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The great chase: Detroit's red devil in pictures and words

To get all of us fired up for Sunday's great chase, we dug up some photos of the Marche of the Nain Rouge in 2010 and a report from last year. People, get ready for round three.


Let's get innovative: Join us Wednesday to launch UIX

Calling all Detroit doers and changemakers to the launch event for the Urban Innovation Exchange, a new network for people turning ideas into action.


AIA eye on architecture: Reignite our creative fire

Frank Arvan, president of the Detroit chapter of the American Institute of Architects, has congratulations and challenges on his mind. New plans for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit are increasing his appetite for good local design.


Baker's two dozen: Marvin Shaouni takes his camera behind the counter at Avalon

OK, we admit it: we simply can't get enough of Avalon International Breads. Not to mention the cherry cream cheese brioche. Or the peanut butter brownies or any of the cookies. Photographer Marvin Shaouni takes the snaps that look good enough to eat. 


Green City Diaries: Consume, compost, recycle, repeat

Avalon International Breads is great at organizing its Earth-friendly values. But if the owners did it over again they would be more strategic in setting up waste reduction goals. Matthew Piper reports on how improving sustainability practices leads to, you guessed it, better business practices.  


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. 


Soup's on: We begin a monthly series stirred up by Detroit micro-grant funder

Detroit SOUP is on the move, first to a larger temporary space on E. Grand Blvd. for the group's next dinner and micro-funding event Feb. 12, and then to a permanent new home in Corktown in March. Coordinator Amy Kaherl shares her excitement.


Sweet and savory: Our culinary revival kicked off with tasty photo essay

In 2011, the food scene began to sizzle all over town: Eastern Market, downtown, Midtown, Corktown, Mexicantown and in the underground. Check out this Marvin Shaouni slideshow again and begin thinking about what's next for 2012. Salut, Detroit.


SimmerD: Local food scene looking back, going forward

Noelle Lothamer spent the balance of 2011 discovering new food and drink businesses in Detroit--and enjoying every morsel. Here is her recap of a great culinary year along with a few sneak previews of more good times to come.


Green City Diaries: The journey begins now

Our first new series of 2012 is going to be a good one. The Green Garage and Model D combine forces each month to talk about sustainability, one story at a time. Matthew Piper reports from a bike lane near you.   


Social activist works to create safe spaces for all

Her work healing progressive movements requires Adrienne Maree Brown to be everything from an organizational guru, to a facilitator, networker and life coach. Desiree Cooper profiles this month's LGBT leader of color.


Hugh gets hatched: Bachelor pad specialist wins $50,000 for Midtown retail project

A centerpiece of Model D's Next Big Thing bash last month was the Hatch Detroit retail contest. We had four finalists, all worthy of winning a chunk of startup change. Joe Posch tells us in his own words how thrilled he is that Hugh was chosen and talks about planning for his physical space.


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.


Journey, not interrupted: Say goodbye to 'Bureau,' hello to 'Nest'

Uber-creative Midtown entrepreneur Claire Nelson is taking her inspiring aspirations out of a physical W. Canfield space to concentrate on even bigger Detroit-based projects. Meanwhile, City Bird elevates its neighborhood business model. Everybody wins, reports Ashley Woods.   


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.
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