Detroit Mercy discusses role in renewal on eve of $100 million campaign announcement

Detroit Mercy discusses role in renewal on eve of $100 million campaign announcement

Yet another call for investment is being made in Detroit’s neighborhoods and it’s a big one. University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine Garibaldi’s announcement of a $100 million campaign that will support scholarships, academic programs, faculty research and state-of-the-art facilities, while eventually increasing its endowment to attract more students to help revitalize Detroit and train […]

Detroit’s Fitzgerald neighborhoods land $20 million, multi-year investment

Detroit’s Fitzgerald neighborhoods land $20 million, multi-year investment

Growth is good. And it’s becoming more evident in Detroit’s neighborhoods, particularly in the Livernois-McNichols area where government, civic and neighborhood leaders gathered just an hour ago to announce the ground-breaking of the new 2.5-acre Ella Fitzgerald Park development. A morning celebration of the new HomeBase community center and Ella Fitzgerald Park brought Mayor Mike […]

Detroit university named one of U.S. News & World Report’s best

Detroit university named one of U.S. News & World Report’s best

Students at Detroit’s largest Catholic university attend one of the best campuses in the state and region, says one distinguished ranking. U.S. News & World Report lists University of Detroit Mercy at No. 19 top in its “Regional Universities Midwest,” citing its community outreach, competitive basketball team and other traits. Faculty-to-student ratio, diversity of curricula […]

Change Agents: Live6 area residents and stakeholders collaborate to improve safety and well-being

Change Agents: Live6 area residents and stakeholders collaborate to improve safety and well-being

The tentacles of community redevelopment and reorganization reach further than the average Detroit resident might suppose. A recent Live6 event in the Livernois and McNichols area was proof positive of that.  Live6, the planning and development nonprofit organization, held Speakeasy, the latest in its monthly community dialogue series. Its aim is to bring together neighbors […]

Live6 ‘Speakeasy’ dialogue will focus on neighborhood safety Friday

Live6 ‘Speakeasy’ dialogue will focus on neighborhood safety Friday

For both law enforcement and citizens it has become an increasingly controversial topic. Public safety, in light of widely publicized, nationwide police shootings of unarmed civilians and officer acquittals, is at the forefront of Detroit’s collective consciousness. Of equal concern to most local residents is the security of officers, since a Wayne State University policeman […]

Breaking Barriers: University strives to meld campus with community

Breaking Barriers: University strives to meld campus with community

Although he’s not a local native, Dr. Antoine Garibaldi is on familiar ground. Hailing from New Orleans, the University of Detroit Mercy president has family in the Detroit area and a background of scholarship that supported black Michigan youth during the 1990s. Today his ongoing challenge is to lead a campus of 5,000 in the […]

Gentrification in Detroit

Gentrification in Detroit

Gentrification. Argh, the very sound of the word evokes a visceral sensation in my gut. It seems to be the topic du jour among Detroit’s civically engaged minority. Meanwhile, the masses are dealing with real life issues like unemployment, illiteracy, foreclosure, lack of public transportation, water shut offs, violent crime and poverty in all its […]