Life in metro Detroit can be fast paced and difficult to navigate. Traffic signs direct us. The internet connects us. Warning labels protect us. But for those who struggle to read and write it’s all just a blur. Susie Schechter, Executive Director of Reading Works says, “It’s a big problem. We know there are far too many people now who… Read more »
What if you couldn’t read the names on street signs? What if you couldn’t read the labels in the grocery store? What would your world be like? September is National Literacy Month and a good time to ask these questions. As part of its ongoing partnership with Reading Works, WXYZ-TV is pleased to announce its latest effort to help solve… Read more »
John George from Motor City Blight Busters wants you to know his organization needs your vote! The Blight Busters are up for a $250,000 award from Chase, as part of the Chase Community Giving 2012 program. You can vote one of two ways: through Facebook, or through Chase if you have an account with the bank. But time is running… Read more »
People who need help with paying a utility bill, health care, or job placement can call the United Way 2-1-1 service. And sometimes, the voice on the other end of the line of a follow-up call is that of a retired senior. She’s our Detroit 2020 Person of the Week. After spending so many years helping others in her career,… Read more »
It’s re-imagining Detroit. The future of the Motor City—these leaders say—needs to be fueled by entrepreneurs and technology. “We think that the digital economy is alive and well and we think it’s a tremendous time to be an entrepreneur in here in Detroit,” said Josh Linkner of Detroit Venture Partners. Techonomy Detroit brought together some of the top minds of… Read more »
There’s a new video on YouTube outlining changes Mayor Bing says we can expect to see at Belle Isle if it becomes a State Park. What do you think?
One Detroit retail entrepreneur is a step closer to winning $50,000 to open a new business. Earlier this summer we told you about the Hatch Detroit contest. Since then, 260 potential business owners have submitted applications. Vittoria Katanski, Executive Director of Hatch Detroit, told us, “Hatch Detroit is a retail initiative to bring new business to Detroit and it is… Read more »
U.S. Navy ships are sailing into Detroit this week, as part of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Ship tours are free and open to the public along the Detroit Riverfront. There are also community events and activities going on around metro Detroit as part of Detroit Navy Week. Detroit is one of 15 cities selected to host a Navy Week in 2012.
The Detroit Science Center could come back to life under a new name. WXYZ.COM has confirmed, there are funding commitments for the Detroit Science Center from some big name companies, including GM and Ford. In fact, General Motors tells us the GM Foundation is pledging funds for the effort. A spokesperson for the Detroit Science Center would not confirm the… Read more »
This was the scene one and a half weeks ago. The mayor was there, neighbors were gathered, and a dangerous eyesore became history. For Detroit 2020 that wasn’t the end of the story. We returned the next day to find some cleanup..but more work to be done. Today, we went back one more time. This time the street was quiet. … Read more »