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Posted by on Jan 20, 2015

Meet the candidates to fill Detroit council’s opening

By Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press The field of candidates for the Detroit City Council vacancy includes former elected officials, some who have tried and failed to get elected, union leaders, a pastor and others. The council starts interviewing candidates on Wednesday to fill the vacancy left when former Councilwoman Saunteel Jenkins resigned in November. The council selected 17 candidates for interviews from a pool of 135 applicants. Each council member picked up to three candidates for the interview round. Some council members selected the same candidate. The council is to vote on Jenkins’ replacement after interviews wrap up next week. The winning candidate must secure support from at least six of the eight council members. That person would serve until the city’s next general election in November 2016. The Free Press asked each candidate to respond to a short survey. Adam Hollier Age: 29 District: 5 Advanced with support from: Castaneda-Lopez Experience: Vice president, Hantz Woodlands; liaison to city council under former Mayor Dave Bing; ran for Detroit...

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Posted by on Jan 13, 2015

17 finalists for Detroit City Council vacancy

CRAIN’S BLOGS Amy Haimerl Small Business We’re one step closer to filling the vacancy on the Detroit City Council. Council President Brenda Jones recently released the names of 17 candidates who will be interviewed for the position. The seat has been vacant since Saunteel Jenkins resigned in November after serving on council since January 2010. She left to become CEO of Detroit-based nonprofit The Heat and Warmth Fund. “It’s another opportunity to help people in need,” Jenkins told me when she announced her resignation. “That’s what I’ve wanted to do my whole life. This provides a different way to do that.” The 17 candidates were chosen from a pool of 135 residents who filed an application with the city. Each council member then selected his or her top three candidates to be interviewed. Council will then narrow the pool to three before a final winner is selected by a two-thirds majority vote of the members. Interviews will start Jan. 19. The chosen candidate will serve the remainder of Jenkins’...

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Posted by on Jan 13, 2015

Hollier in the running to fill Council At-large Vacancy

Hollier in the running to fill Council At-large Vacancy

The months-long process to replace Saunteel Jenkins on the Detroit City Council advanced in a major way on Friday, as the list of candidates to fill the seat was narrowed from 135 to 17. Council members had until 5 p.m. on Friday to submit up to three names from the pool of 135 applicants to advance to an interview round. The council is expected to interview candidates the week of Jan. 19 before voting to appoint Jenkins’ replacement for the at-large seat. The candidates who advanced to the interview round are: Janee’ Ayers; John Bennett; David Bullock; Dustin Campbell; Tyrone Carter; Kenneth Donaldson; Fred Durhal; Adam Hollier; Frazier Kimpson; Paula Humphries; Roy McCalister; David Nathan, Bernard Parker; Wanda Redmond; Robert Thomas; Beverly Kindle Walker; and Debra Walker. Full Article in...

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Posted by on Nov 3, 2014

A symbol of Detroit blight in bankruptcy filing is finally demolished

For the Hurt sisters on Detroit’s east side, the first sign of hope came Oct. 23, when Janice Hurt-Clarke noticed a truck parked outside the abandoned house next door to the home where she and her siblings grew up. The house — vacant for at least a decade, its windows gone, leaving it open to become a drug den, a squatter’s place and even a home for wild animals — was a painful eyesore Hurt-Clarke and her sisters fought for a decade to have torn down. She knew that truck meant their fight would soon be over. “When I turned the corner I saw the truck, and I was like, ‘Hallelujah!’ ” Hurt-Clarke recalled Friday from the living room of the family’s house on the 2100 block of Hibbard near Kercheval. Even better: Wrecking crews were out the next morning by 7 a.m. FREEP City of Detroit files for largest municipal bankruptcy in history “By 8:15 the house was down, and they had started clearing it away,” Hurt-Clarke said....

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Posted by on Sep 10, 2014

On Detroit’s Urban Prairie: From Built Space to Open Space

On Detroit’s Urban Prairie: From Built Space to Open Space By Leah Etling, Contributing Editor Drive out of Detroit’s Downtown and Midtown neighborhoods, away from the historic skyscrapers and abandoned ruins of once-grand buildings, and you are quickly amidst a whole different kind of surreal scene. Once densely packed with people, Detroit’s outlying single family home neighborhoods have suffered immensely from the city’s ongoing depopulation. Across the city’s 149 square miles, nearly every neighborhood had 15 percent of its homes abandoned or foreclosed. There are still an estimated 80,000 structures left standing. This summer, the federal government pushed Detroit to spend $850 million to tear down 40,000 of them in the long slogging war against blight. Adam Hollier, Detroit native, Cornell graduate, and former City Council liaison for the Detroit Mayor’s office, sees the city’s sparsely peopled suburbs as an opportunity for change, and a new way of looking at urban life—one with plenty of open space. Hollier’s new job isn’t in politics or real estate, but on Detroit’s...

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