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Category: Detroit Growth

Riverfront East Alliance reflects on 20-year beautification of Detroit Riverfront

Detroit’s riverfront is one of the city’s main attractions. It attracts an estimated 3.5 million people each year. However, back in the late 90s, there was another plan for the riverfront. One Detroit contributor Bryce Huffman talks with members of the Riverfront East Alliance about their past preservation efforts, which helped prevent casinos from being built along the riverfront.

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Detroit Public TV changes name to Detroit PBS, plans to return headquarters to the city

One Detroit Producer Will Glover talks with Detroit PBS President and CEO Rich Homberg and Detroit PBS CFO/COO Ollette Boyd about the excitement surrounding the TV station’s new name and new location in Detroit. They share their vision for the new headquarters and discuss plans to expand programming, foster partnerships with local organizations, and provide resources to underserved communities.

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2024 NFL Draft puts spotlight on Detroit, attracts regional tourism

Almost 300,000 people are expected to come to Detroit for the 2024 NFL Draft April 25-27. One Detroit contributor Stephen Henderson talks with Visit Detroit President and CEO Claude Molinari and Faye Nelson from the Detroit Sports Organizing Corp., who both have vital roles in attracting tourism to Detroit, about the preparations being made to get the city ready for the major sporting event.

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Wayne State University’s AI for Mobility Project seeks to improve Detroit’s public transit system

The Wayne State University School of Computer Science is working on an AI tool that may transform the way Detroiters get around the city. The goal of the tool is to increase the availability and reliability of Detroit’s public transit system. Producer Will Glover talks with Dr. Dongxiao Zhu, the founding director of the AI research initiative, and his team about their AI for Mobility Project.

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Detroit’s Church of the Messiah supports Venezuelan migrants with clothing, food

More than 60 Venezuelan migrants have arrived in Detroit and are being assisted by the Church of the Messiah while staying at a shelter nearby. Many are fleeing economic hardships and political corruption. One Detroit Senior Producer Bill Kubota spent a Sunday afternoon at the Church of the Messiah talking to the migrants and people helping them.

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Toronto transplant and Integral CEO Ashok Sivanand shares why Detroit became home for him and his business

Toronto transplant and Integral CEO Ashok Sivanand has chosen to call Detroit home. One Detroit contributor Zoe Clark sat down with Sivanand at the Detroit Policy Conference to talk about what drew him to work in the city and make Detroit his home. Sivanand talks with Clark about the sense of community he found in Detroit and the opportunities to grow as a member of the community.

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Michigan ranks second-last in U.S. population growth. Former Ambassador John Rakolta, Jr. explains why.

One Detroit contributor Nolan Finley sat down with Ambassador John Rakolta, Jr., co-chairman of the Growing Michigan Together Council, at this year’s Detroit Policy Conference to talk about where Michigan stands when it comes to growing its population. They discuss the four drivers of growing the state’s population and the improvements needed for Michigan to succeed.

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Michigan Muslim, Arab Americans’ share their population growth strategies with the Growing Michigan Together Council

At a recent American Muslims Town Hall, more than 50 Arab and Muslim Americans shared their population growth strategies with members of the Growing Michigan Together Council. They talk about the kinds of neighborhoods tech workers need, transportation and public transit, mental health and other underfunded services, and preparing our workforce for jobs of the future.

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The Yunion celebrates 20 years and more than 17,000 youth impacted

Detroit nonprofit The Yunion marks 20 years of service to metro Detroit youth and the more than 17,000 young people whose lives have been changed because of the nonprofit. Host Stephen Henderson talks with The Yunion’s Founder & CEO Jason Wilson and Executive Director Nicole Wilson about the nonprofit’s new state-of-the-art youth development center in Detroit and their upcoming anniversary gala.

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New CRC report shows Michigan’s infrastructure struggles under climate change pressure

With the impacts of climate change at the forefront, what it will take to address the stress on Michigan’s current water infrastructure in the face of future extreme weather? The Citizens Research Council of Michigan’s latest report explores the multiple challenges involved with rebuilding and maintaining the state’s infrastructure, as well as remediating and protecting the environment.

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Peace & Prosperity Youth Action Movement promotes youth leadership at ARISE Detroit’s Neighborhoods Day

Church of the Messiah and other organizations came together during ARISE Detroit’s Neighborhoods Day to promote peace and highlight the diligent work of Detroit youth. Contributor Daijah Moss talked with the Peace & Prosperity Youth Action Movement to hear some of their strategies around positive youth development, community unity, creating peace within the city, and youth activism.

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Imagining Michigan’s future with Richard Florida and Zoe Clark

Michigan continues to trail behind other states in population growth. A new study by renowned urbanist Richard Florida compares regions across North America to Michigan and provides recommendations on how the state can become more competitive. Florida shares the results of his study and how to ensure the state’s long-term prosperity.

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Detroit’s State of the Hood summit brings civic, community leaders together to talk about gun violence

Detroit’s State of the Hood summit returned this year to talk about solutions for stopping gun violence. Producer Marcus Green takes viewers to the 2022 summit to hear what religious, civic and community leaders have to say about gun violence in Detroit. Plus, summit participants explore the current resources and investments needed to stop gun violence involving inner city neighborhood youth.

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One Detroit Town Hall | A Comprehensive Conversation With DPSCD Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti

What does the future hold for Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) under Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti’s leadership? Dr. Vitti joins One Detroit contributor Stephen Henderson for a wide-ranging conversation at the School at Marygrove about the district’s COVID-19 recovery, increased absenteeism, new investments in school buildings, and other advancements coming in the district’s future.

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Detroit Public Theatre Moves into New Home Near Midtown, Cass Corridor

Following a three-year, $5 million capital campaign, the Detroit Public Theatre has moved into a new home in Detroit, which features a 200-seat black box theatre, a welcoming lobby, bar, drama bookshop and library, rehearsal studio, and more. One Detroit Arts & Culture host Satori Shakoor sits down with the theatre’s co-founders and co-artistic directors about the move and performances coming up.

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Michigan Redesigned: Developing Careers, Investments in the State’s Design Industry

Future of Work host Will Glover learns about the design jobs currently available in Michigan, the investments Michigan needs to create and build a design network that generates new jobs, and how to attract stakeholders, like garment manufacturers, reputable galleries and media partners, to Michigan to help bolster the state’s budding design industry from a panel of design industry experts.

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Placemaking: The Path to Increasing Quality of Life, Talent Attraction in Michigan

Future of Work host Will Glover examines whether Southeast Michigan has the infrastructure, amenities and investments to attract and retain the future of workforce talent, the barriers against placemaking efforts, how the future of work intersects with residents’ quality of life, and the need for strategic city planning and public transit in Michigan with a panel if expert guests.

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Can Detroit become an international fashion city? Detroit brand Deviate Fashion thinks so

When it comes to fashion, not many people think of Detroit among the cities where the design industry thrives. Detroiters may know it here, but one Detroit-based fashion brand, Deviate Fashion, started with the goal to put Detroit on the map as a fashion city around the world. One Detroit Associate Producer Will Glover talks with the Deviate Fashion co-founders about their mission and message.

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Detroit’s citywide community service event, ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day, returns for 16th year

Detroit’s massive, annual community service event, known as “ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day,” returns August 6, 2022. “American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson talks with ARISE Detroit Executive Director Luther Keith about the improvement projects, resource fairs, concerts and art festivals on tap for this year’s event. Plus, a a major collaboration with the Detroit Public School Community District is announced.

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Rise of Anti-Asian Hate Revives Asian American Civil Rights Movement Sparked by Vincent Chin’s Murder

Nearly 40 years after the racially motivated murder of Chinese American Vincent Chin in Detroit, the hate crime is being seen in a new light alongside a more recent rise in anti-Asian hate across the country; one that looks similar to Chin’s case, but some experts say is much worse. One Detroit’s Bill Kubota explores how Vincent Chin’s legacy shaped Asian American civil rights activists today.

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BridgeDetroit | People’s Food Co-op Rewrites Economics in Detroit Grocery Battle

The Detroit People’s Food Co-op will be part of the larger Detroit Food Commons, a Black-led community development complex on Woodward Avenue expected to include an incubator kitchen for culinary artists and food entrepreneurs, a West African and Detroit-centric healthy foods cafe and will have space for community meetings, events, lectures, films, and performances.

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Pioneering Global Architect Minoru Yamasaki brought beauty to Detroit’s buildings

As part of Detroit Public Television’s documentary “Detroit Designs the World,” we transport back to 1950’s Detroit when architect Minoru Yamasaki (1912 – 1986) began to make his mark on the Detroit skyline. Detroit architecture, design and history experts explore Yamasaki’s designs across Detroit, examine the beauty and diverse influences of his designs, and reflect on the legacy he left in the Motor City.

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BridgeDetroit | Detroit Church Hopes to Boost Worker-Owned Businesses in Latino Community

At Grace in Action, the co-op movement started roughly 20 years ago when Mexican Industries, a Southwest Detroit-based auto parts maker, abruptly closed after workers voted to form a union. Nine hundred mostly Latino workers were laid off, and the economic impact on the community was immediate. That led Meghan Sobocienski, executive director of Grace in Action, to actively create new business models for immigrant workers in the community. She’s been thinking about employment and the future of work since then, and to her, it comes down to one simple idea: create worker-led, locally owned businesses.

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Detroit Announces New Arts and Culture Plan

After years of calls from the community to re-establish an arts and culture office within city government, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Rochelle Riley, Director of Arts and Culture, unveiled the city’s new comprehensive arts and culture plan.

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One Detroit: Census 2020 Rally

A One Detroit report on a rally at Wayne County Community College District’s downtown campus that enlisted the help of Detroit rapper Kash Doll to get young people engaged in this year’s Census count.

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One Detroit: Hygrade Deli Extended Interview

Hygrade Deli on Michigan Avenue has been a staple of Corktown for many years. The current owner, Stuart Litt, sat down with Nolan Finley to speak on the historic highs and lows of owning a business in the city.

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Nikki, Ginger and the Tea

Nikki’s Ginger Tea is on the move as products line the shelves in Royal Oak at the new Meijer Woodward Corner Marketplace.

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2/2/20: American Black Journal – ACE Petroleum / Urban Alliance-Detroit

Stephen talks with the African-American businessman who made history by signing a multi-million dollar contract with the City of Detroit to provide fuel for the city’s fleet of vehicles. And, a national non-profit organization is putting young people to work and helping them learn how to become self-sufficient.

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The Boulevard

Nolan gets a tour of the new apartment and retail space near the Fisher Building, known as The Boulevard. It’s the first new residential building in the New Center area in 30 years. He talks with the developer about this neighborhood investment and the affordable housing it offers.

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How the Homewreckers hit Detroit

Who benefited from the foreclosure crisis? Reveal reporter, Aaron Glantz, wanted to know. The details are in Glantz’s book, “Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream”. He sat down for an interview with Sarah Alvarez of Outlier Media, who’s been covering the foreclosure crisis in Detroit.

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9/8/19: American Black Journal – The 1619 Project / Entertainment Social Justice

On the next American Black Journal, The New York Times Magazine’s “The 1619 Project,” takes a comprehensive look at the start of slavery in America 400 years ago. Stephen talks with two of the initiative’s contributors about how the controversial project reframes U.S. history around the arrival of the first African slave ship in August of 1619.

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8/1/19: One Detroit – Democratic Presidential Debates in Detroit

Stephen and Nolan are joined by two in-studio roundtable guests: Kim Trent of the WSU Board of Governors and Compass Strategies and Howard Edelson of The Edelson Group. They discuss the Democratic Presidential Debates in Detroit — the winners and losers, the topics, and the impact on Detroit and Michigan.

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Record high water on Detroit’s East Side

An emergency situation in the flooded Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood on Detroit’s east side comes with 100,000 sandbags and the workers to fill and stack them.
The city of Detroit is looking for short term solutions where record high water levels and too much rain have left residents submerged near the Detroit River. One Detroit’s Bill Kubota has the story.

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Southwest Detroit Community Conversation

A few days ago at a community meeting in the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, the One Detroit team, along with our partners at CDAD (Community Development Advocates of Detroit), got to hear about the real issues that people inthe Southwest Detroit community are facing.

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