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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.

Clark Park

How programming in Clark Park is turning neighborhood kids into engaged citizens

At Clark Park, sports leagues, summer camps, senior activities, and children's story hour, among many other activities, draw people of all ages and create opportunities for people to meet across generational and neighborhood lines.

Radio Campfire's audience at a recent event in Ann Arbor

Radio Campfire, a new audio storytelling series, to sound off at Detroit's Matrix Theatre

Local audiophiles and podcast fans will be pleased to hear that a new audio storytelling series is being produced here in Southeast Michigan. The first Detroit Radio Campfire event is happening Friday, March 27 at the Matrix Theatre in Southwest Detroit.

Youth Transit Alliance

Youth Transit Alliance needs $97K to keep giving Detroit kids free rides to after school programs

Youth Transit Alliance safely transports kids between their homes in Southwest Detroit and after-school programs throughout the city. The program must raise $97,328 by March 25 in order to keep providing free rides through the end of the school year.

Facade list

Businesses put best face forward with help of local façade improvement programs

A building's visual order can have an inordinate impact on a community, which is why a number of area community development organizations have used façade improvement programs to battle blight and spur neighborhood economic development.

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.

abick's list

Abick's Bar, a neighborhood institution for more than a century

Detroit's oldest continuously family-operated bar is mourning the loss of its matriarch, Manya Soviak, but a new generation of the family is leading the neighborhood institution into its second century of existence.

AntonioList

Fighting for community benefits in Delray through art and activism

Antonio Cosme is a budding community organizer and activist who's working to ensure that his southwest Detroit neighborhood benefits from the construction of a new international crossing.

FRoG List

Where industry and ecology collide: The future of the lower Rouge, Detroit's other riverfront

In Southwest Detroit, industry, ecology, and history collide where the Fort Street Bridge spans the lower Rouge River. The Fort Rouge Gateway Project is an effort to showcase this uniquely Detroit geography and bring people closer to Detroit's less-heralded riverfront.

Detroit Music List

It's time to capitalize on Detroit's status as a music capital

In the third and final installment of a series on the role local music can play in the economic development of Detroit, Keith Owens urges policy makers to put their political muscle behind arts and culture. He forsees big dividends in the future.

Playworks List

Video: Playworks teaches kids how to play the right way

Resource-strapped schools have trouble providing recess in a way that is fun for kids and suplements academics. Playworks, a national nonprofit, has partnered with several Detroit schools to provide recess for kids that is fun, educational, and inclusive.
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