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Day 30: Just Getting Started

Day 30: Just Getting Started

His name is CJ, and he’s 5 years old. He has moderate autism, and even though I saw him every week for months, I didn’t realize he knew my name. He never said it, so I just kind of assumed. I went home for the summer, but when I came back to Detroit this September, I found out he’d been asking for me the whole time.

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Day 29: Country Girl in the City

Day 29: Country Girl in the City

I am not from the city. I was raised in a southern state with lots of land to play on, woods in our backyard to explore, and horses down the road to ride. I helped my dad tend his garden each year when I was old enough, enjoyed big hills to sled on in the winter, and climbed many a tree growing up. I loved the "country life."

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Day 28: Insults and Perfect Coneys

Day 28: Insults and Perfect Coneys

Where do you go at 10pm on a Sunday night for take-out? I’ll tell you where I go: Duly’s Place! In my opinion, they’ve got the best coneys in town - hands down - and they’re open 24/7. I grew up on the Southwest side of Detroit, and Duly’s has always been a family favorite. One recent Sunday night, craving that familiar taste, I found myself standing at the same counter I'd been too short to see over as a kid. I greeted Maio, the friendly and hard-working server on the other side, and ordered some coney's just how I like them: chili, mustard, no onions.

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Day 27: Hope on the Sidewalk

Day 27: Hope on the Sidewalk

Pushing a stroller down a Detroit sidewalk is not much different than driving a car down a Michigan road -- it can get a little bumpy. Fortunately, the jostling soothed my tiny rider to sleep, and the crisp air and warm sun refreshed this mother who had been up all night. I only had to get to the end of my street to notice there was something different.

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Day 26: Teenage Hope

Day 26: Teenage Hope

Today's HopeSpeaks post is a video interview with Lakeya and Micah. They've grown up in Detroit, and currently live in Hamtramck, the "city inside Detroit." Share in their amazing story of HOPE for the diversity that defines modern-day Detroit, and in the teenage generation preparing to inherit the city!

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Day 25: The Poor and the Homeless

Day 25: The Poor and the Homeless

I live in a poor city. I’m surrounded by poor people. I touch and talk to poor, needy people everyday. My friends are poor. Even my staff is poor. Are you jealous? You should be.

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