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Mayor Karen Majewski

The strong, tolerant women leading Hamtramck

While Hamtramck is a prominent cultural melting pot, it is also a municipality with strong women at the helm. Annamarie Sysling profiles the city's mayor, police chief, and city manager.

meg heeres

Detroit artist grows awareness of Michigan's invasive plants by making them into paper

Through making paper from Michigan's invasive plants, Meg Heeres is raising awareness about an environmental threat while empowering people to make something beautiful.

A.L. Holmes Elementary School students

Detroit Public Schools welcomes blended learning into the classroom

When blended learning—a mix of online instruction and live teachers—came to the classroom, some feared a battle of high tech versus high touch, a world of kids plugging into computers and the teacher rendered obsolete. But what has evolved at one Detroit school is a system of high tech and high touch.

Peterboro's seaweed salad

It's never been easier to eat vegan in Detroit

PETA recently named Detroit one of the top vegan-friendly cities in the U.S. While the animal rights group noted the many restaurants that cater to vegans, there's actually a lot of non-vegan restaurants that serve these diners as well. Writer (and vegan) Jessica Meyer tells us her favorites.

Gathering at House Opera

Crowdfunding creatives: House Opera begins buildout after successful fundraising campaign

Crowdfunding certainly isn’t unique to Detroit, but it’s definitely useful in a city where banks can be reluctant to dole out loans. That's why countless business and nonprofits like the event space House Opera are turning to crowdfunding.

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

Landscapes of luxury: A guide to metro Detroit's public gardens

Metro Detroit is home to some spectacular gardens and greenspaces—all open to the public. Writer and garden expert Brian Allnutt tells us which to visit this spring and summer. 

Mary Aganowski has tended bar at the Two Way Inn since 1981

Detroit's veteran bartenders reflect on over 30 years behind the bar

Most seasoned bartenders will tell you that the more things change, the more they stay the same. But for these tenured tenders, the view from the bar illustrates the story of Detroit’s dynamic transformations.

Hemlocks line the banks at Tahquamenon Falls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Aliens in the woods: Invasive species pose number one threat to Michigan forests

Despite what Smokey Bear may have told you, fires aren't the number one threat to forest ecosystems (at least not in Michigan). According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, invasive species are what we should be most worried about.

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Hamtramck is a 2.2-square-mile city within the city, packed with a population that is one of the region's most diverse and culturally unique, with strong influences from people with Polish, Bangladeshi, Arab, Bosnian and African American backgrounds. Add to that ethnic mix a growing population of artists, hipsters, students and Midtown and downtown professionals who appreciate living in a vibrant, walkable neighborhood minutes away from anywhere by car or bicycle.
 

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