Detroit Evening Report: People’s Food Co-op opens; Detroit unveils historic preservation plan and more

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The Black-led and community-owned Detroit People's Food Co-op held its grand opening on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, in Detroit's North End neighborhood.

The Black-led and community-owned Detroit People's Food Co-op held its grand opening on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, in Detroit's North End neighborhood.

On the latest episode of the Detroit Evening Report, we cover the opening of Detroit People’s Food Co-op, Detroit City Council’s historical preservation plan and more.

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Detroit People’s Food Co-op open for business

The Detroit People’s Food Co-op, a Black-led and community-owned grocery cooperative in Detroit’s North End neighborhood, officially opened to the public on Wednesday.

The member-owned grocery store is focused on providing customers with fresh produce, and local growers and food businesses with opportunities to sell their goods.

WDET’s Sascha Raiyn spoke to some of the vendors and customers that packed the store on opening day. Among them was metro Detroit resident Diane Hoye.

“To be able to come and to patronize this, and I’ve been waiting for the last three years, I’ve been waiting and waiting for them to open so this is a grand day for [us],” she said.

The store, located at 8324 Woodward Ave., will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. 

City unveils plan to preserve historic sites

The Detroit City Council is taking steps to create their own guidelines for preserving historic sites.

The city’s historic preservation plan will include strategies on how to identify and preserve historic landmarks and resources. It will also include guidelines for zoning regulations in historic neighborhoods. City council members have also passed a resolution that expressed support for a Michigan bill that would expand the types of buildings that can receive tax credits and would increase the tax credit. The Council also recognized May as National Historic Preservation Month.  

Downtown Street Eats returns

Downtown Street Eats, Michigan’s largest weekly food truck experience in Downtown Detroit, is returning to the city next week. Food trucks will again line the streets of downtown for the event’s 12th season, featuring more than 80 rotating food trucks. The event is expected to draw 2,500 people per day for lunch.

Downtown Street Eats will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through October 10, and during special events like the Detroit Grand Prix. 

Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and the nonprofit Rising Voices is celebrating by hosting a series of events in metro Detroit.

The organization will be at Eastern Market on May 16 to host food vendors showcasing a variety of ethnic foods. Other events include a potluck-style gathering with storytelling and an exploration of ingredients and dishes in Asian American history; and an arts and culture multi-day festival in Ann Arbor.

To learn more or to register for the events visit  

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  • Bre'Anna Tinsley
    Bre'Anna Tinsley is a reporter for Detroit Public Radio, 101.9 WDET. She covers city government and housing, as well as co-hosting the "Detroit Evening Report" podcast.