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What exactly is Detroit's community benefits ordinance? Fri, 09/14/2018 - 09:50

“Community benefits agreement” is one of those terms that gets bounced around a lot, but there’s not always much clarity on. The City of Detroit has a Community Benefits Ordinance that attempts to bring resident concerns of job growth and equitable development to the top of the list of new projects in the city.

Detroit's poverty rate falls slightly; Black household incomes up Thu, 09/13/2018 - 00:46

Detroit’s poverty rate dropped slightly while median incomes in Black households rose in 2017, according to new U.S. Census Bureau statistics released early Thursday morning.

8 things to do in Detroit this weekend, Sep. 7 - Sep. 9 clarkek@detroi… Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:50


Interact with miniature works of art at MOCAD with the Pocket Size exhibit.  

Dance the night away at the Queer Dance Party at El Club.  


Check out the Hip Hop Bake Shop at the Dequindre Freight Yard.  

11 things to do in Detroit Labor Day Weekend clarkek@detroi… Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:14


Start your long weekend at the Detroit Jazz Festival, which runs until September 2 at Hart Plaza.   


Celebrate Brightmoor at a free basketball camp and block party.  

Have a midnight mimosas at the Midnight Brunch & Night Party.  

T-shirt makers spring into action for Franklin memorials Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:10

Rose Baker, a born-and-raised Detroiter, already has a business making T-shirts and other clothing at a boutique she owns in Southfield. As soon as news of elaborate memorial services and tributes for the late Aretha Franklin started to spread through town, she sprung into action.

“I saw a demand for them,” she says outside of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, “Rock Steady” booming in the background. “A lot of my customers were asking me for them. 

'Who did the body?': On Detroit's black funeral culture, and why it matters Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:31

There are measures, sometimes imposed by those who first claimed residence here when the QLine was still being called M-1 Rail, about what a real Detroiter is or isn’t. I’ll go ahead and add one to the list: You’re not a real Detroiter unless an elder in your family, or you yourself, have a copy of Swanson’s Book of Prayers.

DDOT unveils new route system, new logo, free WiFI Tue, 08/28/2018 - 10:49

As the Detroit Department of Transportation weighs a potential fare change for riders between the city and suburbs, more changes are in store for the department as it unveils an upgraded route system, WiFi-enabled coaches and a new logo.

Point of Viewfinder: Cyrus Tetteh jacksonjam@det… Fri, 08/24/2018 - 10:30

Video Credit: Zachary Cunningham 

DDOT proposes fare change, new transfer system with SMART Thu, 08/23/2018 - 16:15

The eight-mile-long ice trail between the city and the suburbs thaws a little bit more as Detroit’s transportation department proposes a bus fare increase that would allow for seamless transfer for riders on suburban bus routes. Somewhere, L. Brooks Patterson weeps.

He started Detroit Black Restaurant Week. Then he got death threats. jacksonjam@det… Mon, 08/20/2018 - 11:07

Detroit Black Restaurant Week is back for a second year, shining a light on black-owned restaurants in Metro Detroit, helping ensure their place in the local restaurant boom. From August 20-26, foodies can enjoy specialized menus from new restaurants and crowd favorites at special prices.

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