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Bioretention at Liuzzo Park

How Detroit's public parks are using green infrastructure to prevent flooding, save money

Detroit's parks are testing grounds for new green infrastructure projects that are changing the way the city manages its stormwater runoff.

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Michigan Dune Alliance helps protect Michigan's iconic sand dunes from invasive species

Michigan's iconic sand dunes are threatened by invasive species. Fortunately, a group of conservation organizations are joining forces to weed out the invaders.

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. 

Erin Cole, co-owner of Nurturing Our Seeds, with her two children, Oshun and Asa

Entrepreneurship and motherhood: Finding strength in overcoming bias

Women and minority entrepreneurs face an unfortunate amount of bias as business owners. But in the second part of our three part series on mother entrepreneurs, Melinda Clynes discovers the strength that comes from pushing through those biases. 

Working on the Osborn Outdoor Education Center

Land minds: 4 creative land use projects aid education of Detroit youth

Detroit has 20 square miles of vacant land. Claire Charlton writes about four projects utilizing vacant land that have the potential to impact the lives of Detroit's youth.

?Jay Rayford (left) with Motor City Match winner George N'namdi, Motor City Match consultant James Feagin, and Motor City Match Winner Godwin Ihentuge

Guest column: My journey to business owner and deeper connections

After being away from Detroit for years, Jay Raford moved back to his hometown and opened up a socially-conscious food business in the Live6 area.

Ron Gurdjian has tended bar at Tom's Tavern since "the late 70s"

In praise of the chill bar

With the announcement of the closing of St. Cece's, a quintessentially chill bar, Amy Elliott Bragg makes a case for the chill bar and lists her favorites. 

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Two community benefits ordinances in Detroit set for ballot battle

Two bills on this year's ballot could establish a community benefits ordinance in Detroit. Nina Ignaczak delves into what that might mean for the city and the differences between the two. 


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. 

The Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood, located on the far east side, is one of the areas most at risk for flooding and heat stress

How Detroit's climate change activists are using science to plan for a warmer city

As Detroit's climate changes, scientists are working to inform policies that will help the city both mitigate its greenhouse gas emissions and increase its resiliency in the face of a warmer, wetter future.

Pamela Lewis

Pamela Lewis

Pamela Lewis is the Director of the Detroit-based New Economy Initiative, the largest philanthropically led economic development initiative in the United States. 

Garlin Gilchrist speaks at the Detroit Design Festival

Detroit Design Festival showcases city's bright design future

The Detroit Design Festival wrapped up its third annual summit last month and, as expected, there were in-depth discussions about the power of design. But this year's iteration of the festival had special import. 

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Why moving to Detroit from New York was the 'best decision' for SPLT

SPLT, a startup that seeks to reduce transportation congestion and mobility barriers, has never looked back since relocating from New York to Detroit.

Tepfirah Rushdan chows down on red clover heads

From fun to fungus: Detroiters get creative with alternative food

The Detroit food economy is growing, in both scale and variety. Sarah Rose Sharp writes about three individuals and businesses involved in food foraging, mushroom harvesting, and bug breeding. 
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