Don’t Kill My Queen …

September 25, 2013
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Don’t Kill My Queen …

Meet Ronald Carter | Amber in the City … A man stands, his whiskered-chin in hand, considering the next move on a chessboard with pieces two-feet tall. His name is Ronald Carter and he’s a home remodeler. He was in the middle of a chess game on a sidewalk in downtown Detroit. I asked whether I...
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Baby, Park My Car …

August 27, 2013
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Baby, Park My Car …

Meet Shakeel Chohan | Amber in the City … You know the guy at a parking garage, collecting cash and telling you where to park your car? Seemingly, it could be the same person at each garage you go to, you’re not really paying attention anyhow. That’s generally not the person you’d usually strike-up a conversation...
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Irish Eyes A Smilin’

August 20, 2013
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Irish Eyes A Smilin’

Meet Erin Swofford | Amber in the City … Strangers don’t often approach each other on the streets in downtown Detroit, so when I sat down next to Erin Swofford on a park bench, he was taken a bit by surprise. I asked him if he wouldn’t mind talking with me for a few minutes, about...
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Engaging Minds, One Dinner at a Time

August 11, 2013
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Engaging Minds, One Dinner at a Time

 Meet Leon Johnson | Amber in the City … Meet Leon Johnson. For the past 25 years he has been an educator and an artist – teaching at universities all over the world, including in Maine, Oregon, and Berlin. He came to Detroit three years ago to be the chair of Fine Arts at the College...
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This is Amber in the City …

August 5, 2013
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This is Amber in the City …

What do you think of when you hear “Detroit”? A city that has fallen — hidden between abandoned houses and empty factories — swallowed into the crime and destruction that we hear about on the nightly news? To most, unfortunately, it’s just the city buried beneath bankruptcy — the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S...
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