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Man and child attending Hamtramck peace rally

Photo essay: Hamtramck rallies for peace and unity

Two rallies for peace and unity took place in Hamtramck earlier this month. Photographer Lauren Montgomery was there to capture them. 

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Detroit's urban farms embrace green infrastructure for sustainable water use

Detroit's urban farms are using green infrastructure to reduce their water costs. Along the way, they're helping to improve the city's stormwater system.

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Can Metro Detroit's municipalities cooperate?

In the wake of a narrow defeat for regional transit, Ellen Vial explores how we might learn from regional cooperation in Pittsburgh and the Twin Cities.

Cherry Capital Foods

Food hubs are the future of Michigan's food economy

They help bring together farmers and consumers, make it easier to eat healthy food, in addition to a host of other benefits. 

Lucy Carnaghi, co-owner of Rose's Fine Foods

Higher wages and split tips: Working for fair pay in the Detroit service industry

The tipping system is the cheapest, easiest legal way for restaurateurs to maintain a staff, but it also has unfortunate side-effects for that same staff. Some in the service industry, however, are rethinking the tip. 

?Lucas, 13, getting his hair cut by Metro Detroit Barber College owner Raymond Ware

Metro Detroit Barber College is both bridge and sanctuary in a changing Detroit

With so many changes happening in the city and Live6 area, Metro Detroit Barber College is a refuge of stability where people from the neighborhood and across the city can get a good cut at a low price with good company.
 

Bioretention at Liuzzo Park

How Detroit's public parks are using green infrastructure to prevent flooding, save money

Detroit's parks are testing grounds for new green infrastructure projects that are changing the way the city manages its stormwater runoff.

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Michigan Dune Alliance helps protect Michigan's iconic sand dunes from invasive species

Michigan's iconic sand dunes are threatened by invasive species. Fortunately, a group of conservation organizations are joining forces to weed out the invaders.

West Virginia University College of Pharmacy Guests at Parke-Davis Home Laboratories in Detroit (1959)

In search of the Hillbilly Highway

Between 1940 and 1960, seven million Appalachians left their home region to find work in places like Detroit. In the first of a two-part series, native-West Virginian Courtney Balestier writes about the history of the migration, and speaks to people who experienced it. 

Erin Cole, co-owner of Nurturing Our Seeds, with her two children, Oshun and Asa

Entrepreneurship and motherhood: Finding strength in overcoming bias

Women and minority entrepreneurs face an unfortunate amount of bias as business owners. But in the second part of our three part series on mother entrepreneurs, Melinda Clynes discovers the strength that comes from pushing through those biases. 

Working on the Osborn Outdoor Education Center

Land minds: 4 creative land use projects aid education of Detroit youth

Detroit has 20 square miles of vacant land. Claire Charlton writes about four projects utilizing vacant land that have the potential to impact the lives of Detroit's youth.

?Jay Rayford (left) with Motor City Match winner George N'namdi, Motor City Match consultant James Feagin, and Motor City Match Winner Godwin Ihentuge

Guest column: My journey to business owner and deeper connections

After being away from Detroit for years, Jay Raford moved back to his hometown and opened up a socially-conscious food business in the Live6 area.

Ron Gurdjian has tended bar at Tom's Tavern since "the late 70s"

In praise of the chill bar

With the announcement of the closing of St. Cece's, a quintessentially chill bar, Amy Elliott Bragg makes a case for the chill bar and lists her favorites. 

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Two community benefits ordinances in Detroit set for ballot battle

Two bills on this year's ballot could establish a community benefits ordinance in Detroit. Nina Ignaczak delves into what that might mean for the city and the differences between the two. 

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