Detroit political stage to turn ugly; Kim Worthy to the rescue?

Detroit political stage to turn ugly; Kim Worthy to the rescue?

Greg Murray, Editorial columnist Around this time several years ago, a group of so-called captains of industry (see former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick separation fund managers) gathered at an annual organizational meeting – or what some would call a strategy meeting – to determine who would run Detroit. Their champion then was a “transitional” figure with a […]

Fundraiser to support the Belle Isle Aquarium is lively, uplifting

Fundraiser to support the Belle Isle Aquarium is lively, uplifting

The great desire to breathe life into the country’s oldest-operating aquarium was on full display at the well-attended Race to Reopen the Belle Isle Aquarium Fundraiser Gala over the weekend. From the gentle melodies of a strolling violinist to flaming balls of fire, the everyday appearance of the Aquarium and Conservatory was transformed. Tents burst […]

Council Decides Apple Orchard Fight More Urgent than Solving Budget Crisis

Council Decides Apple Orchard Fight More Urgent than Solving Budget Crisis

By Steve Neavling Leave it to Detroit City Council to turn a peaceful apple orchard into a heated, divisive issue. Forget the city’s other problems, like chronic poverty, high illiteracy rates, tens of thousands of vacant homes and a budget shortfall that could land Detroit in bankruptcy court. When council members learned Tuesday that volunteers […]

A democracy deferred

A democracy deferred

by Rev. Charles E. Williams II In the year 2000, I was a college student at Eastern Michigan University where I developed and had my first taste of engaging in electoral politics. Strange as it seems, I wasn’t a part of a GOTV machine, nobody was paying me to campaign, but I had a decent […]

Detroit Consent Agreement May Violate State Constitution

Detroit Consent Agreement May Violate State Constitution

By Editorial Columnist Greg Murray On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, I appeared before the Detroit City Council to share my belief that the so-called “consent” agreement between the state and Detroit actually violates the Headlee Amendment. It is my position that the “consent” agreement included unconditional terms Detroit had no choice but to acquiesce to.  One […]

Leaving a Mark, a Message

Leaving a Mark, a Message

The abandoned, ramshackle houses and businesses in Detroit can be sad reminders of the city’s drastic population loss over the past half century. But with a little bit of paint and sweat, the blocks of ruin can be transformed into a portrait of love and hope. From the vibrant extravagance of graffiti art to simple […]

Open Letter to Council President Pugh

Dear Detroit Council President Charles Pugh, When your constituents feel under siege by the state takeover and the rapid loss of services, it’s time to stop locking the door on Detroiters. As president of the Detroit City Council, you were elected to hear from your constituents, no matter how much you dislike their message. Once […]

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