Person of the Week
The men and women of the Detroit Fire Department are known worldwide as some of the best and bravest firefighters anywhere. Their courage and skill were on display earlier this week when they saved dozens of residents from that massive apartment fire at Jason Manor. Amid that chaos our cameras caught a firefighter’s simple act of compassion that showed the… Read more »
We’re honoring a young man who noticed something missing in downtown Detroit. So he’s trying to do something about it. Michael Soviak is launching a campaign to raise money to repair the 20 flag poles in Hart Plaza, and install new flags.
Loyola High School is determined to make a difference in the lives of young men from the city of Detroit. Travis McClendon is determined to give back. “I take service very seriously,” McClendon said.
When a Detroit 2020 crew was driving along Woodward the other day, something caught our eye. A church in Highland Park, serving those in need. People stopped to get some free bread. And to show that people don’t live on bread alone, hundreds of pounds of fruit, vegetables, and groceries are being gathered. On Saturday afternoons, the Park United… 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 »
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 »
By the hundreds they gather on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings. Shawn Blanchard and Terrence Thompson along with Armond Harris, have combined personal networking and fitness to create a movement in downtown Detroit. They call it Run This Town. “It’s about people coming together, not just for the purpose of networking, but also for the purpose of living a healthier… Read more »
Each week on the streets of Detroit, hundreds of people gather for an event unifying people from all around the area. And the two men behind it are our Detroit 2020 Persons of the Week.. It started as an idea to bring a few friends together for a leisurely bike ride. Now every Monday night, Jason Hall and Mike MacKool… Read more »
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 »