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Teacher Tamika Nicks in one of Winston Head Start's updated classrooms

The importance of facility quality in early education

Research shows that attention to facility quality and thoughtful classroom design can pave the way to a better educational outcome, augment programming quality, and change the landscape of early childhood education in Detroit.

Kuzzo's Chicken and Waffles

Closing of city's last Big Boy demonstrates why Detroit needs more family restaurants

The family restaurant: a place for people of all ages to get simple, affordable, sit-down meal. It's a dying breed in the city, but hopefully not for long.

Michael Payne

How a 29-year-old teacher in Detroit uses math to address challenging subjects

As a ninth grade math teacher at an art and design school, Michael Payne knows what he's up against. But his relative youth allows him to connect with his students in ways other teachers might not. 

First Tee

Across Michigan, programs are using golf to help youth master the game of life

First Tee teaches more than a good swing. It's about life lessons, leadership skills, healthy habits and address local community needs.

Monique Tate, digital steward trainer with the Equitable Internet Initiative

How a surprising partnership will result in internet for Detroiters lacking access

Called the Equitable Internet Initiative, the project will provide internet to 150 Detroit households and was made possible by a partnership of organizations with different strengths and missions, coming together for a common cause. 

W. David Tarver

Voices: Entrepreneur and engineer on what happens when your dream dies

W. David Tarver thought he had invented a new and improved synthesizer beloved by Stevie Wonder. But neither of those things were true. In this personal essay, he talks about coming to grips with a failed invention he spent years perfecting. 

Niles Heron speaks as rest of panel looks on

5 lessons on failure from Detroit entrepreneurs

On July 27, Model D co-hosted a High Growth Happy Hour event at TechTown Detroit with support from the New Economy Initiative. Here are five lessons from that event.

Jerry Hebron

Video: Oakland Avenue Urban Farm's Jerry Hebron explains what her farm means to the community

The farm not only grows produce for wholesale at the weekly farmers market, but also hosts all kinds of community events, like music performances and workshops.

Kenyetta Campbell outside of the Cody Rouge Action Alliance's office space in Don Bosco Hall

A bottom-up approach: Cody Rouge residents develop big plans for their neighborhood

Cody Rouge on Detroit's west side has suffered from blight and depopulation in the last decade plus. But residents, along with several powerful foundations and corporate partners, have developed an ambitious plan to bring the neighborhood back.

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The Villages

Several enclaves around eastbound Jefferson boast fine urban living options, from historic homes to high rise apartments and condos — some riverside, others inland, but all close to downtown and Belle Isle. Known as "The Villages," they include Indian Village, English Village, Islandview Village, West Village, East Village, and the East Riverfront, which runs from GM Renaissance Center to the Roostertail.

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