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The fourth annual “Holiday Harvest” will provide toys for critically ill children. Holiday Harvest has partnered with the Detroit Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation and Ronald McDonald House to host the new toy drive. The toy drive runs from now until December 20th. New toys can be dropped off at the All Four One headquarters located at 243 West Congress,… Read more »

05 December 2012 | no comments | Events, Featured, You

The Ilitch organization has announced that it is exploring the development of a new district in Downtown Detroit that would include residential, retail & office facilities and a multi-purpose events center. This $650 million dollar plan would be a significant investment in the city’s downtown area. “It’s always been my dream to once again see a vibrant downtown Detroit,” said… Read more »

04 December 2012 | no comments | Featured, Places

Dan Gilbert’s Rock Ventures has purchased its 10th building in the heart of downtown Detroit. The company has completed the purchase of the 26-story One Woodward building, located on the corner of Jefferson and Woodward Avenue. The company says it plans to renovate the building in order to accomodate the growing demand for space in the city’s emerging technology district…. Read more »

03 December 2012 | no comments | Featured, Places

Detroit 2020 first met David Broner when we did a story on elementary school tutors.  He volunteers every Tuesday at Emerson Elementary in Detroit where he works with Pre-K students and coordinates the other 25 volunteers. But this week we’re recognizing him for one of his other volunteer activities — mentoring for SCORE.  He told us, “SCORE is the volunteer… Read more »

30 November 2012 | no comments | Featured, Person of the Week

For nearly 30 years Toni McIlwain  has been making a difference in the Ravendale community.  McIlwain is President and CEO of Ravendale Community Incorporated. In April, she accepted the Detroit 2020 Unify Award on behalf of the organization. But now the Ravendale Community Center is facing a crisis—and is in real jeopardy of closing its doors. McIlwain told us,  “We’ve… Read more »

29 November 2012 | no comments | Featured, Issues, People

Check out our Detroit 2020 polo shirts, t-shirts and hats at the Detroit 2020 Store! Net proceeds from the sale of Detroit 2020 merchandise will be used to help support organizations, individuals and community projects that share similar goals. Help spread the word about Detroit 2020!

27 November 2012 | no comments | Featured, You

It features all the amenities of the local “Y” or a private fitness center. Weights, treadmills, ellipticals and so much more. And it’s right in the middle of the University of Detroit Mercy campus. “It’s a great building so it just shows the steps we’re taking into the future.” said UDM student Nora Abolins. The 40,000 square foot fitness center… Read more »

27 November 2012 | no comments | Featured, Places

Seven meetings will be held in local communities from December 3rd through 15th to give you the chance to learn about mass transit options for the Woodward Avenue corridor. SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, along with a steering committee representing local communities, is hosting the informational meetings.

26 November 2012 | no comments | Events, Featured, Issues, You

The kitchen at Leon’s Family Dining Restaurant in Dearborn is always busy.  The restaurant, part of a family owned group of restaurants, serves about 500 people a day. That’s on a typical day. Next Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, will definitely not be typical — but it will be traditional. Wednesday will be the restaurant’s 21st annual free Thanksgiving dinner… Read more »

16 November 2012 | 1 comment | Featured, Person of the Week

The State of Michigan and City of Detroit have entered into an agreement that will allow funding to be transferred to the city coffers. The 9-page agreement outlines a set of milestones the city must meet to begin drawing money as soon as next week. Click here to learn more or read the agreement on

15 November 2012 | no comments | Featured, Issues