DETROIT (WWJ) – Communities across Detroit will come alive as part of “Neighborhoods Day” this weekend.

It was like a family reunion, reports Newsradio 950’s Stephanie Davis, as dozens of representatives from community groups, organizations and churches joined at the Samaritan Center to pick up banners, yard signs and other goodies to display this Saturday for ARISE Detroit’s Neighborhoods Day.

“We have over 220 registrations, we have people from out-of-state, people from Canada, we have over 70 beautification projects that will be going on,” said Luther Keith executive director with Arise Detroit.

Xzum Malik Belfont with Manpower Mentoring was among the dozens of community group representatives on hand to pick-up materials Arise Det Neigh(SDavis)ahead of Neighborhoods Day. His group will be cleaning-up an area on the east side:

“We are boarding up and we are cutting the grass and cleaning up a neighborhood … at Chalmers and Evanston –which is at Chalmers and Harper — that whole street Evanston all the way over from Chalmers to Conners it’s been plagued by drug dealers, prostitutes and so forth,” said Belfont.

In addition to more than 70 beautification projects, there will be festivals, health fairs and entertainment events that day. Belfont appreciates the focus on neighborhoods.

Khary Way Fraizer is hosting an event Saturday evening at the Practice Space on 14th Street.

“What I’ll be doing is a presentation that’s multi-media based were I’m talking about my Detroit history through Hip-Hop lyrics, it’s called ‘If Detroit Were Heaven,'” said Fraizer.

Find more information on ARISE Detroit Neighborhoods Day [HERE].


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