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The Detroit Journalism Cooperative is an integrated community media network providing insight on the issues facing Detroit. It features two radio stations, an online magazine, five ethnic newspapers, and a public television station-- All working together to tell the story of Detroit.The DJC includes Michigan Radio, Bridge Magazine, Detroit Public Television, WDET, and New Michigan Media. To see all the stories produced for the DJC, visit The Intersection website.Scroll below to see DJC stories from Michigan Radio and other selected stories from our partners.

Mr. Earl's neighborhood


Long before the city of Detroit rebranded itself, a tight-knit neighborhood on the far east side decided to make a name for itself. The community formerly known as NEAR (Neighborhood East Area Residents) wanted a name that could state their wishes, dreams, hopes and struggles aloud.

A name cooler and brighter than its predecessor.

The neighborhood held a contest, similar to neighboring communities like present-day Eastpointe and East English Village. They chose MorningSide, a name that captured what it was like to experience a bright morning on the sunrise side of the city ... or the warmth of neighborly goodness.


The people of MorningSide wanted to designate their community as a site for new beginnings. In this episode, MorningSide native Lauren Gray and her father, Gary Gray, recall how their neighbor, Earl Jones, named the whole neighborhood.