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Chinatown kiosk at Peterborough and Cass

The yin and yang of Detroit's fastest changing neighborhood

For the first article in our series on walking as a means of neighborhood discovery, Walter Wasacz heads to Chinatown, a place where booming economic activity confronts history. 

Walter Wasacz

10 Years of Change: Harnessing the power of P-Funk

Former Model D managing editor Walter Wasacz reflects on the changes he's witnessed in the last decade in Detroit, and how to harness the power of P-Funk to inspire your own. 

Paxahau today (left to right): Sam Fotias, Jason Clark, Chuck Flask, and Jason Huvaere

Constant 'Movement': 10 years managing one of the world's largest electronic music festivals

In 2006, Detroit's renowned electronic music festival nearly disappeared for good. That is, until Paxahau took on the challenge of running it. 10 years later and the festival is as strong as ever.

Kamal Rahman of BAPAC at Aladdin Sweets and Cafe

The future of Hamtramck is being built today

Business development in Hamtramck is booming thanks to a mixture of immigrant entrepreneurs, who kept large parts of the city afloat during economic hardships in the 1990s, and newer owners looking to experiment. 

(Left to right) Maruf Sourav, Liza Bielby, Mumbi Roy, Ahana Roy and Akram Hossein

Bangla School of Music thrives in neighborhood known for artists and immigrants

In the Play House in Banglatown, Akram Hossein teaches the traditional music of his homeland to a new generation of singers.

Creative economy

The state of the creative economy in Michigan

Michigan has over 73,000 people working in various creative industries, contributing significantly to the the state's economy and those of its biggest cities. But according to Creative Many, we have lots of room to grow our creative sector.

Music Cities Convention

The "no curfew economy" and other ideas for Detroit from the Music Cities Convention

A conference held last week in Washington, D.C., discussed the pros and cons of music-based economic development strategies. Here's what Detroit can learn.

Scott Hocking stands in front of his barn boat

A new American Gothic

In a sugar beet field in Michigan's Thumb, Detroit artist Scott Hocking is transforming a deconstructed 1890s barn into a boat.

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.

John Collins (left) and Cornelius Harris of Underground Resistance get the ball rolling

'Keep Detroit weird' and other takeaways from second Detroit-Berlin Connection conference

The second-annual Detroit-Berlin Connection conference began by redefining what "techno" is and ended with a declaration that "we must keep Detroit weird."

Movement Electronic Music Festival in Hart Plaza

Your guide to Movement 2015

Is this really the 16th edition of Detroit's Memorial Day weekend techno festival? Time flies when you're having too much fun. This year's Movement Electronic Music Festival is bigger and better than ever, spanning three days and six stages.

Waiel Shalall, Rocky Hanosh, and Lahib Shallal at Ali Baba

One block in Hamtramck: A little bit of everything on Caniff

From live music to chai tea to Middle Eastern cuisine, one block of Caniff in Hamtramck has got it all.

Cricket lesson and match on Carpenter Street

The Porous Borders Festival to bring attention to Hamtramck's boundaries through art and activity

From May 16-19, over 50 performances and events will take place along Hamtramck's borders with Detroit and Highland Park as a part of the Porous Borders Festival. "The idea is to make the border visible with art and activity that brings neighbors together," says organizer Liza Bielby.

Tod Machover

Tod Machover to capture sounds of the city with 'Symphony in D' project

"This is a place where the past, present and future are all mixed up," says Machover. "There are ghosts here, audio artifacts everywhere, rhythms that are alive. Nowhere I've been is really like Detroit."

Public Pool List

Uncool in all the right ways: Five years of Public Pool, Hamtramck's storefront art space

This Saturday, Hamtramck art space Public Pool is celebrating five years of solo and group shows, music and dance performances, panel discussions, and readings. The anniversary show is called "I Only Want to See You Underneath" and features the work of Public Pool co-founder Tim Hailey.
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