Detroit website offers stats, updates on city operations

July 30, 2014
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Detroit website offers stats, updates on city operations

Interested in reading about what Detroit accomplishes on a week-to-week basis that’s produced by the city itself? Great. You can do that now, here, at the Detroit Dashboard. Every Thursday morning, the city will publish an update to the dashboard because Mayor Mike Duggan loves metrics, even if the data might be hard to come...
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Duggan takes control of Detroit water department; says changes to approach on ‘delinquent payment issues’ needed

July 29, 2014
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Duggan takes control of Detroit water department; says changes to approach on ‘delinquent payment issues’ needed

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr transferred oversight of the the city’s water department Tuesday to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in an order intended to refocus “efforts to help DWSD customers get and remain current on their water bills,” Orr’s office said today. “This order provides additional clarity to the powers already delegated to the mayor,” Orr said...
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Detroit residents sue incinerator owner over ‘noxious odors and contaminants’

July 28, 2014
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Detroit residents sue incinerator owner over ‘noxious odors and contaminants’

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the owner of Detroit’s municipal solid waste incinerator Monday, accusing the company of nuisance and gross negligence violations According to the complaint filed by Detroit-based Liddle & Dubin P.C., “On occasions too numerous to list, Plaintiffs’ property including Plaintiffs’ neighborhood, residences and yards were physically invaded by...
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Poll shows Bob Ficano behind in Wayne County Executive race

July 25, 2014
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Poll shows Bob Ficano behind in Wayne County Executive race

If a poll released this week is any indication of how the August 5 primary election will turn out, current Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano has reason to worry, Fox 2 reports. Ficano, who’s seeking a third term, polled in fourth place — behind former Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans, Westland Mayor Bill Wild...
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Detroit Riverwalk west extension opens from Riverfront Towers to Rosa Parks

July 24, 2014
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Detroit Riverwalk west extension opens from Riverfront Towers to Rosa Parks

Dogs of Detroit have new territory to trot: Yesterday, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy held a soft opening for a 20-acre westward extension of the Riverwalk. Part of a planned two-mile track of the West Riverwalk, the new span runs from the Riverfront Towers to Rosa Parks Boulevard, says Mark Pasco, director of communications for the conservancy. “It’s...
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DWSD to host water fair in wake of 15 day moratorium on Detroit water shutoffs

July 22, 2014
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DWSD to host water fair in wake of 15 day moratorium on Detroit water shutoffs

In light of worldwide attention on its efforts to cut water service for thousands of Detroit residents, the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department said today it would host a Water Affordability Fair on August 2nd to explain options available to those facing financial hardship. DWSD officials said in a news release today the fair...
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Just to clarify, Olympia hasn’t ‘finalized’ financing details on promised Detroit ancillary development — yet

July 21, 2014
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Just to clarify, Olympia hasn’t ‘finalized’ financing details on promised Detroit ancillary development — yet

Yesterday, the Detroit Free Press and Crain’s Detroit Business reported on the remarkable concept Olympia Development of Michigan, the real estate arm of Detroit Red Wings owner Ilitch Holdings Inc., has developed for the proposed “catalyst development project.” (The basics of the project can be found here.) Baked into the details offered by the Freep was this: Arena plans...
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More than 1,000 people demonstrate in downtown against Detroit water shutoffs

July 18, 2014
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More than 1,000 people demonstrate in downtown against Detroit water shutoffs

More than 1,000 people took to the streets of downtown Detroit to protest against the city’s ongoing water shutoff initiative, while a number of civil rights organizations formally called for a moratorium on the practice. The protest was organized amid a time Detroit’s water shutoffs have attracted considerable international attention, as well as from the...
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State denies company permit to store petcoke along Detroit River

July 17, 2014
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State denies company permit to store petcoke along Detroit River

Last year, a company plainly called Detroit Bulk Storage caused a stir for storing petroleum coke along the Detroit River. Commonly known as “petcoke,” no one seemed to have a clue what sort of environmental impact the byproduct had on the community. Perhaps rightly so, that made plenty of residents and officials nervous. Nevertheless, after former Mayor...
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TIME profiles Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy

July 17, 2014
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TIME profiles Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is featured in the upcoming issue of TIME Magazine about her push to clear the backlog of untested rape kits, something that has remained an issue for years now. Written by TIME reporter Charlotte Alter, Worthy says in the piece: “I call sexual assault the stepchild of violent crime....
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