Luis Ali and Tanya Saldivar-Ali with the crew of AGI Construction, a southwest Detroit-based construction company <span class='image-credits'>Anthony Lanzilote</span> Young people at the Michigan Youth Summit on Guns and Violence <span class='image-credits'>Anthony Lanzilote</span> Students at Western International High School in southwest Detroit <span class='image-credits'>Nick Hagen</span>

Features

Feature StoryEzekiel Harris, executive director of MACC Development, inside what would become The Commons, a community space, coffee shop, and laundromat (June 2017)

The future of Detroit depends on equitable development

How can we develop the city in a way that allows for everyone, especially its long-term residents, to benefit from the changes currently underway? That is the question we will explore in an eight-part series on equitable development. 

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

Introducing "Voices of Cody Rouge," our latest neighborhood-based series

Over the next few months, we'll be publishing weekly articles from Cody Rouge, showcasing the authentic stories of residents, community stakeholders, and local organizations helping to create positive change in the neighborhood.

Feature StoryLuis Ali and Tanya Saldivar-Ali

How a southwest Detroit construction company is building community by building for the future

AGI Construction, a southwest-Detroit based construction company, is working to build a resilient community through its development projects, engagement efforts, and future resource program. 

Feature StoryHubert Massey

Avenue of galleries: How art enriches life in Live6

Six galleries dot Livernois and a seventh is set to open shop later this year. All of this points to a burgeoning art scene along and around the Detroit corridor traditionally known as the "Avenue of Fashion."

Feature StoryReading a book

Michigan authors you should be reading this summer

Looking for some great summer reading? We've got you covered with books by these Michigan authors. 

Feature StoryJames Rigato, chef at Mabel Gray

12 Detroit area chefs share their favorite local dishes

Food writer Serena Maria Daniels polled some of the best Detroit area chefs on their favorite local dishes. These were their often surprising, illuminating, and humorous answers. 

Feature StoryPamela Beltran-Mayan, 17

PHOTOS: At youth summit on gun violence, tomorrow's leaders aren't waiting for tomorrow

The Michigan Youth Summit on Guns and Violence brought together more than 100 local youth and adult activists on May 26 for a day of workshops on subjects ranging from civil rights-awareness to revolutionary art. 

Feature StoryThe Cooperation Group (left to right): B. Anthony Holley, Lisa Stolarski, and Brian Donovan

Making business democratic: The Cooperation Group gives Detroiters avenues for collective ownership

The nonprofit based in Highland Park provides consulting and technical assistance for cooperatives — work its team describes as necessary to building resiliency and greater community autonomy. 

Feature StorySTEM learning event for kids at the Michigan Science Center

To inspire youth to pursue careers in STEM, Michigan educators break convention

Educators across Detroit are working to get kids inspired to pursue a career in STEM by trading in rigid rules for collaborative, project-based learning. They also recognize the need for more girls and people of color, who are drastically underrepresented in STEM fields.

Feature StoryKids playing at a FitKids360 event

How collaboration builds networks of support for Michigan children

Michigan's child-focused nonprofits are recognizing the value of collaboration to better support the kids they serve. With child and family health in mind, organizations are getting creative, with positive results.

View All Stories
Signup for Email Alerts

Featured Focus

ArtsRead More

New ideas and forward-thinking actions are all part of the arts in the D. Visual artists, including painters, sculptors, designers, architects; and musicians working in nearly every genre (or sub-genre) under the sun and moon are here doing their funky thing.

All provide the foundation for multiple ...

Featured Place

The VillagesRead More

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, ...