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After years of dreaming, a bike trail is now in the works

After many years of talking and even sometimes arguing (in Hamtramck, can you imagine that?), the city is on course to install a bike/hiking trail. The trail, officially called the…

Tax abatement issue reveals a rudderless city

Someone take leadership of this city. For the last several weeks, some members of the city council have stumbled over themselves in holding up a request for a tax abatement…

Guest Editorial … HPS offers a helping hand to its students

By Sarah Peslar Nearly 1 in every 5 children is near-sighted or has a vision-impairment requiring glasses to see at school. While it goes without saying that clear vision is…

In this case, a tax abatement is justified

The city council can’t seem to make a hard decision on a proposed tax abatement deal that, if approved, would lead to a major re-development. The council either keeps putting…

This year, the parade and festival were a smash

It’s weird to say this but, we’re glad the Polish Day Parade decided to leave Hamtramck and move to Warren. Why? Well, first of all, we wish the Polish Day…

A big thanks goes out to festival volunteers

This weekend, Hamtramck will host its annual Labor Day Festival, and — from what we have heard from organizers — it could be one of the best in years. We…

Rental dwelling inspections are now up for debate

The city council is currently considering a proposal to increase the time between city inspections of rental dwellings from every two years to every three. There are good arguments to…

Guest Editorial … Building community at the Family Fun Fair

By Liz Alpert The best part about heading back to school is getting to see friends, neighbors, teachers and staff after a long summer away. For me, catching up on…

Should religious animal sacrifices be allowed?

In an ongoing review of city ordinances, a thorny controversy has unexpectedly been stirred. Recently, the city council considered a revision of an ordinance governing animals, specifically which kinds of…

A teachable moment in Judge Krot decision

Hamtramck 31st District Court Judge Alexis Krot has been cleared of wrongdoing. Last week we reported on the decision by the state Judicial Tenure Commission over Krot’s handling of a…