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Belle Isle to 8 Mile: An insider's guide to Southwest edibles

Food reigns supreme in the city's most ethnic neighborhood, where full service restaurants, mercados and taco trucks are plentiful. Here are a few of the best recommended by our authors, the fab Linn siblings. Don't forget the hot sauce.  

Detroit Revitalization Fellow: Erin Kelly

She's studied and worked in major cities in North America, was inspired by the creative scenes in Berlin and landed in Detroit to work for NextEnergy -- and design Detroit's first off leash dog park. Jay Walljasper profiles Erin Kelley. 

UIX: Meghan McEwen and Honor & Folly

Owner of Honor & Folly, a small-scale, design-focused Corktown-based inn, Meghan McEwen has created a modern space for travelers of a bygone era. It's on one of the city's best blocks, with barbecue, coffee and whiskey a few steps below. 

Special Edition: Q&A with Gravikor's Jim Richter

Jim Richter wears more than one hat in Metro Detroit's entrepreneurial ecosystem, and he regularly throws those hats into the regional economy's growing defense sector. Richter is the CEO of Gravikor, a Delphi spin-out that is working to commercialize welding technology that is both lighter and stronger than traditional welding. It aims to take this technology to refurbishing military vehicles, such as the Humvee. These sorts of military vehicles are constantly overweight, which causes everything from lower fuel economy to increased wear and tear on parts. The Ann Arbor-based startup's technology is promising to make these Humvees lighter and give them the ability to add or subtract armor easily. Richter is also the president of the Michigan Research Institute. The non-profit research incubator, which is based in Ann Arbor, works to help bring more cutting-edge technology into the marketplace. Often that means creating startups that help create more jobs. The defense and aerospace sectors are both areas the Michigan Research Institute has helped create new, local businesses in. Richter answered a handful of questions about Metro Detroit's growing defense sector means to the local economy and where the best opportunities for it are.

City kids: Community partnerships, creative classes

More than 4,000 Detroit kids each year get the benefit of a strong arts education thanks to the College for Creative Studies. Amy Kuras goes into the classroom to see students excited about learning. Marvin Shaouni gets the pictures.

Swapping innovation ideas with Cincinnati

After D:hive's Jeff Aronoff attended a Detroit to Cincinnati city swap organized by Hudson-Webber and Little Things Labs, we asked him to report on the trip. He came back with some valuable takeaways. We're in debt to you, man.

Recycling in Detroit: You made it happen

Recycle Here! is packed every Saturday and there is curbside recycling in Rosedale Park, East English Village and Palmer Woods/University District, servicing nearly 50,000 households. Matthew Naimi says that's only the beginning of the Bee Green movement.

Special Edition: Growing Metro Detroit's aerospace and defense sector

GraviKor, Plex and Patriot Services are firms that are expanding business in the defense and aerospace industry sectors. In this Model D and Metromode Special Edition, Jon Zemke shows us how this business gets done in Metro Detroit.  

The Art of Neighborhood Innovation recapped

Artists skilled at community and business development were our panelists at this standing room only event at one of  MOCAD's largest galleries. Just for you, Cass Corridor Films and Walter Wasacz were there to report it all. 

Freshwater Metropolis speaker series

Join us this Thursday on the campus of Lawrence Technological University to hear from a panel of experts, activists, and business owners about how green and blue infrastructure is transforming our region, and learn what you can do to be a part of this movement.

C'mon down, culinary adventurers: your time is now

April not only means baseball is back for another season. It's also the spring version of Detroit Restaurant Week, 10 days of lovely food and drink options at 19 premier locations. Food specialist Noelle Lothamer sets the table.

UIX: Portraits of urban innovation

One of the many highlights of last week's Urban Innovation Exchange speaker series was a slideshow of portraits taken by Marvin Shaouni. In case you missed it, here it is in living color and occasional black and white. 

Freshwater Metropolis: the underground scene

Matthew Piper attended the Sierra Club's recent "Green Your Neighborhood" forum, where people learned how to decrease water consumption, save money, and reduce the disposal of harmful chemicals into the water system. Here is his report.

UIX people: Nefertiti Harris and Tarot & Tea

Proprietor of Textures by Nefertiti, a natural hair salon and spa opened as part of the Spiral Collective on Cass and Willis, and the soon to open Tarot & Tea in West Village, Nefertiti Harris is rockin' entrepreneurship, says Tunde Wey.

Bountiful biennial: Get ready for Art X 2013

It's back, bigger and, we're certain, better than ever. The Kresge Foundation's first Art X Detroit in 2011 gave artists a platform to showcase what they do best: create, innovate and perform. Walter Wasacz talks to organizers in this Model D Q&A.
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