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> Future site of the Manistique Community Treehouse in Jefferson-Chalmers <span class='image-credits'>Anthony Lanzilote</span> Tom and Mark Nardone trash fishing near Zug Island <span class='image-credits'>Anthony Lanzilote</span>

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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.

Feature StorySalvador Enriquez

Three generations of family contribute to success of butcher shop in southwest Detroit

A few years ago, Salvador Enriquez nearly closed down his business, Carniceria Guadalajara. But his daughter saw the potential for growth and convinced the Mexican immigrant to expand his butcher shop instead.

Feature StoryMorris Porter adjusts the levels

This scrappy community station is rewriting the rules of Detroit radio

For the past year, 96.7 WNUC, a low power FM radio station located in Detroit's North End, has been designing programs by and for Detroit residents.

Feature StoryJoe Dudek, employee at Quicken Loans, and his daughter Jillian

How Detroit businesses and institutions are contributing to employee welfare with on-site childcare

Childcare located right at the workplace may be the ultimate convenience for working parents. And it's also something that businesses and institutions in Detroit have recently been adding to improve the wellbeing of their employees. 

Feature StoryBefore a session of Street Outreach Court Detroit at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in October - courtesy of Street Democracy

Detroit homeless court changes lives for its defendants

At Street Outreach Court Detroit, around 20 homeless or at-risk-of homelessness individuals get civil infractions and misdemeanors resolved, as well as waiving most fines and fees associated with those charges.

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