Priest, suburban housewife cultivated hope for Detroit

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Jack Kresnak 7:11 a.m. EST December 13, 2015 Father Bill Cunningham, leads a group of marchers fromBuy Photo Father Bill Cunningham, leads a group of marchers from Grand Circus Park to the Michigan State Fair Grounds in May, 1979. John Collier/Detroit Free Press Father Bill Cunningham, leads a group of marchers from Father Bill Cunningham and Muhammad Ali during a charity Former Free Press publisher Neal Shine, left, and Father Father William Cunningham in 1983. Detroit Councilman Jack Kelley and Father Bill Cunningham A photo from 1982 of Vice President George H.W. Bush Carl Levin, Father Bill Cunningham and Cardinal…

Detroit Economy Improving a Year After Bankruptcy, Credit Agency Says

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December 8th, 2015, 7:20 AM What a difference a year can make. Detroit’s fiscal health is clearly better than a year after coming out of bankruptcy, but challenges remain. Louis Aguilar of The Detroit News reports: In July, Moody’s Investors Service upgraded Detroit’s to a positive rating, B2, from the stable B3. The rating measures Detroit’s overall creditworthiness for investors in municipal debt “City leaders and management are taking aggressive steps to revitalize the economy and sustain the current positive trends,” Moody’s wrote in a statement Monday. The city’s jobless rate has dropped to 11.5 percent in September compared to…

Bright, brick Vernors sign exposed after razing

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A golden-yellow and green Vernors ginger ale sign painted on bricks stands out among faded storefronts along West McNichols on Detroit’s west side. Freshly exposed after a neighboring building on the 7500 block of West McNichols was demolished, the image was well-preserved, apparently for many decades: “Drink Vernor’s Ginger Ale, mellowed 4 years in wood.” Vernors’ deep Detroit roots date back to the late 1800s, when Civil War veteran James Vernor, a Detroit pharmacist, returned from battle to a mixture he’d let age four years in an oak cask, according to the Vernors website. Vernors is now part of the…

Top 5 Startups That Emerged in Detroit

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For most of the 20th century, Detroit was the antithesis of a city whose economy was propelled by startups and small businesses. Huge corporations, most notably the Big Three automakers, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, dominated the city. They provided, in one way or another, the majority of Detroit’s jobs and drove most of its growth throughout the century. During the later decades of the 1900s, however, out-of-control labor costs, increased competition from foreign automakers and other factors sent the Big Three reeling. Jobs were lost, profits dwindled and Detroit took it on the chin, suffering more than any other…

For downtrodden Detroit, hopes of revitalization ride streetcar rails

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By Tom Rowley July 31 DETROIT — It is hardly the tidiest paperweight. At the center of Paul Childs’s coffee table in a downtown building rests a long, rusty chunk of 19th-century rail. This is one of the last remnants of a streetcar system that was the envy of cities throughout the country. Childs can still remember riding the trams as a boy, dreaming of the soda fountain at the end of the line that served as a treat after his doctor’s appointments. It was six decades until he could salvage this section of track from the miles of rail…

Detroit’s bond rating improves from junk status

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DETROIT — Seven months out of bankruptcy, Detroit won a crucial vote of confidence Wednesday in its ability to borrow as the credit-rating agency Standard & Poor’s rated as investment grade $245 million in bonds the city will soon sell to pay for upgrades to its police and fire departments and other critical public services. S&P rated the bonds at “A/stable,” considered an upper-medium grade and a significant improvement for a city whose ratings slid well into junk status as its financial condition careened toward collapse and the nation’s largest-ever municipal bankruptcy filing in 2013. The sale is the city’s…

Detroit: Rebuilding and ready for a comeback

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“It takes heart to fight something that so many consider a lost cause. A strong mind to breathe life into that cause and prove so many wrong. Keep your heart true and your mind strong, Detroit.” – FEL300FT At first glance during a visit to downtown Detroit, signs of rebuilding and regrowth are evident and all around: Sleek, new condo buildings are sprouting up, a railway is being built through the center of the city, historic theaters are undergoing major renovations, and there’s an exciting vibe that you can feel when visiting. A terrific way to get a real sense…

‘You destroyed all of my preconceptions’: NC teenager’s letter to Detroit goes viral

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LENOIR, N.C. — A teenager from North Carolina has written a letter praising the city of Detroit that has quickly gone viral. The Detroit Free Press reported that Cassie Mattheis,16, of Lenoir, N.C., recently went on a trip to the Motor City as part of a national church youth gathering. Detroit was far from the dark and scary place she originally thought it may have been. In fact, she fell in love with the city. The teen published a blog called “A Letter To Detroit From A National Youth Gathering Participant,” in which she explains her positive experience there. “I…

Nicole Curtis, Quicken Loans pair to renovate mansion

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It’s official: “Rehab Addict” Nicole Curtis is teaming up with Detroit-based Quicken Loans to renovate one of the city’s most iconic mansions in Brush Park, the Ransom Gillis house. In a press release issued this morning, Quicken Loans said room-by-room renovations and filming began last week on the well-known mansion. The process will air as part of an eight-part series this November on HGTV. “Both Quicken Loans and Nicole Curtis are passionate about the city of Detroit and its exciting, ongoing revitalization,” said Donna Stephens, senior vice president of ad sales for Scripps Networks Interactive, parent company of HGTV, in…