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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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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.    

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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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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.   

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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