The city of Detroit received $1 million from a federal spending program called the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in 2014 for two projects.

The city would turn 40 publicly owned vacant lots into green space consisting of meadows, trees and other vegetation. And it would also install drainage ditches and porous pavement on roadways and developed sites near the Recovery Park area, about 3 miles north of downtown. Both federally-funded projects were intended to deal with rainwater runoff.

President Donald Trump's budget proposes cutting most Great Lakes Restoration Initiative spending, which has prompted critics to say the funding is critical to protecting the Great Lakes.

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Detroit Prep is a top-rated and economically and racially diverse charter school in the city. It's growth means it needs to move out from a church basement and into a new location. Nearby is a former Detroit Public Schools building, sitting empty for years. But, worried about competition, the public school district refused to sell. For years, district and local government officials in Detroit had worked to block public charter schools. They pushed legislation at the Michigan Capitol to hinder them, refused to sell to them, transferred surplus buildings from the district to the city government and imposed deed restrictions on property sales to private developers. All of it was aimed to hinder or even prevent charter school choice outside the confines of the Detroit school district.

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