One queer couple on finding a queer community in Detroit and what it means for their future children
Throughout the month of June, The Neighborhoods will be featuring stories from queer residents across the city. Today, we’re talking to Carissa and Tiffany, who live in Islandview and are considering starting a family in the city.
Carissa: “I’m a transplant from all over the place. I was born in Texas, moved to Germany for a lot of my childhood, and then lived outside of DC for most of the time before moving here about six years ago. I’m an educator about to start teaching in Detroit as well.”
In this episode of Sound Bites, The Neighborhoods went to Islandview Village for the Glam Dolls Dress Giveaway at Butzel Recreation Center.
It’s been a while since a new LGBT-centered mixer arrived on Detroit’s scene, but Wednesday nights are home to a new LGBTQ meet-up in Islandview Village. Freqᐧuency is this summer’s newest monthly after-work mixer at Brix Wine & Charcuterie Boutique.
A community meeting will be held Thursday night for residents in and around the Villages neighborhoods to discuss Strategic Neighborhood Fund-related improvements to the area.
The meeting is hosted by the City of Detroit’s Planning and Development department. Thursday’s meeting specifically hones in on streetscape improvement and retail attraction. Earlier this year, a new implementation plan was announced for the Islandview, West Village, East Village, Indian Village neighborhoods and nearby areas.
More than $5 million in investments will go toward an improved Butzel Playfield, a more attractive streetscape along Kercheval Avenue, additional affordable housing options, and more neighborhood rehabilitation in the Villages neighborhoods are coming in the near future, City of Detroit planning officials announced Thursday night.
A community meeting will be held in the Villages to discuss final recommendations from the City of Detroit’s Planning Department on Strategic Neighborhood Fund-related improvements to the area on Thursday night.
After a series of community meetings, the Planning Department will unveil its plans based on more than 1,500 comments and other feedback from residents.
“I always wanted to be on the front lines of making this city better.”
Monique “Nikki” Sasser is the name behind Nikki’s Ginger Tea. I met with her on a blustery Saturday in November at her booth at Eastern Market.
Stephanie-Blair Watts was at a friend’s house a few years ago when she came across NPR’s Tiny Desk concerts, a music series where musicians perform intimate sets at the desk of “All Songs Considered” host Bob Boilen.
At The Neighborhoods, we’re interested in hearing from everybody in Detroit about what matters most to you.
Do you have a story to tell about what your community group is doing in the neighborhood? Tell us.
Do you have a story to tell about a home that needs to come down in your neighborhood? Tell us.