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New report analyzes state data to find that older Detroiters are "dying before their time"

The new report from the Detroit Area Agency on Aging found that the death rate for people ages 50 to 59 in Detroit is 122% higher than those of the same age in the rest of Michigan.

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Over 40 Michigan organizations join collaboratory to center equity in evaluation practices

Michigan nonprofits, foundations, and other organizations are confronting the ways their evaluations may contribute to further inequity for those they're supposed to serve.

Development News Hamtramck is a city that's only 2 square miles but has the highest population-density numbers in Michigan. The proposed park on residential street Trowbridge is a unique opportunity for the community to convert a vacant lot into a public space.

Groups work together to raise money for a new pocket park in Hamtramck

Organizers for Salam Peace Park have until Saturday, Sept. 26, to raise $22,000 through a crowdfunding campaign. Should they reach their goal, the MEDC will then contribute an additional $22,000 as a matching grant.  

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5 things we learned from the Jefferson Chalmers Mainstreet Master Plan reveal

Several key things emerged during the community engagement process that helped inform the plan: improving retail, revitalizing the Vanity Ballroom, retaining longstanding businesses, bike lanes, pedestrian safety, infrastructure and utilities, green space, and corridor character and urban design.


Feature Story Evette Napier is a lifelong Woodbridge resident.

Lifelong Woodbridge resident's dedication to community comes full circle

Evette Napier has spent a lifetime in Woodbridge, raising a family and being active in her community. After contracting COVID-19 this year amid a battle against cancer, the neighborhood’s graciousness came front and center for her.

Partner Content Sandra Cavette is proud of her historical home and wants to see others investing in the upkeep of Detroit properties.

0%-interest loan program puts economic power in hands of Detroit homeowners

Sandra Cavette is one of 1,048 homeowners in Detroit who have used a 0% interest home repair loan program to maintain historic properties throughout the city. Long-term residents like Cavette have seen the city through its ups and downs and are investing in its future through the program, which launched five years ago and has generated $10 million in funding. 

Feature Story Softly Away by Nabeela Najjar

Design in the City partners with Gucci to highlight Detroit designers on a global stage

Elevating specifically female and BIPOC artists, Design in the City — funded through the Gucci Changemakers grant — will allow emerging fashion and accessory designers to gain exposure and boost their career through public installations at Detroit businesses.


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Q&A with Asia Hamilton, owner of Norwest Gallery, on why Detroit needs art more than ever

"A lot of art spaces aren’t welcoming spaces. It’s such a prestigious, bougie industry that you can feel like you don’t belong. I want people to experience high-end, fabulous art, to come in and feel like they're supposed to be there. That’s why I opened up this space."

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Jefferson East Inc. and East Jefferson Development Corp. ready to unveil master plan

The conceptual plans to guide and spur development along the Jefferson-Chalmers commercial corridor will be shared during a virtual monthly community meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30. The project area encompasses approximately 70 acres along Detroit’s East Jefferson Avenue corridor between Alter Road and Lakeview Street.


Feature Story Dierdre Roberson, Eumelanin, Detroit

Detroit designer combines fashion and science to start a conversation about skin color

Detroit entrepreneur Deirdre Roberson doesn't fit a mold. And the scientist-turned-fashion-designer doesn't want you to, either. “People will say to me ‘you look like a model,’ but why did nobody ever tell me ‘you look like a scientist’? We are complex. We are multidimensional people.”

Feature Story A group of Citywide Poets talk about their writing during a workshop.

Voices of Youth: Detroit's Citywide Poets teens share feelings on poetry, BLM protests, and COVID-19

Teens involved with Detroit's Citywide Poets are deeply concerned about the state of the world during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Feature Story The Detroit 21 is a coalition made up of the leaders of 21 Detroit Community Development Organizations.

Resilient Neighborhoods: Why these 21 Detroit CDOs are taking a stand on police brutality

A coalition of Detroit community development organizations is calling for dramatic changes in how neighborhood residents interact with law enforcement. And in doing so, they're rethinking what it means to be a CDO in Detroit.

Partner Content Farmers Market Food Navigator Josh Miller talks to a young visitor.

Saginaw Farmers Market Food Navigator leads families to healthier lifestyles

Farmers Market Food Navigators help market patrons build healthy eating habits, make the most of SNAP benefits, and build relationships with their farmers.

Feature Story Sonia Acosta. Photo by Nick Hagen.

How Pontiac's Centro Multicultural La Familia stays connected to vulnerable clients during pandemic

After about a month of working from home, some of the clients started losing their jobs or receiving reduced work hours. We started receiving calls from clients needing help with paying for their rent, utilities, needing diapers for their children, personal hygiene items, and food.

Feature Story Desirae Simmons. Photo by Doug Coombe.

Working for peace and justice through a racial equity lens

As the sense of urgency for peace and justice continues, we are really centering anti-racism and racial and economic equity as the lens through which all our work will flow.

Buzz Ally Vang, owner of Orchid Thai in downtown Detroit

Tostada Magazine: Downtown’s Orchid Thai navigates through one of the worst times for restaurants

Ally Vang opened Orchid Thai in downtown Detroit with the goal of being part of the area's revival. More than 15 years later, she credits the restaurant's longevity and ability to adapt as keys to its success in navigating two recessions and now a pandemic.

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Tostada Magazine: The secret to Terri’s Cakes’ success is a love for family tradition

As the owner of Terri’s Cakes, Terri’s customers rave over fun and creative flavors like apple, banana pudding, and peach dream — a pound cake with swirls of cheesecake folded in topped with a baked cognac-drenched peach cobbler.

Buzz Slyde will preview five different sliders as well as shareables like chicken wings.

After years of delays, Slyde settles into West Village, offers taste of restaurant with pop-ups

Being 'the friendly neighborhood spot' is the goal for Slyde, and Saturday’s Slyde Thru is a preview of what’s to come in West Village.


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‘Holding our future lightly’: How Michigan nonprofits have adapted and arrived at a new normal

"We can’t predict the future. Nobody can. So we’ve just given ourselves some grace."

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Leading the nation, Michigan’s Opioid Treatment Ecosystems save lives through holistic model

A new initiative of the Wayne State University Center for Behavioral Health and Justice is working to change the cultural landscape around substance use disorder and decrease overdose deaths.

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