Peggy Brennan

Global Community Lunch conversations: Gracie Xavier and Abdul Muhit

Throughout September our community lunch presentations have centered on the global community within our walls. We’ve paired people up from disparate backgrounds each week to share their stories in conversations facilitated by our friend Keith Owens of the Michigan Chronicle. We feel lucky to have such a richness of backgrounds in our building. The first …

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More Video Oral Histories — Tom and Peggy Brennan

In March I wrote a post about some video oral histories of the Green Garage prepared by Liz Riedman, a Green Garage volunteer and Anthropology Master’s student. Those featured 3 of the founders, Don and Mitzi Carter and Helen Bradley. Today I’m adding two more, this time featuring Tom and me. Once again, these are …

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Video Oral Histories of the Green Garage

Last month, Liz Riedman, an Anthropology Master’s student at Wayne State University, interviewed three of the original founders of the Green Garage, Helen Bradley and Don and Mitzi Carter. The interviews were recorded and are below for you to listen to. The videos are brief, each not more than 5 minutes, but they do provide a sense …

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Why Immigration Makes Sense for Detroit’s Future

Steve Tobocman, above, of business-in-residence New Solutions Group, spoke to us last Friday about one of their initiatives, Global Detroit. Global Detroit focuses on how immigrants can help revitalize a region such as Detroit. Steve’s first point addressed the need in Detroit, with a population cut in half between 1950 and now, and in 2013 …

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What’s next for Recycle Here! and recycling in Detroit

Recent news that the city of Detroit is moving forward with privatized curbside recycling has generated much enthusiasm in light of the fact that Detroit has been the largest US city without curbside recycling for decades. For many, though, the excitement has been tempered by the fact that a curbside program leaves the future of Recycle …

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