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Our Detroit 2020 reporting initiative, the 7 blocks project continues all this week. Carolyn Clifford introduces you to a survivor, and her mentor in city council district 7 Glenda Lewis visits with a family business that is determined to not only survive, but grow in council district 4 In council district 5  Anchor Vic Faust went past the hot mid-town… Read more »

04 June 2014 | no comments | uncategorized

You see a lot of news stories about the state of Detroit. Much of that reporting is about the high profile downtown and midtown areas. But, some say the heart of Detroit, the neighborhoods,  are  ignored by those telling the story of the city. That concern led to our newest Detroit 2020 reporting initiative, we call it the Detroit 2020… Read more »

02 June 2014 | no comments | Featured, Places

Day 2 The Mackinac Policy Conference highlights Our 2020 Insider Stephen Henderson tells why you should be paying more for your water Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevin Orr lists his bankruptcy accomplishments so far Stephen Clark says if Mackinac is the Great Gatsby, an alternative policy conference is more like Woodstock.

30 May 2014 | no comments | Events, Featured, Issues, People

Detroit 2020 team member Stephen Clark is in the center of the action on Mackinac Island this week.   Here are his highlights from Day 1 of  the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island. Hear why the Mackinac Policy Conference like “Groundhog Day”, and why drove Governor Snyder away from Conference in years past. Gallup Polls boss says 5000 Detroit kids… Read more »

29 May 2014 | no comments | Events, Featured, Issues, uncategorized

(Detroit) JPMorgan Chase has promised to invest $100 Million dollars in Detroit’s recovery.   The money will be in the form of grants and loans.   Home mortgages, job training, blight removal and investments in Detroit small businesses and the M1 rail line. Here’s what JPMorgan Chase has to say about the initiative on their website  

22 May 2014 | no comments | Featured, People, Places

  Abandoned houses, and dying neighborhoods are two of Detroit’s biggest problems. Now there is action to address both problems. This weekend you can walk through over 20 homes that will soon be up for auction.  The idea is to sell the homes, get residents backing into them, which will build the neighborhoods.    For details, and to register to… Read more »

16 May 2014 | no comments | Events, Featured

The City of Detroit warned residents that it wasn’t proper for them to remove the rubble of a burned house from their neighborhood, but at the same time said they had no money to do it for them.    Feeling they had no other choice, and tired of the dangerous eyesore, these neighbors decided to go ahead and do what… Read more »

09 May 2014 | no comments | Featured, Issues, People, uncategorized

Tune in to see the Third Annual Detroit 2020 Awards Thursday at 7pm on Ch. 7.    You can see a rebroadcast at Noon on Easter Sunday    This year’s keynote speaker was Detroit Police Chief James Craig, and the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences Choir sang. Each winner received an award and $7,000 from the Scripps Howard Foundation. Detroit… Read more »

16 April 2014 | no comments | Detroit 2020 Awards

Ever wonder why Detroiters call our neighborhood restaurants Coney Islands?   Richard Harlan, the owner of our Detroit 2020 Gem knows, he says it was his great Aunt and Uncle who started the tradition way back when they were feeding the dogs to Model T workers.  They say they are the oldest Coney Island in Detroit, and they are a Detroit… Read more »

26 March 2014 | no comments | Featured, Places, uncategorized

You’re probably one of the million-plus people who have seen the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences Choir’s cover of the Pharrell’s hit song, “Happy”.     The video’s  infectious energy and cute kids made it a viral video sensation attracting the attention of Good Morning America, The Ellen Show, The Today Show, BET, and The Queen Latifah Show, among others.     For… Read more »