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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Here is (mostly) everything you need to know about M-1 Rail and its construction in Detroit

July 16, 2014
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Here is (mostly) everything you need to know about M-1 Rail and its construction in Detroit

In the coming weeks, construction of the long-awaited M-1 Rail streetcar in Detroit will commence. We know what you’re thinking: What does that mean? Where will I park? Will I still be able to make it to the Motley Crue show at Joe Louis Arena? (Frankly, why’d you even buy a ticket for Motley Crue?) So...
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National Nurses United to host march Friday against Detroit water shutoffs

July 16, 2014
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National Nurses United to host march Friday against Detroit water shutoffs

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes admonished the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department’s handling of its ongoing water shutoff initiative, saying this week it’s causing “bad publicity” for the city at a bad time. But the media attention of DWSD’s treatment of residential shutoffs will only be amplified during this week’s Netroots Nation conference at...
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There is a Michigan gubernatorial race. There are polls.

July 15, 2014
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There is a Michigan gubernatorial race. There are polls.

Whether or not you buy stock in horserace political coverage, this was released today: a national poll conducted for NBC News has incumbent Republican Gob. Rick Snyder edging his Democratic Party challenger, former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, by two points. The margin of error is 3.3 percent. The problem with stories on newly-released polls, as...
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Detroit bankruptcy judge: DWSD water shutoffs causing ‘bad publicity’ for city

July 15, 2014
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Detroit bankruptcy judge: DWSD water shutoffs causing ‘bad publicity’ for city

The U.S. bankruptcy judge overseeing Detroit’s Chapter 9 case today called upon the city’s water department to enact a better plan to inform residents who face imminent shutoffs. Addressing Darryl Latimer, deputy director of the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department, Judge Steven Rhodes said the water shutoffs, which began in March, have caused “a...
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Sea of rocks blanket I-75 in Detroit at I-94

July 14, 2014
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Sea of rocks blanket I-75 in Detroit at I-94

If you happened to be driving into Detroit earlier today, you may have noticed some rocks on I-75 — no, you must’ve noticed. There was a truck-load of them. Literally. A semi-truck apparently lost a load of rocks it was carrying, resulting in the above scene. Southbound I-75 was closed at I-94 around 10 a.m., but...
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Detroit residents protest potential eviction; ‘these homes were built for us’

July 11, 2014
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Detroit residents protest potential eviction; ‘these homes were built for us’

A group of Detroit residents today called on an Oakland County developer to sell them homes they’ve lived in for years — homes they say they should’ve owned by now. The developer, Peter Barclae, contends otherwise. Barclae built the homes, known as the Gratiot McDougall project, back in 2006. Both parties are currently locked in...
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