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Opinion: Change Michigan law, not yourself

Incredibly, if you are lesbian or gay, bisexual or transgender and work in Michigan you can be fired for simply being who you are. Curtis Lipscomb of KICK, a Detroit agency for LGBT African Americans, says the time to change the law is now.

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Permaculture: Green economy takes root in Highland Park

An approach to designing a self-maintaining garden modeled after natural ecosystems, Permaculture maximizes the distribution of rainwater by aligning it with exposure to sun and wind. Dennis Archambault went digging for this story.

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UIX: Le'Ticia Fisher and PHAT Magazine

Le'Ticia Fisher is serving the fashion industry a healthy dose of reality and the demand seems ravenous as evidenced by the growth of PHAT Magazine. After releasing its first issue a few months ago, its circulation is already around 5,000, says Tunde Wey. 

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Opinion: An Opportunity for Belle Isle to see a brighter day

Leasing the park to the state would provide $4 million or more in annual cost savings to the city, free up money for other Detroit parks and allow reinvestment in public safety for city neighborhoods. Evette Hollins lays out the advantages in this opinion piece.

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Open City: Introducing Detroit BizGrid

Our friends at Open City will be hosting a talk on a new tool to help navigate the local business landscape and to aid entrepreneurs in building relationships. Model D is pleased to be a partner for this event, held Oct. 21 at Cliff Bell's.

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Publisher's Notebook: Onward & upward

High-energy Model D publisher is moving on to consolidate her many talents with the Urban Innovation Exchange and other projects. Claire Nelson reflects on two amazing years and looks forward to helping shape the city's future. 

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On the Ground: Osborn's turnaround people

The Osborn neighborhood, as we learned this summer, is full of established, adult leaders who are mentoring and shaping the lives of youth on the city's Northeast side. Nicely done. Matthew Lewis and Marvin Shaouni report from Seven Mile and Hoover.   

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UIX: Marcell Copeland and the MAN Network

The MAN Network is an organization of volunteers dedicated to making Osborn a safer place. Community volunteers patrol the neighborhoods in which they live in vehicles and on foot, wearing black t-shirts with the word RESPECT printed on the back.

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On the Ground: East, meet west

It is time to say farewell to Osborn, for now, and take our On the Ground team to the city's far West Side, to spend the next three months in the Brightmoor neighborhood. Project editor Matthew Lewis will be on the hunt for doers, makers and builders.  

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Piquette Square: Sustainable housing offers chance at new lives for veterans

Opened in 2010, the four-story residential complex at 6221 Brush has 150 apartments and over 11,000 square feet of common area and commercial space, with plans to develop a small park immediately north of the building. Dennis Archambault reports from New Center.

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Model D Speaker Series on transit recapped

The event was the culmination of the three-day Transportation Odyssey -- on bicycle, bus and train -- from Traverse City to Detroit. The panel and the crowd at 1515 Broadway exchanged some great transit ideas, reports Matthew Lewis.

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Artists, musicians take over Hamtramck

Now in its fourth year, the Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival covers the length of this "city-within-a-city-neighborhood" plus parts of Detroit up to Davison. Creative critical mass is accelerating, says Walter Wasacz, who suggests coming early and staying late at this daylong event.     

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Opinion: What if Dally was Daily?

The North Cass Corridor coming alive with art, food, music and people has been a one-day, late-summer tradtition since the 1970s. But is it a blueprint for something more ambitious? Claire Nelson and Francis Grunow weigh in on what they say could be the start of a new alley district.   

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On the Ground: Youth making an impact

Lettie-Ann Miller, a senior at Osborn Academy of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, tells us what it means for a 17-year-old from the northeast side to get an internship with GM. It solidified ties to her own community, she says. 

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UIX: Detroit, a city of superheroes

Urban innovator Ingrid LaFleur recounts the first Afrofuturism class she taught for youth at the Carr Center, where she tied together mythology, poststructuralist theory, and contemporary politcs into a youth-friendly superhero package. 
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