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Ned Staebler

Voices: TechTown CEO on the value of failure

Failure carries with it an unfortunate stigma, especially in Detroit's business community. For the first entry in a series on empowering failure, TechTown CEO Ned Staebler writes about his failed run for the Michigan state legislature.

Some projects developed by students

Detroit youth harness science to create homegrown solutions to neighborhood problems

Thanks to mentorship from several forward-thinking organizations from around the city, a small but growing population of students are ready to tackle the problems of today and tomorrow through the power of science.

Kids and providers at Child Star Development Center

A five-star start: How a rating system is improving quality in Detroit's early childhood centers

Quality matters in early childhood education and child care. Parents want to know their children are engaged and learning from the youngest age. What are the hallmarks of a quality program and who is keeping track?

Carla Underwood

Michigan Nightlight Voices: What I learned as a 10th grader about the food system in Detroit

The youth program at the Detroit Food Policy Council teaches students about the local and national food economy through interactive trips and activities. Carla Underwood writes about her eye-opening experience in the program. 

James Glenn works at the front counter and lumber desk

Brooks Lumber & Hardware: Building Detroit for over 120 years

Since 1896, the hardware store has sat on the same piece of land in Corktown, outlasting the old streetcar system, Tiger Stadium, and perhaps every other retail business in the city.

Ford's Wagner development was first conceptualized by the ULI Larson Leadership program.

Collaborative real estate development program makes a difference across Metro Detroit

Urban Land Institute's unique leadership program brings together diverse viewpoints to study some of the region's most vexing development challenges.

Liana Aghajanian at work

A new model for Write a House means more writers in Detroit

Since 2014, Write a House has given away four rehabbed Detroit homes to writers. But because of the city's changing real estate market, they're transitioning to a rental model—which will hopefully mean even more writers in Detroit.

Aaron Foley list

Detroit's chief storyteller: Why the stories of everyday Detroiters matter

The city of Detroit recently created the position of chief storyteller—perhaps the first of its kind in the nation. In a column for Model D, new hire and veteran journalist Aaron Foley writes about his hopes for the job.

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