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    Communities

    CitizenDetroit: The rebirth of civic engagement in the ‘arsenal of democracy’

    Jan. 7, 2015, 9 a.m., Posted by Irvin D. Reid


    An 8-minute documentary on CitizenDetroit.

    Irvin D. Reid is Wayne State University president emeritus, distinguished professor and inaugural holder of the Eugene Applebaum Chair in Community Engagement, and CitizenDetroit co-director.

    Detroit once stood tall and proud. It was a blue-collar boomtown and model industrial center. By World War II Detroit had become the automobile capital of the world known as the “arsenal of democracy,” a nickname the city earned, in part, for switching manufacturing production from cars to tanks during the war.

    More recently, Detroit stood on the edge of financial disaster following decades of disinvestment, declining population and shrinking revenue. Its financial situation was so severe that the governor appointed an emergency manager. And in 2013, Detroit became the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation’s history.

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    Arts

    A look back at December at Reading Terminal Market

    Jan. 6, 2015, 8:28 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Ann Mintz, Reading Terminal Market Reading Terminal Market celebrated the winter holidays throughout the month of December with an unprecedented seven performances: six scheduled, and one popup. The festivities began on Saturday, December 6 with a popup performance by the Philadelphia Freedom Band. The Freedom Band is comprised of...

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    Arts

    Making theater from the ground up

    Jan. 6, 2015, 8 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Christopher Tiffany, University of Michigan School of Education The Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit is helping high school students at the Detroit School of Arts (DSA) literally learn the nuts and bolts of theater production. Mosaic was founded in 1992 to bolster arts education in Detroit, and the program...

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