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Volunteers improve the view on Junction Street

Volunteers from General Motors work to clean up a stretch of Junction Street in Southwest Detroit. Photo: T. Marmon

By Travis Marmon Southwest Detroit residents who travel Junction Street will undoubtedly see something new the next time they pass by—a visible sidewalk. For years, piles of trash that had mostly likely been dumped, made the sidewalk un-walkable. Graffiti on the walls and fences also made the view unpleasant t. But a group of volunteers recently reclaimed the sidewalk, clearing ... Read More »

Hammer hails tech future for Detroit

Hip-Hop legend MC Hammer talks up tech in Detroit. Photo/ Associated Press and MLIVE.com

By Travis Marmon From where he sits in the world of technology these days, hip-hop legend MC Hammer sees a big, untapped, digital future for Detroit. Hammer should know. The man behind “U Can’t Touch This” and “2 Legit 2 Quit” has become one of the most prominent tech investors in the country over the past two decades, putting money ... Read More »

Owning your own business as solution rather than struggle

Nieves Arzola runs the operations of Disenos Ornamental Iron in Southwest Detroit./ Photo by Rose Hackman for Detroit143.org

For 30-year-old single mom Nieves Arzola, owning her own business was not so much a struggle as it was a solution. Arzola heads the operations of Disenos Ornamental Iron in Southwest Detroit, which employs 11 people. The company designs, creates and installs ironwork for houses in the Detroit Metro Area. In 2008, Arzola was a student at Michigan State University, ... Read More »

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