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Jul 18, 2012
Many local Latino communities suffer from a shortage of fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices. Cardenas Markets, with 29 stores, has filled that gap in the Inland Empire, offering a wide selection of meat, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as the ethnic foods that offer a taste of home for their Latino customers… learn More about Cardenas Markets is Bringing Fresh Food and Jobs to California’s Latino Communities
Jul 13, 2012
It’s a story that could only have happened in Houston, a city synonymous with cattle, the Space Age and, of course, oil. In 1955, the city’s economy was booming and group of civic leaders, led by Maestro Walter Herbert, set out to make it a center for opera, too… learn More about Uniting Communities through the Power and Beauty of the Opera
Jul 16, 2012
Nearly 1 million people in Southeast Texas are unable to access the food they need to live healthy lives, with many residents running a monthly deficit of $52 for food costs. Their situations vary – some live at or below the poverty line, others earn too much to be considered impoverished, and some may just be experiencing a temporary setback – but all are all in need… learn More about How a local food bank fights food insecurity one meal at a time
Jul 17, 2012
In 1999, the state of Michigan lifted the residency requirement for City of Detroit employees; over the next ten years, many employees left the City… learn More about Revitalizating Detroit One Police Officer at a Time
Jul 16, 2012
In the 1920s, the rapid growth of the automobile industry in Detroit caused a boom in housing due to the large number of people moving to the region. This, in turn, created a demand for wholesale contractors selling materials to facilitate the development of real estate in the area… learn More about Weathering the Business Storm in Detroit