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Marsha Battle Philpot at Bert's Market Place

Hipster history: Unpacking the stories of metro Detroit's legendary cultural scenes

In an effort to savor the stories of our rich cultural past, but also to better understand our area today, we dug into the history of the vibrant scenes in Paradise Valley, the Cass Corridor, Ann Arbor, and Palmer Park.

Members of the Detroit School of Arts jazz ensemble

These organizations are keeping Detroit's jazz legacy alive by teaching it to the city's youth

Several institutions in the city are making sure that if a young person loves to play jazz, they have access to education, performance, practice spaces, and most importantly, a sense that they belong in the jazz community.

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Bedrock pilots self-driving shuttle, sees opportunity for broad use across city

A self-driving shuttle gives some Detroit workers a look into the future of urban mobility, and the pilot sparked innovative potential applications for autonomous transportation in the Motor City.

Cornetta Lane speaks at an event at Submerge Records in the North End

Join us for an On the Ground North End finale celebration: New Year, New Ventures

To conclude four-month series in the neighborhood, we're hosting a conversation at the Jam Handy with residents presenting community ventures and projects.

STEMinistas of all ages at a recent Michigan Science Center event

Science education: Itís not just for kids at the Michigan Science Center

With STEM jobs being touted as critically important in the U.S., the Michigan Science Center is offering programs for audiences of all ages.

Soulardarity founder Jackson Koeppel

What we're looking forward to in 2018

At Model D, we have a diverse group of contributors with different backgrounds, interests, and ways of engaging with the city. Here's what excites us most about Detroit in the coming year.

Malik Yakini

A co-op for the people: The rocky process of developing the Detroit People's Food Co-op

The Detroit People's Food Co-op will have a cooperatively owned grocery store, a 50-seat cafe, incubator kitchen, and be in an underserved neighborhood of the city. But it took seven long years to bring this project to fruition. 

Programming at Fit Kids 360

Mind-body connections: How Michigan experts treat childhood obesity by supporting mental health

Obesity stems from the combination of too many calories eaten and too few burned, right? Not always. Michigan experts are realizing that for some children, tackling obesity means supporting strong mental health.

New construction on East Grand Boulevard

The most exciting developments in Detroit for 2018

Big money developers and scrappy start-ups alike have been working toward the completion of their various projects. A number of them will be opening their doors this year, and these are the ones we're most excited about. 

Eliza Lae

Photo Essay: The people of the North End

Meet four people who live and work in the North End. We photographed them in their places of work and spoke to them about their hopes for the neighborhood.

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Jefferson East

Jefferson East is coming together with new million-dollar riverfront housing, plenty of infill family homes and town homes and a reviving commercial district.

The up-and-coming area boasts active, close-knit neighborhoods, a yacht club, canalfront living and riverfront parks, plus new shopping centers filled with amenities.

Its big event is Jazzin' on Jefferson in June, which brings thousands to the district for two days of music and merriment each year.

For more info about Jefferson East visit the Model D
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