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Stateside Podcast: SW Detroit, then and now

Colorful mural on brick building in Mexicantown, Detroit depicting artist Frida Khalo, a deer, and a panther like creature and butterflies around them.
Lauren Talley
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Michigan Radio
A mural in Detroit's Mexicantown. The neighborhood's culture and business has been shaped by Mexican immigrants since they first started to settle in the neighborhood in the 1920s.

From the Great Migration to the impact of the I-75 extension in Detroit, Black and Latinx Americans have seen many parallels through their decades in the city. Today, we talk about the history, development and gentrification of Southwest Detroit, including Mexicantown, Corktown, and Delray.

GUEST:
Maria Elena Rodriguez, native Detroiter, entrepreneur, activist, and former president of the Mexicantown Community Development Corporation.

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Stateside’s theme music is by 14KT.

Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions.

Erin Allen comes to Michigan Radio as a new producer for the station’s Stateside show. She is an experienced communicator driven by her curiosity about stories of people.