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Near East Side


Detroit has long espoused the idea that its urban core could be designed in such a way as to allow the integration of affluent, working class, and low income people within a few blocks of each other. Immediately east of Lafayette Park reside people whose household incomes are lower than Lafayette Park, but the 1960s modern feel of the area offers a seamless flow to the historic Villages.

Here, Martin Luther King, Jr., Elmwood, and other residential communities offer quality urban living with the same proximity to Eastern Market, downtown, and the riverfront as those in Lafayette Park. Mini-street malls support the needs of residents, from video rentals and fast food outlets to Walgreen's and CVS drug stores. Close to East Jefferson's retail strip, yet a few streets removed from the hustle bustle.

Looking beyond this corner of the Near Eastside, north to 1-94 and east to McClellan, you have an area that is being redefined and redeveloped by grassroots organization trying to preserve what hasn't been lost and build a new community in its place. To understand the Near Eastside, however, one needs to examine its local assets: schools, churches, neighborhoods, and parks.

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Features

Future site of Chene Street Grocers

Modest market hopes to serve Poletown with fresh produce and dry goods

For some residents of the near east side neighborhood of Poletown, the image of revitalization looks different than it does in other parts of the city. Instead of discussing how to redevelop land, they are figuring out how to allow it to return to its original prairie state, where its occupants and nature coexist. That's what drew Vanessa Cronin to 5200 Chene St., a property she is transforming into Chene Street Grocers, a market that will sell local produce and dry goods.

Can Detroiters imagine more creative uses for I-375 than those currently proposed?

Reimagining America's silliest Interstate: Introducing a series on the future of I-375

Can Detroiters imagine more creative uses for I-375 than those currently proposed? Model D begins a series of three features that dare to dream big about the transformation of America's least useful freeway.

Produce List

Winter harvest: How local farmers are extending the growing season

Frigid temperatures and snow don't mean you have to rule out eating fresh, regionally-sourced vegetables. Winter food production is alive and thriving in and around Michigan thanks to greenhouse growing and other season-extending technologies.

Local Food List

Detroit restaurants and farmers are working together to expand options for locavores

As Detroit restaurants become more dedicated to sourcing locally and Detroit farmers work harder to meet demand, the locavore's dining options are expanding.

Curtis List

Nicole Curtis, host of HGTV's Rehab Addict, invests again in Detroit for new season

The sixth season of Rehab Addict premieres Jan. 8 and will feature Nicole Curtis's latest Detroit project, a house on East Grand Boulevard near Belle Isle on the city's east side.
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