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Drew McUsic and Alessandra Carreon, co-founders of PizzaPlex

New businesses on West Vernor strive to integrate into culturally-rich southwest Detroit

In the last couple years, a number of new businesses have opened on West Vernor Highway near Clark Park. And many of them are demonstrating a desire to be a part of the fabric of an already thriving, culturally-rich community. 

Michigan House is a pop-up collaboration space at SXSW

Mobility meets creativity at South by Southwest's Michigan House

This spring, mobility is SXSW. Before he headed to the Austin, Texas event, Garry Bulluck, deputy chief of mobility innovation, city of Detroit, shared what's driving Detroit's future.

Olga Stella, executive director of Design Core Detroit

Q&A: Olga Stella of Design Core Detroit on why the future of design must be inclusive

Design Core Detroit, the organization that's shepherding Detroit's "City of Design" designation, announced its rebrand this week. We spoke to its executive director to learn more about that decision, the state of design in Detroit, and the importance of inclusive design. 

Joann Moss

How educators and medical professionals are innovating to protect Michigan children from harm

Education is an important resource in the effort to protect children from harm. Organizations across southeast Michigan are continuously innovating ways to provide information to families and caregivers to protect children from abuse, injury, and death.


VIDEO: Pennies from Heaven breaks down employment barriers

How are rural foundations across the state approaching economic development? Find out what Pennies from Heaven Foundation did to break down employment barriers.

Hygrade Deli on Michigan Avenue

12 classic Detroit restaurants you forgot about

For all the flashiness of the city's many new restaurants, Detroit has a ton of timeless establishments that have been serving more or less the same great food for decades. Here are a few that stand out to us.

Artistic rendering of the expanded Motown Museum

"A music lovers playground": An inside look at the Motown Museum expansion

The current museum, housed in the cramped quarters of the original recording studio, will be expanded to a 50,000-square-feet space and include interactive exhibits, a performance theater, recording studios, and meeting spaces.

SMART bus in downtown Detroit

OPINION: To improve regional transit, Wayne and Washtenaw counties must consider a separate plan

Megan Owens, executive director of Transportation Riders United, argues that with Macomb and Oakland counties effectively withdrawing from regional transit, it's time for Wayne and Washtenaw to be an example and invest independently. 

The Hamilton, formerly Milner Arms

Detroit's inclusionary housing ordinance, explained

Last year, Detroit's city council passed an ordinance stipulating multi-family developments that received subsidies must include affordable housing. Half a year later, has it had its intended effect? We took a look. 


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