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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.


Model D Speaker Series: Detroit's music scene

Our next Model D Speaker Series covers a topic filled with local passion: the Detroit music scene. The talk will hit various threads -- the state of the sound, the local industry, the economics of the scene and its sustainability.


"Inclusivity and visibility": Gay Detroit going forward discussed at Model D Speaker Series

A crush of people, ideas, lively discussion and robust debate were all part of our Speaker Series event last week at downtown's Park Bar. Our summer intern Audrey Armitage was there taking copious notes and filed this recap along with managing editor Walter Wasacz.


You're welcome: Four new Detroiters talk about moving to gay-friendly Midtown

After our Speaker Series event last week, we found the subject of Gay Detroit so compelling we wanted to explore it further. Claire Nelson sat down with newish residents Jeff Antaya, Elliott Broom, Patricia Wren and Melissa Smiley and came back with some fresh perspectives on creating and sustaining vibrant LGBT life in the city.


On the Road: Model D Speaker Series recap on Urban Mobility

Getting around the city by cycling is not just fun or exercise. It's a practical transportation option that is gaining traction in the erstwhile Motor City. We had a great discussion about it with a number of experts. Ashley Woods reports from curbside.


Adventures close to home: Kicks just keep getting easier to find

The Detroit City Futbol League rocked into our world last spring and summer by bringing neighborhoods together for some healthy competition and good times. Season two is underway after a swinging opening party at the Old Miami, where J. Anton Blatz found his latest adventure.


Model D TV: Upmarket urban residential

Producer Tom Hendrickson went searching for hot properties along the Woodward Corridor and came back with some beauties. Looking for a place to rent or, better yet, buy? Turn on Model D TV and behold the growing number of options.


Grand Rapids crew brings West Michigan love to the D

A busload of people came from the other side of the state to check out high-octane activity that included ArtX, Rust Belt to Artist Belt conference and Detroit Restaurant Week. Did our colleagues from sister pub Rapid Growth have fun? Did they ever.


Adventures close to home: The way we were the week that was

Our pseudonymous comrades roam the city in search of rare grooves, exceptional art, 21st century development on a 19th century block and try to find ways to get 90-year-old freight elevators to work again. Take it away, Blatz and Wymer.


Adventures close to home: Oh the joy of kicking some red devil ass

We jump into the rowdy chase to banish that loud, obnoxious red dwarf from Detroit, where he has laughed and spit fire in our faces for over 300 years. J. Anton Blatz eats a psychedelic muffin (by accident) and goes for the kill in chapter III of his ever stranger tales of life in the city.


Real estate star rising: Austin Black of City Living Detroit

Rising star Austin Black is a key player in tightening the focus on the residential development scene. He talks with Model D's Jon Zemke in this Q&A flashback from last summer.


How we all benefit from film incentives: An industry insider weighs in

Former Model D managing photographer Dave Krieger has been busy working on one film set after another the past few years. He makes an appeal to the governor and the state legislature to keep the lights, cameras and action rolling.


Model D Speaker Series: Raising City Kids

Detroit is a city of families. With over 80,000 students enrolled in DPS, and many more in private and charter schools, lots of kids (and their parents) live here, too. Come to this event, see what the D has to offer you.


Adventures close to home: Snowpocalypse now?

Creative wintering in Detroit can be fun, writes our pseudonymous cultural reporter J. Anton Blatz, especially if an urban ski crawl and beer-drinking afterglow is in the cards. Let it thundersnow, we say, let it thundersnow.
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