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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.


Speaker Series recap: Christopher Leinberger on urbanism and economic development

Our October Speaker Series featured a conversation with national land-use strategist, developer and Brookings Institution fellow, Christopher Leinberger. Was it good? Better than that. Walter Wasacz taps out notes on his iPad.


Model D TV: Growing cultural amenities in the city

Detroiters like to go out, and most of us crave new, quirky, creative spots to explore. Video producer Tom Hendrickson knows where to look to find what's next. He brings us a little taste of the growing number of cultural amenities in this Model D TV episode. 


Mind the Gap: Detroit design ideas for those in-between public spaces

These ideas, both real and imagined, demonstrate the importance of public space -- not just for a "pretty" city, but for a city that values civic engagement and the exchange of ideas. Claire Nelson reports from the margins.


Modern classicist: Architect Leon Krier talks visionary design at DIA

Luxembourg-born architect Leon Krier's practice is an inspiration for New Urbanism. Frank X. Arvan, AIA Detroit president elect, says this is a Detroit Design Festival event to get excited about. Very excited.    


Detroit Restaurant Week still cooking: One gift certificate available for fine dining

Everything you needed to know about Detroit Restaurant Week but were afraid to ask is right here, along with a chance to still win a $50 gift certificate from Model D and Paxahau. We have one more week for this tasty promotion.
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