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This Wednesday night, our partners at the New Michigan Media will host an event honoring successful entrepreneurs from our region’s Arab-American, Asian-American, African-American, Hispanic, and Jewish communities. We will be streaming it live here on Detroit2020.com beginning at about 7 p.m. Dinner at the DSO in Celebration of Southeast Michigan’s Entrepreneurs is an invitation-only event that will be held at… Read more »

04 November 2013 | no comments | Events, Featured

What’s the value of a life’s work?

In Toni McIlwain’s case, it’s much more than the few dollars that the sale of furnishings and fixtures of a community center will bring in. What Toni McIlwain has given to the Ravendale Community over 32 years is the true measure of this champion for Detroit.

31 October 2013 | no comments | Featured, People, Places

A block on Detroit’s west side that was littered with abandoned homes is now clear, thanks to the work of volunteers for the Motor City Blight Busters. MCBB Founder & President John George showed Detroit 2020 what’s next for the block. John George called them “The Santa Clara Seven.” Seven vacant, blighted homes on this street in the Old Redford… Read more »

30 October 2013 | no comments | Events, Featured, People, Places

The development team that purchased the Michigan State Fairgrounds site gathered to tour the grounds for the first time. Basketball great Magic Johnson was not part of the group, but his partner and long-time friend Joel Ferguson was on hand…along with a senior executive of Redico and others. They bought the property earlier this month and plan to develop retail,… Read more »

30 October 2013 | 1 comment | Featured, Places

From wxyz.com: A doctor from Ennis, Texas is the winning bidder in the Packard Plant auction. Dr. Jill Van Horn secured the winning bid for exactly $6,038,000. A total of 117 bids received and it came down to a bidding war at the bitter end. Bids kept climbing throughout the day and the auction was extended past the 4:45 deadline… Read more »

26 October 2013 | no comments | Featured, Places

  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 »

25 October 2013 | 1 comment | Featured, People, Person of the Week

In the course of covering stories over the last few months, our Detroit 2020 team has noticed abandoned boats around the city. They’re hidden in high grass, stranded on pads on broken concrete, and marooned on vacant lots.

24 October 2013 | no comments | Featured, Issues

A lot of craft beers are being poured this week. Detroit Beer Week celebrates this growing industry in the state.

“Michigan currently ranks number five in the country for total number of craft breweries in the country,” said Jon Piepenbrok, who works in the industry and founded the Detroit Beer Festival.

23 October 2013 | no comments | Events, Featured, Places

Produce is being grown and harvested with the help of students who attend Drew Transition Center in Detroit. The food then used to feed the students during lunch.

22 October 2013 | no comments | Featured, People, Places

A block-by-block review of street lights in two Detroit neighborhoods by the Public Lighting Authority of Detroit has found nearly 45 percent of the street lights in those areas are not working. The survey was the first phase of two pilot projects that the authority launched as it begins its work to provide reliable street lights in the city. A… Read more »

22 October 2013 | no comments | Featured, Issues