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St. Rita Apartments

Roses for Rita: A brief history of a long vacancy in the North End

The St. Rita apartments, a historic 100-year-old building that's been vacant since the early 2000s, will be renovated into 26 units for low-income residents. But what took so long?

Denise Kennedy next to the Princeton Street community board

With few resources, block clubs find ways to stabilize and rejuvenate communities across Detroit

While not exciting like a new business or app, block clubs have quietly stabilized neighborhoods, provided residents with opportunities, and brought neighbors closer together.

Brooke Solomon

Michigan Nightlight Voices: Cass Tech sophomore experiences disparities in school systems firsthand

Brooke Solomon has been a student in both West Bloomfield and Detroit. The differences between those experiences was stark, and led the high school sophomore to her current community service efforts at buildOn.

Tracy Teague, a Production Supervisor at Shinola

Can Detroit become a textile manufacturing hub? Industry professionals think so

Detroit currently lacks the manufacturing capacity and labor force to support local fashion companies. But many people in the field are determined to change that.

Raymond Underwood, winner of the Hagopian Rug Design Contest

"You can't just talk about race anywhere": Detroit youth explore race through the arts

A plethora of art programs across the city offer young Detroiters rich, textured avenues for artistic expression about contemporary racial, cultural, and social justice issues.

Steven Harris

Q&A: Steven Harris of Rebound Construction on the North End bouncing back

Model D spoke to Steven Harris, a developer from the North End working in the North End, about developing responsibly, how the neighborhood is changing, and more. 

Alex Fluegel and Jalyn Spencer-Harris, founders of Mama Hub Hub

Motherhood is better together: Why two Detroit women started a community to support moms

Jalyn Spencer-Harris and Alex Fluegel were disappointed with the lack of resources and a quality support system for moms in Detroit. That's why they founded Detroit Mama Hub.

Nicole Lindsey holds a brood comb frame loaded with honeybees

Detroit's vacant lots find new life from a surprising source: Bees

Founded earlier this year, Detroit Hives hopes to eliminate blight in the city by repurposing vacant lots, promoting honey bee conservation, and educating the community about bee farming and the benefits of honey bees.

The Belt, an activated alley in downtown Detroit

Alley revolution: How Detroit rethought and repurposed its alleys

The alley has traditionally been a dingy place littered with trash and puddles. But several recent projects in Detroit have repurposed the typically unwelcoming environment of an alley in innovative and positive ways.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Taking the 'high road'

Green stormwater infrastructure is one of the most important tools we have for cleaning the Great Lakes. But paying for and managing it with public assets alone is daunting. Here's how leveraging private sector resources for green infrastructure can achieve multiple public goals.

An After Dark gaming event

Science education: It's not just for kids at the Michigan Science Center

STEM jobs are being touted as critically important in the U.S., which is one reason why the Michigan Science Center offers programs targeted at audiences of all ages.

Roger Margerum House

The 10 most interesting houses in Detroit

Detroit has its share of stunningly beautiful houses. It also has its share of interesting, unusual, and downright bizarre houses. We sent Anthony Lanzilote to photograph our 10 favorite. 

Javanbakht and Grasser

Suffering in silence: How Metro Detroit supports the health of its youngest immigrants and refugees

The experience of moving to a foreign country can be traumatic for children, especially those fleeing persecution or war. Metro Detroit organizations are giving immigrant and refugee children tools to heal from traumatic experiences for a better future.

Duo Security offices

What Michiganders need to know to stay on top of identity theft

With news of the breach at credit reporting agency Equifax, we decided to look into the identity theft threats people are facing in Michigan, which state organizations are protecting them, and what they can do to prevent or recover from a hack.

Jamii Tata

More than words: How a DIY literary culture enriches the North End

The North End is home to a vibrant collection of writers, poets, storytellers, and literary advocates imbuing the neighborhood with their artistry. 
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