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Melissa Anders

Melissa Anders is a freelance journalist based in suburban Chicago.

Features

Alex Fluegel and Jalyn Spencer-Harris, founders of Mama Hub Hub

Motherhood is better together: Why two Detroit women started a community to support moms

Jalyn Spencer-Harris and Alex Fluegel were disappointed with the lack of resources and a quality support system for moms in Detroit. That's why they founded Detroit Mama Hub.

Nicole Lindsey holds a brood comb frame loaded with honeybees

Detroit's vacant lots find new life from a surprising source: Bees

Founded earlier this year, Detroit Hives hopes to eliminate blight in the city by repurposing vacant lots, promoting honey bee conservation, and educating the community about bee farming and the benefits of honey bees.

Rebecca "Bucky" Willis

One Detroit resident's mission to revitalize her neighborhood through human-centered design

Through her design nonprofit Bleeding Heart Design, Rebecca "Bucky" Willis creates small, impactful projects in her neighborhood that start dialogues and enact change. 

Chase Cantrell, founder of Building Community Value, speaks during a session of Better Buildings, Better Blocks

New real-estate program gives Detroiters the tools to invest in their neighborhoods

In the course Better Buildings, Better Blocks, participants learn how to do every essential aspect of purchasing a property not for the purposes flipping real-estate, but to create lasting community value. 

Beverly Frederick

In northwest Detroit, residents have been revitalizing their neighborhood for years

With the assistance of the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation, hundreds of residents in northwest Detroit have been volunteering their time to clean up, beautify, and revitalize their neighborhood.
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