More than hugs and handshakes, Sherwood Forest residents share lessons of living in Detroit neighborhoods

More than hugs and handshakes, Sherwood Forest residents share lessons of living in Detroit neighborhoods

For Gail Rodwan and Shirley Jackson sharing a neighborhood involves more than neighborly gestures. As long-time residents of Sherwood Forest, their families have formed bonds – but communities aren’t built on hugs and handshakes. The Story of Sherwood Forest: One Hundred Years a Detroit Neighborhood documents some of the initiatives and organizing the Rodwans, Jacksons […]

Land Bank could determine if $1 billion State Fairgrounds vision moves forward

Land Bank could determine if $1 billion State Fairgrounds vision moves forward

Detroiters wondering about the future of the long-vacant State Fairgrounds might have a better idea after March 21. A Wednesday meeting of the Michigan Land Bank Authority in Lansing will determine if the Magic Plus, LLC investment group, which won a proposal to transform the site into commercial property, moves forward after years of little […]

LittleGuide Detroit aims to show parents, grandparents city and region are family-friendly

LittleGuide Detroit aims to show parents, grandparents city and region are family-friendly

Detroit is a family-friendly place, but not enough people know it. So says Kerry Doman, who has just launched a new project called LittleGuide Detroit, which lets parents know about the kid-friendly things going on in metro Detroit. The idea stems from her own experience as a new mom to a now 18-month-old.  Doman has lived downtown […]

Detroit Future City road map’s done, now it’s time to implement the plan

Detroit Future City road map’s done, now it’s time to implement the plan

Planning for the future in a city whose narrative has been defined by uncertainty is challenging. Still, Detroit Future City took on the challenge, got input from more than 100,000 community members and adopted as a road map toward equitable and sustainable development by the Duggan administration. Now, it’s time for implementation, says Detroit Economic […]

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 […]

Searching for the Mythical Yeoman Landlord: Detroit’s Rental Registration Ordinance

Searching for the Mythical Yeoman Landlord: Detroit’s Rental Registration Ordinance

Public champion Bill Johnson recently penned an article on his blog about how Detroit’s rental registration ordinance will exacerbate blight in Detroit neighborhoods. Financially struggling landlords will be unable to comply with the new regulations, he argues, and this untenable burden will displace countless Detroit renters. Johnson is hardly averse to taking strong positions, having […]

Code Enforcement = Blight Removal?

Code Enforcement = Blight Removal?

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 units, bring them up […]

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