What’s the value of a life’s work?
In Toni McIlwain’s case, it’s much more than the few dollars that the sale of furnishings and fixtures of a community center will bring in. What Toni McIlwain has given to the Ravendale Community over 32 years is the true measure of this champion for Detroit.
A block on Detroit’s west side that was littered with abandoned homes is now clear, thanks to the work of volunteers for the Motor City Blight Busters. MCBB Founder & President John George showed Detroit 2020 what’s next for the block. John George called them “The Santa Clara Seven.” Seven vacant, blighted homes on this street in the Old Redford… Read more »
John Wisniewski has spent hours working the soil of a former ball diamond behind Drew Transition Center, turning it into a garden—a garden where seeds are sown and the by-product of the labor feeds stomachs and minds. He’s our Detroit 2020 Person of the Week. “It’s a passion, its more, it’s not a job, I mean this is what… Read more »
Produce is being grown and harvested with the help of students who attend Drew Transition Center in Detroit. The food then used to feed the students during lunch.
The Detroit area is one of the most diverse in the country. But some say it is also one of the most segregated. Over the next several months, Detroit 2020 will be bringing you a series of reports on sessions aimed at breaking down barriers. 7 Action News reporter Andy Choi will be attending each session. The first one focused… Read more »
Police Chief James Craig understands the difficulty of the job he accepted. “This is without a doubt the most challenging city to police in America,” Craig told Detroit 2020. “For a lot of reasons.”
Major property owners are taking an active role in security in the downtown business district. Hundreds of cameras are focused on buildings and streets to enhance the safety and well being of those who live, work and play there.
Twenty years ago the Latino Press published its first edition in the basement of a home in southwest Detroit. Today, the paper is an important part of the Latino community in Detroit. Elias Gutierrez has been the owner and publisher for two decades. And Dave LewAllen explains why he is our Detroit 2020 person of the week. Hundreds of people… Read more »
After a long and distinguished career, award-winning Detroit 2020 producer Donella Crawford is retiring this week. Donella has been an integral part of the Channel 7 newsroom for more than 40 years. Donella’s last story embodies her feelings and sentiment for Detroit: For the past three years I have been part of the Detroit 2020 team. This has… Read more »
Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr was in our studios for a Detroit 2020 live special event Wednesday night. During the half-hour special, “Questions Orr Answers,” Orr discussed the plan to lease Belle Isle to the state of Michigan, proposed pension cuts, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and other topics. Orr has been on the job for a little more… Read more »