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PHOTO GALLERY: Now and Next Detroit Brunch

As Black History Month comes to an end, we decided to give our #NowAndNextDetroit honorees their flowers while they are still here to receive them. During a special brunch, we honored those driving Detroit's culture with certificates of appreciation and Spirit of Detroit Awards. If you haven't checked out the series we did with the City, Foot Locker Detroit and the Department of Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity, follow our Instagram now (@storiesfromdet). 

photo credit: Cyrus Tetteh


Shop Small in Detroit

Since 2010, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been designated as Small Business Saturday. The idea was originally an initiative from American Express but in 2011, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution to make it a nationwide event. 

Studies show for every dollar spent at a small business, 67 cent stays in the community. 


It's TCF, not Cobo: Here's a guide to all the things in Detroit that have been renamed recently

Detroit is a city where it’s hard to break old habits, particularly when it comes to changing the name of something and being asked to start calling a longtime institution something new. Here in the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center where we’re headquartered, people still refer to this building as the City-County Building despite the fact that it was changed to CAYMC in 1997.


New $4.9M greenway to connect East Vernor to Riverwalk

Construction is underway on the Joseph Campau Greenway, a $4.9 million, 1.2 mile greenway that will run from Vernor to the Riverwalk, connecting more neighborhoods safely to Detroit’s international riverfront. The project, which was initially announced as part of the East Riverfront Framework Plan and will parallel the Dequindre Cut, includes new pathway construction, streetscape improvements, updates to recreation opportunities and renovations of existing greenways. 


Chene Park will become Aretha Louise Franklin Amphitheatre

The City of Detroit is moving forward with renaming Chene Park Amphitheatre in honor of the late Aretha Franklin, settling on the name Aretha Louise Franklin Amphitheatre.

Conversations about renaming a City building or attraction for the Queen of Soul began when reports of the singer’s grave illness spread last month. On August 30, a day before Franklin’s much-attended funeral at Greater Grace Temple, a resolution was submitted to City Council to rename the Park.


Chene Park to be renamed for Aretha Franklin

Chene Park Amphitheatre will be renamed for Aretha Franklin -- if the proposal is approved by Detroit's city council, the latest in a series of tributes to the Detroit-raised soul singer.

Mayor Mike Duggan will make the announcement today during the final memorial service for Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, joined by Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones.

Improved Butzel Playfield, new Marcus Garvey Academy on docket for improvement in Villages [email protected] Thu, 06/07/2018 - 19:16

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.

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