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Aired 9 months ago 15:20
Breaking Down HBO's takedown of District Detroit plus the legacy of Judge Keith
The HBO show â€œReal Sports with Bryant Gumbelâ€ last week turned its lens on the District Detroit, the Ilitch familyâ€™s mostly unrealized plan to redevelop 50 blocks as a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood between downtown and Midtown. Predictably, it did not go well for the Ilitches, who received $324 million in taxpayer assistance in exchange for what so far is the Little Caesars Arena, a Kid Rock restaurant and a couple dozen parking lots. Being opinionated on the subject, we talk about the episode, plus: 6:05 â€“ An update on the progress of the old State Fairgrounds 6:45 â€“ We break down the recent ruling from three federal judges that Michigan must redraw 34 congressional and legislative districts by Aug. 1 because they were unconstitutionally designed to favor Republicans. 8:07 â€“ Jer interviews Detroit historian and civil rights authorÂ Ken ColemanÂ about the life and legacy of Judge Damon J. Keith, a longtime federal judge and civil rights champion from Detroit who died Sunday at age 96. Also, as a heads up, our next segment airs on Detroit Public Televisionâ€™s One Detroit on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. Thanks as always for listening to Daily Detroit. Tell a friend about us, or help support the project byÂ supporting us on Patreon.
Aired 7 months ago 19:06
Mortgages Are On The Rise In Detroit, But Theyre Increasingly Going To White People As Black People Buy In The Burbs
Bridge Magazine has aÂ fascinating new storyÂ out that finds that while mortgage activity in Detroit is steadily increasing after bottoming out during the Great Recession, the recovery isnâ€™t mirroring Detroitâ€™s population demographics. Whatâ€™s more, there are still vast tracts of the city where mortgage activity is virtually nonexistent. Despite making up just 10% of the cityâ€™s overall population, white people got almost half of all mortgages in Detroit in 2017, while black people, who comprise 80% of all Detroit residents, got 48% of all home loans. By comparison, black homeowners got three-quarters of all mortgages in the city in 2007. Interestingly, the data show that black people are getting mortgages, just not in the city. Theyâ€™re increasingly moving to suburbs like Southfield, Farmington, Warren and Eastpointe. On todayâ€™s show, we speak with Mike Wilkinson, the Bridge Magazine reporter who wrote the story. We go deep on what the data tells us about whatâ€™s driving the trend, how some black people appear to be giving up on Detroit and whether the trend of rising numbers of white homeowners is sustainable, given the cityâ€™s many endemic problems. Itâ€™s a fascinating story with lots of different narratives to untangle, andÂ you should go read it. Then, listen to this episode in the player above. Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. If you like what youâ€™re hearing, tell a friend about us, leave us a review and subscribe onÂ Apple Podcasts, or support us by becoming aÂ Patreon member.
Aired 9 months ago 12:57
Saving Detroit's Neighborhood Memories And History With Karen Dybis
Because of disinvestment, changing demographics and the construction of the new bridge to Canada, the Detroit neighborhood of Delray is disappearing. Local author Karen Dybis is working to preserve that history. If sheâ€™s successful, she could create a template for how the memories and stories of our entire city and region can live on for future generations. In this episode of the Daily Detroit podcast, we talk about her project and the importance of saving Detroitâ€™s memories. If youâ€™re motivated to help support it, the GoFundMe link is here.