The board of Original Creativity, a nonprofit looking to revitalize NW Goldberg <span class='image-credits'>Steve Koss</span> Laundromat at The Commons <span class='image-credits'>Steve Koss</span> Monitoring road conditions at COMTEC in Macomb County <span class='image-credits'>Steve Koss</span> Interior of the Peacock Room in the Fisher Building <span class='image-credits'>David Lewinski</span> Tom and Mark Nardone trash fishing near Zug Island <span class='image-credits'>Anthony Lanzilote</span>

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Feature StoryPure Detroit's flagship store in the Fisher Building

Pure Detroit turns 20: How simply loving Detroit has been the key to this shop's success

Pure Detroit opened its first shop 20 years ago on Thanksgiving Day. Today, the company that bills itself as "Detroit’s Original Culture Shop" is a collection of six locations in landmark buildings around Detroit selling merchandise and experiences that celebrate the city. 

Feature StoryDaniel Washington, founder of Original Creativity

This young entrepreneur and lifelong resident of NW Goldberg is modeling neighborhood resilience

Daniel Washington, 25, founded Original Creativity in 2017 to help revitalize his home neighborhood of NW Goldberg, an area that's been heavily disinvested over the years but sees change from development on the horizon. 

Feature StoryArthur Jemison speaks at our "Understanding Gentrification in Detroit" panel

4 key takeaways from our Equitable Development speaker series

While there was so much content to choose from and so many insightful moments throughout, here are some of the most important takeaways from our four Equitable Development panels.

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Connecting customers with local farm fresh food is the job of the Michigan food hub

In Michigan, food hubs increase consumer access to fresh produce, and help farmers build a sustainable business model. While they all have similar goals, no two food hubs are alike. We found out why.


Feature StoryTrumbull & Porter Hotel

Tourism is up in Detroit. What does that mean for the city's economy?

The number of visitors, guests in hotels, and conventions held in Detroit are all way up in the last few years. We explore what kinds of effects will this have on the city.

Feature StoryMyungju Hillary, director of the Detroit Zen Center

After "epic" flood, Detroit Zen Center looks to be a model for stormwater management

After a 2014 flood destroyed the center's food business, it decided to install a green roof. In addition to absorbing 10,000 gallons of rainwater, the roof will act as a model for an area that has had chronic issues with stormwater management. 

Feature StoryJuan Shannon, founder of Parker Village

This hip-hop entrepreneur is hoping to build a smart village in his hometown of Highland Park

Juan Shannon is in the process of turning the grounds of Thompson Elementary School — abandoned for two decades — into Parker Village, a $5 million smart neighborhood and urban farming operation.

Feature StoryWilliam Butler is prepared to get his blood drawn at HUDA by his nurse, Val Gamble. Butler has been coming to HUDA for his health care needs since he lost his health insurance four years ago.

How once-vacant sites are becoming hubs for health equity in Michigan

Marginalized Michigan residents are finding health services in easily accessible neighborhood locations, and formerly defunct buildings are becoming bright spots on their blocks.

Feature StoryEzekiel Harris

Why place-based, non-profit developers matter now more than ever in Detroit

Centering the voices and concerns of residents is often an essential component of community development corporations, or CDCs. And this mission is becoming more important as Detroit transforms rapidly with development.

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