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For students, our public schools offer the world

We’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating: If you are enrolled in the Hamtramck Public School District, chances are that you will have an amazing cultural experience. Why is…

Plans for renaming city hall could end up too costly

A few years ago, city officials agreed to rename city hall in honor of former Mayor Robert Kozaren. Kozaren is the city’s longest serving mayor. He was in office for…

At 40 years old, Labor Day Festival hits a milestone

Once again, Hamtramck shined this past weekend. The city celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival. Thousands of visitors came to the festival over the weekend, and…

Yemeni mural on southend is one of the city’s treasures

We are crossing our fingers that things can be worked out to save the Yemeni mural in the southend. A developer wants to construct a two-story building in a lot…

A tragic case of justice delayed is justice denied

Six years ago, in 2013, it was thought by city officials that the city’s longstanding housing discrimination lawsuit had finally – finally – been settled. Oh, how wrong they were.…

Tree planting should be high on the list of priorities

Hamtramck has done much to revitalize its appearance, ever since a tornado blew through town in 1997 and knocked down about 500 huge trees. Over the years, the city, along…

‘Banglatown’ development plans will be a shot in the arm for city

Exciting things are happening in Banglatown. Development plans for the area, just north of the Hamtramck-Detroit border, were recently unveiled, and it promises to attract more businesses and visitors. While…

Hamtramck has a lot to gain in Census 2020

Census 2020 is about to gear up this fall, and as usual, it’s a unique chance for Hamtramck to get its full share. That’s a full share in state and…

Talk of eliminating city income tax is reckless

There has been growing talk among some city council candidates and others in the community to eliminate the city’s income tax. There are 23 communities in the state that have…

Candidate no-shows are an embarrassment to the city

Disappointing. And embarrassing. Those are two words that come to mind regarding the turnout at last Thursday’s Meet the Candidates forum. Only three of the nine city council candidates showed…

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