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Happy Holidays, from us to you

The holiday season is already is in full swing here at Model D, but we're going to take it up a notch the next two weeks with family and friends. Stay warm and cozy and we'll see you back here Jan. 7.

On the Ground, in words and pictures

Meet some people who consider self-sufficiency integral to their lives and choose Brightmoor over a more remote location because of the value they place in community. Slideshow courtesy of Model D photographer Marvin Shaouni.

Growing bold ideas for Detroit's future

At this year's Idealab at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, six Detroit innovators were invited to Ann Arbor to share radical ideas for the future of the city. Matthew Lewis was there with his notebook, Doug Coombe with his camera.

UIX: Riet Schumack and Neighbors Building Brightmoor

Riet Schumack is one of the co-founders of a non-profit organization composed of a group of neighbors dedicated to helping each other to create a beautiful, healthy and sustainable community for themselves and their children. Matthew Lewis reports for UIX.

Green Grocer: Finding fresh food in greater downtown

Our food shopping tour concludes in Lafayette Park, East Riverfront and Midtown, where Nicole Rupersburg visits markets offering fresh produce, meats, fish and other home cooking staples. Marvin Shaouni puts it all into focus with his camera.

Shop local: Our list of holiday shopping destinations

Only seven days left to get the rest of your holiday shopping on and, thanks to a growing number of creative urban entrepreneurs, your options are increasing. Nicole Rupersburg compiles a list of places you need to go.

Model D TV: Back on Livernois with the Lions and Hatch Detroit

A neighborhood retail initiative led by the Detroit Lions and Hatch Detroit brings our video team DETROIT LIVES! back to the Avenue of Fashion for this series of Model D TV episodes. 

Open City recapped: "Loca-what?"

Cliff Bell's was packed with people interested hearing a panel of experts involved in the world of "Loca-vesting," or sourcing funding locally from companies and individuals located in the same community. Matthew Lewis reports from the crowd.

On the Ground: Reinvesting in power of education

Nearly 20 years ago, 167,000 students were enrolled in Detroit Public Schools. Today, only 49,000 students attend school in the district, leaving over 150 vacant buildings. Matthew Lewis talks to a group working to repurpose one of them into a trade school in Brightmoor.

Music is missing link in Detroit recovery

Essayist Keith Owens says Detroit needs to polish off its 'international gold standard' as a music city and re-emerge as a creative powerhouse to rival Memphis and New Orleans, at the very least. Let's start by helping to keep local talent in the city, he says. 

UIX: Joe Rashid and Restore the 'Moor

Joe Rashid is the Outreach Director for Restore the 'Moor, a community-driven plan being developed by and for community members in Brightmoor. Matthew Lewis introduces the person and the project for the Urban Innovation Exchange.

Speaker Series: What can we learn from Brightmoor?

Come to the Brightmoor Community Center on Wednesday, Dec. 11 to learn lessons that can inform what we do in other Detroit communities. The event features a group of panelists made up of engaged residents, neighborhood leaders, and creative thinkers.

Dance Noel Night away at Model D house

Yes, we're gonna party hard as part of the joyous Noel Night festivities in Midtown this Saturday, Dec. 7. And you're all invited. Come meet some of our staff and contributors, drink and eat a little, then hit our dance floor. Good times in the North Cass Corridor assured.   

Green Grocer: University Commons and beyond

Our food shopping tour across the city continues in North Central Detroit, where Nicole Rupersburg visits full-service markets offering fresh produce, meats, fish and other home cooking staples. Marvin Shaouni captures it all with his camera.

Green Grocer: Fresh food shopping on Detroit's Lower East Side

Our food shopping tour across the city continues on the Lower East Side, where Nicole Rupersburg visits full-service markets offering fresh produce, meats, fish and other home cooking staples. Marvin Shaouni dropped in with his camera.
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