Monthly Archives: April 2015

Monthly Archives: April 2015

Dispatch from Detroit: Phones in the Hands of the Homeless

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It’s difficult for me to stomach the news that Facebook is building a ‘Facebookville’ futuristic city in California. Why? Because I know homeless people who use Facebook in library computer labs. So I decided to do something about it: I called up the DWB crew and we put our heads together. We realized that Facebook isn’t going to share with us the profits of our original content, but we could use Tsu to empower homeless people to get off the …

This Year, Let’s Not Let Detroit Shut Off the Water

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As the ground thaws, a now-familiar scene is beginning to re-enact itself on the streets of Detroit’s poorest neighborhoods. Those despised pickup trucks are circling around, with orders to cut the water flow. For now, they’re only targeting commercial accounts and so called “illegal hookups” – the now-pervasive practice of desperation in Detroit. Within weeks, we hear, the city will again be shutting off regular residential customers whose only crime is not having the money to pay for Detroit’s water. …