Carrie Morris leads a rehearsal of her Banglatown puppetry troupe <span class='image-credits'>Anthony Lanzilote</span> A child plays with a ball in front of a mosaic by artist Hubert Massey <span class='image-credits'>Anthony Lanzilote</span> Dear Black Women founder Florence Noel <span class='image-credits'>Doug Coombe</span> 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> Students at Western International High School in southwest Detroit <span class='image-credits'>Nick Hagen</span>


Feature StoryThe troupe practices during a rehearsal

This Banglatown puppeteer tells local stories using international traditions

Since 2012, Carrie Morris has brought her passion for theatre and puppetry to the Detroit/Hamtramck neighborhood utilizing a house as a venue, studio, park, and community space.

Feature StoryBarb Matney

Voices of Cody Rouge: The residents of Warrendale take pride in diversity

The neighborhood, which borders Dearborn and is part of the larger Cody Rouge community, is one of the most diverse in the city. And that's long been one of its strengths. 

Feature StoryThomas Typinski

Detroit veterans find next "mission" in entrepreneurship

Many veterans re-assimilating to mainstream society have turned to entrepreneurship. And they're connecting with each other through programs like Veterans in Residence, a WeWork business incubator that supports veteran-led initiatives.

Feature StoryDTown Farms

For Detroit's newest department, building a sustainable city involves much more than electric cars

The Office of Sustainability, which was founded over a year ago, is currently creating a sustainability plan to inform the city's future work. And it's much more concerned with addressing Detroiters' needs than solar panels. 

Feature StoryLee Township resident Judy Wirtz confers with community health worker Jerry Burton.

How community health workers bridge the gap between at-risk communities and healthcare providers

Distrust, misunderstanding, and disconnection often exist between at-risk communities and the healthcare system. Community health workers use deep knowledge of their communities to mitigate those issues.

Feature StoryKen Schneider coaches his team the Stars

The most grassroots community in Detroit? Grandmont Rosedale abounds in homegrown outlets

Detroit is a city known for its DIY culture, but Grandmont Rosedale, a collection of five neighborhoods on the city's northwest side, may have more grassroots programming than any other.

Feature StoryNancy Lopez with her daughter, Victoria

This first generation Mexican-American is growing a taco truck empire in southwest Detroit

Starting with a single taco truck owned by her father, Nancy Lopez has parlayed that into three more trucks, an outdoor patio, and a Mexican burger concept. And she's done it with twists on classic recipes. 

Feature StoryWard and Bradley

Voices of Cody Rouge: Fostering the youth leaders of tomorrow, today

Cody Rouge has been especially good at developing and retaining youth talent. How? By offering youth ample opportunities to reclaim their agency. 

Feature StoryMose Primus

How the efforts of a single resident (and a few friends) beautified Yorkshire Woods

Mose Primus, president of the Yorkshire Woods Community Organization, is evidence that dogged efforts at a grassroots level can work little wonders of revitalization.

Feature StoryThe Urban Consulate "team"

A conversation on black space and the importance of dialogue in a changing Detroit

On the eve of their move out of the Mackenzie House and an uncertain future, the Urban Consulate team held a private conversation about what it means for the state of dialogue in the city. 

Feature StoryAbess Makki, founder of CityInsight

8 Detroit startups that could change the world

Detroit's startup culture is as vibrant as it's been in years. Here are eight small businesses and entrepreneurs that could soon or already have make waves outside of Detroit.

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