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two bottles of Ellis Island Tea
Courtesy of Nailah Ellis-Brown

Most entrepreneurs start small and dream big. 

And for Nailah Ellis-Brown of Detroit, those dreams came true. 

She started selling her family's sweet tea out of her car, and ended up with a national deal with Sam's Club to sell her Ellis Island Tea.

Detroit Athletic Club
Michael Hodges

The Detroit skyline and the University of Michigan would not be the same if it weren’t for the work of one of Detroit’s most famous architects, Albert Kahn. Kahn also played a large role in the development of the Soviet Union in the early twentieth century.

Michael Hodges, a fine arts writer for the Detroit News, joined Stateside to discuss his new book, Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit.

Diners at a table
Courtesy of Valaurian Waller / https://www.picvwdetroit.com/

From Yemeni lamb to Polish perogies, metro Detroit is home to a rich variety of international cuisines. But there's one cuisine that's a little harder to find here in Michigan: Filipino food.

The Dotty Wotty House, The Heidelberg Project.
Courtesy of The Heidelberg Project.

The first ever Detroit Art Week is set to run July 20, 21, and 22. Organizers bill it as "a self-guided tour and celebration of contemporary art and culture in Detroit."

Amani Olu, the founder and executive director of Detroit Art Week, joined Stateside to tell us about the event.

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If you’ve ever been to the Detroit Institute of Arts, you’ve probably seen the Diego Rivera murals that fill the museum’s courtyard.

They capture a city that was once an industrial hub with behemoth steel machines and men on assembly lines. 

Today, however, Detroit is trying to become a different kind of hub: a tech hub. 

Downtown Detroit Partnership

A popular sand beach in the heart of downtown Detroit is getting a little sprucing up.

The Downtown Detroit Partnership says a $125,000 grant from the Southwest Airlines Foundation will be used to improve the beach at Campus Martius Park.

Beach furniture, toys and games, lighting and landscaping will be enhanced. Beer and wine tastings will be among new events at the beach, which opened in 2014.

Grow Detroit's Young Talent Website

More than $11 million has been raised to support Detroit's youth summer jobs program.

Mayor Mike Duggan announced Monday that 8,210 young people ages 14 to 24 will receive six weeks of training, on-the-job experiences, professional contacts, and exposure to potential career paths as part of Grow Detroit's Young Talent.

The city says most participants will work 20 hours per week at more than 500 sites with companies of various sizes. The companies include auto suppliers and law firms.

Michael Zadoorian
Doug Coombe


No matter your age or your generation, the music you listened to in high school claims a special place in your heart.

Many kids use music to help overcome the trials and tribulations of adolescence. 

Michael Zadoorian’s new novel Beautiful Music centers around one of those kids. He talked to Stateside about how the music of 1970s Detroit inspired the book. 

The Fitz Forward plan calls for the development or demolition of every publicly-owned parcel in the quarter-square-mile area of the Fitzgerald neighborhood in northwest Detroit.
Fitz Forward Development Group

A development team has closed on the purchase of 128 parcels in northwest Detroit as part of a massive reinvestment in one of the city's neighborhoods.

Fitz Forward Development will develop the parcels in the Fitzgerald neighborhood as part of its plans to revitalize the area through reparations and remodels of existing historic homes, installation of a greenway, development of community gardens, and demolition of dilapidated homes.

Bee Hive in Ann Arbor
April Van Buren / Michigan Radio

 


They may be tiny, but the honeybee is a powerful force for good in our environment.

Brian Peterson is a fifth-grade teacher in Rochester and the founder of Bees in the D, a nonprofit centered around urban beekeeping.

Peterson spoke with Stateside about how exactly he caught the bug for beekeeping, and how he's spreading his love for the pollinators around Southeast Michigan.

Serena Maria Daniels
Serena Maria Daniels

 


Detroit has one of the largest populations of African-Americans among major US cities. But you might not know it based on what you see in the media, which often highlights the growth and development of white-owned businesses as signs of the city's comeback. 

There's a new journalism outlet looking to challenge that narrative. 

Tostada Magazine is a digital publication celebrating the range individuals who contribute to Detroit's food world. It aims to use food as a tool to discuss the issues facing communities of color and immigrants in the metro area. 

April Boyle and April Anderson
Joseph Linstroth / Michigan Radio

There is plenty of coverage about Detroit’s “comeback.” Stores and restaurants are opening, and downtown is more vibrant than its been in decades.

But the story of the city’s rise from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history often leaves out residents in the city's neighborhoods, who often aren't getting a chance to share in the prosperity.   

Passengers prepare to board the high-speed rail in Minneapolis
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The counties in Southeast Michigan cannot agree on a regional transportation plan. Regional unity, as is well known, is an uphill struggle in the state.

A new report, recently completed for Michigan Future, Inc., discusses another Great Lakes state that has had major success in creating a unified regional transportation for its citizens, among other things.

The new report by journalist Rick Haglund is called Regional Collaboration Matters: How Metro Minneapolis has forged one of the wealthiest and most livable metropolitan areas in the United States.

Detroit
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Michigan's economic development board has awarded $618 million in tax incentives for a development project in Detroit that includes a 58-story building on the site of the iconic former J.L. Hudson department store.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti at a Detroit school
Erin Einhorn / Chalkbeat

 

Nikolai Vitti is marking the one-year anniversary of becoming the superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

Erin Einhorn, editor for Chalkbeat Detroit, joined Stateside to break down Vitti's first year for us. 

group bikeride in Detroit
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The bike share program, MoGo Detroit, turns one year old this month.​ 

Lisa Nuszkowski, founder and executive director of MoGo, joined Stateside to discuss the company’s first year of business, its mission of equity, expansion goals, and methods for evaluating success.

Alex Porbe / Incite Design

There are people in Michigan who are quietly making pieces of art with a purpose beyond art. 

One of them works in Detroit at a nondescript shop on Mack Avenue. Alex Porbe is with Incite Design, a  fabrication and custom design firm.

Porbe works with architects and project managers, working up designs to complement existing architecture or making a design statement.

Plaque for city of Detroit and Wayne County on the side of the Spirit of Detroit
Mumu Matryoshka / Flickr - http://bit.ly/1xMszCg

 

The city of Detroit is suing Dan Gilbert's real estate company, Bedrock Management, for refusing to turn over personal information of its apartment building tenants.  

The city wants to find out if people who live at several Gilbert properties have paid their city income taxes. 

A long table surrounded by red chairs in a school classroom.
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Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a challenge with the state court of appeals this week over the issue of public money for private schools. Schuette disagrees with a court ruling that said it's unconstitutional for the state to reimburse private schools for fire drills and other expenses required by the state.

Michigan Radio news analyst Jack Lessenberry and Morning Edition host Doug Tribou discuss the issue and whether Schuette's appeal stands a chance.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

There’s a new tool that Michigan cities can use to better understand their health care needs.

The NYU School of Medicine has developed what they call the City Health Dashboard, which looks at 36 key measures and drivers of health.   

Marc Gourevitch is the Dashboard’s principal architect. He says health problems like opioid abuse and obesity are tracked on the dashboard.

“Not only looking at health itself,” says Gourevitch, “but some of the things that cause health, like housing and transportation and air quality. So we try to bring all that together.”

LESTER GRAHAM / MICHIGAN RADIO

Out-of-state investors own many of the vacant homes in Detroit. Those homes sometimes sit empty until they are stripped by scrappers or burned down by arsonists.

But a new start-up called Cooperative Capital is suggesting neighbors buy vacant houses, and it will help them do it.

Detroit
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Detroit's back in control of its finances: it's out of oversight.

It's a big moment for a city that only three years ago exited the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley joined Stateside today to explain what exactly being out of oversight means for Detroit and its people.

There's been a lot of talk about reviving and restoring Michigan Central – the once-proud train station in Detroit's Corktown.

There's another piece of history that needs some of that attention: the Detroit house where the man who won the Civil War for the Union and then went on to become president once lived.

One year in, Detroit’s QLine falling well short of expectations

May 1, 2018
The QLine on Woodward Ave.
Bridge Magazine

After a year of constant problems, the shiny electric streetcar that hums down Detroit’s main thoroughfare has proven more troubled than trusty.

The QLine, the privately operated streetcar that launched along 3.3 miles of Woodward Avenue last May, attracted less than half of its projected riders for several months its first year, as it was beset by traffic snarls and dwindling popularity.

Courtesy of Tunde Wey

It’s easy to picture “comfort food,” but what about “discomfort food?”

That’s what Tunde Wey will be serving up in the pop-restaurant Saartj, running from May 2 to May 5 inside the community space Bank Suey in Hamtramck.

A sign that says "Thoughts and prayers are not enough," with the Renaissance Center in the background.
Brian Wybenga

The Detroit NAACP branch will recognize students from about a half-dozen Detroit-area high schools for their activism, including participation in protests to end gun violence.

The civil rights organization will present the honor during the 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner on May 6 at Cobo Center in Detroit.

Students also will present a tribute honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his work.

Fatou-Seydi Sarr
Stateside Staff / Michigan Radio

Fatou-Seydi Sarr was born in Senegal, but she now calls Detroit her home.

She brings her experiences as a black African Muslim immigrant woman to her work in social justice and human rights in metro Detroit.

A figure walking away down a street.
Screengrab of Hamoody Jaafar's film Detroit Diamond

Tomorrow, the Grand Rapids Film Festival will screen the short film Detroit Diamond. The film is about a young mother addicted to heroin. The state is working to take away her son.

Hamoody Jaafar, who directed the film, and Michael R. Flores, who wrote its screenplay, joined Stateside to discuss the script’s very personal inspiration, its all-female cast, and why Detroit Diamond is not just set in Detroit but was filmed in the city and uses nearly all Detroit actors.

Keyboard with a"Jobs" button
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A summer jobs program is providing kids in Detroit with more than just a paycheck.

That's according to researchers at the University of Michigan. They found the "Grow Detroit's Young Talent" program also boosts participants' academic performance.

The program gives Detroit youth a variety of summer employment opportunities including child care, counseling younger peers, volunteering with seniors, and clerical work.

This year, Michigan Radio is trying something new.

Instead of sending a reporter in to tell stories about MorningSide, we’re inviting the MorningSide community to tell their own stories.

From family histories to local happenings, we want to highlight narratives that feel true and honest to the people who experience the neighborhood every day.

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