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The Belt, an activated alley in downtown Detroit

Alley revolution: How Detroit rethought and repurposed its alleys

The alley has traditionally been a dingy place littered with trash and puddles. But several recent projects in Detroit have repurposed the typically unwelcoming environment of an alley in innovative and positive ways.

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Metro Detroit colleges and universities embrace community leadership

Is community leadership something folks are born with or can it be taught? More area colleges and universities are betting that it can—and they're basing their curriculums on it.

Alejandra Villegas, pressing records

Wax is back: Detroit is poised to be one of the country's premier manufacturers of vinyl records

With the new Third Man Pressing joining the more than 50-year-old Archer Record Pressing, two of about 20 pressing plants in the entire United States are now located in Detroit.

Ne'Gyle Beaman runs the shop Bleu Bowtique, a seller of custom ties

The newest pop-up space in Midtown helps entrepreneurs test their businesses, together

The Cass Collective provides space to six retailers on a rotating basis so entrepreneurs have the opportunity to test their business without the upfront investment of a permanent shop.

Ferreyra in the press's warehouse

Detroit's publishing company: WSU Press marks 75 years of excellence in esoterica

In a world populated by numerous university presses and ever-increasing options for reading material, WSU Press seeks niches that it can truly own. And that's what's allowed it to stay in businesses for 75 years. 

Lucy Carnaghi, co-owner of Rose's Fine Foods

Higher wages and split tips: Working for fair pay in the Detroit service industry

The tipping system is the cheapest, easiest legal way for restaurateurs to maintain a staff, but it also has unfortunate side-effects for that same staff. Some in the service industry, however, are rethinking the tip. 

Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities Teen Leaders in the Arts participants Egypt Kyles, Karen Pacheco, Emmanuel Zavala, Antonio Jaimes, and Edgar Jaimes.

Leading through the arts: Teens across the state are transforming Michigan's creative landscape

When it comes to incorporating the voices of youth in arts programming, Michigan is leading the way. Teens in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Grand Rapids are bringing a fresh perspectives to important issues through the lens of art. 

Audra Kubat

Detroit songwriter Audra Kubat helps youth find their voice

The singer/songwriter, who's been working with youth in schools to develop their musical voice, is releasing her first album in a decade in a series of shows at the DIA.

HopCat Detroit

HopCat: the 'anti-chain chain'

What started as a hobby has become big business for HopCat owner Mark Sellers.

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. 

Exterior of the Green Garage

Green Garage turns five: How a business incubator created a lasting model for sustainability

The small business incubator and coworking space in Midtown has proven that its triple bottom line approach is a successful model.

El Moore's facade

The greenest apartment building in Detroit

Tom and Peggy Brennan, founders of the Green Garage, have also rehabbed a nearby historic apartment building that's stunning in both its beauty and energy efficiency. 

Mike Medow, Morgan Willis, and Jenny Lee of Allied Media Projects

Becoming the media: Allied Media Conference celebrates 10 years in Detroit

This year marks an important milestone for Allied Media Conference, a nationally-significant conference that that utilizes media and technology to advance social justice. 10 years ago, AMC relocated to Detroit, a move that ushered in significant changes.

Paul Riser, director of technology-based entrepreneurship at TechTown

Innovation district has the potential to "supercharge" Detroit's economy

The Brookings Institute has identified areas that contain concentrations of universities, research institutions, and companies as "innovation districts," or places that "supercharge the economy." Many believe Midtown Detroit could be that kind of place -- a nexus of innovative thinking and commercial development for the entire region.

Karla Henderson

Karla Henderson's varied career in Detroit leadership

Karla Henderson is the Chief Operating Officer of the Wright Museum, a position in which she leverages her background in city planning, community engagement, and nonprofit management to grow this important cultural institution. 
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