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SMART bus in downtown Detroit

What's next for regional transit in SE Michigan? An update after the 2016 ballot failure

A 2016 ballot initiative that would have greatly improved our region's public transit failed. But those invested in the success of regional transit have conducted a postmortem, and are regrouping for another attempt.

Detroit schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti greets students participating in a summer math program at Wayne State University

'Possible, but daunting': Inside Nikolai Vitti's early effort to transform Detroit's public schools

Vitti, the 40-year-old father of four who took over the Detroit district last spring, has promised not just to improve the district's 106 schools. He says he can transform them.

Jackie Zimmerman

Voices: Girls With Guts founder on choosing her health over her nonprofit

In the last installment of our series on failure, Jackie Zimmerman thought she had overcome her chronic illness and started the nonprofit of her dreams. But she only really got healthy after stepping down as executive director.

Dan Carmody, president of the Eastern Market Corporation

Graffiti for good: How muralists and businesses are joining forces to enliven Detroit

The colors from Detroit's new murals are not only making the city a more beautiful place, they're stimulating business, connecting communities, and enhancing Detroit's reputation as a world-renowned art city.

Kids in awe at a display in "1001 Inventions"

Michigan Science Center exhibition to highlight Golden Age of Innovation

"1001 Inventions: Untold Stories From A Golden Age Of Innovation," which opens Oct. 7, highlights an era of Muslim Civilization that coincided with the European Dark Ages—a period of almost 1,000 years.

North End developers Steven Harris of Rebound Construction and David Alade of Century Partners

Detroit's equitable developers share strategies for making the city both prosperous and just

A number of companies, organizations, and professionals are eschewing a market-driven approach to development. Instead, they're thinking intentionally about the work.

Human Eye at the Trumbullplex

Record shops, cafes, and cooperatives: a guide to metro Detroit's underground music venues

For all of the legendary clubs and hip new bars in metro Detroit, there's a lot of music happening well outside the radar of casual music fans. Here's some of our favorite underground places to catch live music. 

Beverly Frederick

In northwest Detroit, residents have been revitalizing their neighborhood for years

With the assistance of the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation, hundreds of residents in northwest Detroit have been volunteering their time to clean up, beautify, and revitalize their neighborhood.

Point Aux Barques Lighthouse

Explore some hidden gems along Michigan's Thumb coast

Looking for an adventure this fall? Explore the Thumb coast, and find some of the area's hidden gems.

Lamb stew at Taqueria Alameda

5 places to find authentic Latin American cuisine in metro Detroit

Pupusas, chicarones, pastelitos anyone? Pull up a chair at metro Detroit’s Guatemalan, Honduran, and Salvadoran restaurants.

Alice Bagley and Kennedy Weakley sort TimeBank t-shirts

Surveys and meetups: How Detroit organizations are using low-tech methods to increase their reach

Even in a digitally focused world, old-school methods can sometimes get the job done more effectively, especially when it comes to real community engagement.

The Improve Detroit app

Detroit pursues better government through technology

Thanks to the work of the Department of Information and Technology, Detroiters can report potholes and other infrastructure problems through an app, pay water and sewer bills through public kiosks, and track city crime through an online map.

Carleton Gholz stands on the Blue Bird stage at the St. Etienne Biennale

Music preservation org saves the Blue Bird Inn stage, an important piece of Detroit music history

In 2015 the Detroit Sound Conservancy saved the Blue Bird Inn's stage, where jazz luminaries like Miles Davis and Charlie Parker played. Now it's being showcased around the world to foster the next generation of sound preservationists.

A couple at the Hope Center

Why Detroiters should care about cuts to the Farm Bill

If the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to the Farm Bill were to pass, it could have major implications for Detroiters -- especially those receiving SNAP benefits.

Kirk Mayes

Onetime competitors Gleaners and Forgotten Harvest team up to fight hunger

The recent heads of Gleaners and Forgotten Harvest have bettered both organizations through collaboration and friendly competition. But that wasn't always the case between the two hunger relief nonprofits.
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