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Living On Minimum Wage Is Hardly Living At All

Hoon-Yung Hopgood | Posted 06.11.2014 | Detroit
Hoon-Yung Hopgood

Minimum wage has proven to be an increasingly inadequate stipend for any individual or family to live on. Raising the minimum wage is the right thing to do on a human, social and economic level, and it's time that the U.S. Congress acted swiftly to make it happen.

We Are All Detroit

Robert Kuttner | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Do you think the damage from the pending bankruptcy of the city of Detroit will be limited to Detroit? Think again. Detroit is partly the victim of economic trends far beyond its control, the downsizing and outsourcing of the auto industry and the collapse of the sub-prime bubble, to name just two. And yes, the city has suffered from corrupt and inept local government. But leaving Detroit to a bankruptcy process that favors investment bankers over local pensioners will neither provide a fair outcome nor contain the damage. It is a travesty that the federal government and the Michigan state government are not sending Detroit a lifeline. Other cities and states stand to lose both public services and pension benefits as this trend spreads. Chicago, which just suffered three levels of bond-downgrading, looks to be next.

Bankruptcy in Detroit: The Canary Died

Richard Brodsky | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

The world will shrug when Detroit's art collection is put on the block, when cops are fired, when schools close and when real people suffer. But don't pay back bondholders and attention must be paid.

Is Water The Key To The Great Lakes' Economy?

AP | Posted 07.27.2013 | Green

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The U.S. Great Lakes hold nearly one-fifth of the freshwater on the Earth's surface. But some of the saddest, most bedraggled urban...

Detroit Mayor: Rick Snyder Will Announce Decision On Friday

Posted 04.30.2013 | Detroit

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will announce on Friday whether or not the state will take over the struggling city, Mayor Dave Bing said at a press con...

TechTown at the Fringes

Jason Lorimer | Posted 11.20.2012 | Detroit
Jason Lorimer

The TechTown neighborhood is a terrific Detroit asset, and it can be so much more. TechTown is a business incubator, and in order for it to thrive, we must focus on creating an environment where the area can grow organically out of existing assets.

My War on Poverty Begins With My Education at Catherine Ferguson Academy

G. Asenath Andrews | Posted 11.05.2012 | Detroit
G. Asenath Andrews

2012-08-27-scblog.pngThe way to fight poverty in Detroit is to make sure schools give kids an education that is real, relevant and comprehensive. We must also begin to create small, self-governed intentional communities throughout the city.

Relentless Positive Action to Reinvent Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Gov. Rick Snyder

There are a lot of great stories of success in Michigan, and each of them has the same theme: Michigan is open for business, and together we're reinventing our state with relentless positive action.

Poverty in Detroit

Karen Dumas | Posted 10.29.2012 | Detroit
Karen Dumas

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThe issue of how to break the cycle of poverty first requires an acknowledgement of how poverty is defined, and whether or not it can be disrupted, eradicated or even mitigated at all.

How to Fight Poverty in Detroit

Kristin S. Seefeldt | Posted 10.29.2012 | Detroit
Kristin S. Seefeldt

Fighting poverty in Detroit and across the country requires not just protecting existing programs that work, but also doing more to promote opportunities for the children and adults whose voices are not heard on the convention floors.2012-08-28-scblog2.png

We Need More Than a Campaign in This Election

Sherry Gay-Dagnogo | Posted 10.07.2012 | Detroit
Sherry Gay-Dagnogo

To truly usher our state into economic recovery, and move from great to excellent, we must change the culture of education in our state and the City of Detroit.

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.

Restoring Faith and Confidence

Mervin T. White, Jr. | Posted 08.03.2012 | Detroit
Mervin T. White, Jr.

As an elected official, I will work diligently towards restoring faith and confidence back into our government by providing the highest level of integrity to the office of State Representative.

Micro-Ventures and the New Economy: D:hive BUILD Shoots for the Stars

Jeff Aronoff | Posted 07.31.2012 | Detroit
Jeff Aronoff

This phenomenon of collective symmetry comprised of chaotic and varied parts offers a nice cosmic metaphor for Detroit's venture into the new economy.

Cities Where A Paycheck Stretches The Furthest

Forbes | Posted 09.15.2012 | Detroit

When we think of places with high salaries, big metro areas like New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco are usually the first to spring to mind. Or ci...

Detroit Shows Big Job Growth In One Sector

Posted 05.09.2012 | Detroit

Reversing the trend of the previous decade, Detroit has added more manufacturing jobs in the last two years than all but one other metropolitan area i...

Detroit Housing Market Improving More Than Other Big Cities

Posted 03.27.2012 | Detroit

For the seventh straight month, Detroit home prices rose in year-over-year comparisons. According to the Standard & Poor's/Case-Schiller home-pric...

It's Time to Challenge Detroit

Jenna Przybycien | Posted 05.20.2012 | Detroit
Jenna Przybycien

I recently got to sit down with Deirdre Greene Groves, executive director of The Collaborative Group, to talk about Challenge Detroit; a unique program beautifully thought up to catalyst success for the city.

Detroit Must Take Advantage of Being the Nation's Poster Child

Fred Leeb | Posted 03.14.2012 | Detroit
Fred Leeb

Detroit must take advantage of being in the limelight right now to align all of its stakeholders to be positive forces in the process of change.

Work, Reimagined: Detroit Gets Creative

Zak Rosen | Posted 03.12.2012 | Detroit
Zak Rosen

Detroit is becoming a place, in certain pockets, where citizenship isn't defined by voting and paying taxes. It's thought of more broadly -- creative collaboration to create new ways of living out of necessity.

Detroit Can Be Great Again

Fred Leeb | Posted 02.13.2012 | Detroit
Fred Leeb

Cutting expense alone is overly simplistic and shortsighted. To be successful, Detroit must cut expense and increase its revenues. With a workable and attractive plan for the future, Detroit can be great again.

Culture of Spending More Money Than Detroit Generates Must Change

Gary A. Brown | Posted 02.11.2012 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

When we fail to fix the structural costs and deliver a workable plan-of-action to pay down our debt in the City of Detroit, we jeopardize future prosperity. We must transform a spendthrift culture to one of fiscal responsibility.

Nearly Half Of Detroit Is Functionally Illiterate, Report Finds

Posted 07.08.2013 | Business

Detroit's population fell by 25 percent in the last decade. And of those that stuck around, nearly half of them are functionally illiterate, a new rep...

Detroit To Send Layoff Notices To All Its Public Teachers

Reuters | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

The emergency manager appointed to put Detroit's troubled public school system on a firmer financial footing said on Thursday he was sending layoff no...

Futurist: Robots Can Restore Michigan Economy

AP | KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan's economy, battered over the past decade by hundreds of thousands of lost manufacturing jobs, could surge again i...