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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.


Accelerating good design: DDF presents a week of creative happenings

The eight-day design festival will feature lectures, exhibitions, fashion shows, workshops, interactive installations, art battles, studio tours, and performances at 50 different venues across Detroit. Can you feel all that energy coursing through the city grid? We can.   


Detroit music in review: Highlights from our passionate panel discussion at Magic Stick

This month's Model D Speaker Series took on the topic of Detroit music and, for a solid two hours, the conversation was turned up to 11. Audrey Armitage reports from the dance floor.


Children of the moon: Time Stereo gets back to nature

Davin Brainard, Warren Defever and Dion Fisher have been living life loud since the early 1990s, when they combined art, music and boyish (and girlish) fun to create an annual summer night of controlled chaos called Noise Camp. The happening is happening this Saturday, says Chris Handyside. Don't miss this.


Model D TV: TechTown revisited

We have spent a lot of time in TechTown over the last few years, documenting the evolution of one of Detroit's key redevelopment catalysts. Dial in to this episode of Model D TV to see what's happening now -- and what's next.
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