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Denise Kennedy next to the Princeton Street community board

With few resources, block clubs find ways to stabilize and rejuvenate communities across Detroit

While not exciting like a new business or app, block clubs have quietly stabilized neighborhoods, provided residents with opportunities, and brought neighbors closer together.

St. Rita Apartments

Roses for Rita: A brief history of a long vacancy in the North End

The St. Rita apartments, a historic 100-year-old building that's been vacant since the early 2000s, will be renovated into 26 units for low-income residents. But what took so long?

Kids at Development Centers' Winston Head Start

Fueled by community input, foundations unveil comprehensive early childhood education initiative

Two major foundations announced their newest initiative, Hope Starts Here, to address the dire need for quality early education in Detroit through an initial $50 million commitment. 

Samoy Smith

Bagley residents lead grassroots effort to build pocket park

Creating Space Detroit hopes to raise $8,440 through the crowdfunding campaign to get started on the process of installing playground equipment, bench seating, solar lighting, a pavilion or gazebo, and a Little Free Library. 

Yodit Mesfin Johnson speaks at the Urban Consulate

3 takeaways from Urban Consulate discussion on how new residents can honor black communities

Yodit Mesfin Johnson lead a recent discussion at the Urban Consulate which considered the question, "How can white people assimilate into black communities with respect and honor?"

A safety technician inspects a child's car seat

Video: Why car seat checks keep Michigan's children safe

It's surprisingly complex to properly install a child's safety seat. We visited a seat check day at a local dealership to learn about the many things required to do it correctly. 

Tracy Teague, a Production Supervisor at Shinola

Can Detroit become a textile manufacturing hub? Industry professionals think so

Detroit currently lacks the manufacturing capacity and labor force to support local fashion companies. But many people in the field are determined to change that.

Raymond Underwood, winner of the Hagopian Rug Design Contest

"You can't just talk about race anywhere": Detroit youth explore race through the arts

A plethora of art programs across the city offer young Detroiters rich, textured avenues for artistic expression about contemporary racial, cultural, and social justice issues.

Alex Fluegel and Jalyn Spencer-Harris, founders of Mama Hub Hub

Motherhood is better together: Why two Detroit women started a community to support moms

Jalyn Spencer-Harris and Alex Fluegel were disappointed with the lack of resources and a quality support system for moms in Detroit. That's why they founded Detroit Mama Hub.

Steven Harris

Q&A: Steven Harris of Rebound Construction on the North End bouncing back

Model D spoke to Steven Harris, a developer from the North End working in the North End, about developing responsibly, how the neighborhood is changing, and more. 

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Southwest Detroit possesses some of the strongest neighborhoods and commercial districts in the city. Mexicantown has popular restaurants and ethnic flavor, and the greater area offers more diversity, dense residential areas, and successful cultural and community organizations.

 

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