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Postscript: Big City, Small World

Michele Oberholtzer | Posted 10.06.2014 | Detroit
Michele Oberholtzer

I wish we could follow them back to their respective apartments to find all the stolen bounty that had long ago been given up for lost. I wish we had a CSI-style investigation that resulted in the resolution of dozens of cold cases. But it was not to be

You Robbed The Right Girl

Michele Oberholtzer | Posted 09.29.2014 | Detroit
Michele Oberholtzer

Last Wednesday, I learned a lesson about living in Detroit the hard way. Tonight, I learned a lesson about living in Detroit the good way.

Neighbors Step Up To Fight Blight

Reuters | Posted 09.02.2013 | Detroit

By Nick Carey DETROIT, July 3 (Reuters) - One in 10 homes in Detroit's middle class Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood has been abandoned...

The Power of Ruin: Detroit and the Artistic Mind

Nancy Kotting | Posted 05.06.2013 | Detroit
Nancy Kotting

Detroit is functioning, excelling and overachieving in ways that do not have precedent anywhere else on Earth, and therefore it is profoundly difficult to recognize for those stuck in old paradigms, dreaming of resurrection and emerald cities.

A Shooting in Woodbridge, and Why I Don't Feel Unsafe

Brian Ambrozy | Posted 02.11.2013 | Detroit
Brian Ambrozy

Monday, January 21, at least 10 shots were fired from an SUV a man was killed on the sidewalk, about a thousand feet from my front door. But I don't feel unsafe is because the neighborhood mobilized instantly.

5 Things That Help Increase Our Access to Safety and a Sense of Community

Young Nation | Posted 03.25.2013 | Detroit
Young Nation

Opening your home or other private space is an easy way to strengthen your bonds with people you trust and care for simply by spending time together. At the same time it helps to build community.

Welcome to the New Businesses -- Thank You to Those Businesses That Stayed

Christina Lovio-George | Posted 03.06.2013 | Detroit
Christina Lovio-George

What a year Detroit's Midtown and Downtown has had in attracting new and relocated businesses to its core. Welcome to each one of you.

Life's Lessons Learned at Neighborhood Recreation Centers

Mayor David Bing | Posted 02.09.2013 | Detroit
Mayor David Bing

Recreation centers provide a much-needed -- and safe -- "escape." Most importantly, recreation centers enhance the quality of life for all people -- young and old. And the life lessons learned by participating in activities at recreation centers will have a long-lasting impact. I can attest to that firsthand.

Detroit's Education Manifesto

Dan Varner | Posted 10.28.2012 | Detroit
Dan Varner

Qualitative measures like school appearance, safety and openness to parents and community are essential to any school becoming a neighborhood anchor and are also, quite measurable.

Making Detroit a World-Class City Again

Adam Hollier | Posted 10.05.2012 | Detroit
Adam Hollier

My top priority is making Detroit a world-class city again. As state representative in the 4th district, I will work to achieve this goal by urging our state to invest in infrastructure, education, and our neighborhoods.

The New Detroit

Imani Mixon | Posted 06.12.2012 | Detroit
Imani Mixon

As a native Detroiter, being back in the city for the summer reminds me that the city is entering a peculiar era as a new group of Detroiters move in while many lifelong city dwellers seek lives elsewhere, oftentimes due to uncontrollable situations.

Block By Block, Kirk Mayes Envisions A Better Brightmoor

Urban Innovation Exchange | Posted 06.05.2012 | Detroit

This article first appeared on the Urban Innovation Exchange. By Tunde Wey Tall with an easy saunter, Kirk Mayes is an ambitious man. His gentle...

One Hundred Percent

Dean P. Simmer | Posted 07.02.2012 | Detroit
Dean P. Simmer

The Class of 2012 at Detroit Cristo Rey High School took a risk by signing up for a Catholic, college-preparatory school that had not even opened, they worked harder than they had before, and 100 percent have been accepted into college.

Teaching Power in Detroit

Matthew Bode | Posted 07.01.2012 | Detroit
Matthew Bode

Detroit will turn around, and does every day, when we understand the power we have to transform the way we function. Every day we must remind ourselves that this is our community and we have the power to change it.

Detroit's Tale of Two Cities

Sandy K. Baruah | Posted 06.19.2012 | Detroit
Sandy K. Baruah

While a big fist hangs defiantly in the shadow of City Hall, Detroit packs more than a punch -- it packs the collective energy of a city and region that epitomize resiliency.

Detroit's Declaration of Peace, Hope and Love

Ron Scott | Posted 06.18.2012 | Detroit
Ron Scott

We have to band together to not only protect each other, but to provide for each other, share with each other, feed each other, care for each other and more importantly love each other in these tough times, Detroit.

Who Are Detroit's Everyday Heroes?

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 03.28.2012 | Detroit

People working every day to help their communities in Detroit too rarely get large-scale attention for their efforts. But several groups in Detroit ca...

Hear the Call, Violence No More

Paul Ruth | Posted 04.28.2012 | Detroit
Paul Ruth

At a time when economic revival is a top priority, an important hindrance is the increasing level of violence. There can be no incentive large enough for the American family or the entrepreneur, than the lure of a safe and productive community.

8 Mile, Revisited

Susan Schindehette | Posted 01.31.2012 | Detroit
Susan Schindehette

I have been to Paris and Pakistan, Istanbul and Bosnia. But I have never seen anything quite like this: Detroit is a state-of-the-art, urban frontier. My tattered hometown has, somehow, become "revisionist cool."

It's the People, Stupid: A Perspective on What Hasn't Yet Been Written About Detroit

Rishi S. Jaitly | Posted 01.16.2012 | Detroit
Rishi S. Jaitly

Essays and articles abound about our city these days (go ahead, add this one to the pile). We pontificate with an eye on business activity and an artistic renaissance. But how often do we take a human perspective?

Dear Occupy Detroit

Yusef Bunchy Shakur | Posted 01.16.2012 | Detroit
Yusef Bunchy Shakur

We recognize that Occupy Detroit has attracted the participation of people from across Michigan. This is a good thing, if people take the time to understand the current work of Detroit's social movements.