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Model D Speaker Series: Creative cities, the next generation

Join us this Thursday to hear from innovative educators on both sides of the state who are pushing the needle to ensure our city kids are bright, inquisitive and ready to tackle the challenges of the future. Register now.


On the Ground: Nurturing political activism in Osborn

An old school neighborhood advocacy group with roots in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the Youth Inititiaves Project (YIP) carries weight and street cred in Osborn. Matthew Lewis introduces us to the man who makes it all happen in this installment of On the Ground.


Detroit by District: Making Jefferson corridor clean and safe

A program that deploys off duty Detroit Police officers to help patrol East Jefferson neighborhoods from the Villages to the Grosse Pointe Park border is beginning to pay dividends. Matthew Lewis goes for a ride to the lower east side for this report.


Global Detroit: Attracting immigrants key to Detroit growth

The authors make a powerful point that the lack of new immigrant populations and diversity in Detroit has contributed to population loss and disinvestment in the city. They also propose solutions to help atteact and retain foreign-born residents.   


UIX: Audra Carson and De:Tread

This enterprising group provides solutions to tire blight with the result being cleaner, healthier and safer Detroit neighborhoods. Tunde Wey talks to founder Audra Carson in the Osborn neighborhood.


On the Ground: Changing the culture of learning

Students at the Brenda Scott Academy are not part of a traditional academic setting. They have longer school days and remain in class 11 months out of the year. Matthew Lewis spent time there last week and witnessed good things beginning to develop.


Detroit rallies round the G.A.R. once again and what that means for downtown

Tom and David Carleton began developing downtown property in the early 1990s, when most of the money was headed elsewhere. Now they talk about creating "the greatest space to take a meeting between New York and L.A." Francis Grunow meets the brothers for a chat on the roof of the Grand Army Republic building.


Opinion: Bankruptcy, the beginning of another opportunity

Matthew Naimi has made an impact working on food, land use and recyling issues. He has run for City Council and worked on youth programs with the Detroit Public Schools. He says bankruptcy provides us with a real plan, perhaps for the first time. 


On the ground and running

Welcome to Osborn, where writer Matthew Lewis is spending the summer reporting on all the small but important things that build community life in a Detroit neighborhood. Where does the energy begin? At the Benjamin Franklin branch of the Detroit Public Library.


Whole lotta local foods love

When Whole Foods Market planned its Midtown location it also made sure to include the products of Detroit food innovators and entrepreneurs on its shelves. Food writer Noelle Lothamer takes us down the aisles to show us where the local stuff stacks up. 


Locavore shopping list: Our guide to Detroit vendors at WFM

The local food scene is booming in Detroit, and it's reflected in the choices available to shoppers at Midtown's Whole Foods Market. Noelle Lothamer gives us a taste what you can find there.  


UIX: Detroit bids for X Games

Detroiters Kevin Krease and Garret Koehler have taken a bid for bringing the X Games to Detroit into the final round. Word is that the announcement will be made this week. MJ Galbraith has the story for the Urban Innovation Exchange.


Support, outreach winning combo for DC Futbol Club

Oh, yeah, and the team is none too shabby either, just capturing its regular season championship with an 11-0-1 record. Matthew Lewis was on the pitch screaming "goal!" at the team's recent victory over Buffalo. 


Detroit Regional City talk recapped

The Detroit Institute of Arts was host to a stimulating panel discussion on regionalism -- a vitally important cog in the future of the city. Walter Wasacz brought his notebook, Oren Goldenberg his video camera. 


On the Ground: Model D launches summer media hub in Osborn

Our new summerlong series in Osborn is about people and projects driving neighborhood transformation. We'll meet residents and leaders, educators and students, artists and entrepreneurs, get the big picture by seeing all the little details at work. Claire Nelson prepares us for what's to come.
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