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Southwest Detroit

Southwest Detroit possesses some of the strongest neighborhoods and commercial districts in the city. Mexicantown has popular restaurants and ethnic flavor, and the greater area offers more diversity, dense residential areas, and successful cultural and community organizations.



Detroit Experience Series

Explore transformation in three neighborhoods with Detroit Experience Series tours

As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we invite you to experience neighborhood transformation in Detroit firsthand through the Detroit Experience Series, a partnership between Model D and the Detroit Experience Factory.

On the Madison Roof

Photos: Looking back on the Forward Cities Detroit convening

Last month, Forward Cities, a national learning collaborative among four cities undergoing transformation, held a convening in Detroit. 

Matrix Theatre Company’s audition-only Teen Company

Matrix Theatre students create stage art around Detroit experiences

While many children indulge in video games and television when they return home from school, Matrix Theatre students are a different breed. These dedicated students spend their after-school hours – and yes, even their precious weekends – transforming abstract ideas into scripts, running lines, and watching their concepts come alive on stage.

Hacienda Mexican Foods

Building a community-based company, Hacienda Mexican Foods in southwest Detroit

Today, Hacienda Mexican Foods is a multi-million-dollar business that employs 60 people and just signed a partnership with Meijer to make flour tortillas, corn tortillas, and tortilla chips.  

Alvaro and Mr. Padilla, Nacimiento Restaurant

With change afoot in Southwest Detroit, can residents steer development?

Like much of the city, Southwest Detroit is experiencing rapid change. In a 20-block section, however, residents are helping guide the transformation.
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