Wayne County – Daily Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Sat, 20 Oct 2018 03:57:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Davenport University Opening New Center One Campus In 2019 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/10/16/davenport-university-opening-new-center-one-campus-in-2019/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/10/16/davenport-university-opening-new-center-one-campus-in-2019/#respond Tue, 16 Oct 2018 22:47:36 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=43192 Davenport University is moving its Livonia campus to the city of Detroit, and they’re doing it in the New Center One Building.

They’ll renovate the first floor of the structure on Grand Boulevard across the street from the iconic Fisher Building.

Starting in January 2019, the 12,000 square-foot Detroit campus will offer 31 courses in business, health care, technology and urban education. Davenport is a non-profit private University with about 7,500 students.

Approximately 2,000 students each semester will be served in the New Center One location.

The classes will be for both students graduating from high school and adults looking to further their careers.

They’re enrolling now. You can find more information about Davenport University here.

This story originally appeared on the Daily Detroit podcast:

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LISTEN: Here’s How We Could Fix Michigan’s High Auto Insurance Prices http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/10/16/listen-heres-how-we-could-fix-michigans-high-auto-insurance-prices/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/10/16/listen-heres-how-we-could-fix-michigans-high-auto-insurance-prices/#respond Tue, 16 Oct 2018 22:45:25 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=43199 Michigan’s auto insurance costs consistently rank the highest in the nation. Same for the city of Detroit, which can cost double the state’s already high average.

How to fix this madness that’s emptying the pockets of Michiganders? Lawyer and Auto Law Blog writer Steve Gursten has some ideas.

In this thoughtful conversation with Sven Gustafson, Steve lines out the problems and some of a possible solution to this problem… without getting rid of lots of benefits.

But it would require the politicians to do something they’ve been unwilling to do up to this point. And insurance companies probably wouldn’t like it, either.

Sven and Steve also discuss the merits of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s lawsuit, with the goal of bringing insurance prices down.

Below is the interview as part of the Daily Detroit podcast:

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Your City 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Detroit: October 5-7 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/10/04/your-city-5-things-to-do-this-weekend-in-detroit-october-5-7/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/10/04/your-city-5-things-to-do-this-weekend-in-detroit-october-5-7/#respond Thu, 04 Oct 2018 16:39:33 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=43067 Hey there all you cool cats, how is it hanging?

I’m sure most of you are going to be busy hitting up the apple orchards or picking out pumpkins, just don’t forget that there are a ton of great events happening around Detroit this weekend.

Let’s get to it shall we?

City Year Detroit Fundraiser and Comedy Show

Looking for something fun to do on Friday night?

The Ant Hall will be hosting a comedy show that is also a fundraiser for City Year Detroit.

I am a giant supporter of City Year Detroit. The City Year Corps members go into underperforming schools in Detroit and provide additional support for students and teachers. The work that they do help students do better in school.

There will be live comedy sets from Tanner Oliver, Camila Bellario, Justin O’Leary, Darnell Anderson, Jim Eliot, and Diego Attanasio.

Tickets to the show are $20 per person. All proceeds raised will go towards the work that City Year Detroit does.

When: Friday, October 5 from 7:30 p.m. — 10 p.m. Cocktail hour starts at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Ant Hall 2320 Caniff Avenue Hamtramck, Michigan 48212

Detroit Folk Festival

This Saturday is the Detroit Folk Festival outside of the Old Miami in Midtown.

I listen to all kinds of music, but I really love folk music. There is something about singer and songwriters that speak to me in an emotional level.

Some of Detroit’s best folk artists will be performing at this event.

I highly recommend seeing Libby DeCamp. I really love her music and had a chance to see her live at TEDxDetroit last week. She is great.

Tickets for the event are $7 and can be purchased in advance here, 50% of proceeds will be donated to InsideOut Literary Arts.

When: Saturday, October 6 from 12 p.m. — 11 p.m.
Where: The Old Miami 3930 Cass Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201

Danielle’s Sunday Brunch

Now that autumn has returned the Two Way Inn will be hosting Danielle’s Sunday Brunch, starting this Sunday. Huzzah!

This weekend they will be serving up homemade biscuits and gravy, hash browns, loaded eggs, cold bar and a Bloody Mary Bar.

Just writing about brunch is making me really hungry.

Heed my warning, get there early because the food will run out. Then you’ll have to wait until November for First Sunday Brunch.

When: Sunday, August 7 from 11 a.m. — 2 p.m.
Where: The Two Way Inn 17897 Mt Elliott Street Detroit, Michigan 48212

Open Streets Detroit

This Sunday is Open Streets Detroit Southwest.

We have covered Open Streets Detroit a lot here at Daily Detroit. There’s a good reason for it. It’s really great. It gives people an opportunity to get out of their cars and explore an area that we just zoom on by everyday.

There will be plenty of things to do at Open Streets including; live music, exercise classes, ultimate frisbee, hip-hop and street dancing, tennis, food, and so much more.

Also, don’t forget to stop into all of the small businesses that are located in the area.

This year’s route will start at Third Street and Michigan Avenue in Corktown, through Roosevelt Park to Vernor Highway where it will continue into Mexicantown and Clark Park.

When: Sunday, October 7 from 12 p.m. — 5 p.m.
Where: Corktown and Mexicantown

P.S. Just a little tip, MoGo Bikes will be waving its $8 daily pass fee for people who want to ride a bike on Sunday. Here’s the small print, you can ride for up to a maximum of 30 minutes at a time before being charged. But you can dock a bike before the 30 minutes are up and check out a new bike with out being charged.

Sister Pie Cookbook event at Folk

I have been anxiously awaiting for Lisa Ludwinski’s new Sister Pie; The Recipes and Stories of a Big Hearted Bakery in Detroit cookbook to be released. Sven went over to Sister Pie to talk with Lisa about her book a few months ago.

The book officially came out on Tuesday, so she is doing a ton of book events in the next few months.

On Sunday night Devita Davidson the Director of FoodLab Detroit will be moderating a discussion with Lisa about “The importance of Sisterhood in Small Business.”

The event will take place at Folk in Corktown. We all know how much I love Folk and Sister Pie … so there was no question that this event was going to be featured here this week.

Tickets are $45 and include a signed Sister Pie cookbook, wine pours and nibbles, you can purchase them here. You can also get tickets that do not include the book for $20 by going into Folk or calling them at 313-290-5849.

When: Sunday, October 7 from 6 p.m. — 8 p.m.
Where: Folk Detroit 1701 Trumbull Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48216

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So Far In 2018, Every Apartment Development In Metro Detroit Has Been Luxury http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/09/28/so-far-in-2018-every-apartment-development-in-metro-detroit-has-been-luxury/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/09/28/so-far-in-2018-every-apartment-development-in-metro-detroit-has-been-luxury/#respond Fri, 28 Sep 2018 13:47:08 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42996

Every single large-scale apartment development built in Detroit this year has been a luxury development.

That’s according to new data by compiled by RentCafe. In 2017, 76% of developments in Metro Detroit were luxury; and this year so far, every single apartment developed has been on the high end.

This is in line with a national trend. Nationally, about 87% of all large-scale apartment buildings completed in the first half of 2018 are high-end.

It shows the importance of set-asides for affordable housing, given widespread market forces oriented toward building housing only for rich folks.

The city of Detroit, when incentive money is provided, often mandates that 20 percent of the units are rented at “affordable” rates, meaning in-line with a percentage of the median income of the metro area. The percentage varies with the project.

The apartment construction data was provided by Yardi Matrix, a RENTCafé sister company specializing in market intelligence on multi-family properties of 50 units or more in more than 130 U.S. markets.

It classifies luxury rental properties as those that fall into the discretionary and high mid-range price categories with luxury finishes.

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Eastland Center Shopping Mall To Be Auctioned In October http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/09/24/eastland-center-shopping-mall-to-be-auctioned-in-october/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/09/24/eastland-center-shopping-mall-to-be-auctioned-in-october/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:58:45 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42953

The struggling Eastland Center shopping mall is hitting the auction block.

Current owners CW Capital will auction off about 640,000 square feet of the mall’s 1.4 million square feet of space in an auction on October 11th. They’ll go through Southfield-based real estate brokerage Farbman Group.

The auction covers most of the enclosed portion of the mall. It doesn’t include the spaces formerly occupied by Macy’s and Target and those currently leased by Lowe’s and Home Depot.

The mall has been struggling with declining occupancy rates and violent crime for years. CW Capital has been in charge of the property since 2016 after the former owner lost it to foreclosure.

The city of Harper Woods wants to work with the mall’s next owner to convert Eastland into a mixed-use development. It would include a new city hall and police department headquarters with a civic campus. Eastland is Harper Woods’ largest source of tax revenue and has cost it about $2 million in lost property taxes since 2014.

Eastland is part of a larger trend of declining, once-popular enclosed shopping centers. Other cities around the region — like Southfield with Northland Center and Waterford Township with Summit Place Mall — are trying to figure out how to redevelop their shuttered shopping malls.

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Your City 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Detroit: September 7-9 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/09/07/your-city-5-things-to-do-this-weekend-in-detroit-september-7-9/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/09/07/your-city-5-things-to-do-this-weekend-in-detroit-september-7-9/#respond Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:24:21 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42736 Hey there everyone! I hope that your short workweek has been easy breezy.

I’m currently in denial that it is September. Sure the kids are now back in school and the sun is setting earlier. But I’m not ready to give up on this summer feeling.

Keep your Pumpkin Spice Lattes to yourself over there.

Maybe it will hit me more when I drop off my little at his first day of preschool next Monday.

In any case I’ll just be over here soaking up as much vitamin D the sun rays can give me.

I digress, let’s get onto this weekends top picks for things to do around Detroit.

EatDrinkShop at Dequindre Cut 

Can I tell you a secret?

I haven’t been down to the Dequindre Cut Freight Yard yet.

I know. I’m not sure why I haven’t gone down there yet this year, I just always seem to have something pop up on the weekends.

I’m going to try to get down there this weekend though. Because the EatDrinkShop event sounds like a lot of fun.

There will be food from Yumvillage, beer and wine from Brut Detroit, and coffee from Always Brewing Detroit.

Plus there will be live music, and plenty of vendors all weekend long.

When: Friday 4 p.m. — 10 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. — 10 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. — 6 p.m.

The Dequindre Cut Freight Yard is located at 1905 Alfred Street Detroit, Michigan 48207

Rosie, A Detroit Herstory Launch Party

This Saturday is the official book launch party for Rosie, A Detroit Herstory and I want everybody to go to it.

Rosie, A Detroit Herstory by Bailey Sisoy Isgro is about the start of the second World War and about the women who went to work to help keep the county going. It is also about our region and how we became the Arsenal of Democracy.

Take it from a mom who reads a lot of kids books, this book is great.

Not to mention the illustrations are beautifully done by Nicole Lapointe.

If you missed out on getting the book in the Kickstarter campaign last year, this is your chance. They will have the book for sale and will be signing books.

There will be fun for all at the Rosie book launch party. Dress up as Rosie the Riveter and take pictures in the photo booth, send out a post card to a Rosie or veteran, and color your own pictures.

Those coneys at Red Hots Coney Island in Highland Park are pretty awesome. There will be Rosie specials during the event.

Hours: Saturday, September 8 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Red Hots Coney is located at 12 Victor Street Highland Park, Michigan 48203

Dally in the Alley

When I think about annual events in Detroit, I can say that Dally in the Alley is probably one of the most loved. People are passionate about the Dally.

This Saturday is the annual Dally in the Alley, and I can assure you that it is going to be a great time.

There will be four stages for local musicians to perform, food, drinks, and local vendors. Did I forget to mention that it is family friendly? Because it is. There is a kids fair on West Forest.

Hours: Saturday, September 8 from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Location: North Cass Corridor between Prentis Street and Hancock and 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

University District Home Tour 

I have been waiting months for the biannual University District Home Tour.

If you are a regular listener to the Daily Detroit podcast, then you know we record from the University District most days. So this neighborhood is pretty near and dear to our hearts at Daily Detroit.

There are six homes on the tour this year, and all of the homes were built between 1927 and 1967. Each home has distinct features like Pewabic tile, beautiful gardens, and my favorite leaded stained glass.

There are multiple ways to get around the neighborhood for the tour, be it by walking, biking, car or the free shuttle. If you go on the shuttle there will be guides on board to give you some history of the University District.

You can check in at the reservation table at Gesu Church.

Tickets for the tour are $20 in advance or $25 the day of. You can purchase them here.

When: Sunday, September 9 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Gesu Church is located at 17180 Oak Drive Detroit, Michigan 48221

Gabriel Hall Po’boy Pop-up at Nancy Whiskey

I’m only going to tell you this once, you need to get yourself over to Nancy Whiskey’s on Sunday night for Gabriel Hall’s Po’boy pop-up.

I love a good Po’boy sandwich and I know that Gabriel Hall doesn’t disappoint.

The pop-up menu is simple but is still delicious. You can find the menu here.

I think I’m going to have to go grab me a Po’boy and a bowl of the gumbo on Sunday night.

While you’re there don’t forget to head to the patio because DJ Skeez will be spinning on the ones and twos.

Hours: Sunday, September 9 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Nancy Whiskey is located at 2644 Harrison Street Detroit, Michigan 48216

Bonus

Motor City Soul Stomp

You knew it was coming … I tell you go to go the Motor City Soul Stomp every month. But there’s good reason for it.

It’s because it’s awesome. There’s good music, cold drinks, and no cover.

This month there will be a special guest Mr. Fine Wine from NYC’s WFMU-FM will be joining your regular record slingers at the Marble Bar.

Be sure to tell Dan we said hi.

When: Saturday, September 8 from 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

The Marble Bar is located at 1501 Holden Street Detroit, Michigan 48208

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Things To Do This Labor Day Weekend In Detroit: Your City 5 For Aug 31-Sept 3 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/08/30/things-to-do-this-labor-day-weekend-in-detroit-your-city-5-for-aug-31-sept-3/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/08/30/things-to-do-this-labor-day-weekend-in-detroit-your-city-5-for-aug-31-sept-3/#respond Thu, 30 Aug 2018 16:47:59 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42682 Hey, hey, hey! Happy Labor Day Weekend.

It’s the unofficial end of summertime, so you better get outside to soak up all the Vitamin D you can before Autumn rolls around.

If you decided to stay close to home this weekend, you’re in for a real treat. There are all types of events happening in and around Detroit this long weekend.

I know that technically the City 5 is for events that are happening inside the city but I wanted to give a shout out to the Michigan State Fair in Novi and Arts, Beats, and Eats in Royal Oak. Both events are happening this weekend, and let’s face it they are pretty popular.

I digress. Let’s get on with this weeks City 5.

Detroit Jazz Fest

The Detroit Jazz Fest has been a Labor Day Weekend tradition for 39 years now. There is no question this free family friendly event would make it on the City 5.

There will be four days of great jazz being performed all weekend. There will also be a series of talks with performers.

This years Artist-in-Residence is jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea. He will have multiple performances over the weekend.

You can find the schedule of performances here.

The festival is free to attend, but you can buy VIP tickets if you’re feeling fancy.

Hours: Friday 6:30 p.m.- 1:30 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m. — 1:30 a.m., Sunday 12 p.m. — 1:30 a.m., and Monday 1 p.m.-8 p.m.

The Detroit Jazz Festival takes place in Campus Martius all the way down to Hart Plaza.

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

I’m not sure why I’m so excited this year for the 39th annual Hamtown Fest. Maybe it’s because I think my toddler is finally at the right age to bring him down there for some food and fun. Or maybe it’s because I have such a soft spot for Hamtramck.

Whatever the case, this weekend is going to be awesome!

There are so many fun things happening during the festival, like the annual Hamtramck Yacht Club Race, a carnival, and great food.

Don’t forget all of the bands that will perform over the three days. The Polish Muslims will perform, because they are awesome.

This year the headliner is Martha Reeves and the Vandellas! I’m so freaking excited I could spit. They perform on Monday at 9 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to see them perform live.

You can find the whole schedule of performances here.

The Polish Day Parade will take place on Monday at 1:30 p.m. This year they will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Poland’s regained independence. The parade starts at Holbrook and Joseph Campau and will go north on Joseph Campau to Commor.

When: September 1-3 from 12 p.m.-10 p.m.

The festival will take place on Joseph Campau

P.S. If you don’t want to stop the party, be sure to check out the many after parties that the bars around Hamtramck will be hosting. I know for a fact that the Ghost Light will have after parties on Saturday and Sunday night.

Tiny Homes Tour

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Tiny Homes that Cass Community Social Services have been building on the westside of Detroit, this is your chance.

This weekend Cass Community Social Service will be giving tours of the six newest Tiny Homes.

This project is one that is near and dear to my heart. So, if you have a chance to go one of the tours do it.

Tickets for the Tiny Home tour are $75 for an individual or $100 for two people. You can purchase tickets here.

I know that seems steep, but tickets include a progressive meal from Cass Catering chef Matt Prentice, a copy of “Tiny Homes in a Big City” by Rev. Faith Fowler, and a donation to the Tiny Homes project.

When: Friday, August 31-Sunday, September 2 multiple times.

Where: The homes are located just off Woodrow Wilson south of Glendale on Monterey, near the Highland Park/Detroit border.

The Villages Bier & Weingarten

If you’re looking for something that is a bit more chill for this weekend, then I have the perfect thing.

The Villages Bier & Weingarten is that perfect mix of getting out of the house for a few hours but also being low key.

Grab a bite to eat at the Yum Village food truck, grab a glass of beer or wine and enjoy.

It’s family friendly, chill, and relaxing.

On Friday and Saturday they have a Sangria Happy Hour from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

When: Friday 4 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 4 p.m.-12 a.m., and Sunday 12 p.m.-9 p.m.

The Villages Bier & Weingarten is located at 1420 Van Dyke Detroit, Michigan 48214

The Whiskey Charmers at the Detroit Shipping Company

Here is another low-key kind of event for you.

On Saturday night the Whiskey Charmers will be performing at the Detroit Shipping Company.

They are a local band, and I really dig their music.

It also gives you a chance to check out the Detroit Shipping Company if you haven’t made it over there yet.

There is no cover.

When: Saturday, September 1 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Where: The Detroit Shipping Company is located at 474 Peterboro Detroit, Michigan 48201

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PODCAST: Understanding the impact of PFAS in Michigan with Garret Ellison of MLIVE, election results, and your Detroit stories http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/08/08/podcast-understanding-the-impact-of-pfas-in-michigan-with-garret-ellison-of-mlive-election-results-and-your-detroit-stories/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/08/08/podcast-understanding-the-impact-of-pfas-in-michigan-with-garret-ellison-of-mlive-election-results-and-your-detroit-stories/#respond Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:55:23 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42498

From the studios of Podcast Detroit in the Cass Corridor, this is your Daily Detroit News Byte recorded on Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

We have primary election results, headlines, and today’s deep dive is about P-FAS. The chemical, used in firefighting and a bunch of consumer and industrial applications, has caused a lot of environmental concern. Sven Gustafson talks with MLIVE and Grand Rapids Press reporter Garret Ellison who has been at the forefront of covering the crisis.

Also: We talk election results (including a squeaker of a race when it comes to transit)

The folks behind the Detroit Shipping Company have another project up their sleeves – plus an update on a future burger joint.

General Motors and ExxonMobil have rolled out a new feature for 2017 and newer model Buicks aimed at making buying gas simpler.

Ferndale and Detroit will be getting new public skate parks.

The 10 millionth Ford Mustang rolled off the assembly line in Flat Rock.

Belle Isle’s trees have seen extensive damage due to a quick but intense storm on Monday.

The Detroit News reports that Detroit is having a very tough time getting landlords to comply with new regulations.

And there’s a walking tour on Saturday, August 18th aims to show off the potential – and beauty – of some vacant houses in the Jefferson Chalmers and Riverbend neighborhoods.

Like the Daily Detroit News Byte? Don’t forget to subscribe free in your podcast app of choice and tell a friend.

 

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On Aug. 7, Vote ‘Yes’ To Support SMART Bus Service http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/31/on-aug-7-vote-yes-to-support-smart-bus-service/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/31/on-aug-7-vote-yes-to-support-smart-bus-service/#respond Tue, 31 Jul 2018 12:23:29 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42463 The Detroit region already squandered the latest, best opportunity to invest in our region and sharpen our economic competitiveness, thanks to the intransigence of Oakland and Macomb Counties in stonewalling the latest Regional Transit Authority plan.

The refusal of Oakland and Macomb representatives to simply approve putting the proposal before voters this year means we’ll likely have to wait at least two more years to try and resurrect the issue yet again after voters narrowly rejected a similar plan in 2016.

Meanwhile, we can preserve the modest transit system we do have next week, when voters in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties will consider renewing the millage supporting the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation, the bus system that provides nearly 10 million rides annually, through 2021.

Voters last approved a SMART millage in 2014 with 66 percent of the vote. The bus agency is using the resulting funding increase to replace 35 aging buses, most of which had racked up at least 500,000 miles (show of hands how many of you are driving cars with that many miles on them — we’ll wait).

The approval has also allowed the agency to put money it had been pouring into maintenance toward expanding service and launching the FAST bus service, which offers seven-day-a-week limited-stop express service on Woodward and Gratiot Avenues and from downtown to Metro Airport aboard WiFi-enabled buses. Ridership on those corridors is reportedly up more than 30 percent, while overall SMART ridership has risen 11 percent.

Yet proponents of SMART are clearly nervous. Blame anti-transit sentiment dredged up by the latest failed Regional Transit Authority plan and concern that voters will confuse the proposals, but also blame anti-tax zealots who are trying to defeat the proposal. A group called the MI Taxpayers Alliance out of Macomb County is making robocalls and sending out mailers, setting up a false choice between the SMART renewal and fixing the region’s crumbling roads.

It’s not an either-or scenario. The reality is, the increases that would result from the proposal passing are miniscule. Residents who own a home valued at $200,000 in Macomb County are looking at a whopping 78 cents extra per year over current levels, and $1.37 more each year in Oakland County. For voters in Wayne County who already pay the full 1-mill levy, there would likely be no change in their SMART tax levy.

Voting no also does nothing to fix our Third-World roads. The two are separate issues, and neither cancels out the other.

Claims that public transportation is somehow rendered obsolete by ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, or by the dawn of self-driving vehicles, are absurd. Let’s be honest: Uber is great, but it’s a privilege available to people of means who are comfortable using technology. It has nothing to offer seniors who don’t use smartphones, the poor or disabled people who need wheelchair access. As for the latter? Well, consider the fact that Congress still hasn’t been able to pass legislation governing autonomous vehicles. And think about the problems leading companies like Uber and Tesla have had with their own autonomous or semi-autonomous programs. Bottom line: the technology isn’t ready.

Detroit is seeing levels of investment and economic wins the likes of which your Daily Detroit team has never seen in their lifetimes. But the need for economic development remains massive, and it hardly stops at 8 Mile Road. We see plenty of examples of older suburbs falling into blight and disinvestment.

SMART has demonstrated sound fiscal stewardship and impressive operational improvements. It’s far from perfect, or comprehensive, but it’s the region’s best option for getting people to and from jobs. Cutting off funding now would be the worst kind of self-inflicted economic wound.

Vote yes on renewing the SMART millage Aug. 7.

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New Study Says Homeownership For African Americans Has Declined In Michigan http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/11/new-study-says-homeownership-african-americans-declined-michigan/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/11/new-study-says-homeownership-african-americans-declined-michigan/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 16:57:58 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42336
It used to be that Detroit and Michigan were places where black families made progress on home ownership compared to the rest of the country. That’s no longer the case.

A new report from the Urban Institute chronicles homeownership rates for African Americans in Michigan. It says they’ve declined dramatically over the last 18 years, from 60% of African Americans owning homes in 2000 to 41% in 2016.

Overall, home ownership among all races declined in Michigan from 79% in 2000 to 76% in 2016.

There were fewer than one thousand mortgages written in the city of Detroit last year, a city of more than 650,000 people. Home loans are only being written in a few Detroit neighborhoods, while the rest of the purchases are happening with cash, usually by out of state and out of country investors.

 

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