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Larry Bell Owner of Bell's Brewery and Eccentric Cafe.

Michigan-born businesses don't have to wander far from home to find more success

When it comes to expansion and finding continued success, multiple popular Michigan-born businesses decided to keep their operations close to home by expanding right here in the state. 

Matrix Theatre Company’s audition-only Teen Company

Matrix Theatre students create stage art around Detroit experiences

While many children indulge in video games and television when they return home from school, Matrix Theatre students are a different breed. These dedicated students spend their after-school hours – and yes, even their precious weekends – transforming abstract ideas into scripts, running lines, and watching their concepts come alive on stage.

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Yosemite city? The National Parks Service showcases its urban agenda in Detroit

Ask someone in Detroit where they might find the National Park Service (NPS) in Michigan and they are likely to think of Sleeping Bear Dunes or Isle Royale -- not an urban park like Detroit's Belle Isle. Yet the NPS has formed local partnerships to pursue an "urban agenda."

Morgan Willis

Ever-evolving Allied Media Conference, happening this week in Detroit, adds nighttime programming

The Allied Media Conference appeals specifically to the diverse community of people who create media in order to transform lives and incite change – those who are often the very people who get left out of conventional conferences for lack of visibility and access. It takes place June 18-21 in Detroit.

Building Bridges to Small Business

Opinion: Want to make a big impact on Michigan's economy? Think small

Typically, the Mackinac Policy Conference is about big things -- big ideas, big names, and big companies. This year, Rachel Lutz and some Detroit small business colleagues thought it would be fun to bring some small ideas, small names, and small companies to the high-profile gathering.

Future site of Chene Street Grocers

Modest market hopes to serve Poletown with fresh produce and dry goods

For some residents of the near east side neighborhood of Poletown, the image of revitalization looks different than it does in other parts of the city. Instead of discussing how to redevelop land, they are figuring out how to allow it to return to its original prairie state, where its occupants and nature coexist. That's what drew Vanessa Cronin to 5200 Chene St., a property she is transforming into Chene Street Grocers, a market that will sell local produce and dry goods.

Cycling the Windsor riverfront

Freewheeling in Windsor: A short journey to the deep south of Canada

Windsor, Ontario is closer to downtown Detroit than its suburbs, yet so few of us take the time to explore this charming city to our south. Last month, we decided to go there with open minds and virtually no plans to see what we've been missing.

Motor City Pride

Is Detroit on its way to becoming a gay-friendly city?

As our hardscrabble metropolis continues its 21st century evolution, is it finally learning to put its big, strong arms around the diverse and beleaguered LGBT community that calls it home? Signs point to yes.

Students at Cooke Elementary watch the DSO via webcast

DSO webcasts bring classical music to Detroit classrooms

An innovative program of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra provides students with an opportunity to "attend" the orchestra without leaving their desks.

Birth to 3 SR LIST

Changing lives from the very start: Report identifies best measures to help at-risk kids

More than half of Michigan's kids from birth to age 3 are at risk of showing up to kindergarten unprepared to learn. A new report outlines measures with the most evidence of success and highest return on investment to help them.

10 Years of Change

Celebrating 10 years of Model D with a new series, '10 Years of Change'

As Model D celebrates its 10th birthday, we're pleased to announce "10 Years of Change," a year-long series of stories and events that will both look back on the transformations that have occurred in Detroit over the last decade and look forward to those to come.

A science class at the Michigan Science Center

STEM education opens doors to a variety of career paths, regional success

A vice president of the largest independent electricity transmission company in the U.S. writes that we can maintain southeast Michigan's reputation as an innovative and desirable location for companies looking to expand as well as set our kids up for success by focusing on STEM-related topics in schools.

The Detroit Children's Choir

Detroit Children's Choir brings together diverse voices from around the region

For several years, Detroit Public Schools has been working to keep arts education programs afloat amidst statewide budget cuts. In our Partners in Arts series, Model D and InspirED Michigan are exploring how partnerships with nonprofits throughout Detroit are ensuring DPS students have access to the arts and are experiencing the impact of music, dance, theater and more in their lives.

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How metro Detroit cities are staying relevant in 'live, work, play' era of office space

As downtown Detroit's office space attracts growing companies with lifestyle amenities, can suburban communities keep up?

What if Movement took over I-375?

What if the movement to reimagine I-375 included Movement?

As Detroit considers permanently transforming I-375, what if we temporarily shut down the freeway and experienced it at the human scale? What if Movement grew into 375 next year? Can you feel it?
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