Detroit’s comeback might leave some residents behind

By CHEYNA ROTH
Capital News Service
LANSING – Persistent poverty and a focus on commercial developments in Detroit are raising concerns that efforts to revitalize the city are ignoring its low-income population. “We don’t talk enough about how Detroiters who grew up in the city and are now in their 20s and 30s are concerned they won’t be able to participate in the revival of the city that made them,” said Aaron Foley, a Detroit writer whose book, “How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass,” published by Rust Belt Chic, is due out this fall. Detroit’s economic and cultural health are tied directly to Michigan’s overall fortunes. Gov. Rick Snyder has said a strong Detroit is central to revitalizing the state. Millions of dollars have been invested in moving the city through bankruptcy and rebuilding parts of the city, such as refurbishing the David Whitney Building into luxury apartments and office space.

St. Johns RadioShack Dealer Awaits Next Step

By Jonathon Chun
Clinton County Chatter

Since RadioShack filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, Jim Sytsma has been eagerly awaiting for the next shoe to drop. Systma is the general manager of Clinton Elecrtonics, a RadioShack independent dealer located in downtown St. Johns. The store, which has been open since 1977 and under Sytsma’s ownership since 1981, has contingency plans for no matter what happens in the coming weeks. “We’ll know a lot more in two days,” Sytsma said.