> <span>Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:06</span> <div> <img src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/2019-10/0u2a2435_48859461312_o.jpg" width="1596" height="1064" alt="Kash Doll invites friends and family to preview her upcoming debut album" /> </div> <div>PHOTO GALLERY: Kash Doll private album listening party </div> <div>Kash Doll invites friends and family to preview her upcoming debut album</div> <div>Cyrus Tetteh</div> <span><a href="/taxonomy/term/1081" hreflang="en">Citywide</a></span> <div><div class = ' story-main-content'><p>After years of doing shows and making a name for herself, Kash Doll is finally set to release her debut album with Republic Records. Kash held an intimate listening party for family and friends over the weekend at a private location in Novi. Angela hosted as Kash discussed and played songs from the album. See some of the shots we captured here:</p><p><img alt="0u2a2210 48858910823 o" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a650ab1c-2c0a-4eec-87d8-f361118f1522" height="1064" src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/inline-images/0u2a2210_48858910823_o.jpg" width="1596"></p><p><img alt="0u2a2214 48858914748 o" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0926a713-9800-414b-a970-50cdacbeb920" height="1064" src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/inline-images/0u2a2214_48858914748_o.jpg" width="1596"></p><p><img alt="0u2a2241 48858914683 o" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7d6ca259-0ed4-4bd3-8ac0-505410053368" height="1596" src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/inline-images/0u2a2241_48858914683_o.jpg" width="1064"></p><p><img alt="0u2a2246 48859464762 o" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="dc8da191-b203-4970-b1f7-22588f5eb833" height="1596" src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/inline-images/0u2a2246_48859464762_o.jpg" width="1064"><img alt="0u2a2262 48858914343 o" data-entity-type="file" 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width="1596"></p><p><img alt="0u2a2437 48859461082 o" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b01fbfc0-aee3-49b0-a564-22b4e926f679" height="1064" src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/inline-images/0u2a2437_48859461082_o.jpg" width="1596"></p><p><img alt="0u2a2440 48858910633 o" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0c2e1496-9638-4b95-9c57-44bdbe77e9ff" height="1064" src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/inline-images/0u2a2440_48858910633_o.jpg" width="1596"></p><p>Also, check out Kash Doll's thoughts on the 2020 Census!&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p></div> </div> Mon, 07 Oct 2019 14:06:52 +0000 6516 at The Wright Museum's annual gala brings in funds for important community programming <span>The Wright Museum&#039;s annual gala brings in funds for important community programming</span> <span><span>jacksonjam@det…</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/03/2019 - 14:42</span> <div> <img src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/2019-10/CHWM%20Gala%20Billboard%20-%20Main_1.png" width="1000" height="277" alt="This year&#039;s masquerade-themed gala honors nine Detroiters for their work" /> </div> <div>The Wright Museum&#039;s annual gala brings in funds for important community programming</div> <div>This year&#039;s masquerade-themed gala honors nine Detroiters for their work</div> <div>Jamilah Jackson</div> <span><a href="/taxonomy/term/836" hreflang="en">Midtown</a></span> <div><div class = ' story-main-content'><p>With over a half of a century’s worth of education under it’s belt, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History gears up for its signature fundraiser.&nbsp;</p><p>The Wright Gala will be held on Saturday, October 5th in the museum’s beautiful Ford Freedom Rotunda. The masquerade themed event is the museum’s biggest fundraiser. This year, Co-chair and former Wright Museum COO Tyrone Davenport is excited to bring in major funds&nbsp;for the public,&nbsp;educational and literacy programming.&nbsp;</p><p>“I am very pleased to say that this year we anticipate 75-80 percent of the money we bring in will come to the bottom line and be used to support those educational programs,” Davenport said. He and his wife, Linda Forte, along with two other chairs have been hard at work to put the gala together.&nbsp;</p><p>With tickets at $350 apiece, guests will indulge in fine foods from over 20 local restaurants and music from local artists. During the program, local titans of service will be honored for their dedication to the Charles H. Wright. Honorees include: Will and Lynett Cooper, Retha and Walter Douglas, Alma and Edward Greer, Roy and Maureen Roberts and the Honorable Judge Craig S. Strong. These nine men and women will receive honor and praise not only for their monetary donations but their acts of volunteerism and service to the museum. Once the program concludes, guests will be asked to remove their masks and according to Davenport, “the party will really start.”</p><p>Davenport’s involvement with the museum dates back to the 1960s when the museum first opened. “I met Dr. Charles Wright, who is a fraternity brother of mine, Omega Psi Phi fraternity,” he said. “He got me involved and I stayed involved one way or the other.” Davenport has held board positions at the museum and when tough times hit, he was elevated to Chief Operating Officer.&nbsp;</p><p>“I like to tell the story that they told me to take a 90 day contract which turned out into 13 years.”</p><p>During his 13-year tenure, Davenport has seen major staffing changes and sat on the recruitment team that hired Juanita Moore as Chief Executive Officer. “Juanita came to the museum with a great vision and quite a few great ideas to move the museum forward,” he said.&nbsp;</p><p>To Davenport, the gala is more than a big party; it’s a way to honor the legacy of Dr. Wright and to further the museum’s mission. The Wright Museum currently houses over 35,000 artifacts and archives. It is the place where the late Aretha Franklin and many others laid in state. Before the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in Washington D.C., the Wright Museum held the title of largest African American historical museum in the country.&nbsp;</p><p>Tickets for the Wright Gala 2019 Masquerade Ball are available at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p></div> </div> <span><a href="/stories?field_story_first_title_value=&amp;field_story_type_target_id=1151">Culture</a></span> Thu, 03 Oct 2019 18:42:37 +0000 6511 at Bridging Neighborhoods Mitigation Retrofit Project completes first renovated home in city’s Southwest <span>Bridging Neighborhoods Mitigation Retrofit Project completes first renovated home in city’s Southwest</span> <span><span>clarkek@detroi…</span></span> <span>Fri, 09/27/2019 - 11:54</span> <div> <img src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/2019-09/Screen%20Shot%202019-09-27%20at%2010.28.27%20AM_1.png" width="1081" height="631" alt="Mayor Mike Duggan (left) stands with Jose Guzman (right)" /> </div> <div>Bridging Neighborhoods Mitigation Retrofit Project completes first renovated home in city’s Southwest</div> <div>Longtime Detroit resident says he&#039;s &quot;grateful&quot; for the initiative </div> <div>The Neighborhoods Staff</div> <span><a href="/taxonomy/term/871" hreflang="en">Southwest Detroit</a></span> <div><div class = ' story-main-content'><p>For many Detroiters, a renovated home offers an extra layer of security and comfort to their standard of living. For Jose Guzman of Southwest, it means that he can breathe a little easier. Literally.</p><p>Guzman is the the recipient of the first completed home in the City’s <a href="">Bridging Neighborhoods Mitigation Retrofit Project</a> initiative which offers home mitigations to address increased noise and construction impacts related to the construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project in Delray and near the expanded I-75 service drive in Southwest.&nbsp;</p><p>Guzman, a native of the Dominican Republic and Detroit resident of 35 years, suffers from breathing complications incurred near ground zero on 9/11. He says he moved to Detroit for equal opportunity employment, worked for a company here for over 25 years, and is “grateful to live in Detroit and work in Detroit.”</p><p>Prior to the renovations, Guzman’s home had what he described as windows that were “a little deteriorated” with outdated central air but he now has new windows, updated central air, and heat. “These opportunities (from the City of Detroit) help me out for my breathing problems,” he said. “The dust from the window stopped.” He also mentioned that the new windows decreased the noise he used to hear from construction outside.</p><p>Now, he’s ready to live in a home that won’t negatively impact his health. “Detroit (is) my home,” Guzman said. “The program for the City of Detroit works. They do whatever it takes to make it happen, and I’m very grateful to enjoy the program.”</p></div> </div> <span><a href="/stories?field_story_first_title_value=&amp;field_story_type_target_id=1166">Health</a></span> Fri, 27 Sep 2019 15:54:45 +0000 6506 at PHOTO GALLERY: Joe Louis Arena Demolition <span>PHOTO GALLERY: Joe Louis Arena Demolition</span> <span><span>jacksonjam@det…</span></span> <span>Thu, 09/26/2019 - 09:39</span> <div> <img src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/2019-09/0U2A8995_2.jpg" width="1596" height="1064" alt="Demolition is almost complete" /> </div> <div>PHOTO GALLERY: Joe Louis Arena Demolition</div> <div>The iconic stadium holds more memories than it did seats.</div> <div>Cyrus Tetteh and Jamilah Jackson</div> <span><a href="/taxonomy/term/841" hreflang="en">Downtown</a></span> <div><div class = ' story-main-content'><p>Demolition on the historic Joe Louis Arena is almost complete. The iconic stadium holds more memories than it did seats. From seeing the Stanley Cup return to the D to seeing the Detroit Shock win their second WNBA Championship title. "The Joe," as it is affectionately called, was the first place many Detroiters saw their first concert or sporting event. It's definitely held some memories for me. The Joe is where I fell in love with the Jonas Brothers and had my girlhood dreams come true when Omarion and Bowwow came for the infamous Scream Tour. We are all sad to see this iconic place go but we will always hold the memories in our hearts. The Red Wings and Pistons have a new home in Little Caesars Arena and we can't wait for the next generation of Detroiters to create their own memories there.&nbsp;</p><p>Check out these photos captured by Neighborhoods photographer Cyrus Tetteh!&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="0U2A8978" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="620bf15b-8111-45c6-a9bd-79ee374b5acf" height="1064" src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/inline-images/0U2A8978.jpg" width="1596"></p><p><img alt="0U2A8991-2" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="49df240d-63d7-4add-a310-98f83fd173b0" height="1064" src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/inline-images/0U2A8991-2.jpg" width="1596"></p><p><img alt="0U2A8991" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4b7435a4-de81-4d1e-a58f-42dc711c95f0" height="1064" src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/inline-images/0U2A8991.jpg" width="1596"></p><p><img alt="0U2A8995" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6974aa55-ff09-4fdd-bfe1-e056d63474c6" height="1064" src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/inline-images/0U2A8995.jpg" width="1596"></p><p><img alt="0U2A9004" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="91fd7123-597b-42c0-b7fb-62e1698972f1" height="1064" src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/inline-images/0U2A9004.jpg" width="1596"></p><p><img alt="0U2A9011" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="bb669835-71ef-440f-bc9b-bb563b403832" height="1596" src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/inline-images/0U2A9011.jpg" width="1064"></p><p><img alt="0U2A9017" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0c6b3f80-fd2d-4e13-8906-1a9244db1297" height="1064" src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/inline-images/0U2A9017.jpg" width="1596"></p><p><img alt="0U2A9022" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7cb04e26-e562-4499-90ef-de38f4519a59" height="1064" src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/inline-images/0U2A9022.jpg" width="1596"></p><p><img alt="0U2A9026" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="65571ce0-8494-4252-8b43-f148bad731f5" height="1064" src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/inline-images/0U2A9026.jpg" width="1596"></p><p><img alt="0U2A9041" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="62e6c31d-8250-431b-a704-c35ab274a15b" height="1064" src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/inline-images/0U2A9041.jpg" width="1596"></p><p><img alt="0U2A9055" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="179099a7-a0c7-47eb-b834-c4b8459dd56a" height="1596" src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/inline-images/0U2A9055.jpg" width="1064"></p><p><img alt="0U2A9062" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0bcbb0ae-175a-4b3b-8ceb-de60c4a646f8" height="1064" src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/inline-images/0U2A9062.jpg" width="1596"></p></div> </div> <span><a href="/stories?field_story_first_title_value=&amp;field_story_type_target_id=1151">Culture</a></span> Thu, 26 Sep 2019 13:39:24 +0000 6501 at 6 things to do in Detroit this weekend, September 20 - September 22 <span>6 things to do in Detroit this weekend, September 20 - September 22</span> <span><span>clarkek@detroi…</span></span> <span>Thu, 09/19/2019 - 11:36</span> <div> <img src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/2019-09/Screen%20Shot%202019-09-19%20at%2011.35.58%20AM.png" width="495" height="257" alt="cider and donuts" /> </div> <div>6 things to do in Detroit this weekend, September 20 - September 22</div> <div>A drop-in pottery workshop, Fall Fest, and more for your weekend</div> <div>Kinsey Clarke</div> <span><a href="/taxonomy/term/1081" hreflang="en">Citywide</a></span> <div><div class = ' story-main-content'><p><strong>SEPTEMBER 20 &nbsp;</strong></p><p>Enjoy an <a href="">evening of jazz</a> at Beacon Park. &nbsp;</p><p>Watch a showing of “<a href="">Cleopatra Boy</a>” at Andy.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>SEPTEMBER 21 &nbsp;</strong></p><p>Get creative at the <a href="">drop-in pottery workshop</a> at Ladybug Studios.&nbsp;</p><p>Check out the <a href="">2019 Detroit China Festival</a> at Hart Plaza.&nbsp;</p><p>Enjoy <a href="">free general admission</a> to the Michigan Science Center.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>SEPTEMBER 22&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Celebrate the beginning of fall at the <a href="">Fall Fest at Clark Park</a>.</p></div> </div> <span><a href="/stories?field_story_first_title_value=&amp;field_story_type_target_id=1151">Culture</a></span> Thu, 19 Sep 2019 15:36:15 +0000 6496 at New proposal would end residential blight in the city by 2025 <span>New proposal would end residential blight in the city by 2025</span> <span><span>clarkek@detroi…</span></span> <span>Mon, 09/16/2019 - 12:50</span> <div> <img src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/2019-09/Screen%20Shot%202019-09-16%20at%2012.57.34%20PM.png" width="737" height="444" alt="An abandoned home" /> </div> <div>New proposal would end residential blight in the city by 2025</div> <div>Bond proposal would eliminate residential blight from every city neighborhood without raising taxes</div> <div>The Neighborhoods Staff</div> <span><a href="/taxonomy/term/1081" hreflang="en">Citywide</a></span> <div><div class = ' story-main-content'><p>Today, city officials announced a new proposal that would eliminate residential blight from all neighborhoods in Detroit by mid-2025. The proposal would need to be approved by City Council to be placed on the March 2020 ballot. It would fund $250 million in bonds to eliminate all residential blight citywide, and would not increase taxes.</p><p>Since 2014, the City of Detroit has been able to demolish 19,000 homes, with another 9,000 receiving a second life through the Detroit Land Bank’s rehab programs. If the measure is passed by voters, an additional 19,000 vacant properties would be torn down by 2025, and the Land Bank would sell or take legal action on 8,000 more to be rehabbed and reoccupied; making Detroit blight-free.</p><p>A majority of the funding the city previously used for demolitions was made available through the federal Hardest Hit program, which had limitations on the neighborhoods in which houses could be demolished. The city’s new initiative would have no neighborhood restrictions.</p><p>“For the past five years, residents living outside of the federal boundaries have been asking me when it’s going to be their turn and those have been difficult conversations,” Mayor Duggan said. “Because these funds will be completely controlled by the city, neighborhoods that have lived with blight for decades will see all of it removed within five years of the bond sale being approved.”</p><p>Without the bond proposal, city officials estimate it would take at least 13 years to complete the same number of demolitions citywide.</p><p>“This opportunity for us is transformational,” said Councilmember Andre Spivey. “We have long heard the concerns to give more attention to our neighborhoods and this provides an opportunity to change the landscape and prepare for further neighborhood revitalization.”</p><p>The proposal would also allow for the city to help incentivize renovations for homes that would otherwise be demolished under the previous federal demolition funding.</p><p>“If it’s going to take $15,000 to demolish a house that would be salvageable if not for the high cost of renovation, we can use that same $15,000 to help pay for renovations, instead of demolition,” said Mayor Duggan. “This wasn’t possible with our federal funding due to US Treasury rules, but since we are moving forward with all city funding, we have the ability to be more creative.” Because funding under the new proposal would not come from the federal government, the city’s demolition program going forward would also have more ability to give preference to Detroit-based companies.</p><p>“Detroit’s best hope for maintaining its momentum is to cut red tape and move quickly to demolish and rehab homes and commercial structures throughout the city,” said Councilmember Scott Benson. I’m excited that Detroit-based businesses will have increased access to opportunity to rebuild our city through this proposal.”</p><p>City Council must approve the initiative by December 17 in order for it to make the March 2020 ballot.</p></div> </div> <span><a href="/stories?field_story_first_title_value=&amp;field_story_type_target_id=1176">Real estate</a></span> Mon, 16 Sep 2019 16:50:40 +0000 6491 at 6 things to do in Detroit this weekend, September 13 - September 15 <span>6 things to do in Detroit this weekend, September 13 - September 15</span> <span><span>clarkek@detroi…</span></span> <span>Thu, 09/12/2019 - 13:13</span> <div> <img src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/2019-09/Screen%20Shot%202019-09-12%20at%2012.59.35%20PM_2.png" width="497" height="258" alt="people playing cricket" /> </div> <div>6 things to do in Detroit this weekend, September 13 - September 15</div> <div>A &quot;Rocky Horror Picture Show&quot; screening, two-day clothing swap, and more for your weekend</div> <div>Kinsey Clarke</div> <span><a href="/taxonomy/term/1081" hreflang="en">Citywide</a></span> <div><div class = ' story-main-content'><p><strong>SEPTEMBER 13 &nbsp;</strong></p><p>Enjoy a showing of the <a href="">Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadow Cast</a> at Beacon Park. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>SEPTEMBER 14 &nbsp;</strong></p><p><a href="">JexkXJollof is back</a> and taking over The Belt.&nbsp;</p><p>Play cricket at the <a href="">Detroit Inclusive Cricket Meetup</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Celebrate Brazilian culture at the <a href="">Brazilian Day Street Festival</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Check out the <a href="">two-day clothing swap</a> at Textile Takeover.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>SEPTEMBER 15&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Celebrate <a href="">Mexican Independence Day</a> at Clark Park.&nbsp;</p></div> </div> <span><a href="/stories?field_story_first_title_value=&amp;field_story_type_target_id=1151">Culture</a></span> Thu, 12 Sep 2019 17:13:25 +0000 6486 at Cass Tech teacher to compete on Wheel of Fortune during Teacher’s Week <span>Cass Tech teacher to compete on Wheel of Fortune during Teacher’s Week</span> <span><span>clarkek@detroi…</span></span> <span>Wed, 09/11/2019 - 09:22</span> <div> <img src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/2019-09/Screen%20Shot%202019-09-11%20at%209.24.12%20AM.png" width="724" height="425" alt="Vicki Hooks Green on Wheel of Fortune" /> </div> <div>Cass Tech teacher to compete on Wheel of Fortune during Teacher’s Week</div> <div>Educator Vicki Green will appear on her third primetime game show in 10 years. Her advice for getting selected: “Try”</div> <div>Kinsey Clarke</div> <span><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/836" hreflang="en">Midtown</a></span> <div><div class = ' story-main-content'><p>Cass Tech English teacher Vicki Green will compete on Wheel of Fortune Thursday night on NBC (WDIV). It will be her third primetime appearance in ten years.&nbsp;</p><p>Green first appeared on America’s Funniest Home Videos in 2008 after submitting a family video of reactions to her son making a surprise visit home from college. She placed second and won $2000.&nbsp;</p><p>In 2018, Green and her family competed on Family Feud under the last name Roulhac, winning $20,000. She says many people tell her that she’s lucky, but she credits her success to simply having a plan during try-outs. As an educator, Green knew that the best option for getting cast on a game show was to strategize.&nbsp;</p><p>First, she said, you have to put yourself out there.</p><p>“If you don’t try, you won’t succeed. That sounds so simple, but you’d be surprised at how many people just don’t try.”</p><p>Next, be interesting.</p><p>“You have to (be) interesting or have some angle,” Green said. “It can be anything where you have to present yourself in such a way where people go, ‘Hmm. You’re worthy of more attention from me.’”</p><p>Finally, she said, you have to pay attention. During her family’s audition for Family Feud, the show producers instructed all participants on how to answer their question when they came out of their huddle. Green said that instead of following the directions provided, other teams were focused on winning their round, which wasn’t a guarantee that they’d make it to the next audition. Producers don’t care who wins the practice game, she said. “They want it to be interesting for the people who are watching the show.”</p></div> <div class = ' story-quote-section'><p>"I don’t always win. I don’t always get picked. I don’t always get selected. But when I do, it seems to be really big."</p></div> <div class = ' story-main-content'><p>When Green heard that The Wheel of Fortune’s Wheel Mobile would be making a two-day Detroit stop at Chene Park last May, she jumped at the chance and went both days. It was her sixth time going to The Wheel Mobile.</p><p>“There’s a measure of luck with getting an audition with them,” she said. “Hundreds of people are there, and they have to pull your name out of a barrel with everyone’s name in it. That’s what I never got past before. I always told myself, ‘If they call my name, I’m (going to) end up on the show.’”&nbsp;</p><p>Her strategy this time was to crumple up the piece of paper her name was written on to give it some texture and distinguish it from the rest of the paper in the barrel. Her name was called on the second day of try-outs, and she was chosen for another round of try-outs a few weeks later in June. That round was full of tests and puzzles where contestants had to solve as many as they could within a short timeframe. Shortly after, Green was chosen to be on the Wheel of Fortune season opener for Teacher Week.&nbsp;</p><p>In preparation for the show, she binge-watched every episode of Wheel of Fortune in the month between finding out that she’d been selected and the date that she’d be going to tape. While she believes being a teacher has helped her attain her game show goals, she said that simply caring about learning is what’s gotten her this far. “Pay attention, follow instructions. Care about stuff, care about knowledge, care about information.”</p><p>Though she’d like to compete on The $100,000 Pyramid in the future, her plans are on hold because of an industry rule that prohibits game contestants from being on more than one primetime game show in a year.</p><p>For now, Green is counting down to retirement, having just started her twenty-second year of teaching. “I’ve decided I’m going to do thirty (years.)”</p><p>And while competing on the shows is fun, Green says that her motivation for all of this is the experience. “It’s not just about game shows. It’s still the philosophy of trying things,” she said. “Are you always going to succeed? No. When people tell me, ‘You are so lucky,’ I’m like, ‘I’m not as “lucky” as you may think because there are many many many times where I’ve tried something and it did not come to fruition.’ But what’s the point in talking about those times? The point is, I don’t always win. I don’t always get picked. I don’t always get selected. But when I do, it seems to be really big.”</p><p>You can watch Vicki Green’s Wheel of Fortune episode Thursday, Sept. 12 on NBC (WDIV) at 7 p.m. EST.</p></div> </div> <span><a href="/stories?field_story_first_title_value=&amp;field_story_type_target_id=1151">Culture</a></span> Wed, 11 Sep 2019 13:22:53 +0000 6481 at When's the last time you've been to Chandler Park? <span>When&#039;s the last time you&#039;ve been to Chandler Park?</span> <span><span></span></span> <span>Fri, 09/06/2019 - 10:49</span> <div> <img src="/sites/the-neighborhoods/files/2019-09/Screen%20Shot%202019-09-06%20at%207.54.00%20AM.jpg" width="1024" height="549" alt="Chandler Park" /> </div> <div>When&#039;s the last time you&#039;ve been to Chandler Park?</div> <div>Go for a swim, or take to the green</div> <div>Rebecca Smith, Sheila Grant and Aaron Foley</div> <span><a href="/taxonomy/term/476" hreflang="en">Chandler Park</a></span> <div><div class = ' story-main-content'><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p></div> <div class = ' story-main-content'><p>Folks on the eastside of Detroit know all that Chandler Park -- not just home of the Wayne County Family Aquatic Center -- has to offer, but for everyone else: When's the last time you've been? Or have you ever been?</p><p>The City of Detroit's media team made their way east on 94 fo pay a visit to Chandler Park for a round of golf and a dip in the pool. Best of all? It's all cheap -- or free entirely.</p></div> </div> Fri, 06 Sep 2019 14:49:14 +0000 6476 at