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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 »

  Dark streets are a reality for many Detroit residents.  So much so that getting the streetlights fixed is now a top priority for the Mayor Duggan administration. In this Detroit 2020 State of the City Stephen Clark visited a West side neighborhood on two consecutive nights, to show what a difference the lights can make to those who live… Read more »

10 March 2014 | no comments | Featured, uncategorized

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 »

06 March 2014 | no comments | People, Person of the Week, uncategorized

Cars torched, homes burned, evidence, including bodies, up in smoke.   Arson is out of control in Detroit.   But there is a new top arson fighter in the city, and he’s not only determined to stop the arson fires, he’s also starting to get resources he needs to go after the firebugs. Detroit 2020′s Carolyn Clifford hit the streets with Chuck… Read more »

03 March 2014 | no comments | uncategorized

  As part of our series on New Detroit’s Multicultural Leadership Series, 7 Action News reporter Andy Choi highlights Detroit’s African-American community. The past leaps off the page through the voice of Yolanda Jack at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. “Back far enough, you’ll see that every single person has a genetic ancestry that begins in the… Read more »

27 February 2014 | no comments | Events, Featured, Issues, People

Do you know a person or organization making a profound difference in the community? Nominate them for a Detroit 2020 Award!

27 February 2014 | no comments | Events, People, You

  Ernie’s Market is a special place to pick up a sandwich.    You will not only get a great lunch, but Ernie will make the visit  a high point in your day.    It’s impossible to describe Ernie, so you’ll have to see him for yourself.   Click on the video below for the Ernie Experience. Ernie’s is near Woodward & 8… Read more »

25 February 2014 | no comments | Featured, People, Places

Detroit Free Press editorial page editor Stephen Henderson is the newest member of the Detroit 2020 team.   Stephens access and experience lends itself to a unique brand of straight talk as our Detroit  2020 Insider.

18 February 2014 | no comments | Issues

In Detroit where blight removal is a top concern one group has come up with a very slow, yet innovative way to fight urban decay. Hantz farms is planting 150 acres of hardwood trees on the lots left after vacant houses have been demolished.   Stephen Clark took to the snowy fields with Hantz Farm’s Chainsaw wielding C.E.O Mike Score for… Read more »

18 February 2014 | no comments | uncategorized

7 Action News reporter Andy Choi continues his reports on New Detroit’s Multicultural Leadership Series with a look at Detroit’s Latino community. We call one part of Detroit Mexicantown, but the name may be misleading when it comes to Latino influence on the city. It’s why our friends at New Detroit are reminding all of us to listen closely.

17 February 2014 | no comments | Featured, Issues, People