BridgeDetroit contributor Olivia Lewis reflects on our transition to in-person engagement, policing, inclusive development and the will of Detroit’s voters.
Olivia Lewis is a reporter for BridgeDetroit. She was formerly a reporter for the Battle Creek Enquirer and the Indianapolis Star. She has also worked in philanthropy for the Kresge Foundation, the Council of Michigan Foundations and Direct Relief International.
Black Detroiters want in on city housing market
Black Detroit homeowners share their home-buying challenges, intent to build wealth and give back in the city.
Survey: Being Black not required to decide Detroit reparations
Results from a community survey suggest residents who have lived in Detroit six to 10 years should qualify to sit on Detroit’s Reparations Task Force, regardless of their race or ethnicity.
Black developers carve out a place for residents in Detroit’s future
Black real estate developers say their work will ensure Black spaces have a place in Detroit’s future and that their investments will create a more equitable city.
Birth Detroit helps Black moms take control of their birthing experience
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Pensions, continued balanced budget top priorities for Mayor Duggan
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Black? Homeowners? Determining who leads reparations in Detroit
Detroiters have two weeks to help determine the qualifications for incoming reparations task force members. Participants of the first community meeting say they want Black Detroiters to be part of the conversation.
Will Detroit get a guaranteed basic income program?
The Detroit City Council is mulling a guaranteed basic income program through the use of American Rescue Plan Act dollars. One expert says such programs have a “huge, positive impact on the well-being of low- to middle-income households.”
Sheffield talks reparations taskforce, urges community to weigh in
Detroit City Council President Mary Sheffield said community input is not only valued, it’s necessary if the taskforce is to be successful. She is asking that residents participate in a Feb. 24 community meeting to help shape the reparations committee.
Michigan GOP revives attempts to overhaul state election laws
Republican-driven bills that could affect the way Detroiters vote are being discussed in the state House. Local election experts and advocates remain worried about voter accessibility.