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Skillman's community builder - past, present and future

Tonya Allen, Skillman's current CEO, who also created the Good Neighborhoods program and helped launch Excellent Schools Detroit, will become president of the foundation in the new year. Amy Kuras profiles this resourceful leader.  

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Green City Diaries: Honeybee buzz

A resurgence in urban beekeeping is part of a return to the agricultural practices we had in cities in the 1930s and 1940s. New York, Paris, Detroit and other urban areas are leading a movement back to greater biodiversity, says our sustainability diarist Matthew Piper.

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UIX: Joel Peterson and Trinosophes Cafe

Promoter, artist and social activist Joel Peterson is one of Detroit's honest to goodness treasures. He's been setting just the right tone for the experimental music scene for two decades. Now he's doing it in his own space in Eastern Market.

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On the Ground: Looking toward the future

In this week's installment of our summer series in Osborn, Claire Nelson talks to Ronisha Bannerman, who graduated with honors and is on her way to Grand Valley State. But in the long term, she wants to help change the perception of her neighborhood.

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On the Ground: Party in a hut (what?)

There will be music and healthy, local food at this late summer party this Saturday in the Osborn community. Some of the local leaders we've been profiling in the On the Ground series will be there. Big fun meets neighborhood innovation and collaboration. Mark your calendars.  

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UIX: Cecelia Sharpe and Urban Stringz II Youth Ensemble

Urban Stringz, an ensemble founded by Cecelia Sharpe, develops students' musical talents and abilities in addition to exposing them to our culturally rich and diverse society. Detroit, take note. Tunde Wey reports.

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Opinion: Despite Detroit bankruptcy, architects must imagine better built environment

Frank X. Arvan, president of AIA Detroit, says everyone is invited to be part of the vision and reality of the region's future. He longs for diversity, density and projects that promote the common good. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.   

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 
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