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Greg Baise in Peoples Records on Gratiot

The three quiet kings of Detroit's music scene

A conversation with Greg Baise, Joel Peterson, and Adriel Thornton, three Detroit promoters of underground and (slightly) above ground cultural events from the early 1990s to the present.

Linda Smith, director of U-SNAP-Bac

The evolution of community development in Detroit: Three leaders talk about their work.

Many of Detroit's community development corporations, or CDCs, find themselves operating in different conditions today than when they were founded. Model D spoke with the leaders of three longstanding CDCs in different parts of the city to see how their work is evolving.

Sarah LeSage

What We've Lost: The community impact of invasive species

Invasive species are costly to Michigan cities and their residents, negatively affecting everyone's quality of life. Here's some of what we've lost to invasive species and how we can prevent future invasives from causing similar damage.

Annette May, founder of Know Beer

So you think you know beer?

Just because you hang out at HopCat and have been to every brewery in metro Detroit doesn't make you a beer expert. But taking a class by Know Beer will.

Doug McIntosh

10 Years of Change: Remembering Doug McIntosh, Detroit architect and preservation advocate

Doug McIntosh was president of Preservation Wayne (now Preservation Detroit), an early supporter of Model D, a community leader, and a mentor to many. He had a vision for the city.

An ore carrier pushes into Marquette.

Michiganders have a voice when it comes to the protection and strategy regarding the state's water

What does Michigan's water mean to us? Everything. You can meet up with the Office of the Great Lakes' director and staff in your city to have your comments, questions and concerns heard and answered. 

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Lafayette Park

Lafayette Park, completed in 1960, is an exceptional example of modern urban architecture, as well as urban planning, according to the City of Detroit Historic Designation Advisory Board. Its 26 buildings by Mies van der Rohe, are his only works in Michigan and the largest collection of his buildings in the world. It includes a small shopping center.

Lafayette Park offers three high rise apartment buildings: Lafayette Pavilion and Lafayette Towers, designed by van der Rohe, and 1300 Lafayette East Cooperative, designed by Gunnar Birkerts. Each offers the unadorned, glass and steel feel of the Lafayette Park – which van der Rohe cited the "civilizing force" of technology as the "driving and sustaining forces" of its time – with their own swimming pools and fitness centers. However, many who prefer ground level condominiums and apartments value the intimate village feeling of the area.

Lafayette Park is a short walk from downtown and Eastern Market, and a short bike ride to the cultural center, downtown, and the East Riverfront/Belle Isle. A small shopping center offers built into the neighborhood on Lafayette Boulevard, complete with the Paris Café coffee shop and grocery store. There is plenty of green space, including a neighborhood park, with landscape architecture dressing up the periphery of the neighborhood.

For more information about Lafayette Park visit the Model D:
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