With three ideas and $50 cash, two Wayne State urban planning students started Sit On It Detroit. They would build bus benches for all the Detroit bus stops that lacked them, use wood reclaimed from abandoned houses, add a bookshelf under the bench's seat and fill it with books so people would have something to read while they waited.
I was all set to plant trees too. But when I got a look at all those people and all those pre-dug holes and all those tiny wisps of trees I just had to drag out my camera. To me, this was historic.
Ralph Taylor does not need an excuse for throwing a parade. Sometimes he just gathers his dancers, dresses them in his elaborate costumes, breaks out his rolling sound system and 'poof!' a parade.
It's not in a fancy studio with sprung wood floors and mirrors on every wall. It's not supported by going-rate tuition. But it's taking hold in the recreation room of the Brightmoor Community Center and its roots are spreading
Elder Roma Wilson, 103, has been a preacher since he was 17 and is a noted gospel harmonica player. Although he was born in Hickory Flat, Miss., he raised his 11 children in Detroit and lives here now. His story is remarkable in many ways.
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Born in Bayonne, N.J. and raised in Royal Oak, photographer Donna Terek -- nicknamed "Turk" -- lives and works in the city of Detroit. Once upon a time she worked the graveyard shift in a GM bearing plant, put those tiny brushes in nail polish bottles for L'Oreal, taught English in Greece, night-staffed in a home for developmentally disabled adults, collected loans for a bank, served cocktails in Omaha, ran a phone bank in Atlanta, taught high school in rural Minnesota and bummed on a beach in Mexico where the locals claim to have invented surfing.
Terek was tolerated as a token hippie at Miami University and got her M.A. in journalism at the University of Minnesota. Today she lives with her husband and two dogs, C.C. Ryder and S.O. Terek, in one of Detroit's historic neighborhoods.
Donna Terek was named Journalist of the Year in 2013 by the Detroit Society of Professional Journalists. "Donna's Detroit" was named best online column by the national Society of Professional Journalists in 2010 and by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in 2009, the column's first year.
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