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City of Detroit unveils plans to revamp 7 neighborhood corridors

Ever since Mayor Duggan took office and hired Maurice Cox to be director of the Planning and Development Department, they’ve spoken about “20-minute neighborhoods” — pedestrian-friendly commercial corridors that contain amenities like grocery stores, pharmacies, and restaurants.  With its recent announcement, the city has taken a major step towards that goal. Crain’s Detroit Business reports that the city of Detroit ...

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Michigan hoophouse program benefits farmers, families, and markets

Like a lot of farmers in Michigan, Kelly Vallelunga, from Long Valley Farm outside of Comstock, struggles with the vagaries of the seasons. That’s especially true in the spring when her soil can remain cold and wet long after winter has passed. Along with other growers she has turned to passive solar hoophouses to extend her growing season. The difference ...

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How Hope Church in Jefferson Chalmers aims to right past wrongs

When Jefferson Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church was built in 1923, it was the centerpiece of a thriving community. The Jefferson Avenue thoroughfare was a bustling business center and, a few years later, iconic buildings like the Vanity Ballroom would also be erected. The Great Depression was still years off and the Roaring 20s brought an economic boom to Detroit. Jefferson ...

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As Michigan immigrants struggle to get healthcare, nonprofits fill the gaps

This article is part of State of Health, a series examining health disparities, how they affect Michigan’s children and seniors, and the innovative solutions being developed to address them. It is made possible with funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. Understanding a doctor’s diagnosis or an insurance company’s explanation of benefits can be difficult for many who grew up ...

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After the closing of GM’s Detroit plant, what lessons can be learned?

To watch the 1983 documentary “Poletown Lives” is to travel to another Detroit. One that’s bigger, but quickly getting smaller, and acutely aware of what’s slipping way. The film memorializes Poletown residents’ desperate, losing battle against Detroit and General Motors to prevent the forced sale and razing of their homes — and even their church — for a new factory.  ...

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Automakers Recall 1.7 Million Cars With Fatal Airbags – Detroit News Watch

DETROIT (AP) — Subaru, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler Vans, Mercedes and Ferrari are recalling about 1.7 million vehicles to replace potentially deadly air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan. The inflators can hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 23 people have died from the problem worldwide and hundreds more were injured. The moves, announced Friday by ...

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AAA Confirms Cold Weather Driving Can Reduce Electric Car Range – Detroit News Watch

DETROIT (Detroit News Watch/AP) — Its been long suspected that cold weather could potentially have an effect on electric cars, now one study offers proof. Cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, temporarily reducing their range by more than 40 percent when interior heaters are used, a new study found. The study of five electric vehicles by AAA also found ...

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Picking a school in Detroit just got a little bit easier

This story was originally posted on Chalkbeat. Detroit parents wondering how their child’s school is doing now have even more information at their fingertips. An update to the website where the Michigan Department of Education posts information about schools added some crucial new measures of schools’ health, including teacher retention rates. When the website was launched last year, it included ...

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