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This hip-hop entrepreneur is hoping to build a smart village in his hometown of Highland Park

Buena Vista Street in Highland Park is in pretty rough shape. The road is potholed to nearly gravel. Abandoned houses and overgrown lots line the street.  But one remarkable transformation on the block carries the promise of a new direction for the economically-challenged city. Developer Juan Shannon is in the process of turning the grounds of Thompson Elementary School — ...

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How once-vacant sites are becoming hubs for health equity in Michigan

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.  In December 2008, Classic Chevrolet shuttered its location in Wyoming, just outside Grand Rapids. The huge building stood empty. ...

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Tourism is up in Detroit. What does it mean for the city’s economy?

After several years of advertising Detroit as “America’s Great Comeback City,” the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau unveiled a new marketing campaign this year, shifting focus from changing perceptions of the city to selling it as a bona fide tourist destination. Whereas billing Detroit as America’s Great Comeback City was an image campaign, the new one, It’s GO Time, ...

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Coding the Future and GM’s Downsizing « Detroit News Watch

Southfield (Detroit News Watch) – As Grand Circus Detroit celebrates its sixth year of helping people learn computer coding, the need for such skills is greater than ever as people look to retool their careers following more layoffs in the Motor City. Damien Rocchi, CEO of Grand Circus Detroit, with Michigan Matters Host Carol Cain (Credit: Meggan Jacobs, CBS 62 Writer/Producer) ...

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Ford Shuffling Workers To Increase Production Of Big SUVs « Detroit News Watch

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is shuffling workers at several factories so it can make more hot-selling full-size SUVs. The company says the moves will increase production of Lincoln Navigators and Ford Expeditions. Navigator sales are up 81 percent through October, while Expedition sales rose 3.9 percent. Ford plans to add 500 jobs at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville that ...

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Michigan OKs Incentives It Says Will Create 4,500 Jobs « Detroit News Watch

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan board has approved tax breaks and other incentives the state says will create more than 4,500 jobs, including 2,500 at Ford Motor Co. as part of the automaker’s plan to renovate Detroit’s train depot and redevelop nearby properties for researching and developing self-driving vehicles. The Strategic Fund board Tuesday authorized putting the Corktown properties ...

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Community group looks to start tool library on far east side

In recent years, a group of community members have spearheaded efforts to revive the East Warren commercial corridor. They’ve done this through cleanups, redeveloping abandoned buildings, and growing interest in homeownership in the far east neighborhoods of MorningSide and East English Village.  The community has dubbed the project Restorin’ E. Warren. Every revival effort of this kind requires tools. And ...

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Apartments for veterans in North End nears completion, launches holiday fundraising campaign

As renovations continue on the historic Saint Rita Apartments, Central City Integrated Health, the organization behind the redevelopment, has launched a holiday giving campaign to help furnish the apartments for the building’s future residents. With an estimated Spring 2019 completion date, CCIH will soon be opening the Saint Rita’s 26 one-bedroom apartments to the area’s most vulnerable populations. Veterans, along ...

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