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Can Detroiters imagine more creative uses for I-375 than those currently proposed?

Reimagining America's silliest Interstate: Introducing a series on the future of I-375

Can Detroiters imagine more creative uses for I-375 than those currently proposed? Model D begins a series of three features that dare to dream big about the transformation of America's least useful freeway.


Green Grocer: Finding fresh food in greater downtown

Our food shopping tour concludes in Lafayette Park, East Riverfront and Midtown, where Nicole Rupersburg visits markets offering fresh produce, meats, fish and other home cooking staples. Marvin Shaouni puts it all into focus with his camera.


No property left behind recapped

A standing room crowd squeezed into a pop-up space in Lafayette Park to listen to members of Loveland Technologies, county officials and other land reuse experts talk about tax reverted Detroit properties. Matthew Lewis took a bunch of notes.


Model D & UIX present: "No property left behind"

Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. at Cafe Con Leche's new Lafayette Park pop-up cafe for an Urban Innovation Exchange forum led by Jerry Paffendorf of Why Don't We Own This? and Loveland Technologies.


A city loverís guide to Americaís most underrated city

Jay Walljasper tours Detroit through the eyes of the revitalization fellows he's profiled and comes back with an up close and personal look at the city.

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Mr. Mies' neighborhood

New book contains insightful essays, interviews with current and former residents, arresting portrait photography by local photographers, as well as an abundance of historic images, says our high rise specialist, Matt Piper.


Green City Diaries: Reclaiming the built environment

The bad news is that we've lost buildings to neglect and disinvestment. The good news is that we're not going to take it anymore. There are new strategies to repurpose Detroit properties. Matthew Piper hunts down some more sustainable solutions.


Green City Diaries: Walk the walk

In this two-part story, our Green City diarist Matthew Piper examines transportation options that don't include getting behind the wheel of a car. This week: bus transit and walking the walk in the post-motorized city.


Publisher's notebook: Detroit, celluloid city

Lights, camera and plenty of film and video action has publisher Claire Nelson going to screenings at museums and alternative retail spaces or finding the works on YouTube and Vimeo. Good thing for us she collected all the links and put them in this story. Enjoy the show. 


Imported to Detroit: Overcoming culture shock with a little help from new friends

Newcomers to Detroit share many of the same growing pains, says Sarah F. Cox, a 2011 transplant from Brooklyn. But the kindness of strangers pointing people in the right directions helps to overcome the disorientation of being in a strange new land. Just remember, everyone: you're welcome. 


Vote Today: Revise Detroit City Charter, say 'Yes' to Proposal C

The two-year charter revision process has been one of the most open and transparent efforts Detroit has ever seen, writes Vince Keenan. Now it's time to cast your vote on Proposal C.


Where the auction is: Q&A with surreal estate innovator Jerry Paffendorf

Jerry Paffendorf is an idea man. Not the typical idea man with grand ambitions and little execution who thinks his ideas would be great for other people. Paffendorf actually turns his dreams into reality. Jon Zemke asks all the right questions.


Adventures close to home: (Meta)scheming on the open road

It's mid-summer in the city and J. Anton Blatz and Rene Wymer are staying hot by hanging out with the Roosevelt Park Conservancy, Single Barrel Detroit, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and other DIY movers, shakers and crowdfunders. Go on, we dare you to read this month's amped-up adventures and try to keep up.   


On the Road: Model D Speaker Series recap on Urban Mobility

Getting around the city by cycling is not just fun or exercise. It's a practical transportation option that is gaining traction in the erstwhile Motor City. We had a great discussion about it with a number of experts. Ashley Woods reports from curbside.


Adventures close to home: Kicks just keep getting easier to find

The Detroit City Futbol League rocked into our world last spring and summer by bringing neighborhoods together for some healthy competition and good times. Season two is underway after a swinging opening party at the Old Miami, where J. Anton Blatz found his latest adventure.
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