Monitoring road conditions at COMTEC in Macomb County <span class='image-credits'>Steven Koss</span> Interior of the Peacock Room in the Fisher Building <span class='image-credits'>David Lewinski</span> 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>

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Special ReportTraffic engineer Adam Merchant and John Abraham, Macomb County Director of Traffic & Roads

How Southeast Michigan municipalities are building the road infrastructure of the future

While automated vehicles themselves may dominate the discussion, smart infrastructure will be just as important to make this technology work. Fortunately, Southeast Michigan is making great strides in implementing this new infrastructure.

Feature StoryShamayim "Mama Shu" Harris, founder of Avalon Village

Mapping neighborhood innovation in Detroit

As part of our effort to profile neighborhood innovators, we created a map of where these people do the majority of their work to show how amazing individuals can be found in every corner of the city.

Feature StoryA social and educational group for Spanish-speaking clients at Turner Senior Resource Center.

How Michigan's age-friendly communities are making health more accessible to seniors

Seniors may face numerous barriers to health, including but also going far beyond basic access to medical care. These Michigan communities are taking innovative steps to improve older residents' quality of life.

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New statewide program both feeds and educates Michigan students through locally-grown food

A growing number of Michigan kids are eating healthier with local food at school through a statewide program called 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms. We look at how it works throughout the state.

Feature StoryDirector of design and founder of coG-Studio Chandra Moore

This African-American woman architect is bringing fresh ideas to big projects in Detroit

Chandra Moore is a successful architect working on such major projects as the redevelopment of the former Casket Building on Selden Street. It's equally impressive given that only 3 percent of working architects in the U.S. are black women.

Feature StoryKimberly Buffington, owner of Planted

Detroit indoor farming operation looks to grow food, create jobs, and feed the hungry

Planted will focus on making produce for local restaurants and food delivery services. But owner Kimberley Buffington's business will also contribute food to her nonprofit distribution program and create local jobs. 

Feature StoryEquitable Development Series

Join us Nov. 13 for our final Equitable Development panel, "Understanding Gentrification in Detroit"

Stephen Henderson, host of WDET's Detroit Today, will speak with panelists about gentrification and affordable housing at the final panel event as part of our Equitable Development series.

Feature StoryDaniel J. Ebenhoeh sees patients at Holy Family Healthcare.

These innovative solutions are addressing the unique health challenges of living in rural Michigan

Many rural Michiganders face health disparities, but multiple organizations are creating new ways of structuring rural hospitals and clinics and reaching out to rural patients.

Feature StoryAnthony Jackson from Emerging Industries Training Institute presents

What is 'true' community engagement? Exploring the trendiest term in Detroit today

To better understand what true community engagement is, we spoke with Detroit engagement professionals to learn their processes and find out how the city — developers, local government, and even community organizations — can do better by Detroiters.

Feature StoryDan and Katie Merritt

How Metro Detroit's retailers are diversifying their offerings to grow their business

Pop-ups and partnerships. Events and experiences. In order to better understand how to make it in retail today, we talked to four Metro Detroit retailers to find out what it takes as a business owner in the 21st century.

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