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Eldric Laron

VOICES: How music and writing helped one Detroit youth through high school

In the middle of his 5th grade year, Eldric Laron's family moved to a different part of the city and he transferred schools. The change was hard, but creative writing helped him overcome it. 

The Hamilton, formerly Milner Arms

Detroit's inclusionary housing ordinance, explained

Last year, Detroit's city council passed an ordinance stipulating multi-family developments that received subsidies must include affordable housing. Half a year later, has it had its intended effect? We took a look. 

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How a merger between Forward Cities and CEOs for Cities will aim to drive inclusive economic growth

Wealth inequality in America across racial lines is growing, particularly in cities. Here's how one organization proposes to tackle it.

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Self-driving security: How Detroit leads the way in automotive cybersecurity

With the rise of connected vehicle technology comes an increased level of vulnerability to security threats. Fortunately, the Detroit region's automotive cybersecurity industry is growing strong—in numbers, and in proactive defense against attacks.

Jenny Poma and Ryan Hertz

Q&A: HandUp CEO and COO on how the online platform helps fight homelessness

Model D spoke with HandUp CEO Ryan Hertz and COO Jenny Poma about the value of HandUp, why they wanted to bring it to metro Detroit, and more. 

Corey Williams

Reimagining McNichols: The multi-pronged effort to bring back a struggling commercial corridor

While McNichols and its surrounding communities in Live6 have gone through difficult economic times in recent years, things may be turning around as new investment, public and private, finds a foothold in the area.

Sharon Murphy, founder of Clothes 4 Jobs

Looking the part: One woman's mission to dress job candidates to their fullest potential

Clothes 4 Jobs Detroit, a nonprofit that launches next month, has the goal of providing underserved Detroit-area job candidates with professional attire for job fairs, interviews, and their future careers.

Amit Makhecha

Food entrepreneurs scale up production at groundbreaking manufacturing facility FEAST Detroit

On a very basic level, FEAST Detroit is a collaborative manufacturing facility with three partner companies. But they're using the extra space to help small food entrepreneurs scale up.

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Building minds: How Detroit grows mobility talent

Mining talent for the ever-evolving mobility industry isn't as simple as recruiting traditional automotive engineers. That's why Michigan's K-12 schools, colleges, and universities are responding to educate highly skilled, flexible workers.

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VIDEO: Sturgis Area Community Foundation invests in rural neighborhood revitalization

How are rural foundations across the state approaching economic development? We’re sharing success stories right here in Michigan, starting with a look at the Sturgis Foundation's efforts to revitalize neighborhoods.

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7 must-visit spots on the Detroit border

At Model D, we're always looking for ways to showcase efforts at regionalism. That's why we wanted to highlight some of the places situated right on the border that are regularly visited by Detroiters and suburbanites alike.

Onyx Ashanti

3 lessons the rest of Detroit can learn from the North End

For the final On the Ground piece from the North End, project editor Imani Mixon shares a few things she learned during her time there.

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Metro Detroit cities prepare for autonomous vehicles with smart infrastructure

Connected and autonomous vehicles require intelligent infrastructure for maximum efficiency. As metro Detroit advances intelligent vehicles from test environments to roads, towns and cities are planning for the many changes ahead.

The Hamilton, formerly Milner Arms

Why the redevelopment of a Midtown apartment building is a crucial test case for inclusive housing

When the Milner Arms apartment building was purchased by real estate developer Broder & Sachse, many of the senior and low-income residents worried they'd be evicted. But when the building reopens later this year, almost all are expected to return.

Blythe Filar plays music with patients

How creative arts therapies support the mental health of Michigan children

Michigan children and teens who have mental health issues are being helped through creative therapies. We took a look at some of these interventions, and found out why they work.
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