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Experience Detroit: Get your hyperlocal kicks with AirBnB

Whether you're a traveler looking for an alternative to staying at a downtown hotel, or a local looking to explore what life is like in other neighborhoods, staying at a Detroit AirBnB could be an awesome experience. Matthew Lewis gives us a few options.

On the Ground: Brightmoor on film

In this fab video piece by Oren Goldenberg and Matthew Lewis, we get up close and personal with the doers and the makers that are rebuilding Brighmoor brick by brick, wall by wall. It's a story to inspire neighborhood redevelopment across the city.

On the Ground: Panel discussion recapped

Last Wednesday, a group of Brightmoor residents and people from around the region gathered at the Brightmoor Community Center for a neighborhood Speaker Series event. Matthew Lewis was there to capture it all in words and pictures.

On the Ground, in words and pictures

Meet some people who consider self-sufficiency integral to their lives and choose Brightmoor over a more remote location because of the value they place in community. Slideshow courtesy of Model D photographer Marvin Shaouni.

UIX: Riet Schumack and Neighbors Building Brightmoor

Riet Schumack is one of the co-founders of a non-profit organization composed of a group of neighbors dedicated to helping each other to create a beautiful, healthy and sustainable community for themselves and their children. Matthew Lewis reports for UIX.

On the Ground: Reinvesting in power of education

Nearly 20 years ago, 167,000 students were enrolled in Detroit Public Schools. Today, only 49,000 students attend school in the district, leaving over 150 vacant buildings. Matthew Lewis talks to a group working to repurpose one of them into a trade school in Brightmoor.

UIX: Joe Rashid and Restore the 'Moor

Joe Rashid is the Outreach Director for Restore the 'Moor, a community-driven plan being developed by and for community members in Brightmoor. Matthew Lewis introduces the person and the project for the Urban Innovation Exchange.

Speaker Series: What can we learn from Brightmoor?

Come to the Brightmoor Community Center on Wednesday, Dec. 11 to learn lessons that can inform what we do in other Detroit communities. The event features a group of panelists made up of engaged residents, neighborhood leaders, and creative thinkers.

On the Ground: Center of Brightmoor community life

A neighborhood gathering place built by residents 84 years ago, the Brightmoor Community Center has overcome financial distress to create a collaborative environment at the corner of Lyndon and Burt roads. Matthew Lewis visits and reports. 

On the Ground: From radical to reverend in Brightmoor

Focusing efforts on his personal vision for Brightmoor, Rev. Larry Simmons is intent on creating a neighborhood that is "saved, prospering, peaceful, diverse, engaged, and empowered." Matthew Lewis reports on how the pastor's church is involved in neighborhood redevelopment. 

YEA Brightmoor: Detroit kids raising money for entrepreneurial incubator

Readers can help these student entrepreneurs achieve their goal of raising $50,000 to create a dedicated space to run their businesses, which include the Brightmoor Woodworkers and Brightmoor Bikes and Trailers. Matthew Lewis reports.

On the Ground: Brightmoor's art club for kids

Writer Matthew Lewis says that a simple thing like a free art club, a place where neighborhood kids can get to know each other and learn to express themselves outside of the home and school, has done wonders to help build community in Brightmoor. 

On the Ground: Clearing blight, uncovering assets in Brightmoor

Developed nearly a century ago to accommodate the city's swelling population of laborers, Brightmoor remains on the cutting edge of future land use projects in Detroit. Matthew Lewis reports from the far Northwest side of town.

On the Ground: Youth entrepreneurship in action

The Detroit Community Schools is launching a Kickstarter campaign in partnership with TechTown's SWOT City program to raise funds needed to transform a garage into an entrepreneurial incubator. Matthew Lewis reports from Brightmoor.

On the Ground: Curbside economics in Brightmoor

We spent the summer working hard and having fun in the Osborn neighborhood. Now it's on to Brightmoor, on the city's far Northwest side, where Matthew Lewis will be reporting from the inside out for the next three months. 
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