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The last Monthly Meeting of the year for the West Grand Boulevard Collaborative will be held on December 15, 2016, 2:30pm at:
Sobriety House
2081 W. Grand Blvd. Detroit 48208

We look forward to seeing you there!

Message from WGBC President, Mildred Hunt Robbins on the occasion of

Breakfast on the Boulevard, the WGBC Annual 11th Annual Event –  November 19, 2015.            

The  WGBC  Shared Economy

As an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff, the shared economy works

for the WGBC.  Gifts to our organization include:

     – An office at New Center Community Services with a phone line and computer;

Access to meeting rooms at Boulevard Temple and Duffield Branch Library;

Event venues at:

–  Boulevard Temple (who also serve in this capacity in 

addition to hosting many WGBC meetings weekly);

–  Communication Workers of America Local 4100;

–  Duffield Library (our information distribution center);

–  Laborers’ Union Local 1191;

–  Gamma Phi Delta Sorority National Headquarters; and,

–  The WGBC non-profit organizations, businesses, and

institutions that host our monthly meetings.

Sobriety House is a joint venturer in the WGBC-Sobo (coined by Kyle Sandefur, Esq.) employment initiative, and provides transport for WGBC projects, such as the local assets survey by LTU Detroit Studio, and for volunteers at community cleanups.  Sobriety House also hosts the special December monthly meeting;

Boulevard Marketplace donates refreshments and supplies for meetings and special occasions, and solicits discounted menu items from Papa’s Pizza for community cleanups and other WGBC functions;

Brazelton’s Florist donates flowers annually for Breakfast on the Boulevard, and other special events;

ECS Partnership-McDonald’s sponsored catering at our 2014 LOU press conference and provides refreshments for special events; and,

Many other members and friends who provide gifts and services provided that are too innumerable to list.

With appreciation, WGBC receives the generosity that is evidenced by silent-auction donations, and other in-kind gifts and services.  We are particularly indebted to Lawrence Technological University for their many services to the WGBC, including their recent application to the National Endowment for the Arts for a grant on our behalf (Joongsub Kim, Ph.D.).  It is our good fortune to have members and friends who are abundant in their sharing of their talents, creativity, human capital, monetary resources, professional expertise, and personal and professional networks to serve our community.

The willingness to share by the WGBC Advisory Board, members and friends, is the fuel that drives our engine in service to our Mission …to advance employment, entrepreneurship, culture and environmental health… in our community. The spark for the engine that generates our accomplishments is the cohesive triad of integrity, transparency, and commitment to equity, as we serve our West End Detroit neighborhoods: Northwestern Goldberg, LaSalle Gardens, & Virginia Park.


Click here to view a PDF of the Message from the President.

November 30, 2015

Mr. Keith Crain, Editor-in-Chief

Crain’s Detroit Business

Dear Mr. Crain:

Kirk Pinho did not represent journalism well in his (November 20, 2015) article about the Moneta Energy, LLC, redevelopment of Detroit’s Lee Plaza Residential Hotel.  Craig Sasser, Managing Member, made public the redevelopment plan  (November 19, 2015) at Breakfast on the Boulevard, the 11th Annual Event of the West Grand Boulevard Collaborative (WGBC), the group that organized the WGBC Community Coalition and signed a Letter of Understanding (May 16, 2014) with Henry Ford Health System and their development partners (Kirco Manix and Cardinal Health) for the Cardinal Warehouse on Rosa Parks (12th Street) just south of the Boulevard, having received multi-millions of public funds for the private business.  Without providing any facts about the qualifications, experience and resources of Moneta Energy, Pinho expects readers to accept his opinion and (that of an anonymous) “source of mine . . . that ground would never be broken . . .”   Based on my reading of the John Perkins book Hoodwinked . . . – hoodwinked fits perfectly the definition of what appears to have happened to Mr. Pinho, as evidenced by his Lee Plaza article.

With the recent Henry Ford Hospital announcement of their new Cancer Center about a mile away, and the Cardinal Warehouse even closer, one must consider the real reasons why Mr. Pinho is pushing the idea that the Lee Plaza area is not ready for investment.  Does he represent a cohort of developers who have their eyes on the Lee Plaza neighborhood as they march north and west from their downtown and university-cultural district strongholds?  Two years ago, Dr. John Popovich, President and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital, quoted the founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford the first who, according to Dr. Popovich, said “when Henry Ford Hospital is ready for a major expansion, it will have all the land it needs across the street” – and guess what, 100 years later, it has come to pass.  I was present on two occasions when Dr. Popovich quoted Henry Ford, and on both occasions I asked if Henry Ford was a clairvoyant, or if there are forces in place that insured his 100-year forecast.  On both occasions my question was dismissed as an attempt at humor, but my question remains a serious inquiry.  There is absolutely a story to be written about development in our community, but it will require the interest and talents of a real investigative reporter.

In the meantime, those of us who truly believe in the principles of a democratic economy are working – neighborhood by neighborhood – to build a strong and sustainable nation, in spite of negative messages delivered by people who write in the press, but don’t know, or perhaps don’t care, about upholding the standards of good journalism that are essential to a sustainable American democracy.

Very truly yours,

Mildred Hunt Robbins

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