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Rendering of Michigan Avenue redesign

Michigan's highway: The future of Michigan Avenue, our state's most important road

In part three of our series on Michigan's highway, we look at the people and projects that will result in massive changes to the buildings, the infrastructure, and the very way we use Michigan Avenue.

Roosevelt Park and Michigan Central Station

Michigan's highway: The present state of Michigan Avenue, our state's most important road

In part two of our series on Michigan's highway, we look at the extraordinary economic resurgence that's taken place in recent years along commercial strips and downtowns on Michigan Avenue.

Rouhani Foulkes and Kiki Louya at The Farmer's Hand

Detroit and Ann Arbor work together to spread all-local grocery model

A grocery store selling exclusively local products in Ann Arbor is only two years old, but it's already directly inspired a similar business in Corktown.

Dave Kwiatkowski

Restaurateur (and optimist) Dave Kwiatkowski has created a mini-food empire in Detroit

After a successful few years at the Sugar House, opportunity came knocking for Kwiatkowski. Since then, he's been opening restaurants and bars at a breakneck pace. 

West Virginia University College of Pharmacy Guests at Parke-Davis Home Laboratories in Detroit (1959)

In search of the Hillbilly Highway

Between 1940 and 1960, seven million Appalachians left their home region to find work in places like Detroit. In the first of a two-part series, native-West Virginian Courtney Balestier writes about the history of the migration, and speaks to people who experienced it. 

Lana Rodriguez, owner of Mama Coo's Boutique

Finding resources faster: Detroit's rich and expanding entrepreneurial ecosystem

There's an incredible number of resources available for a budding entrepreneur in Detroit. Patrick Dunn surveys our entrepreneurial ecosystem to find out where those resources are and how to access them. 

Michigan Avenue bustling during Detroit Open Streets

Guest column: Open Streets Detroit proved the value of pedestrian zones

Open Streets Detroit closed 3.7 miles of road to vehicular traffic and opened it to people. Jessica Meyer recaps what took place during those two exciting days. 

The corner of the Bagley Trumbull Market, future location of a sushi restaraunt

Unpacking the formula for success in Detroit's oldest neighborhood

Small business development in Corktown has grown tremendously over the past decade. So much so that it's worth looking to as a model for other Detroit neighborhoods angling for revitalization.

Dawn DeMuyt of Labrosse Farms making ketchup

Charting a new course for Detroit's farm-to-table movement

Partnerships between local food businesses -- from farmers to processors to restaurants -- are resulting in a new model of growth for Detroit's food economy.

The Garden Theatre Beaux-Arts facade

How a unified vision helped transform Detroit's greater downtown

The neighborhoods of Detroit's greater downtown have come a long way in recent years, but change didn't come all on its own. This special report examines how the Hudson Webber Foundation's 15x15 Initiative created a unified vision for change among a diverse group of stakeholders that's helped shape the Midtown and downtown of today.

Jarrod Bell leads a workout at CrossFit BMW

Detroit gets tough: Fitness culture on the rise in the city

In recent years, a handful of gyms have opened in Detroit, each offering a unique style of training while contributing to a growing fitness culture in the city.

People enjoying the Michigan Avenue parklet

Can a short-lived parklet be the start of a major transformation of Michigan Avenue?

Existing just over a week, a parklet in front of Astro Coffee in Corktown was dismantled by MDOT workers over Labor Day weekend. Will its short life help inspire the long-term transformation of Michigan Avenue from a car-centric thoroughfare into a people-centric Main Street?

Katoi's menu

While it builds out a home in Detroit, Katoi gets up and running in Ann Arbor

Katoi, a Thai eatery which started as a Detroit food truck, recently opened a brick-and-mortar location in Ann Arbor while a permanent Detroit restaurant is under construction.

Larry Bell Owner of Bell's Brewery and Eccentric Cafe.

Michigan-born businesses don't have to wander far from home to find more success

When it comes to expansion and finding continued success, multiple popular Michigan-born businesses decided to keep their operations close to home by expanding right here in the state. 

They've got soul at Peoples Records

Your guide to Record Store Day in Detroit and Hamtramck

In advance of Record Store Day 2015 (happening Saturday, April 18) here is a guide to some of our favorite record stores in the cities of Detroit and Hamtramck.
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