Oakland County leaders give voters bad directions on RTA

Oakland County leaders give voters bad directions on RTA

“Transit myths,” Deputy Oakland County Executive Gerald Poisson’s recent guest column in the Daily Tribune, excoriating Warren Evans’ regional transit millage proposal, raises some interesting questions – and should raise some eyebrows when we consider Southeast Michigan’s future. Poisson mocks the idea of spending money on transit, as his boss L. Brooks Patterson has in […]

Does code enforcement = blight removal?

Does code enforcement = blight removal?

Commentary by Bill Johnson Detroit’s campaign to bring the nearly 40,000 rental properties into compliance with the city housing code by 2020 defies logic. These codes were intended to prevent neighborhood deterioration. This blitz, however, will accelerate abandonment and decimate both low-income and middle-class communities. Rental property owners will have six months to register their […]

Be your own Valentine

Be your own Valentine

If cupid doesn’t shoot the arrow of love your way and you find yourself without that special someone this Valentine’s Day, here’s your opportunity to be creative. Try something different. I want you to be your OWN Valentine! Shower yourself with love. Stop criticizing yourself. Praise yourself instead: “I am a work of art” Give yourself […]

Detroit’s future from the mouths of babes: Young people discuss their neighborhoods at ‘Real Change, Real Talk’

Detroit’s future from the mouths of babes: Young people discuss their neighborhoods at ‘Real Change, Real Talk’

For anyone who thinks Detroit’s young people don’t care, don’t understand real challenges, don’t appreciate the guidance of a caring grownup, aren’t filled with amazing wisdom, or don’t want to work and contribute – think again. As far as Building the Engine of Community Development in Detroit (BECDD) is concerned our young people deeply care […]

DTE Energy answers the call for mutual assistance in Puerto Rico

DTE Energy answers the call for mutual assistance in Puerto Rico

by David Lingholm When Hurricane Maria took aim at Puerto Rico, Ana Medina started thinking about what it would take to restore power on the island. Some of that thinking was due to her background as a manager for DTE Energy’s Distribution Operations team. Some of that thinking came from a concern for the island […]

Kresge Detroit Reinvestment Index shows national business leaders, young entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs of color bullish on Detroit

Kresge Detroit Reinvestment Index shows national business leaders, young entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs of color bullish on Detroit

 These insights, from Rip Rapson, CEO and president of the Kresge Foundation, accompanied the 2017 Detroit Reinvestment Index, a dataset that focuses on perceptions around Detroit’s economic recovery. Last year’s index was the second such annual survey commissioned and released by The Kresge Foundation. A third annual survey will be conducted and released in 2018. […]

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