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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. 

Joe Rashid

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.


Zipcars bring pay-by-the-hour motoring to the Motor City

Living without a car has never been easy in Detroit. But with Zipcar’s recent launch of a fleet of 40 vehicles across the city, the car-free dream just got a little easier. Nina Ignaczak looks at how the program works, Marvin Shaouni shows us visual proof.


City kids: Young Detroiters finding a voice

Supporters of youth advocacy programs say that when youth are a part of the solution they can help transform neighborhoods, schools, and communities -- and stay out of trouble in the mean time. Melinda Clynes makes the case in this report.


On the Ground: Center of Brightmoor community life

A neighborhood gathering place built by residents 84 years ago, the Brightmoor Community Center has overcome financial distress to create a collaborative environment at the corner of Lyndon and Burt roads. Matthew Lewis visits and reports. 

Ritchie Harrison

UIX: Ritchie Harrison and Jefferson East Inc.

Ritchie Harrison is the economic development director for Jefferson East Inc., an organization that focuses on the revitalization of neighborhoods along the East Jefferson corridor. MJ Galbraith has the rest of the story for Urban Innovation Exchange.


Happy Thanksgiving, see you in December

Eat some great food, drink some great drinks and enjoy the next couple of weeks without us. We'll look for you at the parade or at some cozy craft cocktail party. Be safe, you'll see us again Dec. 3. 


IdeaLab: A look into the future

We're excited to partner again with the Revitalization and Business Conference this Friday, Dec. 6. Presented by the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, "IdeaLab" is a fast-paced, two-hour session with a stellar line-up of Detroit innovators.


On the Ground: From radical to reverend in Brightmoor

Focusing efforts on his personal vision for Brightmoor, Rev. Larry Simmons is intent on creating a neighborhood that is "saved, prospering, peaceful, diverse, engaged, and empowered." Matthew Lewis reports on how the pastor's church is involved in neighborhood redevelopment. 
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