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Walter Hicks in front of his home on Detroit's west side

Opinion: Detroit should sell its occupied, publicly-owned homes to their current residents

Each year, more Detroit homeowners become renters, squatters or altogether homeless. Michele Oberholtzer offers a radical solution to this problem: a homestead program to sell occupied, publicly-owned homes to current residents for just $1.

Ferry Farm

Heading home: Roots run deep for many who grew up on the farm

Paul Pridgeon remembers graduating from Central Michigan University and asking himself the question that swirls in the minds of so many recent graduates: Now what?

RecoveryPark CEO and founder Gary Wozniak

RecoveryPark rehabilitates a neighborhood and the lives of returning citizens through farming

A commercial-scale agriculture nonprofit, RecoveryPark also employs Detroiters who have prison records, literacy issues, substance abuse recovery issues, and other past struggles that make it difficult to find work.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer

Is Detroit a sanctuary city? Depends on who you ask

Sanctuary cities are municipalities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities in deporting, detaining, or collecting information on residents who may be in the country illegally have recently. Tim Boscarino looks into whether or not Detroit is one. 

Attendees of the event

Perception vs. reality: Safety in Live6 discussed at Speakeasy event

On Friday, January 20, the Live6 Alliance and Model D collaborated for another SpeakEasy event where over 70 attendees participated in a community conversation to discuss the security of the neighborhoods in Live6.

Bradford Frost

In memory of Bradford Frost: It's time to rekindle our romance with the Detroit idea

Bradford Frost, director of Capital Impact Partners' Detroit program and all around great person, passed away this week. Model D is republishing an essay he wrote in 2015 to honor his memory. 

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A cultural history of Metro Detroit, Chapter One: Native Americans

Our new series on Metro Detroit's ethnic and cultural history, written by local writer and historian Mickey Lyons, begins with the first Detroiters, Native Americans.

Tomatoes

Greenhouse to grocery: Stocking stores with year-round Michigan produce

You can find a little bit of summer in Michigan tomatoes grown in the winter.

Norma Heath in her kitchen, where kids come to use her laptop.

Bridging Detroit's massive digital divide

38 percent of Detroiters, and 63 percent of its low-income residents, have no home broadband. But people and organizations are helping Detroiters access the internet, and teaching them how to use it.

Kentucky memorabilia

Beans and dobros: Preserving what's left of Appalachia in Detroit

In part two of our series on Appalachian culture in metro Detroit, West Virginia-native Courtney Balestier listens to stories from the Kentuckians of Michigan. And takes home some beans. 

Performance of "Movement Memory Maps"

Citizen innovation, area history on display in Northeast Detroit tour

An initiative called Create Northeast Detroit recently launched a bus tour of the area encompassing Detroit's District 3 council district. Everyone who took it was treated to a number of innovative, grassroots efforts at community development.

Maurice Cox, Director of the City of Detroit's Planning Department

Lessons from Planning Director Maurice Cox on spreading bike culture across Detroit

In a conversation with Model D, Maurice Cox, Director of the City of Detroit's Planning Department, says he'll put extra emphasis on bike infrastructure across the city. 

LaToya Morgan, CDAD's Public Housing manager

A better mix: Detroiters work to expand affordable housing options

There are many common misconceptions about who lives in affordable housing and what impact those communities have on neighborhoods. But the reality is that affordable housing increases stability, support, and mobility to a neighborhood and city.

Artist rendering of Baltimore Station

7 of the most exciting developments in Detroit for 2017

As we step into 2017, let's take a look at some of the development news stories that are sure to influence the way we think about and interact with the city of Detroit.

Claire Nelson, founder of the Urban Consulate, introduces the Speakeasy presenters

Join us for the next installment of Speakeasy: a community dialogue on safety

On Friday, January 20, Model D is once again teaming up with the Live6 Alliance for the third installment of the speaker series, Speakeasy. 
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