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Southwest Detroit, one of the only areas of Detroit to recently show economic and population growth, is commonly overlooked. Unknown to many, Southwest Detroit is home to amazing family-owned restaurants, creative entrepreneurship programs and philanthropic enterprises. The Detroit Partnership (DP) has shown its commitment to community service in Southwest by partnering with The All-Saints Community Center by assisting in after-school programs for kids, a GED training course for adults, and ESL programs for the large Latino population in Southwest Detroit.

The Detroit Partnership is making a tangible difference in Southwest Detroit by bringing U-M students, many of whom have never been to the city, to these programs.  In September 2012, volunteers from the University of Michigan helped Southwest residents register to vote for the upcoming presidential election. An announcement was made in both the GED class and the ESL class, and DP volunteers assisted all residents that were interested in registering to vote. This small effort to reach out to the Southwest community helped residents make their voices heard.

And that’s not all the DP is doing in Southwest Detroit! The DP currently partners with Southwest dance programs for youth, drum programs, and tutoring by facilitating weekly volunteer opportunities.  By empowering college students to take part in opportunities like these, the DP provides great avenues for service-learning in Southwest Detroit.

If you would like to volunteer in one of the DP’s weekly programs in Southwest Detroit, see the current list of available programs here.  Thanks!


Tornado warnings sounded while over 40 middle school students from Michigan Technical Academy were visiting. They took shelter along with Dean Munson.

Always eager to share his passion for engineering, the Dean spoke with them about why he loves the field and he asked what the students were interested in learning. 

9 Businesses (by 4exit4)

"A local business is the heart of a community, a place that helps creates relationships between residents and lets them directly impact a city’s economy.

“In Detroit, small businesses are rapidly taking root in neighborhoods all over the city. From coffee shops and galleries, to bakeries and custom sneaker designers, 4exit4 highlights nine businesses that are changing the conversation of the community.”


The @npr is looking for #detroit pics folks. #igersdetroit (Taken with instagram)

Help out the NPR folks if you have any photos you’d like to share.


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On Being,
On Being with Krista Tippett


Becoming Detroit: Reimagining Work, Food, and the Very Meaning of Humanity

by Krista Tippett, host

Grace Lee Boggs During an Interview with Krista TippettThis trip to Detroit came about because of technological failure. It was a tremendous gift, and a revelation.

The technological failure was the connection between my voice and Grace Boggs. Her ears, after all, are 96. And when we weren’t able to have a real, fluid conversation between St. Paul and Detroit, I immediately decided we would fly to interview her in her home. This was a relief, really, as preparing for the interview had made me long to meet her.

Ever since my conversation with Vincent Harding last year, her name kept coming up. Her identity is full of unlikely conjunctions: Chinese-American and an icon of African-American civil rights, philosopher and activist, elder and change agent. She was born Grace Lee above her father’s Chinese restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island. She received a Ph.D. in philosophy in 1940. She had a heady life in intellectual, revolutionary circles of the early twentieth century, from Europe to Africa. Wall of Photos at Grace Lee Boggs' HomeShe moved to Detroit when she married the legendary African-American autoworker, organizer, and civil rights thinker Jimmy Boggs. Together they were the heart and soul of civil rights in the Motor City.

Jimmy Boggs died in 1993. Already by then, years ahead of what most of us are experiencing as the new global economic crisis, the post-industrial future had begun to show itself in Detroit. In this emerging world, Grace Boggs is at the heart of reimagining, renewing, and “re-spiriting” this city — seeing the possibilities amidst the ruins of abandoned storefronts, houses, and industrial plants that have defined our cultural vision of Detroit in recent years. She learned, she says, to “make a way out of no way” from Jimmy Boggs. She draws on everyone from Hegel to Dr. King to Margaret Wheatley when she speaks of our capacity to “create the world anew.” With all she knows, and all the change she’s seen, the sheer magnitude of years she carries, you can’t help but listen when Grace Boggs describes the tumult of our time as a rare and precious opportunity: “What a time to be alive.”

This sweeping statement might be less infectious if it were not planted in a world of engagement that both affirms and continually informs Grace Boggs’ thinking. You walk into Grace Boggs’ living room — which is also the ground floor of the James and Grace Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership — and you are surrounded by joyful, passionate people who are literally recreating their corners of the world. She points them out as we speak. Gloria Lowe in front of her home in East DetroitAfter our interview, we are taken on a tour that is like a trip into a parallel universe to the Detroit we’ve seen in the news.

We meet Gloria Lowe, who is not merely putting formerly incarcerated and injured vets to work, but making houses livable and beautiful while creating urban models that are affordable and green. We meet Wayne Curtis and Myrtle Thompson, a couple who are tending one of Detroit’s 1,600 urban gardens. They’re not merely growing food, as they tell us, they are growing culture. Their way of talking about “food sovereignty,” about the necessity of flavor, about “nutrient density” reminds me of the chef Dan Barber.They are a living response to the question he’s often asked, of whether the local food movement is just for pampered elites. 

Wayne Curtis' public art work asking people to "Eat Local."

Detroit’s urban agricultural movement began as a matter of survival and became a matter of consciousness, and of reimagining the essence of human identity and community.

So many of my conversations are ultimately about the vast, seismic changes of our time. No city could be held up more easily as a symbol of the destructive side of this change than Detroit. But nowhere have I encountered people as animated by change, as “privileged” to experience it, as in Detroit.

In recent decades, Grace Boggs has become ever more attentive to the word “evolution” wrapped inside the word “revolution.” The identity politics and rights focus of the rebellions of the 1960’s, she says, paved a way for a more enlightened and slower revolution now — a new and deeper sense of a common human identity, from how we work to how we eat to how we govern ourselves. Ever the philosopher, she reminds us that “we’re not only being, but we’re non-being and becoming.” In Grace Boggs’ living room, and in the Detroit of hope which she helps inspire, these lofty words become something to live by.

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Lemonade: Detroit

Detroit (wwj) – Detroit: the land of opportunity? Boston documentary filmmaker Erik Proulx thinks so. Proulx is working on “Lemonade: Detroit” a documentary about people in the City of Detroit who are finding great opportunity in the economic downturn.

Artists, entrepreneurs and  those who’ve been laid off are all finding they can take the moment of despair at being laid off and turn it into a moment of great opportunity. 

“Detroit is one of the most inspiring places on the planet” says Proulx who says he discovered a treasure trove of stories when he was talking with a group of laid off workers.

They told him they were finally free to discover what they really wanted to do.


Downtown Detroit - Campus Martius / Skating Rink (by Mike Darga)

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