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Can small ideas add up to big change for cities? 13 projects that prove they can (VIDEO)

Urban revitalization is not built on stadiums and skyscrapers alone. Vibrant cities begin with passionate people working on the ground, doing the creative heavy lifting to make their communities better. Leading up to Urban Innovation Exchange Sept. 24-26 in Detroit, we take a look at 13 small projects with big potential.

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Detroit blogs you need to be reading

You read Model D, so thanks! We really appreciate you. But we acknowledge that there are lots of other sources for great writing about Detroit, so we put together this list of our favorite local blogs.

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'Encore entrepreneurs' add vibrance to Detroit's small business scene

Young hipsters aren't the only people starting businesses in Midtown and downtown Detroit. Meet some of the city's 'encore entrepreneurs.'

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Detroit's Passalacqua mix hip hop with community

Passalacqua may be Detroit's hottest hip hop group, but that doesn't stop its members from remaining community-focused.

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Shinola's workers, the new faces of Detroit manufacturing

Since Shinola opened shop in Detroit in 2013, the company has grown its output and its workforce. Those workers are creating quality goods and are changing the way we think about Detroit manufacturing.

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Older Detroiters get together, eat healthy thanks to Senior Market Days

Senior Market Days is a program that provides transportation to seniors so they can shop at local farmers markets. Not only does it help them eat heathier, it serves as a social event. 

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Is this Detroit's literary moment? Anna Clark and Literary Detroit think so

Anna Clark, a local journalist and the editor of "A Detroit Anthology," is helping bolster literary culture in the city of Detroit. Read about her work with Literary Detroit, Write A House, and more in this profile from Urban Innovation Exchange.

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Illuminating Highland Park, one solar streetlight at a time

Soulardarity is working to solve Highland Park's public lighting problem -- one solar streetlight at a time. By 2017, they hope to install 200 lights throughout the city.

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Reflections on community, change, and commitment from a departing Detroiter

As Elizabeth Garlow,  former executive director of Michigan Corps and the founder of the Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, prepares to leave Detroit to attend graduate school on the East Coast, she reflects on the specialness of the city.

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How the arts inspire change in Detroit

In Detroit, art isn’t just something to look at. The city’s rich artistic tradition has been an essential ingredient for cultivating community resilience, engagement and vitality.

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Not just a fancy art project: Artists create long-term community vision for Detroit/Hamtramck border

In 2009, Model D reported on the early work of Power House Productions in an article entitled "Detroit House: $100. Bold New Ideas for the City: Priceless." In five short years, those bold ideas are taking shape along the Detroit/Hamtramck border.

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Building civic capacity in Detroit: Inspiration from Zagreb

Mike Medow of Allied Media Projects travelled Europe as a Marshall Memorial Fellow. In Zagreb, Croatia, he was introduced to "small but smart projects" that both reflect and inspire his work in Detroit.

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A church and a gas station in Detroit reap the benefits of energy efficiency

A local church and gas station have at least one thing in common: they're saving lots of money after finding ways to become more energy efficient.

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Energy efficiency: It's all about saving cash, cleaning up carbon, and creating local jobs

When it comes to energy, there is no cheaper source than the stuff we waste. Our "Powering the Mitten" series takes an in-depth look at how Michigan is faring on energy efficiency and where we might head in the future.

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Small-scale, big deal: UIX invites urban innovators to exchange ideas in Detroit

Cities are reinventing themselves in creative new ways. Can small-scale projects have big impact? Join the Urban Innovation Exchange this Sept. 24-26 in Detroit to explore creative projects driving neighborhood transformation and trade ideas for the future.
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