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Negotiations over benefits between Corktown Neighborhood Advisory Council and Ford near conclusion

Many in Detroit and around the country are paying close attention to talks between Ford Motor Company, which recently purchased the historic Michigan Central Station, and the Corktown Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC), a group of residents and stakeholders tasked with negotiating benefits over the building’s redevelopment.  Because the purchase was over $75 million, it triggered Detroit’s Community Benefits Ordinance, which ...

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Wayne State is creating a pipeline for community health practitioners in Detroit

Sarna Sutradhar, a 15-year-old Cass Technical High School student, has a dream to practice medicine some day. But seeing the long road from high school sophomore to doctor is not easy.   Fortunately, a program she participated in last summer, the Community Health Career Pipeline (CHP), supported her goal to become a doctor by exposing her to the Detroit food system ...

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Could robots become a job creator, instead of job taker, in Southeast Michigan?

When asked about the future of robotics in Southeast Michigan, Dr. Chan-Jin Chung, professor of math and computer science at Lawrence Technological University, first begins with a brief history lesson.  The first industrial revolution, he says, entailed the mechanization of various processes and a large-scale shift of labor into industry. The second revolution involved advances in technology and mass production. ...

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three lessons from our time in the neighborhood

It was during a homily at St. Suzanne-Our Lady Gate of Heaven church when Father Victor Clore implored his parishioners to, “be a light unto the world,” that it hit me. There is something special about Cody Rouge that comes from a place of spiritual depth. “That’s an awesome responsibility,” Father Clore said, “But, that’s who we are.”  It is ...

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How can we address Michigan students’ desperate need for behavioral health services?

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. It’s well known that anxiety and depression can be crippling for people of any age. But for school-aged kids, ...

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Hundreds of volunteers gather to build brand new playground in northwest Detroit

An international financial services corporation, a national non-profit, a local community organization, and hundreds of volunteers have banded together to build a brand new playground in Detroit. Tucked in the northwest corner of the city, Freedom Path Park was built in the neighborhood near the intersection of Seven Mile and Telegraph roads. Local neighborhood group Grand Seven Detroit applied for and ...

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Detroit Radical Childcare Collective: Not your typical babysitters

Finding quality childcare and preschool can be a discouraging process for families in Detroit. This article is the first in a series that will dig into alternative childcare options for working families.   Adela Nieves Martinez, mother of a busy toddler, has an open mind about parenting. “I want my child to be able to be who she is, and explore ...

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