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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

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

31 January 2014 | no comments | Detroit 2020 Awards, Events, Featured, You

  It’s a story of a family, a good sandwich, loyalty and longevity. Second generation owner Stuart Litt says his Hygrade Deli on Michigan Avenue started over 60 years ago. According to customer Ned McClung it’s “old school”.   Stuart himself has been behind the counter for 40 years, and says it’s all about quality: “you buy a top quality product,… Read more »

27 January 2014 | 6 comments | Featured, Places

It is one of Detroit’s crown jewels.
At 982 acres, Belle Isle is the largest city-owned island city park in the country.

23 January 2014 | no comments | Featured, Issues, Places

A letter from Phil Cooley: We are in the final days of Ponyride’s crowdfunding campaign and I humbly ask for your support to help us reach our goal of $30,000 by this Friday. Located in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, Ponyride has over 40 businesses and organizations waiting to move into our shared office space. Money raised from our croudfunding campaign will be… Read more »

22 January 2014 | no comments | Featured, Places, You

The blight fight is moving to the next level in Brightmoor. Detroit 2020 was on hand, as Detroit Blight Authority Chairman Bill Pulte gave Senator Carl Levin a first-hand look at the dramatic transformation taking place.

20 January 2014 | no comments | Featured, Issues, Places

  St. Josaphat has served the catholic community of detroit since 1890. Today—the doors of the church are closed.  The City of Detroit ordered them shut after a November storm. “We had winds in excess of 60 miles an hour and it did some very severe damage,” said Kevin Piotrowski. He’s president of the Mother of Divine Mercy Parish Council,… Read more »

16 January 2014 | 2 comments | Featured, Places, You

Belle Isle officially becomes a state park on February 10th, 2014. That same day, the gradual phase-in of the Recreation Passport for access to the island begins.
The $11 Passport offers access to all Michigan state parks and recreation areas.

16 January 2014 | 2 comments | Featured, Places

This year, St. Francis d’Assisi Parish on Detroit’s southwest side will be celebrating its 125th anniversary. The parish is looking to get in touch with alumni of the church or school. A celebration of the founding of the Church community is set for this October.

13 January 2014 | 1 comment | Events, Featured, Places, You