The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

  • Arts

    Live from Detroit - and ready for download: Vintage Folk Blues Night recordings

    April 16, 2015, 3:33 p.m., Posted by Richard Wohlfeil

    Folk Blues Night No. 1.

    Hamtramck's LO & BEHOLD! Records & Books has completed the first volume of its FOLK BLUES NIGHT series. It's title is Give Me No Trouble in the World I Know and features a handful of local Detroit/Hamtramck traditional artists as well as a couple who took the time to drive up from Detroit's sister city to the south, Toledo.

    FOLK BLUES NIGHT is a curated, monthly traditional music showcase at LO & BEHOLD! This release marks the first long playing record in a series of LP's, all of which I recorded live during the monthly event. The store received the 2013 Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice Award along with a challenge grant.

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  • Engaged Communities

    University of Miami blends placemaking and entrepreneurship in Third Place Project

    April 16, 2015, 9 a.m., Posted by Charles Bohl

    The Doughnuttery at Broadway Bites. Photo courtesy of New York by Design.

    Charles Bohl is the author of “Placemaking,” and an associate professor and director of the Master of Real Estate Development + Urbanism program at the University of Miami School of Architecture.

    Sociologist Ray Oldenberg coined the term “third place” to describe the important places in our lives other than home or work where people can go to relax, meet and mingle with people from all walks of life, and feel part of the community. These are the cafes, taverns, public markets, plazas and main streets where people from all walks of life come together in the purest form of social and civic life. Oldenburg’s third place thesis resonates strongly with the Knight Foundation’s Soul of the Community study, which “found that three main qualities attach people to place: social offerings, such as entertainment venues and places to meet, openness (how welcoming a place is) and the area’s aesthetics (its physical beauty and green spaces).”

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  • Engaged Communities

    Taking Back Detroit

    April 15, 2015, 5:07 p.m., Posted by Susan Ager

    Read the original National Geographic article and view the photos here.

    Kenneth Morgan, a Gulf War veteran, returned to Detroit four years ago after 30 years away. He left when he was nine years old, traveling the world with his military father, but chose to settle his family in Detroit because, he says, “it’s home. There’s no place like home.” Morgan, his wife, Robin, and their children, Gary Effler and Kenneth D. and Korey Morgan, are renovating a duplex they bought on the East Side for $1,800 plus back taxes. “I figure if I can fight for my country, I can definitely fight for my city.” © Wayne Lawrence/National Geographic (The above image appears in the May issue of National Geographic magazine.)

    Detroit is one of 26 Knight communities, places where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers. The following is excerpted from the May issue of National Geographic magazine. Read the full story on the National Geographic website.

    “ONCE DETROIT WAS the Paris of the Midwest, with its broad river, grand boulevards, and historically significant architecture. It became the Motor City, assembling most of the world’s automobiles, and the Arsenal of Democracy, manufacturing World War II armaments. Steady work and union wages meant an autoworker could own a home, plus a boat, maybe even a cottage. Some say America’s middle class was born in Detroit, but Motown most certainly was.

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