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> 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> Rendering of West Riverfront Park <span class='image-credits'>Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates</span>


Feature StoryThe first Capital Impact Partners cohort with trainer Corey Leon

"We can all be placemakers": The programs training Detroiters in development

Multiple programs in Detroit operate under the philosophy that training minority developers will result in developments that more accurately represent the interests of the city's residents. 

Feature StoryTammy Black, director and project leader for the Manistique Community Treehouse

A place to be yourself: Why this Detroiter is building an ADA-compliant community treehouse

Tammy Black is working to build a 400-square-foot, ADA-compliant treehouse for occupational therapy, counseling, and education in her Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood. 

Feature StoryExterior of the IBEW Local 58 hall

IBEW Local 58 is making zero net energy happen at its Detroit headquarters

When the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers decided to modernize its Corktown Detroit union hall four years ago, it pulled out all the stops to transform it into the biggest Zero Net Energy building in the state.

Feature Story"Evening Fragments," a photograph by Nicola Kuperus, who is profiled in Essay'd

Group promoting Detroit art profiles over 100 local artists, releases new book

Essay'd, which is about to release a third volume in its book series, has profiled over 100 Detroit artists. And that's only part of what this group does to promote the city's art. 

Feature StoryTom and Mark pluck a tire from the water

Why this father-son team is "trash fishing" in the Detroit River

Tom Nardone, who earlier started the Detroit Mower Gang to cut grass in parks around the city, has now been helping to clean up the Detroit River by fishing for trash with a team of volunteers. 

Feature Story6th grade students during Cyber Civics at Waldorf

These diverse Metro Detroit schools are also among the state's best

We profiled some of the most diverse schools in Metro Detroit, both in terms of student demographics and educational offerings. Read about how they're working to bring the real world into the classrooms.

Feature StoryQuiana Broden

Detroit foodies help to grow awareness of veganism in city's communities of color

A number of Detroit restaurants and food businesses have opened recently that not only offer vegan options, but are trying to show the city's residents the health (and flavor) possibilities of an all-plant diet. 

Feature StoryDr. Maureen Connolly.

Michigan's homeless face major barriers to healthcare. Here's how providers are trying to help.

Many healthcare organizations across Michigan are finding creative ways to provide accessible healthcare to Michigan's most vulnerable residents: the homeless.

Feature StoryDr. Jessy Grizzle

Could robots be a job creator, instead of job taker, in Southeast Michigan?

Metro Detroit's background in manufacturing and early adoption of robotics could position the region to do well in a world where robotics and related technologies ripple out from the auto industry into an ever-expanding number of uses.

Feature StoryEquitable Development Series

Join us on Oct. 9 for "Getting a Piece of the Pie: Community Land Trusts and Community Control"

As part of our ongoing Equitable Development series, we'll be co-hosting a panel on how methods for community control -- like land trusts and cooperatives -- can bring greater prosperity to Detroiters. This event is free and open to the public.

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