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Mon Apr 29, 2013, 06:40 AM


More Gentrification in Detroit: Low-income residents being kicked out

Low-income residents of three apartment buildings on Henry Street in Detroit's Cass Corridor were abruptly notified Friday the buildings are being sold and the unknown buyer wants everyone out by May 20.

Residents in each building, a total of 96 units, received a three-sentence letter in their mailboxes Friday informing them that Mercier has signed an agreement to sell. It doesn't name the new owner. "And the new owner has requested that all of the apartments be vacated," states the letter. Along with the letters, the residents were given a state of Michigan document to vacate, which is the step prior to eviction.

Tenant Glenn Chinchilla said he and many others tenants have lived in one of the buildings for more than a decade. "I am still in shock," Chinchilla said. "Now I'm getting really worried. I don't know if I should try to fight this, or work something out with the new owner, or I should just somehow find a new place in time. He works in the housekeeping department of a nearby hospital.

Meanwhile, around the block, two buildings near Cass Technical High School and the Masonic Temple were bought in January by entities that have created opaque paper trails. One of the buildings was a vacant nursing home on Ledyard. The other was owned by the Baptist State Convention of Michigan that was being used by Cass Park Baptist Church congregation, which has moved out. Both were sold in January, according to public records. Both purchases are linked to a limited liability company that doesn't provide a telephone number on the public document; both list a registered agent as the sole representative for the company.

The deals are similar to the nearly two dozen property deals of blighted buildings and vacant parcels that have taken place in the neighborhood since September 2008. Most sellers have signed confidentiality agreements. So far, none of the purchased properties has been renovated or put back to use. The latest deals expand the boundaries several blocks west and south where the previous mysterious deals have taken place.

Cass Corridor is just north of downtown and many residents believe at least some of the area is the site of a new hockey arena and entertainment district. Officials of the Detroit Red Wings, owned by Michael Ilitch, haven't publicly revealed where the arena and district may be located. The envisioned entertainment district, announced in December by Ilitch's Olympia Development, is described as being "strategically located to serve some of the most underutilized areas in Detroit's downtown core." In addition to a possible new hockey arena and entertainment district, a streetcar line called M-1 Rail is expected to begin construction this year for a 3.3-mile line that would run from downtown Woodward to the New Center.

The Federal Transit Administration has given the environmental clearance for the $137 million project, as the nonprofit group Monday named eight new directors and a chief financial officer.


Gentrification to be the topic at Young Educators Alliance Feed1 Teach1 2013

A special Feed1 Teach1 community forum on gentrification will be presented by the Young Educators Alliance (YEA) on Feb. 16 beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Cass Corridor Commons, located at 4605 Cass Ave. Feed1 Teach1 is open to the public and provides an opportunity for community members to share in a healthy dialogue and healthy food.

We want to look at what can happen politically to support the citizens who have been keeping the city afloat with their taxes and their income while owning their land and raising their families, said YEA coordinator Siwatu Salama Ra. We want to do this event because we want people to know that we have the power if we simply come together. If we continue to come together, we can have success.

We want to do this event because we see that the people who are in the neighborhoods are left out of conversation when it comes to reshaping the city of Detroit, Ra said. If we dont live in midtown or down town you have no say into what changes are going to happen and how its going to affect us.

We are young people who are born and raised in Detroit and we have stories of our houses being foreclosed and losing our homes. These are the stories of young people within YEA, so weve decided to take this topic on because we see it happening within our neighborhoods and we see it happening in the downtown area. We have to question are we allowed in these places and do we have access?


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Mon Apr 29, 2013, 07:13 AM

1. Who didn't

see this coming? This is the whole purpose of the EFM..To kick poor people out on the streets and yet some here on a progressive website is cosigning this crap.

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Response to michello (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 07:32 AM

2. ghettoization and capital strike = deliberate tactics to take assets on the cheap, while


destroying the lives, livelihoods, and resistance of populations.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 08:47 AM

3. Yup, they want most of us dead. Once you accept that, everything they are doing makes

Perfect sense. The question is, will the populace fight back or just passively accept the culling of the herd?

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 08:50 AM

4. You know the answer to that question.


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