Wayne County – Daily Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:35:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 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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Friday Is The Last Day To Apply For The Hatch Detroit Contest For A Chance To Win $50,000 For Your Small Business http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/11/friday-last-day-apply-hatch-detroit-contest-chance-win-50000-small-business/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/11/friday-last-day-apply-hatch-detroit-contest-chance-win-50000-small-business/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 15:38:43 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42350

If you’re looking for a way to get $50,000 in funding for your brick and mortar business or business idea that’s based in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park, Hatch Detroit might be the answer.

The contest is in its eighth year, and through a popular voting and judging process selects a winner to receive not only $50,000 in funding thanks to Comerica Bank, but also there’s a suite of business support services.

The list of Hatch Detroit winners and alumni that have opened their businesses continues to grow. So far 34 have opened and there are 11 more businesses opening in the next 14 months.
You might have heard of some of the winners of the Hatch Detroit Contest; Baobab Fare, Batch Brewing, Live Cycle Delight, Meta Physica Massage, Sister Pie, and La Feria.

You can apply for the 2018 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest here. Just a reminder, the application process closes on Friday, July 13 at 11:59 p.m.


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LISTEN: Fletcher Sharpe’s This Week In Detroit City FC http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/10/listen-fletcher-sharpes-week-detroit-city-fc/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/10/listen-fletcher-sharpes-week-detroit-city-fc/#respond Tue, 10 Jul 2018 19:56:33 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42332

We talk about City’s 4-3 away loss at Kalamazoo FC to close out its National Premier League Soccer campaign and what the team needs to focus on to get back into the playoffs next season. We even touch on division winner AFC Ann Arbor’s playoff prospects, since Sharpe also covers the Mighty Oak for Midfield Press.midfieldpress.com/

Next, we catch up on all things World Cup, including red-hot Belgium’s chances in the semifinals against France, England’s annoying “It’s coming home” mantra and Croatia’s formidable midfield.


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Adient Will Not Be Moving Downtown After All http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/06/20/adient-will-not-moving-downtown/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/06/20/adient-will-not-moving-downtown/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:43:47 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42155 While Ford is making a big splash about its plans to come into the city, another automotive company is now pulling back on its plans to move to downtown Detroit.

The seating supplier Adient says it has decided to scrap plans to move its corporate headquarters and 500 employees into the Marquette Building on Congress Street over concerns about the cost of renovation. It’ll instead remain at its current location in Plymouth Township.

Advent announced plans to move to Detroit in 2016, and crews have been working to redevelop the building for its offices. The company says it plans to sell the building.

Adient last month reported a quarterly loss of $168 million. It recently named former General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson as interim CEO.

This story first appeared in our daily local news podcast show, the Daily Detroit News Byte.

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Bike Ride Fundraiser This Weekend For Joe Louis Greenway Rail-To-Trail Loop http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/06/20/bike-ride-fundraiser-weekend-joe-louis-greenway-rail-trail-loop/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/06/20/bike-ride-fundraiser-weekend-joe-louis-greenway-rail-trail-loop/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:36:28 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42154

The Detroit Greenways Coalition will hold a group bike ride Sunday to create awareness and raise money to build a 26-mile rail-to-trail greenway loop in the city.

The Joe Louis Greenway is a proposed pedestrian loop through Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.

Previously known as the Inner Circle, it’s currently a network of abandoned rail lines and local streets. But the Joe Louis Greenway would also incorporate the Dequindre Cut, Detroit RiverWalk, and other existing greenways.

The Detroit Greenways Coalition has been working with the city of Detroit to acquire an 8-mile section of abandoned rail line as one of the final pieces. It’s hoped that design work can begin next year, with construction starting in 2020.

Sunday’s inaugural fundraiser ride will go for 28 miles with a stop at the Oloman Cafe in Hamtramck and SAG support from Wheelhouse Detroit.

Registration is $30. You can find more information at the Detroit Greenways Coalition website.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

The ride will begin at 2826 Bagley Street in Detroit.

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This New Law Could Make Bicyclists In Michigan Safer http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/06/14/new-law-make-bicyclists-michigan-safer/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/06/14/new-law-make-bicyclists-michigan-safer/#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 20:38:09 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42093
If you’re a bicyclist in Michigan, you might be getting a new law that’s in your favor.

The Michigan legislature has passed a package of bills that would mean motorists would have to pass at least three feet to the right or left of a bike. If it is not practical to do so, the motorist will have to pass at a safe distance at a safe speed.

The bills are expected to be signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder. Currently there is no law mandating a passing distance between bicyclists and cars.

This would bring Michigan closer to most other states in the nation, who use the three foot rule.


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Democratic Gubernatorial Hopeful Abdul El-Sayed: ‘I See A State That Is Quickly Failing People’ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/30/democratic-gubernatorial-hopeful-abdul-el-sayed-see-state-quickly-failing-people-state/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/30/democratic-gubernatorial-hopeful-abdul-el-sayed-see-state-quickly-failing-people-state/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 03:06:50 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=41899

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed dropped by Daily Detroit on Wednesday at the Mackinac Policy Conference to talk about his decidedly underdog candidacy, his progressive policies, why he lost the endorsement of Mayor Mike Duggan and firmly establish his outsider credibility.

“A lot of politicians come here to rub shoulders with corporate lobbyists and try and get those corporations to back their campaigns. I just don’t take corporate money,” El-Sayed said.” My role here is very different. I see myself as an informant of sorts for folks who don’t get to come to islands like this for the things that I’ve been learning about the challenges in their lives.”

El-Sayed is famous — or in some circles, infamous — for being openly Muslim. He’s the son of Egyptian immigrants who grew up in the Detroit area, played lacrosse at the University of Michigan and won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University in England. He’s a doctor who most recently ran the Detroit Health Department following its shuttering in the city’s bankruptcy.

He says his travels around the state have shown him that Michigan residents are concerned mostly with the quality of their children’s schools, infrastructure and health care.

El-Sayed says the state has badly underinvested in things like schools over time. He says that’s one of the primary reasons Amazon left Detroit off its list of finalists for its HQ2 project.

“The state tried to offer Amazon $4 billion in incentives. It didn’t work,” he says. “And the reason that they didn’t come is because we had not invested that same money in the same things that they were looking for in the first place: great opportunities for people to raise families because they have great public schools, and great public transportation, and great infrastructure. We don’t have those things.”

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Will Metro Detroit Become A Permanent Second-Class Region? That’s the Question At The Heart Of This Year’s Mackinac Policy Conference http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/30/will-metro-detroit-become-permanent-second-class-region-thats-question-heart-years-mackinac-policy-conference/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/30/will-metro-detroit-become-permanent-second-class-region-thats-question-heart-years-mackinac-policy-conference/#respond Wed, 30 May 2018 14:41:14 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=41884 The Detroit region is a proverbial frog boiling alive in a pot of water.  

There are several major topics being tackled up here at the Mackinac Policy Conference — talent, transit, the opioid crisis and education among them. But the through-line that we see between all of them is “Will Metro Detroit become a permanent second-class region?”

See, despite what some politicians would like to tell you, all is not rosy in the Paris of the Midwest. The city does have a comeback beginning. But anyone who’s visited other cities and regions knows that even our “nicest” area of Midtown is an average block in most other major cities.

Our roads are reminiscent of the surface of the moon. And it’s our fault because we refuse to spend what it takes to fix our infrastructure.

Michigan’s education system — as we discussed with Ron French of Bridge Magazine — http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/03/22/michigans-bad-schools/ is in deep trouble, much closure to the bottom of the barrel among states that the top of the heap.

Michigan has the 4th biggest drug problem in the United States, and Macomb County’s drug overdoses are skyrocketing.

And transit? Well, there’s many second- and third- world regions that have better mass transit than we do. It’s something that’s like air to most millennial workers, not to mention many of the urbane executives and engineering talent we like to lure from other automotive hubs like Germany and Japan. But here, we have a bunch of folks who are telling their kids to get off their lawn and driveway — and then wonder why they don’t move back “home.”

To us, transit is a question of equity. It’s a hand up for people to get to jobs and improve their own station in life, not a hand out. In Metro Detroit, we’re apparently fine with “I got mine.” And that’s not the kind of community people who want to build something great want to live in.

Here’s the scary thing: The electorate, especially in parts of Oakland and most of Macomb County, is apparently fine with that. And our elected leaders? We’re back to the tiresome suburban/city bickering. It sure was nice to have a break from that, however brief.

But it’s not a good look, guys.

While you’re fighting, our future is leaving this state, and businesses by and large aren’t finding the talent they need. We look to people like Dan Gilbert to do everything, when in fact, if we were a successful region, we’d have 20 or more of them. Dan Gilbert in Chicago is just another rich guy. Here, he runs the table because he’s among the few games in town.

But that’s our culture. We’ve long looked to big companies to fix our problems. Ford, Chrysler and General Motors had their claws in city governments across Metro Detroit who then didn’t plan for people and residents. For the most part, they did what the biggest companies in town asked.

We made whole suburbs based on racist principles. Henry Ford, though a brilliant engineer, was a racist and anti-Semite. With his money and power, he weaved his wretched social beliefs into the fabric of our area, and most of us don’t even realize it.

And Detroit’s mostly hated Coleman Young? He wasn’t a cause. He was a symptom and a catalyst, like Donald Trump today. Now, we have Oakland County exec L. Brooks Patterson back to his cantankerous old ways, flipping corn and blankets over the proverbial fence and flipping off the camera. And Macomb’s Mark Hackel? He never met a political wind he didn’t bow to. He’s right about his electorate today, but he’s going to be on the wrong side of history.

What we need now is leadership. Will a champion, or a set of champions, step forward, or are we going to have 20 more years of the same story? Now is the time, or we fear the window of a Motor City comeback will close. And maybe that’s what our current leaders really want: the status quo, with a festering doughnut-hole for an urban core and a collection of disparate, sprawling suburbs offering plentiful parking. Nothing galvanizes a base like an enemy. And the easiest enemy in Metro Detroit always seems to be your neighbor.

So the question this year really is this: Will Metro Detroit find the will to turn a corner to keep up with the rest of the nation, or are we going become a permanent second- or third-class region? The choice, as they say, is ours.

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Detroit’s Population Drops Again — But More Slowly http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/24/detroits-population-drops-slowly/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/24/detroits-population-drops-slowly/#respond Fri, 25 May 2018 01:56:44 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=41856

Despite all the new loft apartments and other development activity in certain core neighborhoods, the city of Detroit continues to lose population.

An annual U.S. Census estimate released Thursday pegged Detroit’s population at 673,104 as of last summer. That’s a drop of about 2,300 people — a little lower than the previous year’s loss and a 10th of the rate of population loss of the 2000s.

At its peak, Detroit had nearly 1.9 million people in 1950.

The Detroit News reports that utility hookup records say the city has 3,000 more occupied homes than last year. But they’re filled with empty nesters, while families with children continue to move out. Mayor Mike Duggan has said his performance should be measured by whether Detroit can start to grow once again and has said the continued losses are due to the state of Detroit’s public schools.

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments estimates the city will continue to lose population until 2025.

Exurbs were the big gainers in the Census estimate, with Macomb Township, Canton Township and Lyon Township all growing.

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LISTEN: Could Highland Park Get A New High School? An Interview With School Board President Alexis Ramsey http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/16/listen-highland-park-get-new-high-school-interview-school-board-president-alexis-ramsey/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/05/16/listen-highland-park-get-new-high-school-interview-school-board-president-alexis-ramsey/#respond Wed, 16 May 2018 17:39:42 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=41789

Highland Park’s school district is a shadow of its former self following years of state emergency management, the closure of its high school in 2015 and its subsequent demolition. But the district is now out of financial oversight and looking to grow.

Last week, while recording an episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour, we ran into Highland Park School Board President Alexis Ramsey. We spoke with her about what’s new with the struggling district … its relationship with a for-profit charter school operator … and where she and others want the district to go from here.

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