#WVBus: Muslim-Led Multiracial Coalition Reviving Detroit’s West Side

Mark Crain with Worldview’s Jerome McDonnell at WDET.
Mark Crain with Worldview's Jerome McDonnell at WDET. Ashish Valentine / WBEZ
Mark Crain with Worldview’s Jerome McDonnell at WDET.
Mark Crain with Worldview's Jerome McDonnell at WDET. Ashish Valentine / WBEZ

#WVBus: Muslim-Led Multiracial Coalition Reviving Detroit’s West Side

Worldview is on the road this week, exploring how issues we typically cover in a local and global context play out across the Midwest and the Great Lakes region. We’re in Detroit today, and heard from Mark Crain of Dream of Detroit, a Muslim-led community development initiative on the west side of the city. The organization was initially formed out of a partnership between organizations that represented African-American and South Asian Muslims. Dream of Detroit is manually rehabilitating disused housing, encouraging entrepreneurship and engaging in community organizing with the ultimate aim of creating a neighborhood where residents can access locally grown food, contribute to and benefit from small businesses and feel a sense of community.

The Worldview bus tour is visiting communities throughout the Great Lakes region for a week as we celebrate the show’s twenty-fifth year on air. From water insecurity in Flint to indigenous rights in Kalamazoo, we are sharing stories that allow you to experience the world through the communities in your own backyard.