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Twelfth annual Tour de Troit beats rain, attracts over 6,000 riders

This year's riders surpassed last year's total by 500. Proceeds from the Tour and other biking events held by the non-profit organization support the planning and implementation of greenways across the City of Detroit. Nina Ignaczak recaps.


Strategies for renovation: Notes from Novogradac Historic Tax Credit Conference

One of the messages of this two-day event, which examined the impact of federal incentives on the city's revitalization, is that there are tools and subsidies available to make these projects possible. Timothy Boscarino digs deeper in this report.


Detroit by District: The promise of the Joy-Southfield community

This West Side neighborhood embraces healthy living practices, including a clinic for residents without insurance and a farmers market where produce from community gardens is sold. Matthew Lewis takes a tour with Rodney Gasaway of the Joy-Southfield CDC. 


Tour de Troit: Much more than a big bike ride

A dozen years after forming, the Tour de Troit has evolved from a small, leisurely group ride into an annual juggernaut attracting over 5,000 cyclists. Nina Ignaczak recaps the history and looks ahead as the organization forms a nonprofit to fund greenways.

Taste of Hamtown

Taste of the Hamtown

Featuring Asian, European and middle eastern restaurants, multicultural markets, cooking demos and opening and closing parties, Hamtramck will be rocking during the city's first ever Food Week. Noelle Lothamer previews.


On the Ground: Visualizing Osborn

During the last two months in the Osborn neighborhood we've been finding good people doing great things for the community. Matthew Lewis and Oren Goldenberg went out with a video camera to capture the positive vibes.


Model D TV: Tom Nardone and the Detroit Mower Gang

Literally a foot-to-the-pedal, dirt-inside-the-fingernails organization that helps keep playgrounds and other green spaces cut in Detroit, the Mower Gang is garnering national attention for its good work. DETROIT LIVES! produced the video. 


Global Detroit: Let's celebrate National Welcoming Week

U.S.-born residents join with immigrants and refugees in a spirit of unity across Michigan and the rest of the country for National Welcoming Week. Christine Sauvé of Welcoming Michigan teams up with Global Detroit for this report.


Game not over: New beats flow in Detroit hip hop scene

Move over Marshall Mathers, respect to the memory of J Dilla, there is a new crop of Detroit artists and designers inspired by hip hop culture. Veronica Grandison follows the flow to meet the innovators making it happen now. 


On the Ground: Young and Hmong in Osborn

The Hmong people are an ethnic group that originates from the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand and speak the Hmong language. Matthew Lewis introduces us to three recent high school grads from the Osborn neighborhood.


Model D Speaker Series: Transit, Outside the Box

Join us Friday, Sept. 27 at 1515 Broadway in downtown Detroit to culminate this year's Transportation Odyssey with a special happy hour and conversation about "outside the box" thinking to better connect our city, region and state.


Model D Speaker Series on creative education recapped

A panel and audience made up of arts educators and artists, teachers and other interested citizens joined in a spirited conversation at the Henry Ford Academy Elementary School last month. Matthew Lewis took notes.


UIX: Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

Since Rick Sperling launched the group in 1992, Mosaic Youth Theatre has performed for presidents, received distinguished awards, and toured the world. MJ Galbraith reports for the Urban Innovation Exchange.


On the Ground: Community change makers

Providing young people with the tools for success is what motivates Kibwe Pope and Lisa Leverette to mentor kids living in the Osborn neighborhood. Matthew Lewis talks to these two community builders in this week's On the Ground feature.


Youth Transit Alliance: Pilot program gets kids where they need to go

The lack of functional public transit in Detroit hits kids hard, especially when there is no bus to get them to and from youth programs. Nina Ignazak tells us about a new partnership, launched by the Skillman Foundation and the Detroit Bus Company, that is meeting this critical demand.
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