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Michele Oberholtzer

Michele Oberholtzer is a writer, activist, engineer, and entrepreneur. She is the founder of The Tricycle Collective and Bring-a-Ling bicycle bells. More of her writing can be found at her website.

Features

Flying kites at a kite pop-up

Community takes flight at the Detroit Kite Festival

The Detroit Kite Festival, a free event on Belle Isle taking place July 16, represents the convergence of engineering, design, global culture, and community, all bound together by the intangible magic of kites.

Walter Hicks in front of his home on Detroit's west side

Opinion: Detroit should sell its occupied, publicly-owned homes to their current residents

Each year, more Detroit homeowners become renters, squatters or altogether homeless. Michele Oberholtzer offers a radical solution to this problem: a homestead program to sell occupied, publicly-owned homes to current residents for just $1.

The 36th District Courthouse

Small Claims: A slow journey to justice in the 36th District Court

Working a case through small claims court can be can be a terrible burden. Michele Oberholtzer describes her path to "justice" at the 36th District Court, and explains why she was one of the lucky ones. 

Gerry list

Parking lot Gerry

A portrait of a Detroit parking attendant who's been keeping vigil on the same block in New Center for the last 30 years.

Flint Water

Opinion: Policy ideas to fix Flint's water crisis (and help avoid another)

These fixes aren't just for Flint; they would also buttress other Michigan cities' deteriorating infrastructure.
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