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Open City

Open City celebrates 8 years of building Detroit's small business community

Over the last eight years, Open City has helped create an informal community of Detroit entrepreneurs who help each other succeed. The ninth season of Open City kicks off Monday, Oct. 19, at Cliff Bell's.

A bike lane on Van Dyke in Warren

What are metro Detroit's most bike-friendly communities?

Who are the contenders and who are the pretenders? And how are we creating a shared vision for a regional network of cycling infrastructure in southeast Michigan?

Flower House

Blossoms against blight: Hamtramck's Flower House opens this weekend

Event planner Liz Andre-Stotz was a little surprised last year when her florist friend Lisa Waud called her and several others with a "crazy idea": buying a house for the express purpose of filling it with flowers.

Josh Lin mural

Bucking national trends, venture capital on the rise in Michigan

Once upon a time, venture capital in Michigan was small and inconsequential. Today it's powering the Great Lakes State's new economy, growing at a time when the industry has shrunk.

Global Detroit

Reshaping the Rust Belt through immigrant talent

How America's former industrial heartland is reclaiming its economically powerful past by attracting foreign-born residents.


Exploring the public health consequences of Detroit's water shutoffs

The narrative around Detroit's water shutoffs has largely centered on people needing to pay their bills or water as a human right. Missing from the conversation have been the mental and physical health impacts of the water shutoffs on a city with an already staggering poverty rate. 

Sandstorm Hits the Temple

Detroit art cars go to Burning Man

Francis Grunow sees Detroit's connection to Burning Man (and its worldwide network of burners) growing even stronger in the coming years.

The Alger Theater

What it takes to save a neighborhood theater on Detroit's east side

For the Friends of the Alger Theater, it takes dedicated volunteers, hard work, and, of course, money.

Nina Bianchi

10 Years of Change: Taking little steps for the long run

"Detroit seems to be in relentless search of the right plan to lead the way," writes Nina Bianchi, "[But] can a city rely on a singular, scripted manual?"

Jerry Paffendorf

4 ideas for fixing Wayne County's auction of tax-foreclosed properties

In advance of round two of Wayne County's annual auction of tax-foreclosed properties, here are some musings from Jerry Paffendorf, co-founder and CEO of Loveland Technologies, on how the county and city of Detroit can better deal with their foreclosure problem in 2016.

Resident Teronto Robinson speaks with a colleague at the Thea Bowman Clinic, a partner of the DMC

How Detroit anchor institutions are developing local talent

Through a handful of programs, local anchor institutions are getting Detroiters ready for the jobs of the future.


10 Years of Change: A Detroit for us, by us

Local urban planner Khalil Ligon encourages us to dream beyond what we can see and come together to realize a collective vision for Detroit.

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.

Chinook Salmon

Invasive or just non-native? Why Michigan loves Pacific salmon and fears sea lamprey

Michiganders are rightly on alert for invasive species. But not all non-native species are invasive. Here, we explore the benefits of some of Michigan's non-native species and how we distinguish if a newcomer to the ecosystem should be loved or feared.

David Egner

Life after elephants: Detroit's entrepreneurial awakening

The New Economy Initiative's executive director writes about how NEI helped change economic development in Michigan from hunting "elephants" to building a network of support to foster entrepreneurship, small business growth, and innovation – from grass roots to high-growth. 
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