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Putnam Weekley: The Detroiter Who Ate (and Drank) Everything

On the eve of the culinary event of the year -- Detroit Restaurant Week -- foodie and wine connoisseur Putnam Weekly of Southwest Detroit talks about the state of good eats in the city.

24HRS: Detroit -- From Next American City and Model D

Next American City asked Model D to map out a Detroiter's day in the city. We tracked community development star, entrepreneur and bike enthusiast Karen Gage. Read the story, which also appears in this month's NAC magazine.

Love on a T-Shirt: Detroit Manufacturing's Robert Stanzler

Robert Stanzler captures the city's legacy, its future and its spirit on canvases of 100 percent cotton. We catch up with the man behind Detroit Manufacturing, a guy who has spent more than a decade making Detroit cooler, t-shirt by t-shirt.

Model D TV: Family Hootenanty

Choosy parents choose the Family Hootenany -- a recurring event that brings cool kids, cool parents and cool music together. It's a kid fest that actually does not make your ears bleed. Model D TV visits a recent Hoot at the MOCAD.

Tonight's Speaker Series: Registration is Full

One of the nation's primo urban thinkers, Carol Coletta of CEOs for Cities and Smart City Radio, makes a stop at Model D's Speaker Series Aug. 3 at the College for Creative Studies. Registration for the event is full.

Goodwells: Little Grocer Brings Big Organic Goodness to Midtown

In Midtown's West Willis Village, Goodwells organic grocery sticks out like a green thumb. Don't let the diminutive size fool you -- this little store is packed with great organic, packaged and fresh foods. Plus they make a mean pocket sandwich.

He is Family: The Fierce, Hot, Messy Times of Adriel Fantastique

The timeless face behind many of Detroit's best anything goes dance parties since the early 1990s, Adriel Fantastique is the master of ceremonies for Skintight, Fierce Hot Mess and Family.

Microloans Bring Macro-Benefit to Detroit

When the banks won't answer the door, the smallest of small businesses can go knocking on the doors of Detroit's microloan programs, which are changing the face of the city one coffee shop or high tech start up at a time.

Model D TV: Atlas Global Bistro

White linen service, eclectic bistro menu and a lively bar make Atlas Global Bistro one of our favorite places to nosh and drink up. In its sixth year lighting up Woodward in Midtown, Atlas is now a Cultural Center mainstay.

Selling Homes in Detroit: It's About More Than Just the Benjamins

Are out-of-state speculators the only people buying and dilapidated homes the only thing selling in Detroit? Are Detroit real estate agents' fortunes all but lost? Nope.

Model D TV: Traffic Jam & Snug

Four reasons to love Traffic Jam & Snug: Homemade beer, cheese, ice cream, baked goods. It's our stop this week on the Model D TV tour of all that's good in Detroit.

Charter Reform Spells Change for Detroit

They say good things take time, and this will. Revising the city's charter could spell great things for Detroit. But what type of change will come of it, and who will make those decisions? Voters, a lot of that is up to you.

Colin Hubbell Memorial Ride This Weekend

We've been talking a lot about biking the city lately (like all of last month's speaker series). So how about 18 miles of just doing it? Hit the city streets with Model D at the Colin Hubbell Memorial Bike Ride on June 20.

Motor City Pizza Party: Downtown Pie Makers Go Gourmet

Detroit is and has long been a pizza town -- nobody does Sicilian style like we do. Ah, but now there's a new crop of gourmet pizza places in the city, challenging and surprising our tastebuds. We brave this new world, for you. Tough job, we know.

Old and Green: Detroit Innovators and Renovators Give Buildings Sustainable Overhauls

Old doesn't mean it can't be green. Many notable buildings and historic rehab projects are taking old spaces and putting in innovative, sustainable systems in them -- from City Hall to the Green Garage.
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