Heavy Weight Cuts owner David Hardin Jr. puts the finishing touches on a customer's hair <span class='image-credits'>Nick Hagen</span> Joe and Barb Matney on a radio patrol in their Warrendale neighborhood <span class='image-credits'>Nick Hagen</span> Wholesale night market at Eastern Market <span class='image-credits'>Nick Hagen</span> Rendering of West Riverfront Park <span class='image-credits'>Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates</span> Attendees of a community information session on air quality in Delray <span class='image-credits'>Nick Hagen</span>

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Jewish millennials reconnect with their Detroit roots through social activism

A wave of young Jews in their 20s and 30s are moving to Detroit and the near suburbs to participate in a vibrant, place-based social justice movement. 

Feature StoryDavid Hardin Jr., owner of Heavy Weight Cuts

How this classic barbershop is thriving amidst a changing West Village

It seems like a new business opens every month in the West Village. Heavy Weight Cuts, however, has been around for over 20 years. How has it and owner David Hardin Jr. survived in a changing neighborhood? 

Feature StoryMama Hanifa, education and outreach director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, explaining the earth oven to a guest

Voices of Cody Rouge: three lessons from our time in the neighborhood

Cody Rouge taught us a lot over these last few months. Here are three lessons the rest of Detroit could learn from this resilient neighborhood. 

Feature StoryJulia Cuneo, one of DRCC's founders, with kids

Detroit Radical Childcare Collective: Not your typical babysitters

Providing care for kids in family homes and at organized events, this group of progressive Detroiters is using a principle-driven platform to fill a gap in quality childcare needs for families.

Feature StoryMembers of the Refugee Development Center's support group for refugee girls in Lansing.

How can we address Michigan students' desperate need for behavioral health services?

One in five children is affected by mental illness, but getting students access to the mental health resources they need is a challenge.

Feature StoryKeith Broughton, a carpenter that works for Prater Construction

Detroit at work: How the city can capitalize on new development to secure stable, well-paying jobs

Major development projects in Detroit offer the prospect of thousands of construction and subsequent long-term jobs. Labor leaders are working to ensure sure they pay well and that Detroiters can fill them. 

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This southwest Detroit community organizer is fighting for the rights of her people

Samantha Magdaleno has been an activist for almost her entire life. Today she's a director at One Michigan, which provides resources to immigrant communities and supports those involved in deportation cases.

Feature StoryThe radio patrol magnet they place on the side of their car during patrols.

Voices of Cody Rouge: Warrendale's volunteer radio patrol helps keep the area clean and safe

When lifelong Warrendale residents Joe and Barb Matney noticed an uptick in crime in their neighborhood, they didn't leave the city or ignore the problem. Instead, they started a radio patrol. 

Feature StoryRendering of shared street on Bagley

Planning Talks: Why the process of developing a plan differs in each neighborhood

Detroit's Planning Department is currently developing or will soon develop plans with residents in over 10 neighborhoods. Despite the daunting slate, the department is not taking a one-size-fits-all approach.

Feature StoryBrendan Bielat selling cucumbers and yellow squash. Based in Richmond, MI, his company Brendan Bielat Greenhouses has been selling at the wholesale market for close to 40 years.

Photo Essay: Eastern Market, before sunrise

Between midnight and 6 a.m., Monday through Friday, every spring through the fall, dozens of farmers fill Eastern Market’s sheds for a wholesale market. Nick Hagen photographed the market during the twilight hours one August night. 

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