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Kaffer: $35 million for Detroit's neighborhoods is good news, but needs won't stop there

An aerial view of Downtown Detroit with other part of the city in the distance.
Robert Thompson
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Downtown Detroit has seen strong growth in recent years, but residents in the city's neighborhoods say more needs to be done to help revitalize other parts of the city.

Seven companies have pledged a total of $35 million to Detroit’s Strategic Neighborhood Fund. Making the announcement this week, Detroit officials called it the largest-ever corporate investment in the city’s neighborhoods. The money will help fund improvements to parks, streetscapes, and other features in areas beyond Downtown and Midtown.

Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer sees that as a good start. She joined Michigan Radio Morning Edition host Doug Tribou to talk about the plans.

Kaffer's latest column looks at what's new - and what's not - about the way the fund plans to distribute the money. You can find all of her work on the opinion page at freep.com. You also can follow her on Twitter: @nancykaffer.  

Doug Tribou joined the Michigan Public staff as the host of Morning Edition in 2016. Doug first moved to Michigan in 2015 when he was awarded a Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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