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Beans and dobros: Preserving what's left of Appalachia in Detroit

In part two of our series on Appalachian culture in metro Detroit, West Virginia-native Courtney Balestier listens to stories from the Kentuckians of Michigan. And takes home some beans. 

Performance of "Movement Memory Maps"

Citizen innovation, area history on display in Northeast Detroit tour

An initiative called Create Northeast Detroit recently launched a bus tour of the area encompassing Detroit's District 3 council district. Everyone who took it was treated to a number of innovative, grassroots efforts at community development.

Maurice Cox, Director of the City of Detroit's Planning Department

Lessons from Planning Director Maurice Cox on spreading bike culture across Detroit

In a conversation with Model D, Maurice Cox, Director of the City of Detroit's Planning Department, says he'll put extra emphasis on bike infrastructure across the city. 

LaToya Morgan, CDAD's Public Housing manager

A better mix: Detroiters work to expand affordable housing options

There are many common misconceptions about who lives in affordable housing and what impact those communities have on neighborhoods. But the reality is that affordable housing increases stability, support, and mobility to a neighborhood and city.

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7 of the most exciting developments in Detroit for 2017

As we step into 2017, let's take a look at some of the development news stories that are sure to influence the way we think about and interact with the city of Detroit.

Claire Nelson, founder of the Urban Consulate, introduces the Speakeasy presenters

Join us for the next installment of Speakeasy: a community dialogue on safety

On Friday, January 20, Model D is once again teaming up with the Live6 Alliance for the third installment of the speaker series, Speakeasy. 

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. 

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

Peace, creativity, and motherhood: The best of Michigan Nightlight 2016

Before we launch into another year of stories about the issues, people, and programs that impact Detroit kids, we wanted to revisit the best-read 2016 Michigan Nightlight stories from Model D.

Michelle Freeman and Jermaine Jenkins, Witty Gritty

Guests from Chicago and Philadelphia meet on Six Mile for an urban exchange

Detroiters gathered on a recent December evening for an urban exchange to discuss ethical redevelopment, community engagement, and ways to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs.

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Harnessing art to spur entrepreneurship in Live6

The Live6 area is home to a robust cultural and creative community. And with an increase in development, there's opportunity for artists and institutions to tap into that energy to spur growth.

Anthony Nadar

Detroit property owners plan on green infrastructure to save on water bills

Detroit property owners are going green to save some green on their water bills. 

Kids at Lil Brilliant Mindz

The first school: expanding access to quality daycare in Detroit

Quality childcare benefits Detroit’s working parents today, as well as the workforce of tomorrow. Claire Charlton looks at the importance of daycare and early childhood education, and efforts to expand access in the city. 

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Michigan tree farms keep Christmas real

Michigan tree farms are the place to make Christmas memories and part of Michigan's growing agritourism economy. 

Erica Pietrzyk of Pietrzyk Pierogi at the Painted Lady

Hamtramck's dive bar-pop ups serve the best food you've yet to try

In Hamtramck, a working class city with a no-frills approach to food, some impressive cooks are popping up. And they're doing so in a Hamtramck staple: the dive bar. 

Raye Townsel using his inhaler

Clearing the air: Health professionals tackle Detroit's asthma epidemic

Detroit has one of the highest rates of asthma in the country. That's why some of the city's most important health professionals are taking action by studying the problem, and finding ways to address it. 
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