Unique family market in Mexicantown doubles as restaurant
Depending on which door you enter La Jalisciense in Southwest Detroit, you may find a restaurant, or a grocery market! “My dad came home one day and said, ‘Oh I bought a grocery store here in the US’, cause he had said he was going to retire from that, from like business,” Lesli Vargas, Operations Manager for La Jalisciense told “Live in the D’s,” April Morton.
Resilient Neighborhoods: This Southwest Detroit neighborhood will soon have a new pocket park and greenway
Until recently, Bieniek Park and Dingeman Park in Southwest Detroit's Chadsey Condon neighborhood were often referred to as "ghost parks", abandoned recreation areas that have fallen by the wayside.arabamericannews.com
Photos: Detroit police seek help identifying driver in drive-by shooting of 2-year-old, bystander
Police are asking for help identifying the driver of a GMC Acadia who fired shots at a vehicle earlier this month, striking a 2-year-old inside of it and a bystander who was near it, in Southwest Detroit.
Police: Shots fired multiple times at officers in Southwest Detroit
Detroit police came under fire twice Thursday night. Seen in the video player above is the latest scene as Detroit police told Local 4 that officers were shot at multiple times by someone driving a truck throughout Southwest Detroit.
27-year-old killed in southwest Detroit over neighbor dispute, officials say
Local 4 is hearing from the family of a man who was shot to death this morning after what police are describing as a dispute between neighbors. It happened around 1:20 a.m. Tuesday morning on Sharon Street near Dix Avenue in Southwest Detroit.
Here’s how Long-COVID is impacting some groups in Michigan
A new joint study finds it’s more prevalent among women, Hispanics, and those over 75 years old. Long-COVID is also hitting people with less than a high school education and incomes less than 50 thousand a year. Plus, 27% of those with pre-existing conditions like cancer, heart disease, or other health issues.
Lack of info about pollution harms low-income, communities of color more, study says
A newly published study shows lacking information is an important cause of pollution exposure in low-income households and communities of color. “We know that communities of color and low-income communities are hit more by all kinds of pollutants. An explosion at the Marathon Detroit Refinery in southwest Detroit in 2013 led to evacuations in neighboring Melvindale, but not in Detroit. “We have to think about the economics of that, the cost of that when there’s already undue energy burden on a lot of impacted communities and justice communities there. Related articles:EPA investigates discrimination claim in Kalamazoo air pollution oversightDetroit air pollution levels drop amid coronavirus shutdownLandfill gas plant, chemical supplier fined for air pollution violationsMarathon fined over rotten odors, soot emissions at Detroit refinerymlive.com
Detroit man uses 4-wheeler to help seniors keep driveways, sidewalks clear of snow
Throughout the state today, people were digging out, clearing driveways, and working to get things back to normal. We’re also seeing the kindness of neighbors shining through by helping seniors who can’t get out and shovel the snow themselves.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Southeast Michigan’s Failing Infrastructure
In Southeast Michigan, hardly a week goes by lately without having to contend with the disastrous implications caused by infrastructural issues of this region. More than a week ago, the area around Fort and Dearborn streets in Southwest Detroit was closed to traffic after roads buckled about 8 feet upwards. And according to Rep. Rashida Tlaib, not enough is being done to stop it. Listen: Rep. Tlaib on the urgent need to tackle and update Michigan’s aging energy grid. GuestRep. Rashida Tlaib is a Democrat from Detroit representing Michigan’s 13th District.wdet.org
DPD Make Arrest In Illegal Dumping Crack Down, ‘Will Not Be Tolerated In Detroit’
After years of this ongoing issue in Detroit, the city and DPD cracking down on illegal dumping. DPD recently arrested someone for dumping concrete in a SW Detroit neighborhood, he's facing charges and fines.detroit.cbslocal.com
Environmental injustice and racism in Michigan: A new MLive documentary
The Fight for Environmental Justice in Michigan is the most recent documentary release by MLive.com. “I think the environmental justice movement is probably more closely rooted to the civil rights movement than the environmental movement,” Onwenu says. Marathon's Detroit Refinery, the only oil refinery in MichiganNeil BlakeIn Michigan, environmental justice is not only a concern in Southwest Detroit. Paul Mohai’s students at the University of Michigan worked with the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition in 2019 to develop the first ever statewide assessment of environmental injustice. Gretchen Whitmer has created the state’s first Office of the Environmental Justice Public Advocate, and the Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice.mlive.com
Midway opening in heart of Downtown Detroit with huge outdoor roller rink, basketball courts, art, DJs
Monroe Street Midway is set to open this Friday, May 28 and run through this Fall. Southwest Detroit’s RollerCade is partnering with Bedrock to operate the city’s only outdoor roller rink. RollerCade is the oldest continuously opened, Black-owned roller rink in the city and one of the oldest in the country, opening in 1955. Contemporary artist Olivia Guterson and poet Jessica Care Moore will collaborate to create a large painted wall mural inside the Monroe Street Midway. PARKINGBedrock is offering free, four-hour parking validations for guests that make a purchase at the Monroe Street Midway.mlive.com
With ‘a long way to go,’ Detroit takes vaccination efforts directly to neighborhoods
Update: Based on a recommendation from the CDC, the Detroit Health Department on Tuesday, April 13 halted use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, with plans to switch to Moderna and Pfizer doses for the rest of its neighborhood clinics. Residents around Western International High School in Southwest Detroit and Henry Ford High School on the city’s west side were offered the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Monday, April 12 as part of the Detroit Health Department’s “Neighborhood Vaccine Week.”“We’re trying to get more shots in arms to Detroiters. “We’re about 23% and we have a long way to go. In order for us to be safe, so I encourage everyone, please follow the safety precautions.”Six other Detroit neighborhood locations throughout the week will be offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Detroit Health Department is offering residents transportation to vaccine sites $2 per round trip.mlive.com
Free community fridges are cropping up across Detroit to address need and waste
"Kitchell says they source the Detroit Community Fridge's offerings from other local mutual aid organizations, including Eastside Mutual Aid and Georgia Street Community Collective. "Kitchell says the Detroit Community Fridge also addresses problems with access to healthy food that existed in Detroit before the pandemic. "The group says they hope to set up more Detroit Community Fridges across the city soon. The Southwest Detroit community fridge is located near Santos Church at 1953 Military St., Detroit. More information is available at Detroit Community Fridge's Instagram pagemetrotimes.com
Southwest Detroit's Hygrade Deli is for sale — and it has nothing to do with the pandemic
click to enlarge Courtesy photoHygrade Deli. Don't panic, Detroit, but your favorite sandwich shop is up for sale for an undisclosed amount of cheddar.Earlier this week, Southwest Detroit's Hygrade Deli was put on the market without an asking price, Detour Detroit reports.Known for massive corned beef sandwiches, the 2,471 square-foot delicatessen located at 3640 Michigan Ave., celebrated its 49th-anniversary last month.According to owner Stuart Litt, listing the family-owned and operated business is his way of gauging interest in the property.“I’m not getting any younger, let me put it that way,” Litt toldas one of his reasons for selling.Unlike many metro Detroit restaurants that were forced to close up shop due to the pandemic, that's not the case with Hygrade as the deli's sales brochure claims a 20% increase in business from 2020. Because business is in no way suffering, Litt, who has declined to discuss price, says he knows he's got a gem on his hands and isn't going to rush the process.“I’ve got a prime piece of land here on Michigan Avenue right next to Corktown,” he said. “I’m not gonna give the place away at all.”To compare, Detroit Institute of Bagels , also located on Michigan Avenue just 1.6 miles away from Hygrade, closed last year and listed the property for close to $1.6 million, with the option to take over the business and equipment.In 1972, Litt's father took over ownership of the deli, and as Litt said in a Facebook post in honor of the Hygrade's anniversary, he's “been here practically every step of the way,” taking over for his father a decade later.“I’m not an emotional person but I suppose it’s gotta be,” Litt told. “You never know how you’re going to react when that time comes.”To view the listing, see Colliers.commetrotimes.com
Vintage Shop Owner In SW Detroit Looking For Driver Who Crashed Into Storefront And Kept Driving
(CBS DETROIT) – When you walk into the Flamingo Vintage Shop in Southwest Detroit the items tell the stories of the past, but a boarded-up store front tells a more recent story, one that has owner Nicole Neuzil very upset. Neuzil filed a police report but as of Tuesday afternoon the driver had not been located. Neuzil says as a small business owner, money is already tight, now she finds herself needing to come out of her own pockets for someone else’s negligence. “I’m proud of this place, and I took it personal© 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.detroit.cbslocal.com
Michigan groups welcome more climate action from Biden
click to enlarge Steve NeavlingMarathon’s oil refinery in Southwest Detroit. "These executive actions really will protect our public lands, water and coasts, and make great strides towards environmental justice and including those voices into any climate work," Minotas explained. "We look forward to working with them, and creating a more clean and sustainable future. "Making sure that we are not leaving any communities behind, especially communities that are really reliant on the fossil-fuel industry. "The Trump administration rolled back nearly 100 climate and environmental regulations, and Biden is moving quickly to reverse those actions.Executive orders issued last week cancelled the Keystone XL pipeline and brought the U.S. back into the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.metrotimes.com
Duggan's administration endorses plan to allow hazardous materials on Ambassador Bridge
click to enlarge Steve NeavlingAmbassador Bridge in Southwest Detroit. I voted NO on SB748 b/c although there is much-needed pandemic assistance in this bill, I could not in good conscience support it. There is dangerous boilerplate language that allows hazardous material on the Ambassador Bridge. Hazardous materials are currently trucked across the international border via the Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry and Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron.DIBC officials insist that those routes are more dangerous because hazardous materials are forced to take more circuitous routes that cover a larger area, which increases the risk of an accident. The trucks also pass through more densely populated neighborhoods in the state, they argue.Late last year, Michigan lawmakers tucked a provision into the COVID-19 relief bill that would have allowed trucks to use the bridge to carry hazardous materials, but Gov.metrotimes.com
Mausoleums broken into at historic Woodmere Cemetery in Southwest Detroit
click to enlarge Steve NeavlingCarhartt Mausoleum at Woodmere Cemetery. Would-be grave robbers struck the historic Woodmere Cemetery in Southwest Detroit on Sunday, breaking into at least one mausoleum and attempting to get into another one.Detroit police said the break-in occurred at about 4:50 p.m.“At this time, it does not appear that anything was taken,” police said in a news release. “This case is actively being investigated.”It was not immediately clear which mausoleums were targeted.In December 2012, about a dozen century-old mausoleums were ransacked by thieves, who stole doors, gates, stained glass windows, marble, and other content.In 2011, vandals toppled 110 heads stones, smashed statues, and beheaded ornate angels at the 240-acre cemetery.Woodmere is one of the oldest cemeteries in the city, opening in 1867, and home to many notable graves. It also is the resting place of Civil War soldiers who were moved to the cemetery after Fort Wayne was razed.Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to call police at 313-596-5440 or Crime Stoppers at 800-SPEAK UP.metrotimes.com
Outdoor dining structures resembling Mexican luminarias being built at Detroit restaurants
DETROIT - You’ll soon be able to dine in new heated outdoor structures at various restaurants in Detroit. The Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA) just announced, what it’s calling, “The Luminarias of Southwest Detroit.”Constructed to look like traditional Mexican luminarias, the heated, outdoor enclosures will each hold up to six people. The luminarias will also light up in a variety of colors and can be customized for special occasions. Restaurants in Southwest Detroit are invited to apply for a structure via this link. “Our roots run deep in Southwest Detroit,” said Diseños Ornamental Iron President Nieves Longordo.mlive.com
Southwest Detroit's El Club to offer free COVID-19 testing through April
click to enlarge Courtesy of El ClubMetro Detroiters can soon get a COVID-19 test where acts like Billie Eilish, Graham Coxon, and the Melvins performed in a pre-COVID world.On Tuesday, Southwest Detroit music venue El Club announced a partnership with Henry Ford Health System to offer free COVID-19 PCR tests from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Friday through April starting Friday, Jan. 8.According to a post, you can get a test at El Club without an appointment, physician referral, insurance, or prescription. Testing booths will be set up inside the club, and results will be made available within 48 hours.El Club, which opened in 2016, has been closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic and expects to remain closed until summer, as long as it is safe and legal to do so. Despite closure, the 500-capacity club maintained its tradition of providing free meals to residents in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas last year.metrotimes.com
COVID-19 relief bill tainted with 'downright dangerous' provision for hazardous material on Ambassador Bridge
I voted NO on SB748 b/c although there is much-needed pandemic assistance in this bill, I could not in good conscience support it. There is dangerous boilerplate language that allows hazardous material on the Ambassador Bridge. “Special interest language that has absolutely nothing to do with COVID-19 relief should be taken out immediately.”The relief package is now headed to Gov. It’s unclear whether she plans to sign the bill with the language intact. Her office did not respond to’ questions for comment.Hazardous materials are permitted to cross the international border via the Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry and more modern bridges.metrotimes.com
Marathon refinery offers to buy $5M worth of homes in southwest Detroit to create buffer
click to enlarge Steve NeavlingMarathon’s oil refinery in Southwest Detroit. click to enlarge Tom CarlsonMarathon Petroleum refinery is just north of Boynton. click to enlarge Steve NeavlingA park in the shadow of Marathon's oil refinery in southwest Detroit. “We are happy to make this property purchase option available to accommodate those who would like to participate in the program. The refinery failed three EPA inspections since 2016 and received nine environmental violations from the state in 2018.metrotimes.com
El Club is serving free Thanksgiving to-go dinners from noon to 4 p.m.
click to enlarge Courtesy El Club's FacebookA mural by artist Marilyn Rondon outside of El Club in Southwest Detroit. You don't have to be.Southwest Detroit all-ages music venue El Club is serving free Thanksgiving dinners from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26.Due to the pandemic, the meals are pre-packaged and to-go. "Unfortunately due to health and safety we will not be able to sit down and eat together this year but we felt it was important enough to make it work with what we can," the venue wrote on Facebook. "The free meal is possible through a partnership with El Club and Detroit Youth & Dog Rescue. This is the third year they've teamed up to feed the hungry in Detroit.El Club is located at 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit.Happy Thanksgiving, Detroit.metrotimes.com
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib is heading back to Washington
click to enlarge Erik Paul HowardRashida Tlaib snaps a selfie in front of her new office in 2019. Looks like the famous "Squad" of progressive lawmakers is intact.U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Detroit is projected to win her re-election to Congress. The Associated Press called her victory early Wednesday, with more than 66% of precincts reporting.Not that it was ever really much of a question after the August primary , where Tlaib defeated opponent Brenda Jones by a wide margin. Last week, Tlaib and Ocasio-Cortez introduced a bill to create a federally chartered and supported public banking system .metrotimes.com
Huddle soft-serve in Detroit will pivot to serving hot cups of broth for winter
Tom PerkinsThere's a fine line between soft-serve ice cream and steaming cups of broth — and that line is Michigan winters.To make the seasonal transition smooth and soupy, Huddle soft-serve has partnered with Southwest Detroit's Johnny Noodle King to offer cups of broth out of its downtown Detroit walk-up window instead of their towering, frosty, sprinkle-topped soft-serve cones, Eater Detroit reports.The broth-slinging begins Nov. 1 and will end sometime in February 2021, and will include pork, chicken, and veggie broth with mix-in options like burnt garlic miso and soaked butter. Broth will come in 12-ounce cups and will cost $6.Don't worry, ice cream freaks: Huddle will still offer pints of soft-serve as a to-go option.Huddle opened in 2019 in the former Chickpea in the D window, with Gather's Lea and Kyle Hunt at the helm. The goal was to offer simple soft-serve selections as a “nostalgic” and “humble” and happy pick-me-up. In addition to cones and cups, they also offer cold brew floats made with Red Hook coffee, as well as Coke, Vernors, and Faygo Rock'N Rye floats.metrotimes.com
Detroit Loves Tacos to open in the North End
Instagram, @detroitlovestacosAfter hosting a few pop-ups in recent months, Julie and Jason Stevens's Detroit Loves Tacos will soon find a permanent home in the North End neighborhood.The Southwest Detroit couple tell Model D that they hope the open the spot within the next three months. The menu is based on Julie's family's traditional recipes from Guanajuato, and is broken up into two parts: comfort food and health-conscious, including vegan options like cauliflower tacos and spinach enchiladas.Julie and Jason Stevens were operating a catering business when Steven Harris, who owns a row of storefronts on Joh R Road, approached them with the idea of opening a permanent location.The restaurant will be carryout-focused with some indoor and outdoor seating. It will have a Día De Los Muertos theme, with a logo featuring the Spirit of Detroit as a "calaca," or skeleton.metrotimes.com
Detroiters Help Each Other During Covid-19 Crisis
Were living in different times as Covid-19 has shut down bars, restaurants, gyms, and many of the places we do everyday life. In the wake of all of this, many Detroit organizations are stepping up to make sure the needs of fellow Detroiters are met. According to the article, Emma Ferizoic, founder and president said they have seen an increase in people needing help. Ferizoic also said those most affected are one-income families, those who work under the table, and people laid off. According to the article, Community Organizer Gabriela Santiago-Romero who is managing the form; says responses so far are people wanting to offer resources.detroit.cbslocal.com