Detroit’s North End neighborhood is changing.
It's in a part of the city that's adjacent to the residential and retail boom that's drawn so much attention to Detroit in recent years. As that development moves outward from downtown, things are starting to look a little different around here. Joan Ross is a reverend and community organizer who works in the neighborhood. And like a lot of people who've worked or lived in the city for a while, she's thinking about what those changes mean.
"We always envisioned the station to be a unifying place that groups all across the city had this radio station,"- Joan Ross Ross says a lot of the investment happening seems to benefit new residents rather than the people who've been here for decades.
She wanted to create a space for those longtime Detroiters to have conversations about their changing city, and she thought a community radio station would be a good way to do it. “We always envisioned the station to be a unifying place, that groups all across the city had this radio station,” Ross said.
The above story is excerpted from the Michigan Radio website.
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