June 2016 – Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program

June 2016

Charter School

Link to Article This article really made me think critically about my own education. I went to a charter school and it was not the best, but I had the best experience in the school. My own educational path has led me to a point in my life to where I now understand that I wish […]

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Week 5 Blog

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2016/06/28/detroit-muralist-macdonald/86497078/ I really like this article for a few reasons. I enjoy it because of the fact that it shows Detroit in a light that you rarely see in most pieces about Detroit. Even looking for an article that wasn’t focused on the negatives of Detroit was difficult, let alone one that showcased the ability

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Development or Gentrification?

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/2016/06/28/detroit-paradise-valley/86492244/ This week it was announced that what was once known as Black Bottom will be developed into Paradise Valley Cultural and Entertainment district. Historically, Black Bottom was a predominately African American neighborhood filled with Black owned businesses. Unfortunately, the neighborhood was demolished and redeveloped in the 1960s and replaced with Lafeyette Park. Today, the

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Week 5: New House Bill

A few weeks ago, my supervisor thoughtfully offered me some articles that would help me get familiar with the field of Detroit education policy. This article strongly critiques the negative effects of the recent house bill, saying that it caters only to the small rich population that favors the privatization of Detroit education with charter schools. Some of the features

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I recently read an article covering the progress of the Brush Park development funded by Dan Gilbert. As someone who has always been interested in architecture and real estate, I find the designs fascinating. It has potential to not look tacky, but that could quickly go out the window. The old Victorian homes that still

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Week 5: A Community Issue

The article I picked for this week’s blog was about feelings towards actor Jesse Williams’ speech, made at the 2016 BET awards this past Sunday. Mr. Williams delivered a beautiful, yet honest acceptance speech on systemic oppression and white privilege. He said what most black Americans feel, but don’t have the platform to have said.While everyone

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Week 5

This assignment to write about an article came at a really opportune time, because one of my coworkers/friends at work was interviewed for an article published yesterday in the New York Times. Titled “A Sea of Charter Schools in Detroit Leaves Students Adrift,” the article examines the rapid expansion of charter schools in Detroit and

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The Mission Continues…Beautify the Osborn Neighborhood!

Serving as an organization who provides community service and volunteer projects to military Veteran’s, the Mission Continues hopped onboard the Osborn train this past Monday; continuing their mission through servicing the neighborhood. Setting up shop right outside the ONA office at the Matrix Human Resource Center, the Mission Continues volunteer’s cleared a pathway, creating an

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