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Mike Medow, Morgan Willis, and Jenny Lee of Allied Media Projects

Becoming the media: Allied Media Conference celebrates 10 years in Detroit

This year marks an important milestone for Allied Media Conference, a nationally-significant conference that that utilizes media and technology to advance social justice. 10 years ago, AMC relocated to Detroit, a move that ushered in significant changes.

Chuckie Finster

Video: Stand-up comedy showcase finds loyal following in unlikely venue

The monthly stand-up comedy showcase Chuckie Finster, which takes place at Recycle Here, has to be seen to be appreciated. That's why we sent filmmaker Michael Babbish there last month to find out what makes the show so popular.

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Model Dís guide to one of the biggest city-think gatherings of the year

New Urbanists coming to Detroit for CNU24 have dozens of talks, events, and workshops they can check out each day. Here's some Model D-affiliated events (plus a few more) to consider attending.

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Your 2016 guide to the new and next on Metro Detroit's trails

Metro Detroit is home to over 1,000 miles of trails—with even more being planned and built every year. Here's what to expect as you plan your next non-motorized adventure.

"SEMBENE!" is about the life and work of Ousmane Sembene

An interview with the co-director of "SEMBENE!", a movie about "the father of African cinema"

"SEMBENE!", a movie about the highly influential Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene, will be screened at the Cinetopia Film Festival. Model D spoke with co-director of "SEMBENE!" Jason Silverman about the movie, and what it means to screen it in Detroit.

Elliot Wilhelm, director at the DFT

Despite few theaters, Detroit's film culture proves resilient

Detroit doesn't have many options for a night out at the movies. But the selection that does exist is strong and caters to a niche market of loyal customers who love film. 

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Detroit artist grows awareness of Michigan's invasive plants by making them into paper

Through making paper from Michigan's invasive plants, Meg Heeres is raising awareness about an environmental threat while empowering people to make something beautiful.

A.L. Holmes Elementary School students

Detroit Public Schools welcomes blended learning into the classroom

When blended learning—a mix of online instruction and live teachers—came to the classroom, some feared a battle of high tech versus high touch, a world of kids plugging into computers and the teacher rendered obsolete. But what has evolved at one Detroit school is a system of high tech and high touch.

Mayor Karen Majewski

The strong, tolerant women leading Hamtramck

While Hamtramck is a prominent cultural melting pot, it is also a municipality with strong women at the helm. Annamarie Sysling profiles the city's mayor, police chief, and city manager.

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

Landscapes of luxury: A guide to metro Detroit's public gardens

Metro Detroit is home to some spectacular gardens and greenspaces—all open to the public. Writer and garden expert Brian Allnutt tells us which to visit this spring and summer. 

Gathering at House Opera

Crowdfunding creatives: House Opera begins buildout after successful fundraising campaign

Crowdfunding certainly isn’t unique to Detroit, but it’s definitely useful in a city where banks can be reluctant to dole out loans. That's why countless business and nonprofits like the event space House Opera are turning to crowdfunding.

Peterboro's seaweed salad

It's never been easier to eat vegan in Detroit

PETA recently named Detroit one of the top vegan-friendly cities in the U.S. While the animal rights group noted the many restaurants that cater to vegans, there's actually a lot of non-vegan restaurants that serve these diners as well. Writer (and vegan) Jessica Meyer tells us her favorites.

Hemlocks line the banks at Tahquamenon Falls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Aliens in the woods: Invasive species pose number one threat to Michigan forests

Despite what Smokey Bear may have told you, fires aren't the number one threat to forest ecosystems (at least not in Michigan). According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, invasive species are what we should be most worried about.

Brightmoor, Detroit Futbol League champs in 2011

From the Archives: The inaugural season of the Detroit City Futbol League

The Detroit City Futbol League has been a mainstay of amateur soccer in the city, and done so with a lot of Detroit flare. We revisit the league's inaugural year, 2010, with a video from the archives.

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Aviation Subdivision: A neighborhood in two cities

A tale of two cities...in one neighborhood. David Sands digs into the mystery of the Aviation Subdivision, a unique community straddling the border of Detroit and Dearborn.
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