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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.

Talking revolution and reinvention with John Gallagher

John Gallagher's stories in the Detroit Free Press are required reading for all who are fascinated in the greater Detroit narrative: how a once dominant global industrial powerhouse retools itself for the future. Walter Wasacz brings the questions. 

Detroit Revitalization Fellow: John Corcoran

From New Jersey, with stops at Cal-Berkely and Georgetown, John Corcoran now serves as manager of real estate projects for TechTown Detroit. He's here because of WSU's Detroit Revitalization Fellows program. Jay Walljasper has the profile.

Opinion: Detroit is the Opportunity of a Generation

In the 14 months that the author has lived in Detroit after moving here from Philadelphia, he has assembled a spirited team of innovators, specialists and changemakers. Jason Lorimer sent us this opinion piece. We're happy to run it.

UIX: Alicia George and Motor City Java House

Alicia George is the owner of Motor City Java House, a neighborhood coffee shop that anchors redevelopment happening in Old Redford on Detroit's northwest side. Tunde Wey of Urban Innovation Exchange tells her story.

Modeshift: Edible hut comes to Osborn neighborhood

Part of Friday's UIX+ArtXDetroit: the Art of Neighborhood Innovation speaker series event is devoted to this project, which our media partners at Modeshift SE-MI Move Together wrote about in this week's newsletter. Click and dig in.

Green City Diaries: Paradise found

A few weeks into spring has lightened our hearts and brightened our spirits, helping us turn our attention to the city's natural environment hiding in plain sight. Matthew Piper finds Detroiters who know the landscape inside and outside. 

Model D TV: Detroit's ghost waters

Detroit abounds with largely unknown waterways: Baby Creek in Delray, May Creek running parallel to train tracks connecting the U.S and Canada, Savoyard Creek that snakes beneath downtown's skyscrapers. Matthew Lewis and Oren Goldenberg team up for this video report.

Belle Isle to 8 Mile: Time to go outside

Legendary urban blues parties, bicycle racing in a battered, still beautiful velodrome, competitive rugby matches and drive-in movies at an art deco masterpiece are all recommended by our authors, the fabulous Linn siblings. Get out there and enjoy.  

UIX: Sarah Lapinski and Motor City Sewing & Design

Founder of the Girlee Collective, which inspired local female artists and designers to become active doers, Sarah Lapinski has always balanced the commercial with the experimental. Tunde Wey tells us what she's up to next.

Detroit Revitalization Fellow: Réna Bradley

She grew up in Southfield, then left the region to attend college at Howard and work as an architect in Washington D.C., where she saw neighborhoods once thought lost rebound to prosperity. Jay Walljasper profiles Réna Bradley. 

Detroit Revitalization Fellow: Dara O'Byrne

Preserving the environment means reviving the city, says an urban planner and designer who relocated from Seattle to Detroit to be part of WSU's revitalization fellows project and live in the West Village. Jay Walljasper profiles Dara O'Byrne. 
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