The Dirty Dog Jazz Café is like a second home for bassist Ralphe Armstrong and other jazz musicians. And they have Gretchen Valade to thank for that. Armstrong says “I’m an international artist, I travel all over but I live in Detroit. This is one of the main reasons we’re going to stay in Detroit, because of people like her,… Read more »
Our Detroit 2020 Person of the Week helped create a garden with hundreds of shipping crates donated by General Motors. It’s a garden that feeds a community. An old parking lot… Bins once used for auto parts… An unlikely combination. But they’re what make one of Detroit’s largest gardens so unique. Welcome to the Cadillac Urban Gardens in southwest Detroit…. Read more »
Blight. Crime and safety. Lighting. All are every day concerns of most Detroiters. During a meeting on Wednesday with 7 Action News staffers, Orr said things will improve. Better neighborhoods…with less blight. Tens of thousands of abandoned buildings litter Detroit’s landscape. The emergency manager told us–there’s a plan to clean things up… “We have a plan for blight remediation by… Read more »
The Detroit Pistons plan to wear a special Motor City uniform during selected home games in the 2013-14 season.
It was a spectacular Saturday as Detroit 2020 teamed up with Habitat for Humanity Detroit for the third annual Build Up. About 100 volunteers worked on several home sites on Lakepointe and Maryland streets in the Morningside Commons neighborhood on Detroit’s east side. “We’re really excited about all the new folks that come on out,” said Vincent Tilford, Executive… Read more »
All this month, Detroit 2020 is telling the stories of how a bankruptcy filing could and will impact those who call Detroit home. As Dave LewAllen shows us, it’s life as it has been in the neighborhoods…which is to say…a daily challenge when it comes to safety and a feeling of security. Just after nine on a recent morning, Muhsin… Read more »
On Saturday, thousands of people in hundreds of neighborhoods will join together for an annual event aimed at creating a better Detroit. And the man behind it is Detroit 2020’s Person of the Week. Luther Keith is full of optimism about his city. He says, “If you read the national headines, by and large basically Detroit is dead—turn out the… Read more »
Beyonce’s tribute to Detroit has just hit YouTube. It’s a video of her performing “A Change is Gonna Come” during a recent concert at the Palace of Auburn Hills. It also includes images of the city and Detroit singers.
The units at Extra Storage in Canton are generally filled with personal items, furniture, even cars. But Marybeth Levine has a unit filled with… diapers. Right now there are about 20-thousand diapers of all brands and sizes. This donated space is the storage area for the Detroit Area Diaper Bank. Marybeth told us, “WIC, food stamps, Medicare—none of… Read more »
When Riet Schumack accepted Detroit 2020′s $7,000 grant back in April she said the money would be put to good use. And she’s true to her word. This week–some 70 young people and a few adults are tackling blight in the Brighmoor neighborhood. Schumack’s Neighbors Building Brightmoor organization is behind this annual effort. She told us, “With the help of… Read more »