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Sharing Priorities and Being Fearless

Bill Couzens | Posted 08.10.2016 | Detroit
Bill Couzens

This morning I read of the obituary of Frances Oldham Kelsey, an "FDA Officer Who Blocked Thalidomide," who died at age 101. Her tireless efforts to u...

Belle Isle Is Officially A State Park

ABC News Radio | Anselm Gibbs | Posted 12.02.2013 | Detroit

(DETROIT) -- The State of Michigan has signed a lease that will see the state taking over the maintenance and operation of Detroit's Belle Isle. Sign...

LOOK: Abandoned Island Zoo, Then And Now

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 09.30.2013 | Travel

In the middle of the Detroit River lies Belle Isle, a sprawling park designed by the same landscape architect responsible for New York's Central Park,...

WATCH: The Most Serene View Of Detroit

Posted 07.29.2013 | Detroit

Detroit has never looked so serene and steady. Nothing really happens in this soothing time-lapse video from Bill Meese looking at the city from Bell...

Building Blocks for Detroit's Revival

Barry D. Wood | Posted 09.24.2013 | Detroit
Barry D. Wood

Obscured by the prevailing gloom, Detroit possesses the essential elements of a turnaround. If built upon and wisely managed Detroit will experience the kind of renaissance that has made a retooled Pittsburgh so attractive and vibrant. Here are some of the building blocks.

Amazing Maps Show Off Detroit Neighborhoods

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.12.2013 | Detroit

Detroit is one-of-a-kind, locals and outsiders would agree: for good or bad, there's nowhere else like it. Even inside the city, its neighborhoods eac...

Bing Moves To Close 50 Parks After Belle Isle Deal Collapse

Posted 02.01.2013 | Detroit

Mayor Dave Bing announced on Friday that the city of Detroit will close 50 parks across the city -- just days after Detroit City Council vetoed a plan...

Belle Isle State Park Plan Appears To Be Dead

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 01.30.2013 | Detroit

The state of Michigan has said it will withdraw its offer to lease Detroit's Belle Isle as a state park, the Detroit Free Press reports. The Depar...

Belle Isle Lease Proposal Tabled

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 01.29.2013 | Detroit

A plan for Belle Isle is off the agenda for Detroit's City Council -- at least for the moment. A contentious vote to lease the city's island park o...

State To Detroit: Time Is Running Out On Belle Isle Deal

MLive | Posted 02.12.2013 | Detroit

DETROIT, MI - The state is hoping to fit in one more victory before the end of the year in its reform agenda for Detroit, asking City Council to commi...

Belle Isle Plan Dead For Now

Posted 10.17.2012 | Detroit

Weeks after Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Gov. Rick Snyder announced a plan for the state to operate and manage Belle Isle, an island park in the city, ...

POLL: Belle Isle, Cedar Point 2.0?

Posted 10.05.2012 | Detroit

Go-karts and merry-go-rounds could be the answer to the fiscal problems dogging Belle Isle, Detroit's island park, say some of its elected officials. ...

Pugh: 'Belle Isle Is Not About To Sink Into The Detroit River'

Posted 09.26.2012 | Detroit

When Michigan state officials discussed a proposed lease of Detroit's Belle Isle park with a dubious City Council Tuesday, the eight (of nine) present...

Councilman: State's Belle Isle Plan 'Was Really A Promise To Do Nothing'

Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 09.18.2012 | Detroit

Detroit City Council won't vote on a proposal to lease the city's Belle Isle park to the state without further details, members said Tuesday. Mayor...

Keep Waiting For Word On Belle Isle Agreement

Posted 09.17.2012 | Detroit

A Detroit City Council hearing to discuss the future of Belle Isle has been postponed until next week, Fox 2 reports. The body previously schedule...

State Could Operate Detroit's Island Park For 30 Years

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 09.12.2012 | Detroit

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced a plan Wednesday for the state to lease Belle Isle, the country's largest city-own...

Should Belle Isle Stay Under Detroit Control?

Posted 07.25.2012 | Detroit

Mayor Dave Bing still hasn't reached a decision regarding control of the Parks & Recreation Department's crown jewel -- the 932 pastoral acres of Detr...

Best Places To Watch The Fireworks

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.25.2012 | Detroit

Ah, the 4th of July fireworks. Nothing says "America!" like a showy burst of light in the sky, though Detroit chooses to celebrate more than a week ea...

Summer Splash: Best Beaches In Metro Detroit (PHOTOS)

Posted 06.08.2012 | Detroit

With national vacation destinations like Traverse City and Petoskey right in our backyards, Metro Detroit's array of freshwater beaches don't always g...

An Emergency Manager Would Put Belle Isle at Risk

Tiya Miles | Posted 03.25.2012 | Detroit
Tiya Miles

If an emergency manager were to be assigned, a potential outcome would be the sale of Belle Isle. If Detroit is a black city, then Belle Isle is black land. It is precious, peaceful, protected land held in trust for the people of the city.