Elizabeth Koschmann

  1. From industrial wasteland to urban lure, Detroit’s Riverwalk sees 3 million visitors a year

    The conservancy was started in 2003 with the leadership of U-M alums Faye Alexander Nelson, former president and CEO of the conservancy, and Matt Cullen, the current chairman of the board.


  2. Q&A: Brian Perrone, Slows Bar BQ co-founder on early days and coming out of COVID

    University of Michigan alum and Slows Bar BQ Co-Founder and Executive Chef Brian Perrone has been serving up his award-winning mac ‘n cheese, baby back ribs, brisket, pulled pork and the Yardbird — dubbed a “Best Sandwich in America” — for over 15 years.

  3. Majority of Detroiters report stable, improved financial situation compared to year ago

    Detroiters who received the economic stimulus payments were less likely to report that they faced major economic challenges within the last year. At the end of 2021, 13% of stimulus check recipients said they were facing major economic challenges, compared to 30% of people who did not receive the checks. 

    1. Grants advance U-M partnerships, collaborations with Detroit

      More than $80,000 will be awarded across these projects that strengthen partnerships with Detroit.

    2. Do urban gardens lead to gentrification? Not in Detroit, study finds

      This indicates that the practice of gardening may be spreading beyond the Black-led institutions like churches and nonprofits that originally promoted it.

    3. Q&A: Alycia Meriweather’s lifelong journey with Detroit Public Schools Community District

      “Our ultimate goal is to ensure our students are confident and well equipped for whatever lies ahead of them.”

      ~ Alycia Meriweather

    4. Q&A: Michael Andrews helps students hone artistic style and engage with the world

      Creativity, collaboration and education are at the forefront of Andrews’s career as an artist and teacher. He is currently developing a space in Detroit that hosts community space and art studios, as well as what he calls a “mixed reality clothing project.”

    5. Detroit River Story Lab receives grant to continue its summer Skiff & Schooner program

      The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan provided support of the “place-based experiential learning program to encourage awareness of the Detroit River as an environmental and cultural resource.”

    6. Luther aims to make Detroit a more vibrant and economically equitable city

      Detroit faces special challenges in creating a more equitable economy, Elizabeth Luther said. Following the post-World War II boom, Detroit experienced some of the most devastating business disinvestment and population loss of any city in the country.

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