Garrett et al vs. City of Hamtramck Over 40 years, hundreds of African Americans had moved out of three Hamtramck neighborhoods which, in the early 1960s, had been targeted for urban renewal with racially-motivated planning, described by Damon Keith, the judge a class action lawsuit, as “Negro removal.” The city of Hamtramck finally built housing for which those victims, their children and grandchildren would receive preference in leasing, but only until December 1, 2007.  In mid-November, Douglas Communications Group launched a media relations campaign, especially targeting Detroit radio stations.  We generated PSAs, broadcast news reports and stories in the two dailies papers.  When the campaign started, with 60 homes available, 17 eligible people had applied to rent.  In just two weeks, 43 applicants had come forward.

 

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