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Delphia Simmons
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Delphia is the founder of Thrive Detroit, L3C, whose mission is to provide micro-enterprise opportunities for low-income individuals. She is on staff at the Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS) and serves as chair of the Kiva Detroit advisory board.

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Intentionally Unintentional

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 5:37 PM


I strive to maintain a perspective that has a lens on multiple angles of Detroit's revitalization. I live, work and play here and believe that, with intentionality, decisions can be made in a way that considers the impact on the economically disadvantaged as...

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Impound, Impact, Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 9:26 PM


Depending on whose report you dig into, my neighborhood is made up of a significant number of individuals and families in the lower income range. According to, in 2011, over 40% of the residents in my zip code had incomes...

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Gold, Silver, Furniture

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 11:00 PM


The sign in the store window was too large to miss: "Trade Your Gold and Silver for Furniture". By the time I pulled into my driveway just a few miles away, I had experienced a range of emotions surrounding what the sign meant,...

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Opportunity Is the Fabric of Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 7:09 PM


Recently I was asked to answer the question: How can cities better connect all residents to economic opportunity?

It's been a few months since that question was posed to me and I'm sure it is one of many on the minds of residents...

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Council Districts Rallying to Form Community Advisory Councils by July Deadline

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 5:11 PM


Despite having a shorter-than-anticipated window of time, every one of the seven newly formed City Council Districts is working to meet the requirements to form a Community Advisory Council (CAC) for their district. CAC formation requires that each district obtain the buy-in of...

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If This, Then That: Logical Conclusions of a Broken Criminal Justice System

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 3:12 PM

In my wanderings around the Internet, I came upon an online service called IFTTT (If this, then that). If you haven't heard of it, you should check it out. This isn't a review of IFTTT, but I mention it because of its use of the language of logic....

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Wading Into the Morass of a Broken Criminal Justice System

(3) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 2:06 PM

Ever since I decided to research the mechanics of our prison system, I have been somewhat stuck. I have had to reexamine some of my own basic assumptions about what truly constitutes justice, crime, and punishment, and how communities can be restored when these are administered by the right people,...

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Justice Scaled

(6) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 10:35 AM

Recently I learned of something even more disturbing than our former mayor's pending indictment and imprisonment for 24 federal charges, including racketeering, extortion, and bribery.

In the United States, 60 percent of black male high-school dropouts will go to prison before they reach the...

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Proposed Detroit Park Closures an Opportunity to Think Outside of the Sandbox

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 3:23 PM

Like me, you've probably kept up with the plans to lease Belle Isle to the State of Michigan as a cost saving measure for the city. After hearing city council members talk about the first offer, I agreed that all parties needed to go back to the drawing board, and...

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Micro-enterprise Opportunities: A Key Component in Fighting Poverty

(1) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 9:00 AM

Poverty is the by-product of economic inequalities that are sustained by any number of social problems pervasive in our society. The lack of equal opportunities has effectively created social margins where people in crisis are pushed to the economic edge. In a society where members are stratified by wealth and...

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