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Aaron Mondry

Aaron Mondry is the managing editor of Model D and a Detroit-based freelance writer. Visit his website and follow him on Twitter @AaronMondry.

Features

Yodit Mesfin Johnson speaks at the Urban Consulate

3 takeaways from Urban Consulate discussion on how new residents can honor black communities

Yodit Mesfin Johnson, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Strategy for NEW: Solutions for Nonprofits, lead a recent discussion at the Urban Consulate which considered the question, "How can white people assimilate into black communities with respect and honor?"

Denise Kennedy next to the Princeton Street community board

With few resources, block clubs find ways to stabilize and rejuvenate communities across Detroit

While not exciting like a new business or app, block clubs have quietly stabilized neighborhoods, provided residents with opportunities, and brought neighbors closer together.

A member of Stitching Up Detroit inks a shirt at the screen printing facility at Grace in Action

Churches as business incubators? In some Detroit neighborhoods, absolutely

Typically thought of as inhabiting only the spiritual realm or providing support for the indigent, Detroit churches are branching out to be more than that for their neighborhoods—as business incubators and job skill trainers.

SMART bus in downtown Detroit

What's next for regional transit in SE Michigan? An update after the 2016 ballot failure

A 2016 ballot initiative that would have greatly improved our region's public transit failed. But those invested in the success of regional transit have conducted a postmortem, and are regrouping for another attempt.

North End developers Steven Harris of Rebound Construction and David Alade of Century Partners

Detroit's equitable developers share strategies for making the city both prosperous and just

A number of companies, organizations, and professionals are eschewing a market-driven approach to development. Instead, they're thinking intentionally about the work.
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