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Green Alley List

Harnessing Detroit's green infrastructure potential

Join Model D on Thursday, September 8, when five panelists will share how they've made an impact on the city by using nature to create a balance between built and natural environments.

Flash Delivery

Founders of Detroit's Flash Delivery keep their plates full

When entrepreneurs recognize just how well their skills complement each other, there’s no limit to their potential for success. Into their third year together, Ericka Billingslea and Tatiana Grant are feeding Detroit by growing Flash Delivery at a steady pace. 

Students in the program roleplay as police officers

Keeping the peace: Wayne State program continues longtime work of youth conflict resolution

As the 50th anniversary of the Detroit 1967 approaches, Wayne State University's Center for Peace and Conflict Studies continues to challenge tomorrow's young leaders to take action today.

Tom and Vicki Zilke of Zilke Vegetable Farm

Eastern Market's 10-year plan will shape our region's food economy

The ambitious plan will modernize the market by creating an enterprise zone for food processing and a new entity to act as broker between Southeast Michigan farmers and commercial consumers.

The Mercy Mignight Storm Robotics Team. From left to right, mentors Rachel Aptowitz and Nada Alhamdi, students Brianna Bryant and Kandis Chow, and Keysha Camps

This all-girls robotics team wins competitions and minds

Participation in Mercy Midnight Storm, an all-girls robotics and science team in Southwest Detroit, has been a truly empowering experience for all its members. 

Walter Hicks in front of his home on Detroit's west side

To fix the foreclosure crisis, we first have to understand it

A home foreclosure crisis has gripped Detroit for over a decade. In the first of two articles, David Sands delves into the extent of the crisis and the people working to understand it. 

Carla Hamilton

How affordable artist housing can help cultural communities celebrate themselves

Since Artspace developed its first project, the Northern Warehouse Artists Cooperative in 1990 in the Lowertown area of downtown St. Paul, the organization has created 40 additional art spaces across the country.

Pashon Murray

Through business stardom and personal struggles, Pashon Murray remains focused

Pashon Murray, co-founder of Detroit Dirt, has visited the White House, been featured in a Ford commercial, and written about in national magazines. All this publicity has been great for her composting business, but it hasn't come without difficulties.

The corner of the Bagley Trumbull Market, future location of a sushi restaraunt

Unpacking the formula for success in Detroit's oldest neighborhood

Small business development in Corktown has grown tremendously over the past decade. So much so that it's worth looking to as a model for other Detroit neighborhoods angling for revitalization.

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In search of alternatives to urban sprawl

Metro Detroiters have been living with urban sprawl for more than a generation. Patrick Dunn dives into one of our region's most controversial topics in this first installment of our series on solutions to regional issues. 

Safety and traffic are big questions when cycling in Michigan.

Biking Michigan: Politics and safety

In part two of Biking Lake Michigan, writer Mark Wedel tackles some of the political realities surrounding biking in Michigan.

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Interview: Author William Rapai on invasive species and the Great Lakes

What impact are invasive species like the zebra mussel and the round goby having on the Great Lakes? And why does it matter? We interview the author of a new book on invasive species in our beloved blue waters.

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Seeking a "missing middle" in Metro Detroit's housing market

Even as demographics shift and preferences change, most Metro Detroit developers are sticking with a familiar playbook of detached single family homes. But a few intrepid builders are testing the waters with "missing middle" housing.

Carla Walker Miller

Success beyond startup: Walker-Miller invests in energy, diversity

By definition, startups have to start somewhere. But in order to really gain traction, small businesses must reach “second level” to create jobs and contribute to the economy on a bigger scale. Carla Walker-Miller, president and CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services, talks about how to make this leap, and why “leaning out” is so important for growth and diversity.

Chelsea Neblett

Local farmers markets build community around Metro Detroit

Despite easier and cheaper options for organic food, Detroiters still seem eager to spend money at local markets. And the reason is community. 

Macho City at Briggs

From glorious to inclusive: The past, present, and future of Detroit's LGBT spaces

In the '70s and '80s, Detroit had a strong and proud gay presence with a hub in Palmer Park. While that "gayborhood" no longer exists, the city is steadily reclaiming its LGBT heritage, and becoming more inclusive as a result. 

Biking in Michigan can take you through both peninsulas.

Biking Lake Michigan: A long-distance adventure

Writer Mark Wedel offers up a personal account and lessons learned along the U.S. Bike Route 35 through northern and western Michigan, the first in a two-part series on long-distance bike routes in the state.

Downtown Ferndale

New study confirms economic impact of eight placemaking assets every community should have

What assets make a community strong? You might be surprised to learn that the things that deliver the biggest economic bang for the buck aren't what's traditionally discussed in Michigan.

Carla Walker-Miller of Walker-Miller Energy at Cafe con Leche

10 lessons about scaling your business from our #HighGrowthHappyHour

Last year, Southeast Michigan Startup began telling the story of high growth companies in Metro Detroit. Here are our 10 favorite lessons from those #HighGrowthHappyHouse meet-ups.

Khali Sweeney

The Downtown Boxing Gym is much more than a boxing gym

Carlo "Khali" Sweeney is the founder of a boxing gym on Detroit's east side that develops good citizenship in urban youth through a wide variety of educational and fitness programs and voluntary service. 

Sarah Ayers in her workshop

Garment designer Sarah Ayers adds some chic to Detroit's grit

Since opening her clothier business, William and Bonnie, two years ago, owner Sarah Ayers has created a niche for herself as Detroit's go-to seamstress and garment designer.

The 36th District Courthouse

Small Claims: A slow journey to justice in the 36th District Court

Working a case through small claims court can be can be a terrible burden. Michele Oberholtzer describes her path to "justice" at the 36th District Court, and explains why she was one of the lucky ones. 

Andrea Eckert next to the work of Holding House resident artist Emily Duke

The rapid increase and persistent issues of Detroit's art gallery scene

In recent years, there's been a proliferation of art galleries in Detroit. While that's mostly been a positive, it does come with some caveats. 

Mosaic in Clark Park

Young creatives strengthen neighborhoods through art, community-driven funding

The resident-driven grant program, Community Connections, has helped fund numerous initiatives focused on uplifting Detroit's youth. 

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Good wood: How you can enjoy your campfire this summer while protecting Michigan's forests

Without campfires, there's no s'mores. But without restrictions on moving firewood around the state, there might not be healthy forests. Mark Wedel explains why.

Walter Wasacz

10 Years of Change: Harnessing the power of P-Funk

Former Model D managing editor Walter Wasacz reflects on the changes he's witnessed in the last decade in Detroit, and how to harness the power of P-Funk to inspire your own. 

A Slow Roll ride in Detroit

Opinion: Slow Roll has lost its way

Slow Roll, a weekly bike ride through a Detroit neighborhood that attracts thousands of riders, is ostensibly a casual affair meant to engender good will between cyclists and residents. But, as Mickey Lyons writes, recent rides have accomplished the exact opposite. 

Carbonell and Hooton get a lesson from Talea de Castro farmers

Local coffee shop gives back to Mexican farming town

Not only did Cafe Con Leche's owner and in-house roaster visit the town where their coffee is grown, they also decided to give back a percentage of each bag of coffee they sell to those same farmers.

McUsic and Carreon outside their home

The Eco-House: How a couple took green renovating to its limit

Since beginning renovations on their home in Detroit's West Village in 2013, Alessandra Carreon and Drew McUsic have considered the environmental effects of nearly all their decisions.

Rosa Parks Transit Center

Rosa Parks Transit Center to get facelift

The city of Detroit has allocated $850,000 this year and next to fix up the Rosa Parks Transit Center, which has seen better days.

Sarah Pappas of Fresh Cut Detroit

Foraging for flowers with Fresh Cut Detroit

Model D followed Sarah Pappas, owner of Fresh Cut Detroit, during one of her flower foraging excursions and learned a great deal about Detroit's unique and varied collection of wild flora.

Wild Strawberry. Credit: Wikimedia commons.

Planting for tomorrow: Replacing aggressive species to promote diversity

Advice from our resident garden expert, Brian Allnutt, on how to add a little diversity and eco-friendliness into your garden landscape this summer.

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Juice bar unites Grosse Pointe and Detroit kids around healthy food

The border between Grosse Pointe and Detroit is a study in contrasts. One entrepreneur is working to bridge that divide by bringing kids together to learn about healthy food.

Exterior of the Green Garage

Green Garage turns five: How a business incubator created a lasting model for sustainability

The small business incubator and coworking space in Midtown has proven that its triple bottom line approach is a successful model.

Mark Mothersbaugh's Myopia

From Jocko Homo to Pee-wee's Playhouse: it's a beautiful world

This summer, Mark Mothersbaugh's "Myopia" will enchant Clevelanders and Akronites alike with a host of surreal characters, giant graphics and all things DEVO.  

El Moore's facade

The greenest apartment building in Detroit

Tom and Peggy Brennan, founders of the Green Garage, have also rehabbed a nearby historic apartment building that's stunning in both its beauty and energy efficiency. 

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 D’s 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.

Mary Aganowski has tended bar at the Two Way Inn since 1981

Detroit's veteran bartenders reflect on over 30 years behind the bar

Most seasoned bartenders will tell you that the more things change, the more they stay the same. But for these tenured tenders, the view from the bar illustrates the story of Detroit’s dynamic transformations.

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Regional transit: DDOT, SMART join forces on express bus service

The refleX line will link city and suburbs with express bus service. Some see it as a big step forward for regional transit, others say the money could be better spent elsewhere. 

Paxahau today (left to right): Sam Fotias, Jason Clark, Chuck Flask, and Jason Huvaere

Constant 'Movement': 10 years managing one of the world's largest electronic music festivals

In 2006, Detroit's renowned electronic music festival nearly disappeared for good. That is, until Paxahau took on the challenge of running it. 10 years later and the festival is as strong as ever.

From "The Radicalization Process"

Meet the Hinterlands, your friendly neighborhood theater revolutionaries

The vivid, boundary-stretching productions the Hinterlands creates are wonders to behold that reflect an unusually profound engagement with their subject matter. 

Author Sean Ammirati

Venture capitalist to speak in Detroit about "The Science of Growth"

Sean Ammirati is coming to Detroit this Thursday, April 28 to discuss his new book, "The Science of Growth," which gives future entrepreneurs a blueprint for growing a successful startup.

Soulardarity's leadership team: Nikkia Jones and Jackson Koeppel

Community lighting group to potentially partner with Highland Park on ambitious project

When the gutting of Highland Park's lighting grid left residents in the dark four years ago, a grassroots group called Soulardarity sprang up to try to remedy the problem. Now, they're attempting to forge an unprecedented partnership to light the entire city with solar power.

Castle's cofounders renovating their house in Detroit

Tech startup finds creative solution to living and working in two different cities

Many startups find Silicon Valley oversaturated and are seeking opportunities in cities with nascent tech scenes. Castle, a property management tech company, is doing just that in Detroit.

Boating on the Grand Canal in the early 1900s

Belle Isle and Olmsted's forgotten legacy

Frederick Law Olmsted designed Belle Isle, but his plan was lightly implemented and even counteracted by future developments. Brian Allnutt argues its time we reexamine Olmsted's original plans to better inform future use of the island.

The Avenue of Fashion

From the Archives: Boulevard of dreams

Remember when Livernois was nine lanes wide? Check out this article from 2007 anticipating the Avenue of Fashion's transition into a two-lane boulevard, a crucial step in the district's revival.

Paul Riser, director of technology-based entrepreneurship at TechTown

Innovation district has the potential to "supercharge" Detroit's economy

The Brookings Institute has identified areas that contain concentrations of universities, research institutions, and companies as "innovation districts," or places that "supercharge the economy." Many believe Midtown Detroit could be that kind of place -- a nexus of innovative thinking and commercial development for the entire region.

The Slyde Team

Avenue of Fashion restaurant to bring new approach to an old favorite

The restaurant Slyde will upgrade a classic American dish, the slider, by locally sourcing almost all of its ingredients, and operating in an energy-efficient, community-driven development project on the Avenue of Fashion.

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Invasives, beware! Michigan gets organized about fighting exotic species

The collaborative approach to fighting invasive species is—pardon the pun—growing like a weed in Michigan. Find out how we stand a better chance of eradicating nature's monsters through collaboration.

Dr. Tonya Matthews

Opinion: How to combat bias in STEM

Dr. Tonya Matthews, President and CEO of the Michigan Science Center, writes about what we can do to resist bias against girls in science education and hiring.

Guy Kenny in Glassline’s Plymouth studio

The versatile material and company that's restoring Detroit's downtown architecture

Glassline recreates lost or deteriorated architectural elements for historic buildings that are undergoing rehabilitation. And they're making them all out of fiberglass.

Kamal Rahman of BAPAC at Aladdin Sweets and Cafe

The future of Hamtramck is being built today

Business development in Hamtramck is booming thanks to a mixture of immigrant entrepreneurs, who kept large parts of the city afloat during economic hardships in the 1990s, and newer owners looking to experiment. 

Shaka Senghor

Shaka Senghor

Shaka Senghor is a New York Times best-selling author, a highly respected and sought-after speaker, a mentor and teacher, a criminal justice reform activist, and an ex-con who works to put a human face to incarceration and show that transformation is possible. 

Inaugural Cross Stitch Creative class

College for Creative Studies and Mars Agency collaborate on unique program for design students

The Cross Stitch Creative program gives College for Creative Studies design students first-hand experience in working for and learning from an industry-leading shopper marketing agency. But that's not the end of the story. 

Lining W. Grand Boulevard

How Detroit became a city of trees

More than 50 years before Dutch elm disease, a treacherous caterpillar pest spurred the city to action on an ambitious plan for its street trees.

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Restoring the Rouge is 'about getting the community to the river'

When Bill Craig heard about a golf course coming to a local wetland, he started getting active. And he's been that way ever since.

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Cleaning up the past for a brighter, 'bluer' economic future in Michigan

Michigan's 'blue economy' presents plenty of opportunities for Michigan's economic future. But first, the state must clean up the sins of its economic past.

Bob Burns

A lifetime on the water: Robert Burns on why public access is key to fixing the Detroit River

Robert Burns grew up hunting and fishing along the lower Detroit River. Today, he leads work to clean up the river's toxic sediments while creating wildlife habitat, and says reconnecting people with the waterway is key to its future.

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Overcoming a bad rep: Detroit and Rouge River headed for recovery

How much can you really clean up and restore waterways that have been subjected to more than a century of intense industrialization and urbanization? In the case of the Rouge and Detroit rivers, there has been definite progress.

Patronicity team at work

Detroit's civic funding scene gets crowded

Community organizers and entrepreneurs have more choice than ever when it comes to asking the public for funding. But is the landscape getting 'crowded'? Nina Ignaczak digs in to find out what's going on in the world of civic crowdfunding in Detroit.

James "Famous" kicks

Commuting to school with a "Famous" student

Detroit public students students often have no other choice but to wake up hours before school starts to ride a city bus (or two) on their long morning commute. Matt Dibble shares his thoughts after following one "Famous" student.

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Parking lot Gerry

A portrait of a Detroit parking attendant who's been keeping vigil on the same block in New Center for the last 30 years.

Anu Rangarajan, Cornell Univesity; Nicola Binns, Marlboro-Essex Community Garden; and Lorenzo Herron Detroit Urban Farmers Network

7 ways to build a healthy food system in Detroit

Ideas from the sixth annual summit of the Detroit Food Policy Council, which took place last week.

Students listen to an instructor at the Detroit Training Center

How a startup training center is rebuilding Detroit's workforce

The Detroit Training Center has graduated over 1,500 students since it launched in 2012. According to Marcus Jones, DTC's director, graduates find jobs paying anywhere between $12 and $40 an hour, depending on the field.

Karla Henderson

Karla Henderson's varied career in Detroit leadership

Karla Henderson is the Chief Operating Officer of the Wright Museum, a position in which she leverages her background in city planning, community engagement, and nonprofit management to grow this important cultural institution. 

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City and country: How metro Detroiters enjoy the best of both worlds

From urban neighborhoods to woods and water, southeast Michigan has it all. Model D's Laura Herberg and Marissa Gawel show us how metro Detroiters take advantage of it in the photo-audio-essay.

Guisa Suttle and Maria Fernandez glazzing and fitting glass at Turner Restoration's workshop

Meet the Detroiter whose historic restoration skills are in demand around the country

Jim Turner has been working in historic restoration since 1988, when he purchased his home in Detroit's Arden Park-East Boston Historic District.

Steve Neavling, investigative reporter and founder of the Motor City Muckraker

These Detroit-area journalists are breaking big stories...without the backing of major news outlets

These guys aren't playing by the rules of traditional journalism. They're re-writing them.

Urban Consulate

We, the people, of the United Cities of America

We urban folk are more alike than we are different, and might benefit from listening and learning more from one another. That's the conversation we look forward to hosting at the Urban Consulate, a new experiment launching this spring in Detroit, Philadelphia, and New Orleans. 

Terry Schwarz

Terry Schwarz

Terry Schwarz is the Director of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, a combined urban design graduate program and urban design practice nonprofit that uses planning and design to address social issues in neighborhoods throughout Northeast Ohio. 

Grace Bedell's letter to President Lincoln encouraging him to grow his whiskers

The hidden treasures of Detroit Public Library's special collections

Original manuscripts by Mark Twain and Laura Ingalls Wilder, George Washington's diary, and some of the earliest writing ever can be found in the special collections of the Detroit Public Library.

Escalators in Medellin's Comuna no 13 San Javier neighborhood

Designing the equitable city: A conversation about the value of local and global exchange

Detroit and Medellin, Columbia, are very different cities, but there's a lot they can learn from one another when it comes to involving citizens in equitable development.

Torri Lynn Ashford with a puppet at Matrix Theatre

Matrix Theatre Company celebrates 25 years of performance, community, and social justice

As a part of its silver anniversary celebration, Matrix is putting on a production of "agua de luna," a bilingual work by award-winning playwright Caridad Svich.

Detroit satirist and Dirty Show founder Jerry Vile

Finally, Detroit can stop taking itself so seriously

Satire is on the rise in the city, and that's a good thing.

Detroit's West Canfield Historic District

Michigan's primary tool for preserving historic buildings and neighborhoods could disappear

Bills in Michigan's legislature would fundamentally change how historic preservation works in neighborhoods throughout the state.

Flint Water

Opinion: Policy ideas to fix Flint's water crisis (and help avoid another)

These fixes aren't just for Flint; they would also buttress other Michigan cities' deteriorating infrastructure.

By D.M. Ferry & Co.; Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection. [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Notes for the beginning gardener: Seed catalogs and mind-gardening

Whiling away the winter with dreams of your summer garden? Pick up a seed catalog to help pass the time.

A student skates by CCS's Art Centre dormitory

How WSU and CCS transformed from commuter schools into 24-hour campus communities

By building on-campus housing and improving spaces for students and the public, Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies are quickly losing their reputations as commuter schools and becoming places that are active 24 hours a day.

City of Design

What does it mean for Detroit to be a 'City of Design'? DC3 wants your input

"Detroit City of Design cannot simply be a moniker or a logo," write Olga Stella and Ellie Schneider of Detroit Creative Corridor Center. "It must be an attitude backed up by collective action." That's why they want to hear from you.

Brian Rebain

Ruins to riches: Brian Rebain and the architecture of revival

Behind every great historic restoration project, there's a great architect. In the case of many of downtown's most prominent buildings, that person is Brian Rebain.

Skating on the ice rink at Clark Park

Defrost your heart at Clark Park's annual Valentine's Day skate

Organizers of Cold Hearted, an annual Valentine's Day benefit for the Clark Park Coalition, are hoping that uncharacteristically warm temperatures have put you in the mood for some classic winter fun – an outdoor skate at Clark Park in southwest Detroit's historic Hubbard Farms neighborhood.

Kaylan Waterman

Kumbuka offers a literary way to celebrate black history in Detroit

Kumbuka, a literary event happening Feb. 16, will incorporate multiple generations of African-American Detroiters, each reading their own literary selection. 

Making tempeh at the Brinery

Could one of these metro Detroit food startups be the next Garden Fresh?

Ferndale salsa maker Garden Fresh recently sold to Campbell's Soup Co. for $231 million. Could one of these three businesses be the next big story out of metro Detroit's food economy?

L to R: Sam Vaughn, Neighborhood Change Agent; Rohnell Robinson, Peacemaker Ambassador; and Devone Boggan

Devone Boggan

Devone Boggan is the Director of the Office of Neighborhood Safety in Richmond, California, a non-law enforcement government agency with a specific focus to reduce firearm assaults and associated death by engaging the very people most at-risk. 

James A. Turner restoring a window to historic standards

Opinion: Michigan's Historic Districts Act isn't broke, so don't fix it

Historic preservation has been a crucial economic driver in Detroit’s continued revitalization.

Avalon Bakery

Building a better Detroit through inclusive neighborhood development

"If we're serious about nurturing development that increases opportunity for all, we have to get comfortable stressing market growth as well as equitable development practices for disadvantaged and historically underserved populations."

Food Justice Fridays hosted by People's Kitchen Detroit

Can Detroit become a food-sovereign city?

Undeniably, Detroit's local food movement has exploded. But can it one day feed the entire city?

Kids participate in an 826Michigan leads a writing workshop at the Campbell Branch Library

How the Detroit Public Library is staying relevant to kids in the 21st century

From a teen hangout featuring a makerspace to creative writing workshops for pre-teens, the Detroit Public Library offers a variety of programs that are relevant to 21st century kids.

Claire Nowak-Boyd in front of the now-demolished Park Avenue Hotel in Detroit

Opinion: Buildings belong to all of us

"We know the name of the architect of Grand Central Station, but who swept the floors?"

Chief Holt in WSU's public safety command center

How Midtown became Detroit's safest neighborhood

Collaboration between institutions and law enforcement agencies, led by Chief Anthony Holt and the Wayne State Police, has led to a 52 percent reduction in crime in Midtown since 2008.

Historic Elmwood Cemetery

Historic Elmwood Cemetery designated Detroit's first arboretum

There are over 1,400 trees on Elmwood's grounds, representing 91 species, including black locusts, hawthorn, beech, willow, ash, American plum, and domestic pear.

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Second round of Motor City Match grants announced

The second round of Motor City Match grantees, who will receive a combined $500,000 in awards, are located throughout Detroit. They include a gourmet slider restaurant, a neighborhood pharmacy, a bike and coffee shop, among others.

An Offworld Arcade pop-up at Checker Bar

Gaming goes Offworld in Detroit

Don Behm started his vintage arcade business, Offworld, by tinkering with classic games in his garage. 

The Michigan Central Railway tunnel under construction in 1910

The 7 man-made wonders of Detroit

Detroit's wonders might not be as obvious as those of other cities, but what they lack in grandeur they make up for in their quality of engineering and the practical advantages they give our region.

Alex Linebrink, founder of Passage

How metro Detroit small businesses can avoid the risks of mobile payment

Convenient and easy-to-use mobile payment technologies are increasing in popularity among metro Detroit's small businesses, but they can pose security risks. Here are a few tips on how small businesses can ensure the security of their customers' and their own financial information.

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Steve Shaw, Detroit photographer

Over three decades' worth of Shaw's photography will be on display at a solo show opening Friday, Jan. 15, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

John Brown III and Fletcher Sharpe, co-hosts of The Outer Drive, a podcast about soccer in Detroit

Detroit podcasts you need to be listening to

There's something for everyone in Detroit's exploding podcast scene. Here are a few of our favorite shows to get you started listening local.

Matthew Piper

10 Years of Change: A writer's reflection

Regular Model D contributor Matthew Piper reflects on the joys and challenges of writing in and about Detroit over the last decade.

Ypsilanti Transit Center

3 things that could transform metro Detroit in 2016

The Regional Transit Authority millage, partnerships between Silicon Valley and Detroit, and sprawl are a few things we'll be keeping a close eye on this year.

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Thanks to a new tool, it's easier being green in Detroit

With a simple keyword search, the Detroit Green Map shows users interested in sustainable practices where to buy solar panels, where to recycle, where to volunteer, and more. 

Young Detroit chess players wait to play Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura

Our favorite stories of 2015

A look back on some of Model D's best stories from the last year.

Sandy Kronenberg

Impact investors swing the hammers that are building the new economy in southeast Michigan

Investing in a startup is one thing. Making an impact with that investment is another. A growing class of impact investors is putting smart money into scaling Metro Detroit's new economy, and it's paying big dividends.

Streetscape improvements on East Jefferson

How investments in talent and capacity are helping nonprofits transform Detroit

In recent years, philanthropic investments have been building talented capacity within neighborhood organizations. The results are impressive.

Lisa Brush

Michigan's big wins and losses in the fight against invasive species

A Q&A with Lisa Brush of The Stewardship Network, a group that has revolutionized how Michigan's land managers strategize and collaborate to keep natural areas healthy, functional, and free from invasive species.

Lauren Hood, director of Live6

Adapting the Midtown model to the neighborhoods

The Live6 Initiative is adapting lessons learned from the redevelopment of Midtown, including an anchor institution strategy, while paying close attention to residents and a unique neighborhood context.

Greater Lakes

Video: Healing roadways in the Great Lakes with green infrastructure

See how green infrastructure can greatly reduce the negative effects of our roadways on the Great Lakes.

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Regionalism in metro Detroit 1850-2015: An abbreviated timeline

A brief overview of the deep-seated challenges to true regionalism in metro Detroit.

Conan Smith

In last decade, metro Detroit communities take big steps to address regional problems

Metro Detroit's communities have begun to realize the importance of thinking and acting regionally. Can they build on the momentum of the last decade when it comes issues like equity, transit, and the environment?

Piety Hill residents enjoy working out in their neighborhood

How one community group is using vacant lots to build a healthy 'hood

Central Detroit Christian CDC is transforming vacant lots into workout stations with the goal of creating a healthy community -- in more ways than one.

Paul Hickman of Urban Ashes

Rescued from the ashes: Discarded trees find new life as handcrafted products

Still looking for that holiday gift? You might consider local artisanal wood crafts made from Michigan's urban forests. 

Dan Armand and Jesse Cory

1xRUN is the future of art

In November 2015, 1xRUN (one-time-run) celebrated its fifth anniversary of delivering limited-edition, time-released prints through its e-commerce store.

Keegan-Michael Key

Keegan-Michael Key on Detroit, work post-Key & Peele, and hyphenated first names

In advance of his Dec. 22 performance at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Model D spoke with Keegan-Michael Key, Detroit's biggest comedy star, about his hometown, his work post-Key & Peele, and his hyphenated first name.

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Inside the strange, wonderful world of Youmacon, Detroit's Japanese culture festival

Gamers, costume afficionados, and anime lovers find acceptance at Youmacon, a three-day convention held in downtown Detroit that's anything but conventional.

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Bangla School of Music thrives in neighborhood known for artists and immigrants

In the Play House in Banglatown, Akram Hossein teaches the traditional music of his homeland to a new generation of singers.

Humbug Marsh, Detroit International Wildlife Refuge

The 7 environmental wonders of southeast Michigan

We may not have mountains (or even molehills, for that matter), but southeast Michigan is home to unique natural wonders that are being rediscovered and restored in the postindustrial era.

OST Security Practice Manager Scott Montgomery

Michigan small businesses are at a greater risk of cyber crime than many believe

Small business owners often believe they're simply too small to be at risk for cyber crime. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here's how at risk small businesses are from cyber threats, and what they can do to start protecting themselves and their business. 

Tim Johnson, director of transportation initiatives at NextEnergy

From Motown to Gotown: Detroit can lead the development of smart city tech

Tim Johnson, director of transportation initiatives at NextEnergy, argues that there is no better place to be than Detroit when it comes to developing the technologies that will make our cars, buildings, and cities smarter and more efficient.

Dawn DeMuyt of Labrosse Farms making ketchup

Charting a new course for Detroit's farm-to-table movement

Partnerships between local food businesses -- from farmers to processors to restaurants -- are resulting in a new model of growth for Detroit's food economy.

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Stop by Model D's Noel Night pop-up marketplace on Dec. 5

On Saturday, Dec. 5, we invite you to Model D House for a Noel Night pop-up market featuring a handful of Detroit small businesses.

The A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education at CCS

Inside the Argonaut, Detroit's creative hub

In 2009, the College for Creative Studies re-opened General Motors' Argonaut Building as the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education. In just a few short years, it has become a major hub for creative culture and industry in Detroit.

Dan Carmody, president of Eastern Market Corp.

5 ideas for creating public spaces for everyone in Detroit

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Model D readers gathered at the Outdoor Adventure Center to discuss what we can learn from welcoming public spaces like the Detroit Riverfront and Eastern Market. Here are some takeaways.

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Notes for the Beginning Gardner: Building your soil in the fall

Winter is coming, but it's never too soon to start thinking about next year's garden.

Bioswale under construction in Cody Rouge's Stein Park

How Cody Rouge is becoming Detroit's leading neighborhood for green infrastructure

Flooding has long been an issue for Detroit's Cody Rouge neighborhood, but nonprofits, the city, and residents are taking action to mitigate the negative effects of stormwater on the community. Their latest project, a bioswale in Stein Park, is currently under construction.

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The state of the creative economy in Michigan

Michigan has over 73,000 people working in various creative industries, contributing significantly to the the state's economy and those of its biggest cities. But according to Creative Many, we have lots of room to grow our creative sector.

Malik Yakini, Detroit Black Food Security Network & D-Town Farms

Creating a cultural shift in how Detroiters think about food

A combination of grass roots programming and improved access to fresh food in neighborhoods is helping change the way Detroit eats.

An infill single family home in Morningside

A brief history of housing in Detroit

We kick off a three-part series on housing in Detroit with an examination of how the single-family home became the city's dominant housing type.

Sean Mann

Mann: Help Detroit City FC create the most exciting and accessible sporting atmosphere in the U.S.

Detroit City FC founder and co-owner Sean Mann makes the case for why you should invest in the team's renovations of historic Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck.

The Detroit International Riverfront

Healing fractured water: How Michigan's roadways impact our waterways

In the Great Lakes, we drive to get where we are going. And with tens of thousands of lane-miles of roadway across the basin, in both urban areas and rural areas, the impact of all of that hard surface on our waterways adds up.

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In search of Detroit's most beautiful blocks

An arbitrary assortment of Detroit locations we find beautiful, presented for your edification.

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Win tickets to Nov. 14 Detroit Experience Series tour of East Jefferson Corridor

Detroit Experience Factory and Model D have teamed up to bring you the Detroit Experience Series. The latest installment features a tour of the neighborhoods of the East Jefferson Corridor happening Saturday, Nov. 14.

Open City

Thank you, come again: Customer service the subject of Nov. 16 Open City discussion

The fate of a small business can easily rest upon the quality of its customer service. On Nov. 16, a panel of experts will gather at Cliff Bell's to discuss the finer points of good customer service at Open City's latest event, "Thank You, Come Again: Why Good Customer Service Matters."

Kids play along the west riverfront

Join us Nov. 18 for "Where Detroit comes together," a Model D speaker series event

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Join us at the Outdoor Adventure Center to discuss the places and spaces where the whole region comes together.

The Garden Theatre Beaux-Arts facade

How a unified vision helped transform Detroit's greater downtown

The neighborhoods of Detroit's greater downtown have come a long way in recent years, but change didn't come all on its own. This special report examines how the Hudson Webber Foundation's 15x15 Initiative created a unified vision for change among a diverse group of stakeholders that's helped shape the Midtown and downtown of today.

Ponsella Hardaway, Hunter Morrison, Michael Ford, and John Austin discuss regionalism at the DIA

5 ideas for creating a shared regional vision for southeast Michigan

On Oct. 27, a group of metro Detroiters gathered at the Detroit Institute of Arts to hear a panel of experts discuss something that's long eluded the communities of southeast Michigan: how to create a shared regional vision to become more globally competitive.

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Moving with Detroit: ARTLAB J, a different kind of dance company

ARTLAB J started off solely as a dance company, but as founder and president Joori Jung started to listen to people in the community, she transformed her troupe into a multi-faceted nonprofit organization.

Music Cities Convention

The "no curfew economy" and other ideas for Detroit from the Music Cities Convention

A conference held last week in Washington, D.C., discussed the pros and cons of music-based economic development strategies. Here's what Detroit can learn.

GRPS List

An urban outlier: How Grand Rapids Public Schools became efficient and effective

As the district rides the success of its Transformation Plan, Grand Rapids Public Schools is becoming an outlier among urban public school districts in Michigan. What lessons can other schools learn from Grand Rapids?

Sommer Woods

Pushing for inclusive development along Woodward Avenue: Sommer Woods and M-1 Rail

"Development can be so much more productive if there are more perspectives at the table: people of color, women, older people, younger people, white men," says M-1 Rail's Sommer Woods. "When you have all these people at the table you're guaranteed to have perspective instead of one monolithic project."

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Haute to Death dance party celebrates 8th b-day with Halloween bash at Temple Bar

This week, Haute to Death will celebrate its 8th anniversary with an Oct. 31 bash that promises plenty of tricks and treats. As a part of "10 Years of Change," our series celebrating Model D's decade of publishing in Detroit, check out this feature from 2010, which discusses the origins of Haute to Death on the occasion of its third birthday party.

7 Brothers Bar

Where Detroit's actors drink: The story of 7 Brothers Bar

From all appearances, 7 Brothers Bar in Hamtramck is, well, a bar. But it's also the number one hangout for actors and theater performers in Detroit.

Colorosity

Win tickets to Colorosity at the Michigan Science Center

Learn how you can win tickets to Colorosity, the annual science soiree at the Michigan Science Center.

Scott Hocking stands in front of his barn boat

A new American Gothic

In a sugar beet field in Michigan's Thumb, Detroit artist Scott Hocking is transforming a deconstructed 1890s barn into a boat.

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Artists can be the "connective tissue" of a neighborhood -- but first they need a place to live

How affordable live/work housing for artists can reinvigorate neighborhoods and bring members of diverse communities together.

The former site of the Park Avenue Hotel

The battle for buildings: Looking back on a decade of historic preservation in Detroit

In the last decade, efforts to preserve some of downtown's most prominent buildings have had mixed results.

United Sound Systems

Giving United Sound, Detroit's other landmark music studio, its due

It may not have the name recognition of Motown, but the United Sound Systems Recording Studios, the oldest operating independent recording studios in the country, are just as important.

Open City

Open City celebrates 8 years of building Detroit's small business community

Over the last eight years, Open City has helped create an informal community of Detroit entrepreneurs who help each other succeed. The ninth season of Open City kicks off Monday, Oct. 19, at Cliff Bell's.

Daniel Land at work at the Michigan Science Center

Art and science collide in Daniel Land's video work at the Michigan Science Center

Artist Daniel Land and New D Media's video installations have appeared at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Movement Electronic Music Festival, but what might be their most interesting work will be on display at the Michigan Science Center.

Sooshin Choi, Provost of the College for Creative Studies

Selling world-class talent on Detroit

Detroit may not have the prestige of Cambridge, Massachusetts, or the weather of Miami, but when it comes to recruiting global talent to work at its anchor institutions, the city has a lot to offer.

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4 ideas for future-proofing Detroit

Between new businesses and residents moving downtown and improvements to city services, there is plenty of opportunity to make the future better for all Detroiters. Here are four ideas for "future-proofing" the city that came out of a panel discussion last week at Bamboo Detroit.

A bike lane on Van Dyke in Warren

What are metro Detroit's most bike-friendly communities?

Who are the contenders and who are the pretenders? And how are we creating a shared vision for a regional network of cycling infrastructure in southeast Michigan?

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Blossoms against blight: Hamtramck's Flower House opens this weekend

Event planner Liz Andre-Stotz was a little surprised last year when her florist friend Lisa Waud called her and several others with a "crazy idea": buying a house for the express purpose of filling it with flowers.

Josh Lin mural

Bucking national trends, venture capital on the rise in Michigan

Once upon a time, venture capital in Michigan was small and inconsequential. Today it's powering the Great Lakes State's new economy, growing at a time when the industry has shrunk.

Global Detroit

Reshaping the Rust Belt through immigrant talent

How America's former industrial heartland is reclaiming its economically powerful past by attracting foreign-born residents.

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Exploring the public health consequences of Detroit's water shutoffs

The narrative around Detroit's water shutoffs has largely centered on people needing to pay their bills or water as a human right. Missing from the conversation have been the mental and physical health impacts of the water shutoffs on a city with an already staggering poverty rate. 

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Detroit art cars go to Burning Man

Francis Grunow sees Detroit's connection to Burning Man (and its worldwide network of burners) growing even stronger in the coming years.

The Alger Theater

What it takes to save a neighborhood theater on Detroit's east side

For the Friends of the Alger Theater, it takes dedicated volunteers, hard work, and, of course, money.

Nina Bianchi

10 Years of Change: Taking little steps for the long run

"Detroit seems to be in relentless search of the right plan to lead the way," writes Nina Bianchi, "[But] can a city rely on a singular, scripted manual?"

Jerry Paffendorf

4 ideas for fixing Wayne County's auction of tax-foreclosed properties

In advance of round two of Wayne County's annual auction of tax-foreclosed properties, here are some musings from Jerry Paffendorf, co-founder and CEO of Loveland Technologies, on how the county and city of Detroit can better deal with their foreclosure problem in 2016.

Resident Teronto Robinson speaks with a colleague at the Thea Bowman Clinic, a partner of the DMC

How Detroit anchor institutions are developing local talent

Through a handful of programs, local anchor institutions are getting Detroiters ready for the jobs of the future.

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10 Years of Change: A Detroit for us, by us

Local urban planner Khalil Ligon encourages us to dream beyond what we can see and come together to realize a collective vision for Detroit.

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Detroit gets tough: Fitness culture on the rise in the city

In recent years, a handful of gyms have opened in Detroit, each offering a unique style of training while contributing to a growing fitness culture in the city.

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Invasive or just non-native? Why Michigan loves Pacific salmon and fears sea lamprey

Michiganders are rightly on alert for invasive species. But not all non-native species are invasive. Here, we explore the benefits of some of Michigan's non-native species and how we distinguish if a newcomer to the ecosystem should be loved or feared.

David Egner

Life after elephants: Detroit's entrepreneurial awakening

The New Economy Initiative's executive director writes about how NEI helped change economic development in Michigan from hunting "elephants" to building a network of support to foster entrepreneurship, small business growth, and innovation – from grass roots to high-growth. 

Mike Score, president of Hantz Woodlands

Nowhere to go but up: Growing metro Detroit's tree canopy

After being battered by Dutch elm disease and then emerald ash borers, the number of trees in metro Detroit and Michigan's other urban centers has nowhere to go but up. And groups around the region are helping accelerate that growth.

Plum Street Farm

Looking back on a decade of growth in Detroit's urban ag movement

As we celebrate a decade of publishing in Detroit, we look back on the growth of the city's urban agriculture movement in recent years.

A young Detroiter in the produce aisle

Fighting food insecurity in Detroit

Food insecurity is one of the biggest challenges to the healthy development of young children in Detroit, but a number of groups and programs are working to change that.

Teach for America Detroit Danielle Stringer, Peter Grace, Kammy Webb, Latoya Asaya

Why teacher diversity matters in Michigan

In Michigan, there's a large discrepancy between teacher and student demographics. But does a teacher’s race matter when it comes to effective teaching and student success? And what’s being done to address the lack of racial diversity in Michigan’s teachers?

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Detroit, one man, one month, no car

As a part of our "10 Years of Change" series, we revisit this piece from 2008 in which Terry Parris, Jr. reflects on his experience of going carless for a month in the Motor City. What he learned might surprise you.

People enjoying the Michigan Avenue parklet

Can a short-lived parklet be the start of a major transformation of Michigan Avenue?

Existing just over a week, a parklet in front of Astro Coffee in Corktown was dismantled by MDOT workers over Labor Day weekend. Will its short life help inspire the long-term transformation of Michigan Avenue from a car-centric thoroughfare into a people-centric Main Street?

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While it builds out a home in Detroit, Katoi gets up and running in Ann Arbor

Katoi, a Thai eatery which started as a Detroit food truck, recently opened a brick-and-mortar location in Ann Arbor while a permanent Detroit restaurant is under construction.

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10 Years of Change: Giving the downtown Y its due

Bold and forward-looking when it opened in December 2005, the Boll Family YMCA continues to lead by architectural example as the central business district burgeons around it.

Paulette Auchtung, planetarium coordinator and staff astronomer at the Michigan Science Center

Inspiring curious minds: Detroit women in STEM

Detroit grows stronger with contributions from women in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

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A remarkable tale of slavery and opportunity in early Detroit

The history of an old church on Grosse Ile is a remarkable tale of slavery and opportunity in early Detroit. Here's the story of the church's founder, Elizabeth Denison Forth, an ex-slave who became the first black woman to own property in Michigan.

Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura takes on 50 Detroit-area chess players at once in the DIA's great hall

Chess grandmaster faces 50 Detroit-area students...and meets his match

Chess Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, the strongest American chess player (currently fourth-ranked in the world), played a simultaneous exhibition (or, simul) against 50 metro Detroit-area students. The results weren't as lopsided as you might think.

Rendering of the completed Activi-Tree

Detroit does Grand Rapids: Activi-Tree is heading to ArtPrize, and it needs your help

Activi-Tree is much more than a cool space made from a hodgepodge of repurposed (celebrity) garbage and artwork – it's a space for sharing ideas and building relationships. And you can help program it when it heads to ArtPrize.

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Summer in the City ends season by painting huge mural on Crowell Community Center

On Friday, August 14, the forecast called for rain, but that didn't stop 1,200 people from showing up at the Crowell Community Center in northwest Detroit to put in an honest day's work as a part of Summer in the City's annual Finale Friday.

Colin Hubbell

Remembering Colin Hubbell, a developer, champion, and friend of Detroit

You may not have known Colin Hubbell, but his mark on Detroit's greater downtown endures 7 years after his death. Enjoy this remembrance that former Model D managing editor Clare Pfeiffer wrote when Colin passed in August 2008.

Parjana's Greg McPartlin and Andrew Niemczyk

Detroit company poised to revolutionize how cities manage stormwater

Parjana's Energy Passive Groundwater Recharge Product has the potential to revolutionize the way cities manage stormwater by increasing the efficacy of green infrastructure and alleviating burdens placed on aging sewer systems.

I-94 in Midtown

10 Years of Change: An argument against widening I-94

In June 2013, Tommy O'Flynn urged Model D readers to oppose dated plans to expand I-94 where it runs through Midtown. Since then, the Michigan Department of Transportation has scaled back those plans, though dozens of buildings are still threatened.

Project Genesis 2015 class

Program for Detroit high schoolers a template for building healthcare workforce of future

With a shortage of workers looming, a Detroit program could prove a national template for developing the healthcare workforce of the future.

Maia Crown Williams, organizer of MECCAcon

The changing face of the comics industry is on display in Detroit

This fall in Detroit, two new conventions will bring the work of women and people of color to the forefront of the comics industry.

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Vacationing in the trees: How forests are helping to grow Michigan's tourism economy

Sandy beaches and boating may be the quintessential tourist attractions in Michigan, but forests are driving a growing segment of the state's tourism economy. Here's why healthy trees matter for growing jobs and local economies in Michigan. 

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Explore transformation in three neighborhoods with Detroit Experience Series tours

As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we invite you to experience neighborhood transformation in Detroit firsthand through the Detroit Experience Series, a partnership between Model D and the Detroit Experience Factory.

The People Mover track where it enters Cobo Center

One-track mind: What I learned spending an entire day on the People Mover

After 17 hours, 52 revolutions, and 150 miles, Model D contributor Aaron Mondry learned a few things about himself, the people of Detroit, and Michigan's longest municipal rail system.

Frank McGhee, director of NSO YIP, mentoring a group of young Detroit men

Detroit groups work to develop young men of color into leaders

Young men of color are some of the most at-risk members of our society, but several groups in Detroit are working to tap into their leadership potential.

Bridget Russo, CMO of Shinola

Join us for High Growth Happy Hour, happening August 19 at Shinola

High Growth Happy Hour is a series of casual gatherings where successful leaders and entrepreneurs share their stories to help you scale your business. The first will take place August 19 at Shinola's Midtown store and feature Bridget Russo, Shinola's CMO.

Fine dining with Michelle Damon

10 Years of Change: Remember when ex-Tiger Johnny Damon's wife badmouthed Detroit?

Remember Johnny Damon's one season with the Detroit Tigers in 2010? Probably not. Remember this 2010 Model D piece by Sean Mann in response to the ballplayer's wife's misgivings about whether Detroit was cosmopolitan enough for her and her big league husband? We hope so, because it's pretty damn funny.

Model D readers selected Brad Fitzgerald's "Fun in the City" design as their favorite to adorn the Crowell Rec Center

You helped pick a mural design for Detroit's Crowell Community Center. Now help paint it

Model D recently asked you to help Summer in the City and the Detroit Recreation Department choose a mural design to spruce up the Crowell Community Center in northwest Detroit. Now you can help paint it.

Maurice Cox (right) at the Green Garage

Walkability, historic preservation, and equity priorities for Detroit's new planning director

Last Friday, new Detroit planning director Maurice Cox gave a talk at the weekly community lunch at the Green Garage in Midtown. Here are a few highlights.

Detroit Grease's new location at Recycle Here!

Detroit Grease moves from Ann Arbor to Detroit to grow waste oil conversion business

Detroit Grease collects waste oil that is turned into either biodiesel fuel or feedstock. The company recently moved from Ann Arbor to Detroit's Recycle Here! complex.

Sarah LeSage

What We've Lost: The community impact of invasive species

Invasive species are costly to Michigan cities and their residents, negatively affecting everyone's quality of life. Here's some of what we've lost to invasive species and how we can prevent future invasives from causing similar damage.

Annette May, founder of Know Beer

So you think you know beer?

Just because you hang out at HopCat and have been to every brewery in metro Detroit doesn't make you a beer expert. But taking a class by Know Beer will.

Doug McIntosh

10 Years of Change: Remembering Doug McIntosh, Detroit architect and preservation advocate

Doug McIntosh was president of Preservation Wayne (now Preservation Detroit), an early supporter of Model D, a community leader, and a mentor to many. He had a vision for the city.

Greg Baise in Peoples Records on Gratiot

The three quiet kings of Detroit's music scene

A conversation with Greg Baise, Joel Peterson, and Adriel Thornton, three Detroit promoters of underground and (slightly) above ground cultural events from the early 1990s to the present.

Linda Smith, director of U-SNAP-Bac

The evolution of community development in Detroit: Three leaders talk about their work.

Many of Detroit's community development corporations, or CDCs, find themselves operating in different conditions today than when they were founded. Model D spoke with the leaders of three longstanding CDCs in different parts of the city to see how their work is evolving.

An ore carrier pushes into Marquette.

Michiganders have a voice when it comes to the protection and strategy regarding the state's water

What does Michigan's water mean to us? Everything. You can meet up with the Office of the Great Lakes' director and staff in your city to have your comments, questions and concerns heard and answered. 

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Help choose a mural for the Crowell Community Center in northwest Detroit

Help Summer in the City choose from seven designs for a mural that will decorate the Crowell Community Center in northwest Detroit.

Hitsville U.S.A., home of the Motown Museum

Hitsville vs. Soulsville: How Detroit and Memphis are embracing their soul music heritage

There were two rival labels – and two cities – that defined soul music in the public consciousness. Arguing Hitsville (Detroit) vs. Soulsville (Memphis) is like arguing Beatles vs. Stones. But how do these two cities stack up when it comes to preserving and embracing their soul music heritage?

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10 Years of Change: The evolution of Detroit's non-motorized transportation network

In just a decade, Detroit has grown from a city lacking non-motorized transportation options to one with a growing infrastructure for cycling and walking and a nascent bike culture.

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New rooms and fresh faces are driving a stand-up comedy revival in Detroit

Detroiters take our city seriously, but we're also funny as f#%k. Want proof? Check out the awesome stand-up comics working new rooms across Detroit.

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How one woman gave rise to Detroit's historic preservation movement

Beuhlah Croxford is a name unfamiliar to most Detroiters, yet her legacy as an advocate of historic preservation is visible in buildings and neighborhoods across the city.

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Girls Rock Detroit empowers local girls to get loud

Girls Rock Detroit co-founder Melissa Coppola describes the new summer camp for local girls as "a fusion of activism and feminism and music education."

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Repurposing historic buildings on Detroit's medical campuses

Two local hospital systems have worked diligently to balance the preservation of the historic character of their campuses with the need to keep their facilities state-of-the-art.

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Photos: Looking back on the Forward Cities Detroit convening

Last month, Forward Cities, a national learning collaborative among four cities undergoing transformation, held a convening in Detroit. 

Kevin Bingham stands next to a healthy ash tree in front of his home

13 years after emerald ash borer's arrival, metro Detroit communities embrace tree diversity

The emerald ash borer arrived in Michigan in 2002, and it quickly wreaked havoc on metro Detroit's urban canopy. Thirteen years later, local communities are embracing tree diversity to make up for the losses caused by this invasive species.

Using perch for bait along Fox Creek at Mariner's Park, this group of fishermen meet every Saturday in summer. Across the creek and behind the fence is Grosse Pointe Park.

Life on the Border: Blurring the lines that separate Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park

Race and class collide along the stark border separating Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park. Can these two communities come together as neighbors?

Urban Innovation

Power to the people: New series to spotlight urban innovators

What do you think of when you hear the words "urban innovation"? Do you think of smart technology and clean energy? Or open data and civic tech? Maybe you think of entrepreneurship or creative placemaking or the future of mobility? It's easy to forget, but all of these have one thing in common: people.

Bradford Frost

Frost: It's time to rekindle our romance with the Detroit idea

When Bradford Frost first came to Detroit 10 years ago, a glow of hope, camaraderie and, yes, community attached itself to virtually every encounter in this city. It felt like an epic youthful romance. He argues that we need to rekindle that spirit in this essay, a part of Model D's "10 Years of Change" series.

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Video: Healing the Great Lakes with green infrastructure

Across the Great Lakes, water resource systems in urban areas have been heavily altered by human development. But a new vision is emerging; one in which cities move from fragmentation to integration, treating water as a single, holistic resource.

The Simms family in front of their home in Morningside

Groups work to preserve affordable housing as development pressures grow in Detroit

As development pressures rise in some Detroit neighborhoods, groups are working to ensure that affordable housing options are preserved for the city's most vulnerable residents.

Abick's Bar in southwest Detroit

What exactly is Detroit's oldest bar, anyway? The answer might surprise you

Stop into any venerable bar in the city and you’re likely to encounter a heated debate over which bar truly is the oldest in Detroit. We set out to put an end to the debate, but it wasn't as simple a task as we thought.

A basketball hoop in Pulaski Park

Despite Detroit's troubled history with parks, some spots shine for youth

While Detroit's park network has significant room for improvement, there are several local parks that stand out as great models of kid-friendly, community-enhancing public spaces.

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How a local indie improv scene is spreading across the city

Six months ago, it would have been nearly impossible to watch improv comedy in the city of Detroit. Now, the problem for fans of improv is choosing which shows to attend.

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Examining the borders that define metro Detroit

As the city of Detroit recovers from bankruptcy, county power dynamics shift, and regional issues like water, sewer, transit, education and energy come to the fore, the borders that circumscribe metropolitan Detroit will impact an array of  important issues affecting us all.

Detroiters buying local at Great Lakes Coffee

So you want to be a localist? Three ways to up your game

Do you believe in the power of small business to restore community? If so, you might be a localist. Here are three simple suggestions for how to contribute to the localist movement in a meaningful, holistic way.

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Four cities come together in Detroit to learn lessons to take home

From June 24-26, over 200 business and community leaders from four cities are gathering in Detroit to discuss how to increase entrepreneurial activity and connectivity in distressed neighborhoods so that the local innovation economy does not leave anyone behind.

Main Library's grand staircase

7 wonders of Detroit Public Library's Main Branch

In honor of the Detroit Public Library's 150th anniversary, explore the wonders of Main Library, many of which are hidden in plain sight.

Larry Bell Owner of Bell's Brewery and Eccentric Cafe.

Michigan-born businesses don't have to wander far from home to find more success

When it comes to expansion and finding continued success, multiple popular Michigan-born businesses decided to keep their operations close to home by expanding right here in the state. 

Matrix Theatre Company’s audition-only Teen Company

Matrix Theatre students create stage art around Detroit experiences

While many children indulge in video games and television when they return home from school, Matrix Theatre students are a different breed. These dedicated students spend their after-school hours – and yes, even their precious weekends – transforming abstract ideas into scripts, running lines, and watching their concepts come alive on stage.

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Yosemite city? The National Parks Service showcases its urban agenda in Detroit

Ask someone in Detroit where they might find the National Park Service (NPS) in Michigan and they are likely to think of Sleeping Bear Dunes or Isle Royale -- not an urban park like Detroit's Belle Isle. Yet the NPS has formed local partnerships to pursue an "urban agenda."

Morgan Willis

Ever-evolving Allied Media Conference, happening this week in Detroit, adds nighttime programming

The Allied Media Conference appeals specifically to the diverse community of people who create media in order to transform lives and incite change – those who are often the very people who get left out of conventional conferences for lack of visibility and access. It takes place June 18-21 in Detroit.

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Opinion: Want to make a big impact on Michigan's economy? Think small

Typically, the Mackinac Policy Conference is about big things -- big ideas, big names, and big companies. This year, Rachel Lutz and some Detroit small business colleagues thought it would be fun to bring some small ideas, small names, and small companies to the high-profile gathering.

Future site of Chene Street Grocers

Modest market hopes to serve Poletown with fresh produce and dry goods

For some residents of the near east side neighborhood of Poletown, the image of revitalization looks different than it does in other parts of the city. Instead of discussing how to redevelop land, they are figuring out how to allow it to return to its original prairie state, where its occupants and nature coexist. That's what drew Vanessa Cronin to 5200 Chene St., a property she is transforming into Chene Street Grocers, a market that will sell local produce and dry goods.

Cycling the Windsor riverfront

Freewheeling in Windsor: A short journey to the deep south of Canada

Windsor, Ontario is closer to downtown Detroit than its suburbs, yet so few of us take the time to explore this charming city to our south. Last month, we decided to go there with open minds and virtually no plans to see what we've been missing.

Motor City Pride

Is Detroit on its way to becoming a gay-friendly city?

As our hardscrabble metropolis continues its 21st century evolution, is it finally learning to put its big, strong arms around the diverse and beleaguered LGBT community that calls it home? Signs point to yes.

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DSO webcasts bring classical music to Detroit classrooms

An innovative program of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra provides students with an opportunity to "attend" the orchestra without leaving their desks.

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Changing lives from the very start: Report identifies best measures to help at-risk kids

More than half of Michigan's kids from birth to age 3 are at risk of showing up to kindergarten unprepared to learn. A new report outlines measures with the most evidence of success and highest return on investment to help them.

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Celebrating 10 years of Model D with a new series, '10 Years of Change'

As Model D celebrates its 10th birthday, we're pleased to announce "10 Years of Change," a year-long series of stories and events that will both look back on the transformations that have occurred in Detroit over the last decade and look forward to those to come.

A science class at the Michigan Science Center

STEM education opens doors to a variety of career paths, regional success

A vice president of the largest independent electricity transmission company in the U.S. writes that we can maintain southeast Michigan's reputation as an innovative and desirable location for companies looking to expand as well as set our kids up for success by focusing on STEM-related topics in schools.

The Detroit Children's Choir

Detroit Children's Choir brings together diverse voices from around the region

For several years, Detroit Public Schools has been working to keep arts education programs afloat amidst statewide budget cuts. In our Partners in Arts series, Model D and InspirED Michigan are exploring how partnerships with nonprofits throughout Detroit are ensuring DPS students have access to the arts and are experiencing the impact of music, dance, theater and more in their lives.

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How metro Detroit cities are staying relevant in 'live, work, play' era of office space

As downtown Detroit's office space attracts growing companies with lifestyle amenities, can suburban communities keep up?

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What if the movement to reimagine I-375 included Movement?

As Detroit considers permanently transforming I-375, what if we temporarily shut down the freeway and experienced it at the human scale? What if Movement grew into 375 next year? Can you feel it?

John Collins (left) and Cornelius Harris of Underground Resistance get the ball rolling

'Keep Detroit weird' and other takeaways from second Detroit-Berlin Connection conference

The second-annual Detroit-Berlin Connection conference began by redefining what "techno" is and ended with a declaration that "we must keep Detroit weird."

Headwrap Expo

Faith, fashion, and the art of head-wrapping on display at multicultural expo in Dearborn

The exotic head wrap is once again having a fashion moment. Nowhere was this more visible than at the Headwrap Expo, an event that celebrated the art of head-wrapping last weekend in Dearborn.

Henry Ford Hospital

Anchor institutions drive demand for housing in greater downtown area

Employees of anchor institutions like Henry Ford Health System and Wayne State University are driving demand for housing the greater downtown area. The institutions themselves are responding with purposeful investment in housing and neighborhood infrastructure.

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Your guide to Movement 2015

Is this really the 16th edition of Detroit's Memorial Day weekend techno festival? Time flies when you're having too much fun. This year's Movement Electronic Music Festival is bigger and better than ever, spanning three days and six stages.

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Getting creative about freeway removal: If Portland can do it, why can't Detroit?

Last week, we kicked off a three-part series asking Detroiters to imagine a new future for I-375, America's shortest (and arguably silliest) Interstate. For part two of the series, we present you with transportation projects from around the world where a community's collective desire for well-designed and healthy urban environments lead to creative transformations of freeways.

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For Detroit families who can't get their kids to preschool, HIPPY program brings preschool to them

For 23 years, the national Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program has been working to help children and families access early childhood education in their own homes. Here in Detroit, Neighborhood Services Organization provides the program to families on the east and west sides of the city.

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Building a community-based company, Hacienda Mexican Foods in southwest Detroit

Today, Hacienda Mexican Foods is a multi-million-dollar business that employs 60 people and just signed a partnership with Meijer to make flour tortillas, corn tortillas, and tortilla chips.  

Waiel Shalall, Rocky Hanosh, and Lahib Shallal at Ali Baba

One block in Hamtramck: A little bit of everything on Caniff

From live music to chai tea to Middle Eastern cuisine, one block of Caniff in Hamtramck has got it all.

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Reimagining America's silliest Interstate: Introducing a series on the future of I-375

Can Detroiters imagine more creative uses for I-375 than those currently proposed? Model D begins a series of three features that dare to dream big about the transformation of America's least useful freeway.

Cricket lesson and match on Carpenter Street

The Porous Borders Festival to bring attention to Hamtramck's boundaries through art and activity

From May 16-19, over 50 performances and events will take place along Hamtramck's borders with Detroit and Highland Park as a part of the Porous Borders Festival. "The idea is to make the border visible with art and activity that brings neighbors together," says organizer Liza Bielby.

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Specialized skills and knowledge sharing are hallmarks of emerging local 'maker movement'

In a city that has experienced a decades-long decline in manufacturing jobs, a class of specialized laborer and craftsperson -- the so-called "maker" -- has seen a modest revival.

Le Rouge's Zeke Harris with supporters

7 reasons to get excited about Detroit City FC's 2015 season

Le Rouge of Detroit City FC have come to be known for two things: winning and having one of the most exciting fan environments in southeast Michigan. As the club embarks on its fourth season, here are seven reasons why you should get excited for DCFC soccer this summer.

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A quiet leader in Detroit's food renaissance, Goodwells Market provides a model for success

As more chain stores make their way to rebounding Detroit, smaller businesses may feel the pinch. Even more pressing is how black-owned businesses in Detroit, such as Goodwells, will fare as the city moves forward.

Fresh Dutch Girl donuts

Since 1947, Dutch Girl Donuts has proven a rare constant in a changing city

Dutch Girl Donuts, located on Woodward Avenue just south of 7 Mile Road, has proven a rare constant in a changing city. The shop has been serving up fresh donuts at fair prices since 1947, and it has no plans on changing.

Kids at the Michigan Science Center

Detroit STEM programs launch local youth into science, tech careers

Michigan will need to fill an estimated 274,000 STEM-related positions by 2018. While the state is struggling to produce workers qualified to take those jobs, a handful of programs are helping fill the gaps and giving motivated local students a leg up in the world of STEM.

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The Detroit Berlin Connection to host its second conference on May 20

The program, which takes place from 4 until 8 p.m., will include presentations by individuals and organizations involved in art, music, design, innovation, and entrepreneurial efforts in both Detroit and Berlin. Panel discussions and a Q&A session will follow, along with a cocktail hour afterglow where the public can mingle with the speakers.

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Ralph Taylor and Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions

Ralph Taylor is the owner of Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions, designing elaborate, meticuliusly-detailed Trinidadian Carnival-styled costumes for balls and parades all over the world. 

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Clement Brown, Jr. and the FAME Shop

Clement Brown, Jr. is the owner of FAME Shop, a community impact workshop that offers personal branding courses in the areas of fashion, art, music, and entertainment.

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Kalamazoo women get a place of their own to hack away

Creativity has a new home in Kalamazoo. Hacker Gals founder Stacy Burdette discusses what's happening at Kalamzoo's newest makerspace.

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Ponyride, more than just a makerspace

Using an "all boats rise with the tide" rent subsidy, Ponyride is able to provide cheap space for socially-conscious artists and entrepreneurs to work and share knowledge, resources, and networks.

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Healing fractured water: Great Lakes cities look to reintegrate the urban water cycle

Urban Great Lakes water systems are disconnected from the natural environment, but cities are looking to reintegrate them using green infrastructure and integrated management approaches.

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With change afoot in Southwest Detroit, can residents steer development?

Like much of the city, Southwest Detroit is experiencing rapid change. In a 20-block section, however, residents are helping guide the transformation.

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How programming in Clark Park is turning neighborhood kids into engaged citizens

At Clark Park, sports leagues, summer camps, senior activities, and children's story hour, among many other activities, draw people of all ages and create opportunities for people to meet across generational and neighborhood lines.

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O.N.E. Mile project hopes to bring new model of revitalization to Detroit's North End

In sharing the legacy of the North End, organizers hope the O.N.E. Mile Project inspires other communities in Detroit to share their legacies on their own terms.

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Daytripping from metro Detroit: Five amazing destinations less than a tank of gas away

What's a wanderlusty Detroiter to do this time of year, when mid-winter voyages feel forever ago, but summer vacations still lie months ahead? Time to pencil in a day trip—somewhere you've never been to or perhaps never even heard of.

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Join us May 7 for MakerLab, a Model D speaker series event

On May 7, Model D is teaming up with The Henry Ford to bring you MakerLab, a series of live presentations by Detroit makers where they will discuss their craft and the city's growing maker culture.

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A look at how climate change will affect Detroit neighborhoods

By the end of the century, Detroit's climate could be more like that of southern Missouri today. Here's a look at the challenges climate change poses to Detroit and the neighborhoods most at risk.

Jackie Bejma, executive director of LAND, Inc.

From bioswales to pennycress: How Detroit neighborhoods are going from gray to green

In Detroit, aging "gray" infrastructure poses challenges to the environment, but plenty of opportunity exists to develop green infrastructure that can heal it.

Ronier Golightly, owner of Motor City Popcorn

Starting a food business In Detroit? These programs could make all the difference

While startups encounter many stumbling blocks, local food entrepreneurs have a lot to be thankful for; Detroit is chock-full of resources to help new and growing food businesses.

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Your guide to Record Store Day in metro Detroit

Metro Detroit is home to some fantastic record stores. Here's a rundown of a few of our favorites. Check them out on Saturday, April 18 for Record Store Day, then keep going back.

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Your guide to Record Store Day in Detroit and Hamtramck

In advance of Record Store Day 2015 (happening Saturday, April 18) here is a guide to some of our favorite record stores in the cities of Detroit and Hamtramck.

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Annual car show gives Detroit School of Arts students a showcase for their talents

On April 23-24, Detroit School of Arts students will present more than a dozen vintage cars volunteered by their owners, along with a fashion show, musical performances, workshops, and a student art exhibition and auction all related to the cars on display.

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New data from Walk Score suggest Detroit's walkability is on the rise

Walk Score just released its rankings of America's most walkable cities. The list contained good news for Motor City pedestrians: Detroit's Walk Score is up 2.2 points since 2011.

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Will metro Detroit suburbs buy into regional transit?

In the wake of the story of megacommuter James Robertson, some metro Detroit communities are reconsidering their stance when it comes to regional transit.

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Why you should pay attention to a new coalition's recommendations for education in Detroit

Last week, the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren issued a report that all who care about the city should pay attention to, whether they have children or not.

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Join us April 16 for "Scaling up in the Food Industry," a Model D speaker series event

On Thursday, April 16, join Model D and Southeast Michigan Startup at Bamboo Detroit for a special panel event where local food entrepreneurs will discuss their experiences growing businesses in the region.

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Your guide to Art X Detroit

Art X is a celebration featuring 50 free arts events over three weekends in April. Here are a few highlights from this year's schedule.

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An artist's argument for STEAM education

It would be a shame if kids with a passion for art were somehow led to believe that there is not a place for them in the world of science, technology, and innovation, argues designer and inventor Curt Bailey, which is why he believes it important to insert an 'A' for arts into the STEM acronym.

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Detroit Youth Volume inspires east side kids with no-cost violin lessons

The only program in the city to offer violin no-cost lessons using a special training known as the Suzuki Method, Detroit Youth Volume has an innovative ethic that inspires kids from low-income families.

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Tod Machover to capture sounds of the city with 'Symphony in D' project

"This is a place where the past, present and future are all mixed up," says Machover. "There are ghosts here, audio artifacts everywhere, rhythms that are alive. Nowhere I've been is really like Detroit."

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Welcome to the Year of the Gazelle, a series looking at metro Detroit's fastest growing companies

Over the next year, we will identify the fastest-growing local companies and tell you the behind-the-scenes stories of the entrepreneurs, investors, and the resources that are building Michigan's new economy.

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For metro Detroit families, financial literacy can be the difference between poverty and stability

For the working poor, it's not enough to be employed. An innovative program is helping people reach financial stability by learning how to manage their money.

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Radio Campfire, a new audio storytelling series, to sound off at Detroit's Matrix Theatre

Local audiophiles and podcast fans will be pleased to hear that a new audio storytelling series is being produced here in Southeast Michigan. The first Detroit Radio Campfire event is happening Friday, March 27 at the Matrix Theatre in Southwest Detroit.

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Opinion: Film incentives are good business for Detroit and Michigan

With the future of Michigan's film tax incentives in question, Detroit cinematographer Geoff George makes the case for why we can't afford to give up on them yet.

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The Mounted Police Division, the most versatile unit of the Detroit Police Department

For 120 years, officers of the Detroit Mounted Police Division have patrolled neighborhoods throughout the city, interacting with citizens and building positive relationships between the community and the police department.

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The corned beef effect: How St. Patrick's Day drives the local food economy

A pair of family-run Detroit businesses have grown into major producers of corned beef, supplying markets throughout the country with their specialty products. They've spent months gearing up for St. Patrick's Day.

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13 ways Detroit can assert itself as a music capital

Detroit's musical legacy is indisputable. Its future as a music capital, however, is uncertain. Here are 13 ways the city can help cement its legacy for decades to come.

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The Detroit Experience Series kicks off with "Green Detroit" tour on April 25

Model D and the Detroit Experience Factory are pleased to announce a collaboration that will help readers visit the neighborhoods, small businesses, and people they read about in Model D. The collaboration begins with a tour of "Green Detroit" happening Saturday, April 25.

Wayne Ramocan plays drums in Turkmenistan

Exporting culture, importing experience: The benefits of taking Detroit musicians abroad

Music is one of Detroit's greatest exports. Wayne Ramocan, a Detroit musician and community activist, argues that we need to help expose our young musicians to the wider world and make an effort to retain their talent in the city.

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Corrado Parducci, the great (and mostly forgotten) architectural artist of Detroit

Parducci was an Italian-American immigrant who came to Detroit via New York in 1925. An architectural sculptor, he would complete over 600 commissions in his 60-year career, many of them a part of Detroit's most iconic buildings. 

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The new geographers: How Detroiters are mapping a better future for the city

Cartography is alive and well in Detroit. Model D sat down with several local map enthusiasts to learn about where they draw inspiration for their work and where they see it heading in an open data context.

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Youth Transit Alliance needs $97K to keep giving Detroit kids free rides to after school programs

Youth Transit Alliance safely transports kids between their homes in Southwest Detroit and after-school programs throughout the city. The program must raise $97,328 by March 25 in order to keep providing free rides through the end of the school year.

Jim Snyder, owner of Franklin Furniture

Betting on Detroit and beating the odds: Franklin Furniture's survival story

For decades, Franklin Furniture has offered Detroit residents and businesses affordable furnishings. Despite encountering more than his fair share of adversity, Jim Snyder, Franklin's owner, remains bullish on the city.

Co-working List

10 essential networks for Detroit creatives

Whatever role you play in the creative economy, an abundance of local creative networks and resources exists to support you. Here are 10 especially good ones.

Public Pool List

Uncool in all the right ways: Five years of Public Pool, Hamtramck's storefront art space

This Saturday, Hamtramck art space Public Pool is celebrating five years of solo and group shows, music and dance performances, panel discussions, and readings. The anniversary show is called "I Only Want to See You Underneath" and features the work of Public Pool co-founder Tim Hailey.

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Model D, Skillman Foundation to host #YourDetroit Twitter chat on March 3

The Skillman Foundation and Model D are pleased to facilitate #YourDetroit, a Twitter chat happening Tuesday, March 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. We want to hear from you about where you see yourself in the narratives forming around contemporary Detroit.

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Can individuals and communities generate Michigan's electricity in the future?

It's a brave new energy world in Michigan. Coal is on the way out while natural gas, wind and solar are on the way in. But the bigger question is who will generate electricity in the future -- traditional utilities, or individuals and communities?

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To understand change in Midtown Detroit, look to Alexandrine Street

More than $40 million is being invested in the renovation of buildings -- big and small -- along the three blocks of West Alexandrine between Woodward Avenue and Third Street. It's here where some of the city's newest marquee business have set up shop and where the changing face of Midtown Detroit is most acutely visible.

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What it takes to transform Southeast Michigan into a STEM Hub

Building a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) economy is widely seen as a pathway to prosperity. So what would it take to make Southeast Michigan a STEM Hub? Dr. Tonya Matthews, CEO of the Michigan Science Center, has a few ideas, starting with putting people first.

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Opinion: Detroit's leadership must engage emerging leaders and their vision of a new American Dream

Chris Grindem argues that Detroit's leaders must engage with a specific group of Millennials, the city's emerging leaders, and their vision of a new American Dream. Why? Because they are convinced Detroit is in a unique, once-in-a-lifetime position to help define the future of American cities.

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Embracing the magical: Q&A with place-based education architect David Sobel

In a culture so consumed by digital devices and virtual experiences, how can the natural world compete for students' attention? We talk with David Sobel, architect of place-based education, to find out.

Die In List

Opinion: Detroit needs to preserve public spaces for assembly and free speech

Detroit's downtown parks long have been places where people exercise their constitutional right to assemble peaceably, but does private management of public spaces now stand in their way?

Produce List

Winter harvest: How local farmers are extending the growing season

Frigid temperatures and snow don't mean you have to rule out eating fresh, regionally-sourced vegetables. Winter food production is alive and thriving in and around Michigan thanks to greenhouse growing and other season-extending technologies.

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Making paczki with Sister Pie

In years past, we have provided you with guides to help you celebrate Paczki Day. This year, we decided to get our hands dirty and actually make paczki with 2014 Hatch contest winners, Sister Pie.

Fellows List

How Motor City Mapping became a template for citywide collaboration

The Motor City Mapping project captured vital information on the condition of each of Detroit's 375,000+ parcels. It may have also created a template for citywide collaboration.

Chefs List

How four young chefs ignited Detroit's restaurant renaissance

In three short years, four young chefs have gone from "almost famous" to big-time celebrities in the local and national culinary scenes.

Corktown Mkt List

Coming in May, the Corktown Farmers Market will feature produce grown in the neighborhood

Located on a strip of land along Michigan Avenue between the Lodge Service Drive and the Detroit Institute of Bagels, the new market will be open Thursdays, 3-7 p.m., from May through October.

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"RoboCop! The Musical" to take Delta City (aka Detroit) by storm on Feb. 19

It's a matter of debate as to whether Detroit is ready for a public monument to RoboCop, but we can all agree that the city needs "RoboCop! The Musical," which begins a nine show run at the City Theatre on Feb. 19.

Henry Ford in his first concept car, the Quadricycle

Can Detroit re-revolutionize the auto industry, or is Elon Musk beating us to it?

You'd think it was 1893 all over again, when a veritable 'mobility startup scene' was heating up all over the country. But is Detroit missing out on the action this time?

Dilla List

Dilla Youth Day to celebrate legendary producer, empower local kids on Feb. 8 at Wright Museum

Dilla Youth Day, A celebration of legendary Detroit producer J Dilla and a workshop for local kids interested in music, will take place Feb. 8, 1-8 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Rubello List

Remembering 'Color Cubes,' downtown Detroit's lost public art landmark

Last Spring, an iconic piece of public art in downtown Detroit was painted over to make room for a temporary 7-11 ad. The sudden loss lead Matthew Piper to dig deep into the history of "Color Cubes" by David Rubello, which is gone but not forgotten.

Imad List

From prisoner in Iraq to store owner in Detroit: Imad Morad's long journey to entrepreneurship

Once a prisoner of Al Qaeda with little hope of survival, Imad Agh Morad has made a new life as an entrepreneur in Detroit.

Power List

Powering the Mitten: How does electricity get to your smartphone?

You plug in your smartphone and voila -- it's charged up and ready to whisk you off to cyberspace. But how exactly do those electrons get into your phone? Read on to find out.

Local Food List

Detroit restaurants and farmers are working together to expand options for locavores

As Detroit restaurants become more dedicated to sourcing locally and Detroit farmers work harder to meet demand, the locavore's dining options are expanding.

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After two-year fellowship, dedication to improving the city keeps three fellows in Detroit

Three members of the Detroit Revitalization Fellows inaugural cohort are committed to continuing their work to improve the city well beyond their fellowship term.

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Businesses put best face forward with help of local façade improvement programs

A building's visual order can have an inordinate impact on a community, which is why a number of area community development organizations have used façade improvement programs to battle blight and spur neighborhood economic development.

Land Forum List

Opinion: It's time to demystify the process of acquiring land in the city of Detroit

To help inform Detroiters looking to acquire vacant land, The Greening of Detroit, Michigan Community Resources, and the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights have collaborated in developing a series of workshops called "Land Forum."

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Fellowship helps Detroiters find their way home

They say you can't go home again, but three Detroit Revitalization Fellows have used their fellowship to get back to Michigan and do meaningful work in the city.

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Detroit SOUP to celebrate fifth anniversary with party and fundraiser at Ford Field

Since 2010, Detroit SOUP has hosted 90 dinners and awarded over $85,000 to Detroiters with ideas to improve their communities. On Feb. 15, SOUP celebrates its fifth anniversary with a party and fundraiser at Ford Field.

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How 'smart' is Michigan's electrical grid?

You may have a smart meter on your house, but what's so "smart" about it? We explore Michigan's foray into the "smart grid" and how it affects you.

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Discuss social entrepreneurship in Detroit at Jan. 19 Open City event

Engage with a panel of social entrepreneurs working in Detroit on Monday, Jan. 19 at "Be the Change," the first Open City event of 2015.

Curtis List

Nicole Curtis, host of HGTV's Rehab Addict, invests again in Detroit for new season

The sixth season of Rehab Addict premieres Jan. 8 and will feature Nicole Curtis's latest Detroit project, a house on East Grand Boulevard near Belle Isle on the city's east side.

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Powering the Mitten: Report warns of looming electricity capacity shortfall

Michigan may be facing electric generation capacity shortfalls as soon as 2016, according to a new report. What does that mean for the state and how can it be avoided?

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Five things to look forward to in 2015

Last year was a big one for the city of Detroit. Looking forward to 2015, here are five things we're excited about.

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Video: Looking back on three years of Detroit innovation

For the past three years, our partners at Urban Innovation Exchange have been following hundreds of small projects making a big impact in Detroit. In this video, Detroit Lives! captures the essence of that work.

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Abick's Bar, a neighborhood institution for more than a century

Detroit's oldest continuously family-operated bar is mourning the loss of its matriarch, Manya Soviak, but a new generation of the family is leading the neighborhood institution into its second century of existence.

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Police-community partnerships offer way to improve neighborhood safety

Dozens of communities across the U.S. have formed effective, ongoing partnerships with the police departments that have improved safety and trust between residents and officers.

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Powering the Mitten: What mix of fuel will power Michigan's future?

Electricity in Michigan comes mostly from coal and nuclear power, but that's set to change in the next decade. DTE Energy's Nick Khouri talks about how the utility is planning for the change.

Deconstruction List

As they wait for contracts, local organizations prepare workers for deconstruction jobs

While demolition will make up the lion's share of the city's blight elimination efforts, Mayor Duggan and the Detroit Blight Authority are pushing to ensure that deconstruction also plays a role. Area training centers hope to prepare students for careers in both demolition and deconstruction.

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How local real estate developers are giving new life to some of Detroit's shuttered schools

Some Detroit developers are finding opportunity -- and potential profits -- in the adaptive reuse of shuttered schools.

Fellows List

The Detroit hustle: When love for the city goes beyond the 9-to-5

Plenty of people work to better Detroit at their day jobs, but some don't call it quits at 5 p.m. A pair of Detroit Revitalization Fellows finds fulfillment both at work and while moonlighting as a distillery owner and a hip hop artist respectively.

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Lighting up Detroit: Holiday displays, new infrastructure projects illuminating the city

As Detroit emerges from the darkness of bankruptcy, we say "let there light!" this holiday season. Here's a backstage tour of lighting in Detroit, from schools to streetlights to the Christmas tree at Campus Martius.

Dimitri List

'More than just a place for a party,' Berliner Dimitri Hegemann sees Detroit as place for new ideas

"I see the club as more than just a place for a party. I want the music to stimulate discussion and new ideas," says Hegemann, who was recently in Detroit to discuss the potential of bringing new cultural spaces to the city.

Pryors List

Detroit's first family of the arts: Dell and Sharon Pryor

Tulani Rose and the Dell Pryor Gallery are anchors of the corner of Willis Street and Cass Avenue in Midtown. These institutions are the creations of the mother-daughter team of Dell and Sharon Pryor, Detroit's first family of the arts.

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The art of ordinary life: Why storytelling nights are suddenly everywhere

In our hyperconnected, digital age, people hunger for real stories. In Cleveland and across the country, storytelling nights are growing thanks to the popularity of The Moth, This American Life, and other programs that elevate life into art.

Avenue of Fashion List

On the Avenue of Fashion, small businesses are driving the revival of a neighborhood retail district

A historic neighborhood business district is re-emerging thanks to the dedication and energy of new business owners.

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Fractured Water: Can metro Detroit reconnect its watersheds?

In metro Detroit, our waterways do not function as a whole. A new series delves into why that is and what we can do about it. 

City Bird List

Model D's guide to shopping local this holiday season

Thanks to this handy guide, you have no excuse not to do all of your holiday shopping in Detroit this year.

Noel List

Stop by Model D House during Noel Night on Dec. 6

On Saturday, Dec. 6, Midtown Detroit will be humming with activitiy during the 42nd annual Noel Night holiday celebration. Be sure to stop by Model D House (4470 Second Ave.) for snacks and music.

Bookstore List

Holiday season brings good tidings of new Detroit bookstores

Booklovers in Detroit are about to get three new shops where they can scratch their literary itch: Silva Rerum, Pages on Livernois, and Bookspace Detroit.

Pingree List

Detroit Public Library unveils remarkable digital collections

Now you can explore some of the greatest treasures of the Detroit Public Library from the comforts of home thanks to a digitization project that was years in the making.

Literary Tour List

A literary tour of Detroit

Detroit may be best known for cars and music, but the Motor City has a rich literary history that's worthy of exploration. From Broadside Press to Pulitzer Prize-winning authors to U.S. Poet Laureates, Detroit has produced an extraordinary body of work.

Deconstruction List

Can deconstruction of vacant homes help grow Detroit's economy? Some local businesses hope so

Detroit has 40,000 vacant homes on the path to demolition. Can they be transformed from liabilities into assets through deconstruction? Local businesses' demand for reclaimed materials suggests they can.

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Powering the Mitten: Manufacturing, electricity and Michigan's future

Michigan's manufacturing economy is on the rebound just as its energy future is in flux. How can the Mitten state maintain a strong manufacturing base while transitioning to cleaner energy?

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Berliner Dimitri Hegemann to discuss plans for Fisher Body 21 at community talk on Nov. 29

Hegemann, a Berlin entrepreneur who has played an important role during over two decades of revitalization and reinvention in that city, will be back in Detroit on Nov. 29 to talk about how strategies from Berlin can be used to catalyze growth in Detroit's creative economy.

NEIdeas List

NEIdeas $10K People's Choice awards to be announced at Dec. 11 Detroit SOUP event

After awarding 30 existing businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park $10K each for their ideas for growth, the NEIdeas challenge is back with a People's Choice round of voting.

Solar List

Powering the Mitten: What's next for our renewable energy future?

Michigan's Renewable Portfolio Standard sunsets in 2015, and legislators, utilities and advocates are getting ready to decide what's next for renewable energy in Michigan. Here's a look at some facts behind that debate.

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Thirty established Detroit businesses win $10K each for their ideas for growth (VIDEO)

Last month, the New Economy Initiative did something unusual for a philanthropy: it granted money directly to small businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park for their ideas for growth. In this video you'll hear their stories.

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Celebrated solo electronic artist Shigeto experiments with musical collaboration

Electronic musician and producer Shigeto has been making his music in isolation -- until now.

Music List

Why finding live music in Detroit is not as easy as it should be

Other cities have centralized resources that help visitors and locals find live music, so why can't Detroit?

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Open City: Crowd Power! to explore the benefits of community investment in small business

Interested in harnessing the power of community investing for your small business in Detroit? Then Open City's Nov. 17 "Crowd Power" forum is for you.

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How teens are helping program the city's premier contemporary art museum

The MOCAD Teen Council is a select group of young creatives from metro Detroit who come together with museum professionals to produce and plan programming for youth and adults. 

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Want to get people back to work? Fill the basic skills gap

Low-income workers often lack the basic skills needed to find a good job. To bridge the gap, experts says it's essential to invest in training. Yet despite millions of people out of work, programs are hard to find.

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John Corvino, the 'Gay Moralist' of Detroit

John Corvino is a professor of philosophy at Wayne State University and a marriage equality advocate who's willing to debate the most vocal opponents of gay marriage publicly. 

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It's date night! In search of the quintessential Detroit date spot

Ready to impress your boo with your knowledge of the coolest date spots in Detroit? We've got a few recommendations -- on and off the radar -- to get you started.

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Passenger breathes art, new life into a long-vacant Detroit space

After years of vacancy and neglect, an old Capitol Park building where tobacco products were once manufactured is getting new life as Passenger, a nonprofit space for supporting the city’s art, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.

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Powering the Mitten: As coal plants shut down, where will our electricity come from?

Michigan's aging coal-fired power plants are reaching the end of their life, and new regulations are accelerating timelines for their retirement. So how will Michiganders power their laptops, devices, homes, and businesses in the future?

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Doing business differently: IdeaLab returns Nov. 14

Over the last five years, IdeaLab has showcased dozens of Detroiters on the vanguard of community and economic development, and this year's Nov. 14 event is no exception.

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Original hipster: Marsha Music, cultural icon and griot of Detroit

Over the next few weeks, we'll check in with original hipsters who have helped make Detroit cool for the young upstarts claiming Detroit cred. Up first, Marsha Music, a local icon and a self-described "griot, storyteller, and talker."

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Detroit's co-working spaces lure freelancers and startups with amenities and community

As different co-working spaces spring up and mature around Detroit, freelancers and startups are no longer relegated to coffee shops and home offices.

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As a senior housing crisis develops in Detroit, advocates are offering solutions

The development boom happening in downtown and Midtown Detroit comes at a cost for some of the city's most vulnerable residents, senior citizens. Senior housing advocates, however, are exploring solutions to this crisis.

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Fighting for community benefits in Delray through art and activism

Antonio Cosme is a budding community organizer and activist who's working to ensure that his southwest Detroit neighborhood benefits from the construction of a new international crossing.

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Along Woodward, residents and business owners have mixed feelings about M-1 Rail construction

Photographer Nick Hagen and writer Matthew Lewis walked the length of the M-1 Rail streetcar route to find out how construction is affecting small businesses and residents.

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The Detroit Fall Beer Festival and the future of craft beer in the city

On Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26, 75 breweries from around the state will be serving over 600 beers in Eastern Market at the 6th annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival. In advance of the festival, we talked to Scott Graham of the Michigan Brewers Guild about the future of Detroit's beer scene.

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What makes a city 'smart,' anyway?

In recent years, urban planners, cross-sector leaders, and city enthusiasts have trumpeted the rise of "smart cities." As that conversation gets louder, we can't help but ask: What exactly makes a city smart? Here are some thoughts in the wake of the recent Meeting of the Minds conference in Detroit.

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Why Detroit's improv comedy scene is no joke

Detroit is not exactly NYC, Chicago, or L.A., but the local improv scene, which has produced national talents like Keegan-Michael Key, is thriving thanks to dedicated performers and theaters like Planet Ant and Go Comedy!.

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Young, diverse, and full of moxie, Detroit's Jewish community is making a comeback

Not long ago, speaking about a resurgent Jewish community in Detroit would have had folks thinking you were a few candles short of a full menorah. Today, however, that community is growing thanks to an influx of young people and a few key institutions.

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Why Michigan is a leader in place-based education

Dr. Doris Terry Williams, executive director of the Rural School and Community Trust, discusses the need for place-based education in both rural and urban environments and how Michigan's Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative is leading the charge.

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Open City kicks off 8th season of conversations about entrepreneurship in Detroit

Since 2007, Open City has served as a forum to discuss the opportunities and challenges of starting a business in Detroit. A new season kicks off at Cliff Bell's on Monday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m.

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VIDEO: Hundreds find new ideas for their cities at inaugural Urban Innovation Exchange in Detroit

In September, innovators from around the country convened in Detroit to exchange their ideas for building better cities and stronger communities. For three days, Detroit was transformed into a marketplace for ideas for cities.

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Dave Eggers talks education, robots, and illustrating a new book written by Detroit kids

Author and 826 National founder Dave Eggers is coming to Detroit next month. In advance of his visit, he answered a few of our questions about cities, urban education, and a new book written by students at Detroit's Boggs School.

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Amateur auto racers hit the track on Belle Isle

All kinds of people driving all kinds of motor vehicles -- from go karts to hoopties to high-end roadsters -- came out to Belle Isle to try their hand at racing.

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One person's trash is another's art project: 25 years of Arts & Scraps

For 25 years, Arts & Scraps has been helping kids in Detroit transform tons of donated materials into art.

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Detroit kids become environmental citizens through place-based learning

Kids at Neinas Elementary in Southwest Detroit are shaping the future of their community well before they're old enough to vote thanks to place-based educational opportunities in their school.

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The Culture of Co-Working: A Model D Speaker Series event

Model D and Southeast Michigan Startup will host a panel discussion about the emerging culture of Detroit's co-working spaces on October 22, 2014.

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There's a thin line between art and life at the Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival

On Saturday, Oct. 11, the fifth annual Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival pops up in galleries, storefronts, and lots across the 2.1-square-mile city and adjacent Detroit neighborhoods.

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Winners of 2014 Knight Arts Challenge revealed

In its second year, the Knight Arts Challenge awards 58 winners a total of $2.48 million for their ideas for moving Detroit forward through the arts.

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A group of local craft beer enthusiasts are brewing with Detroit-grown hops

Detroit's Black Bottom Brew Club makes beer according to a centuries-old German purity standard using hops grown right here in the city.

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Place-based education motivates students by connecting learning to community

Michigan schools have an engagement crisis, but place-based education is one way of turning that around by making learning relevant to communities.

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A conversation with Tom Brennan, Detroit's green building guru

Last week, we explored Detroit's emerging green building culture. Here's an in-depth transcript of our conversation with Tom Brennan, co-founder of the Green Garage and a leader in Detroit's green building scene.

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A brief introduction to Detroit's civic tech ecosystem

As Detroit finally enters the 21st century, here are our thoughts on how Detroit’s emerging tech ecosystem can produce more and better civic- and community- minded projects.

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Your guide to fall colors in the city

Michigan is a superb place to watch the leaves change colors with the seasons -- that's a given. But you don't have to leave Detroit to experience the beauty of a Michigan autumn.

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Thirteen doable ideas for cities from first ever Urban Innovation Exchange

Last week, a group of innovators behind small scale, place-based projects around the country convened in Detroit and talked about what works in their cities.

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The Whole Foods effect: How local food businesses are benefiting from a national grocery chain

A little more than a year after high-end national grocery chain Whole Foods landed in Detroit, local food companies are reaping the benefits.

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A green building culture is emerging in Detroit

What do a small business incubator, a loft building, a homeless shelter, and a municipal building all have in common? They're all saving energy and money in Detroit thanks to green practices.

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A peek inside Beth Olem, the cemetery that was swallowed by a GM plant

One of Michigan's oldest Jewish cemeteries is hidden on the grounds of GM's Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly Plant. It's only open six hours every year, so lucky for you, we took some pictures.

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Detroit techno saved Berliners from boredom. Now it's time we take a few lessons from Berlin.

Walter Wasacz recently traveled to Berlin, where many hold Detroit and its music in high esteem. He brought back these reflections on what we can learn from our friends across the pond.

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Three newcomers join Detroit Restaurant Week (with amazing pictures!)

It wasn’t that long ago that dining options in Detroit were limited at best, but a strong food scene is burgeoning in the city. As Detroit Restaurant Week kicks off, we preview the menus at three first-time restaurant week participants: Ottava Via, Craft Work, and Top of the Pontch.

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Portraits of Detroit innovation

Our partners at Urban Innovation Exchange look back on the last three years they've spent documenting the growing movement of artists, makers, entrepreneurs, and innovators leading creative neighborhood transformation in Detroit.

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Can small ideas add up to big change for cities? 13 projects that prove they can (VIDEO)

Urban revitalization is not built on stadiums and skyscrapers alone. Vibrant cities begin with passionate people working on the ground, doing the creative heavy lifting to make their communities better. Leading up to Urban Innovation Exchange Sept. 24-26 in Detroit, we take a look at 13 small projects with big potential.

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Detroit blogs you need to be reading

You read Model D, so thanks! We really appreciate you. But we acknowledge that there are lots of other sources for great writing about Detroit, so we put together this list of our favorite local blogs.

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'Encore entrepreneurs' add vibrance to Detroit's small business scene

Young hipsters aren't the only people starting businesses in Midtown and downtown Detroit. Meet some of the city's 'encore entrepreneurs.'

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Detroit's Passalacqua mix hip hop with community

Passalacqua may be Detroit's hottest hip hop group, but that doesn't stop its members from remaining community-focused.

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Shinola's workers, the new faces of Detroit manufacturing

Since Shinola opened shop in Detroit in 2013, the company has grown its output and its workforce. Those workers are creating quality goods and are changing the way we think about Detroit manufacturing.

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Older Detroiters get together, eat healthy thanks to Senior Market Days

Senior Market Days is a program that provides transportation to seniors so they can shop at local farmers markets. Not only does it help them eat heathier, it serves as a social event. 

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Is this Detroit's literary moment? Anna Clark and Literary Detroit think so

Anna Clark, a local journalist and the editor of "A Detroit Anthology," is helping bolster literary culture in the city of Detroit. Read about her work with Literary Detroit, Write A House, and more in this profile from Urban Innovation Exchange.

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Illuminating Highland Park, one solar streetlight at a time

Soulardarity is working to solve Highland Park's public lighting problem -- one solar streetlight at a time. By 2017, they hope to install 200 lights throughout the city.

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Reflections on community, change, and commitment from a departing Detroiter

As Elizabeth Garlow,  former executive director of Michigan Corps and the founder of the Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, prepares to leave Detroit to attend graduate school on the East Coast, she reflects on the specialness of the city.

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How the arts inspire change in Detroit

In Detroit, art isn’t just something to look at. The city’s rich artistic tradition has been an essential ingredient for cultivating community resilience, engagement and vitality.

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Not just a fancy art project: Artists create long-term community vision for Detroit/Hamtramck border

In 2009, Model D reported on the early work of Power House Productions in an article entitled "Detroit House: $100. Bold New Ideas for the City: Priceless." In five short years, those bold ideas are taking shape along the Detroit/Hamtramck border.

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Building civic capacity in Detroit: Inspiration from Zagreb

Mike Medow of Allied Media Projects travelled Europe as a Marshall Memorial Fellow. In Zagreb, Croatia, he was introduced to "small but smart projects" that both reflect and inspire his work in Detroit.

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A church and a gas station in Detroit reap the benefits of energy efficiency

A local church and gas station have at least one thing in common: they're saving lots of money after finding ways to become more energy efficient.

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Energy efficiency: It's all about saving cash, cleaning up carbon, and creating local jobs

When it comes to energy, there is no cheaper source than the stuff we waste. Our "Powering the Mitten" series takes an in-depth look at how Michigan is faring on energy efficiency and where we might head in the future.

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Small-scale, big deal: UIX invites urban innovators to exchange ideas in Detroit

Cities are reinventing themselves in creative new ways. Can small-scale projects have big impact? Join the Urban Innovation Exchange this Sept. 24-26 in Detroit to explore creative projects driving neighborhood transformation and trade ideas for the future.

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Detroit's hottest exports (Hint: they're not just cars and watches)

Two growing manufacturing businesses in Detroit have nothing to do with cars or watches. In fact, they're making food products -- pickles and powdered milk -- and they're thriving.

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Powering the Mitten: Where will Michigan's energy come from in 20 years?

This fall, legislators in Lansing will take up the question of how Michigan will get its energy in the future. Nina Ignaczak spoke to experts across the sector to find out what they think Michigan's energy landscape will look like in 20 years.

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Jumping ship: Why leaders are leaving corporate jobs for the social sector

Model D is hosting our next Speaker Series event on Thursday, August 21 at United Way for Southeastern Michigan in Detroit. Come meet leaders who left cushy corporate gigs to make a difference.

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A deeper approach to entrepreneurship is emerging from Detroit's Practice-Space

Since April, Model D has been following the progress of Practice-Space, a new place for developing business ideas in Detroit. Recently, the two businesses enrolled in its incubator entered the "Deepen" phase of the program.

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Making performance art accessible: Ryan Myers-Johnson and Sidewalk Festival for the Performing Arts

Detroit's emerging experimental and alternative artists will showcase their work at the Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts happening August 2 at Old Redford's Artist Village. Urban Innovation Exchange shares this profile of Ryan Myers-Johnson, the festival's founder.

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The glorious potential of cities; or, How eight square blocks can change the world

"The city is essential. The potential is glorious. And eight square blocks can change the world," writes Claire Nelson, director of Urban Innovation Exchange.

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Model D's top stories of 2014 so far

2014 has been flying by so fast that we thought it would be worthwhile to take a look back on our most popular stories to date.

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After 25 years, Grandmont Rosedale provides a template for community development

For a quarter century, Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation has worked towards its mission of preserving and improving the Grandmont Rosedale neighborhoods. Its efforts are bearing fruit.

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Building a better future for Detroit's black LGBTQ community

Since 1994,  KICK! and its founder and executive director Curtis Lipscomb have filled a unique role in local LGBTQ advocacy efforts by focusing on the intersection of LGBTQ and African American identity.

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Global Shapers re-shapes visitors' perceptions of Detroit

Many attending SHAPE North America 2014 came to the Detroit thinking about cars and bankruptcy. They left with a whole new respect and admiration for the city.

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Action sports in Detroit: A year after the X Games bid

“We were able to take over an abandoned lot and build a BMX park with the city skyline in the background. That kind of thing doesn’t happen in Chicago or L.A.” Just in case the folks from the X Games didn’t already know, it doesn’t happen in Austin, either.

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How the rise of electricity transformed urban life in Detroit

The culture of innovation that sprang from a single lightbulb.

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After 25 years of growth in the city, the Greening of Detroit comes of age

Over the last 25 years, the Greening of Detroit has planted 82,000 trees, helped hundreds of Detroiters develop career skills, and changed the way we think about sustainability in the city.

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Summer weekends in the suburbs: A guide for Detroiters

Enough of this "I'm too cool for the suburbs" nonsense! We know there's plenty happening in the city this summer, but there's lots to do around the region, too. Our partners at Metromode have put together a few ideas for ways to spend weekends beyond Detroit's city limits.

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Popps Packing: An old meat packing plant becomes a driving force in Hamtramck's creative community

When Graem Whyte and Faina Lerman bought a former Hamtramck meat packing plant in 2007, they didn't anticipate it becoming a catalyst for neighborhood growth and redevelopment.

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Where industry and ecology collide: The future of the lower Rouge, Detroit's other riverfront

In Southwest Detroit, industry, ecology, and history collide where the Fort Street Bridge spans the lower Rouge River. The Fort Rouge Gateway Project is an effort to showcase this uniquely Detroit geography and bring people closer to Detroit's less-heralded riverfront.

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Dive bars, cocktails, and the soul of a city: A conversation with "mixographer" David Wondrich

Cocktail historian David Wondrich recently named Detroit "Bar City of the Year" in Esquire magazine. He sat down with Model D and talked about how Midwest cities are "much more alive than people in New York and San Francisco give them credit for" and why "bars without old people in them are boring."

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Detroit City FC edges closer to first place, trails Lansing United by one point

As Detroit City FC heads into the final week of the regular season, Le Rouge are within striking distance of first place.

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Healthy Detroit redefines the role of the park in Detroit neighborhoods

Nicholas Mukhtar and Healthy Detroit are working with communities to create "HealthParks," which combine typical park amenities with food systems, preventative care clinics, doctor screenings, and outdoor fitness systems. 

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The state of social entrepreneurship in Detroit

Social entrepreneurship is on the rise in Detroit. Aaron Mondry brings us this story about three local social ventures making names for themselves and how the city and the state are making a splash on the national social entrepreneurship scene.

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The prospect of "alter-urbanism": Chad Rochkind and Urban Social Assembly

Chad Rochkind leads Urban Social Assembly, an organization that works to empower entrepreneurs and social innovators in the city of Detroit. Danny Fenster of Urban Innovation Exchange has this profile.

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Bruce Weber, icon of fashion photography, captures Detroit in new exhibit

Since his first shoot in Detroit in 2006, Bruce Weber has been fascinated by our city and its people. An exhibit of his Detroit photos is currently on display at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Walter Wasacz has the story.

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Video: An early morning visit to the wholesale market at Detroit's Eastern Market

Every weekday, Detroit's Eastern Market is buzzing with action while most of us are still sleeping. Cass Corridor Films got up early to follow Slow Jams, a producer of artisan jams, on a quest for locally grown herbs at the wholesale market.

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Allied Media Projects and the global relevance of Detroit's grassroots tech scene

On the eve of the 16th annual Allied Media Conference, Kat Hartman has this story about Allied Media's Digital Stewards project, which takes on nuanced issues affecting Detroit and develops tech solutions that are globally relevant.

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Barbara Barefield: Dynamo of the Uptown arts scene

Since moving to Detroit in the 1970s, Barbara Barefield has been highly involved in the local arts scene -- from publishing an alternative weekly to putting on concerts in historic homes. MJ Galbraith  and our partners at Urban Innovation Exchange give us this profile.

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Detroit Future Schools program offers a new classroom paradigm

For the latest installment of our "City Kids" series, David Sands reports on Allied Media Projects' Detroit Future Schools program, which pairs artists with teachers to create a classroom environment where kids can take ownership of their education.

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Multiple generations of homeless Detroiters find stability in recently rehabbed Bell Building

A unique development in Detroit near Highland Park helps the chronically homeless gain independence and age gracefully on their own terms. Emell Derra Adolphus has this story, the first in our "Aging Together" series, a collaborative project of Model D, MLive Detroit, and WDET.

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Top spots to watch the World Cup in Detroit

We've come up with a few spots where you can catch all the World Cup action over the next month, plus an idea for where matches ought to be screened.

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Not just a young man's game: Women in Detroit's growing tech scene

You don't have to watch HBO's "Silicon Valley" to know that the tech industry is dominated by men. But as Detroit's tech scene takes off, women are banding together to ensure that they are part of the conversation. Nina Misuraca Ignaczak has the story.

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Model D TV: Rosedale-Grandmont Little League, a neighborhood institution since 1992

Since it was founded in 1992, the Rosedale-Grandmont Little League has been the summer pastime of that west side neighborhood. Three Lyons Creative brings us this video, a part of our "City Kids" series.

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Jenny Lee and Allied Media Projects empower Detroit's independent media makers

Jenny Lee is the executive director of Allied Media Projects, an organization that provides media and technology tools to support Detroiters who are working towards a more just, creative, collaborative city. Amanda Lewan of Urban Innovation Exchange has this profile.

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It's time to capitalize on Detroit's status as a music capital

In the third and final installment of a series on the role local music can play in the economic development of Detroit, Keith Owens urges policy makers to put their political muscle behind arts and culture. He forsees big dividends in the future.

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Detroit City FC promotes equality in sports with special jerseys, earns draw against Erie

Le Rouge, Detroit's minor league soccer team, sported special jerseys to promote LGBTQ equality in sports at their most recent home game against Erie. DCFC staff writer Jeremy Summitt has this game recap.

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Bringing the party into the public sphere: The Detroit-Berlin Connection recapped

A weeklong learning experience based on the connection between the two capitals of electronic music -- Detroit and Berlin -- took place last week. For your reading pleasure, Walter Wasacz, a co-organizer of the Detroit-Berlin Connection, synthesizes some of the ideas generated during the event.

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Lessons learned from Mackinac(ish): Bringing it all back home

ASSEMBLE@Mackinac(ish) was more than just a reaction to the Mackinac Policy Conference or a party in the woods. Matthew Lewis has this reflection on his experience with the diverse group of Detroiters that got together Up North last week.

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New businesses and new life directions for two entrepreneurs in Detroit's "Zone 8" neighborhood

A firefighter turned retailer and an ex-gang member turned author and bookstore owner are both starting businesses in Detroit's Zone 8 neighborhood. Aaron Mondry has the story. 

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Pashon Murray and the Detroit work ethic

Remember that Ford commercial everyone was talking about? Meet Pashon Murray, the urban innovator who starred in it. Murray runs a composting business called Detroit Dirt, which uses scraps from local restaurants and breweries in its compost heaps.

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Video: Playworks teaches kids how to play the right way

Resource-strapped schools have trouble providing recess in a way that is fun for kids and suplements academics. Playworks, a national nonprofit, has partnered with several Detroit schools to provide recess for kids that is fun, educational, and inclusive.

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Fear and loathing at Mackinac, or How I learned to stop worrying and love the Policy Conference

Three-time Mackinac Policy Conference veteran John Notarianni gives us this reflection on the long, strange trip that was this year's conference.

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The Regional Ambitions and Financial Realities of the Cinetopia Film Festival

Over the years there have been several attempts to create a truly regional film festival, one that bridges the gulf between Ann Arbor and Detroit. With 50 films screening in Tree Town and 40 in Motown, the third year of Cinetopia might just be the film festival "to bring them all and in the darkness bind them."

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Your guide to Cinetopia: Getting the most out of the festival experience

The Cinetopia International Film Festival is coming to Detroit and Ann Arbor June 4-7. Festival director Russ Collins shares his thoughts on how to get the most out of the festival experience.

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Detroit City FC sells out stadium, wins third straight league match

Le Rouge continues its march through the NPSL, tallying its third straight victory with a 1-0 win over Lansing United in front of a sell-out crowd of 3,112.

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Grown in Detroit, but not in the ground: The next evolution of urban agriculture

Some urban agriculture ventures in Detroit are moving beyond the city lot and into buildings. Read about a pair of ventures that are raising crops and fish indoors in the latest installment of our Food Economy series.

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National Main Streets Conference brings 1,300 downtown professionals to Detroit

The National Main Streets Conference was in Detroit this week. Natalie Burg has this report on why downtown advocates from Metro Detroit and around the country were excited to participate.

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Berlin, Detroit, and reinvention through "creative industries": A conversation with Dimitri Hegemann

Hegemann, a Berliner who is in town for a the Detroit-Berlin Connection, a conference coinciding with the Movement Festival, shares with Walter Wasacz his thoughts on how music and creative industries can spur economic growth in cities.

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The Detroit-Berlin Connection: A Model D speaker series event

Walter Wasacz, a co-organizer of the Detroit-Berlin Connection, previews the one-day conference that hopes to forge a stronger bond between the two capitals of the electronic music world. The event kicks off Memorial Day/Movement weekend on Friday, May 23 at the MOCAD.

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An insider's guide to Movement 2014

The Movement Electronic Music Festival returns on Memorial Day weekend. Here's a day-by-day guide to this year's festival by our resident electronic music expert and Movement veteran Walter Wasacz.

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Intern in Michigan program helps students stay in state and build skills

Since it launched in 2011, Intern in Michigan has matched 250,000 students with Michigan-based employers. Veronica Grandison has this story on how this free matchmaking service is helping keep talent in state.

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Le Rouge set new attendance record, win second straight match

Le Rouge of Detroit City FC are establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the National Premier Soccer League. On Friday, DCFC set an attendance record and defeated a league rival 3-0.

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Announcing Detroit Sound Conservancy's inaugural conference

On Friday, May 23, the Detroit Sound Conservancy will host its inaugural conference at the Main Branch of the Detroit Public Library. DSC founder Carleton Gholz tells us what to expect.

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From China, with love: Bringing tea culture to Detroit

From our China bureau, Marvin Shaouni reflects on his experience exploring China's tea culture with Detroit entrepreneur Joseph Uhl. He shares some beautiful photos, too.

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Over the river and through your speakers: AM 580 plays Motor City favorites

From our Ontario bureau, Glen Morren has the backstory on CKWW, Motor City Favorites, an AM radio station that pumps out Detroit's hits of yesteryear at 580 KHz on the AM dial. 

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One Detroit, one world: Re-imagining Detroit through diversity and inclusion

Raquel Castaneda-Lopez represents District 6 in Detroit City Council. She recently wrote this piece calling for a more inclusive and global Detroit for our partners at Urban Innovation Exchange.

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Electric transmissions: Why London loves Detroit techno

From our London bureau, ISKA Films and Cass Corridor Films show us why Londoners can't get enough Detroit techno.

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'Hip hop is in everything, everything is hip hop': Piper Carter and the 5e Gallery

Our partners at Urban Innovation Exchange share this profile of Piper Carter, who is helping build a community around hip hop, sustainability, and DIY culture at Midtown's 5e Gallery.

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Breaking down city hall's bureaucracy at Open City's season finale

The 2013-2014 season of Open City concluded last week at Cliff Bell's, where a panel of city officials and a small business owner broke down the bureaucracy of city hall and discussed how to streamline licensing and permitting processes for Detroit businesses. Aaron Mondry has this recap.

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Choosing to raise kids in Detroit: Why and how local families are doing it.

It's no secret that young professionals have gravitated to Detroit's urban center in recent years, but what happens when they start having kids? Nina Misuraca Ignaczak spoke with some families who have made the commitment to stay and raise their kids in the city.

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Jim Boyle: It's time to celebrate and reward Detroit's existing businesses

Existing businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park don't get the attention that startups do, but a new program is set to reward 32 existing businesses with $500,000 in prizes for their ideas for growth.

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ASSEMBLE@Mackinac to bring new voices to the policy conversation

The people behind ASSEMBLE are hosting an event concurrent with the Mackinac Policy Conference with the goal of expanding access to Detroit policy discussions.

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Urban alleys become pathways to revitalization

From Seattle to Washington D.C., forgotten alleys are being reinvented as people-friendly spaces. Often perceived as dirty and dangerous, alleys are moving beyond garbage and garages, and becoming havens for pedestrians, public art and small businesses.

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Michigan gets serious about keeping money and jobs out of the landfill through recycling

Michigan may be great at recycling beverage containers, but that's where the Mitten State's recycling fame ends. A new state-led effort is hoping to change that by making it easier to recycle and building local markets so we can keep money -- and jobs -- out of the landfill.

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City Kids: Belle Isle kicks off a kid-friendly spring

For generations, Belle Island has been a fair weather destination for families with kids. This year, improvements to the island and expanded hours at a few of its institutions make it an even better spot for kids to play. Amy Kuras has the scoop.

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Detroit's other industry: Food and Agriculture in the Motor City

Model D launches a new series that will explore a different aspect of Metro Detroit's food and agriculture economy each month -- from food entrepreneurs and farmers to the logistics of food distribution in the region.

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Collaborative video project to document a day in the life of Detroit

On Saturday, April 26, Detroit's film and video community will embark on a collaborative project documenting a day in the life of the city. Will you join them?

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Satori Shakoor and the power of telling true stories

Satori Shakoor is a performer who believes that true stories have the power to transform people. Dennis Archambault tells us how Shakoor's stories transform audiences every month at the Charles H. Wright Museum in Midtown.

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A record lover's guide to Detroit

Record Store Day, a celebration of independent record stores, is happening Saturday, April 19. In preparation, record head Glen Morren tells us about a few of his favorite spots to buy vinyl in Detroit.

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Rock the red tape: Navigating City Hall

On Monday, April 21, a panel will discuss the best ways for entrepreneurs to navigate bureaucracy in City Hall for Open City's final event of the season.

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Farm stands and veggie vans bring Eastern Market to the people

Amy Kuras of Urban Innovation Exchange explains how Fiona Ruddy of Eastern Market Corp. is working on programs that expand fresh food sales beyond the market district.

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How Detroit became America's greatest sports city

Many have heard Detroit referred to as the "City of Champions," yet few know the history behind the nickname. Now a pair of Detroiters are working to revive Detroit's status as a capital of the sporting world.

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Detroit's newest space for growing business ideas

Aaron Mondry introduces a series about starting a business in Detroit through the lens of the city's newest incubator, Practice Space.

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Brewing beer and breathing life into Corktown's boxcar building

Batch Brewing Co., Detroit's first nanobrewery, has found a home in the former Porter Street Station, a quirky Corktown building with a boxcar attached to it.

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Inclusive crowdfunding: Andrea Perkins and Benevolent

Amanda Lewan of Urban Innovation Exchange writes about how Andrea Perkins and Benevolent Detroit are connecting low-income Detroiters with resources through a unique crowdfunding platform.

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Designing with Detroiters: DCDC turns 20

To celebrate Detroit Collaborative Design Center's 20th anniversary, Francis Grunow sat down with DCDC staff to discuss the Center's legacy of facilitating participatory design in the city.

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Opinion: What we really mean when we say 'The Neighborhoods'

Aaron Foley gives his opinion on why the oft-bandied term "The Neighborhoods" needs to go.

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Onward! New narratives for an old town

Matthew Lewis, Model D's new managing editor, muses about the past, present, and future of the publication.

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UIX: Jacob Corvidae and EcoWorks

Jacob Corvidae and EcoWorks are out to prove that green living is attainable for people up and down the socio-economic ladder, not just the affluent.

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Open City recapped: "Starting Slow and Small"

What is a pop-up? The answer might seem obvious, but members of this month's panel came to an interesting conclusion: it is similar to beta testing software in that you can work out the bugs without the risk of a full launch. Aaron Mondry was there.

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UIX: Abir Ali and Andre Sandifer, Ali Sandifer Studio

Meet Abir Ali and Andre Sandifer. They are the people behind Ali Sandifer Studio, a brand of modern furniture designed and built in Detroit.

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Moving on, but not too far

This is Walter Wasacz's last issue as managing editor of Model D. He waxes sentimental about his predecessors, talks about what's next for him professionally and even declares the coming season "a summer of love."    

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Immigrants translate skills, find jobs in Michigan

Many immigrants and refugees in Southeast Michigan left professional careers behind when they left their native countries. Global Detroit tells us about Upwardly Global, a program that helps immigrants adapt professional skills learned abroad to the workplace in Metro Detroit.

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State of Detroit music: Entrepreneurship in the arts

A career in music is not an automatic invitation to starvation and desperation. In fact, Keith Owens tells us, it can be as stable, even as lucrative, as just about anything else out there.

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Reflections of an old new guy

Our eternally youthful Detroit correspondent revisits his skinny, 25-year-old self, and name checks Dennis Archer and Spike Lee to help sort out what's next for the city. Take it away, Sir James Boyle.

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Bill Rauhauser's decisive moment

Street photographer Bill Rauhauser, 95, has spent decades documenting Detroit and its people. Glen Morren sat down with Rauhauser and others to explore this legend's living legacy.

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Model D TV: New signage lights up Avenue of Fashion

This neighborhood retail initiative led by the Detroit Lions and Hatch Detroit brings our video team back again to the upper Livernois commercial district for the final installment of this series of Model D TV. Shot and produced by DETROIT LIVES! 

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Beware the Nain Rouge! A chapter of Detroit folklore

In preparation for this weekend's Marche, we give you a Victorian era account of the legend of the Nain Rouge. Read and be warned -- repeat not Cadillac's folly!

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UIX: Francis Grunow and Marche du Nain Rouge

In 2010, Francis Grunow helped introduce a new tradition to an old city. The Marche du Nain Rouge is an annual procession through the Cass Corridor where paraders symbolically drive out the evil red dwarf that torments Detroit.

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Playing house on the porous border

Creative transformations are happening in the neighborhood immediately north of Hamtramck, where groups like Power House Productions and the Hinterlands are joining art with community life. Matthew Piper gets experienced at the Play House on Moran St. 

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UIX: Khalilah Gaston and Vanguard CDC

The Vanguard mission is to lead the revitalization of the physical, social, and economic fabric of Detroit's North End, and to expand the possibilities for the neighborhood after decades of disinvestment. Amanda Lewan takes a closer look.

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Open City: Pop-up Detroit, starting slow and small

Make a note of it: Open City returns next Monday at the Park Bar, not at Cliff Bell's per usual. A panel of Detroit business owners will share their experiences starting up a pop-up.

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Let it flow: Breweries play role in Detroit’s turnaround

Detroit is bouncing back with, among other things, beer. Businesses like Atwater, the Detroit Beer Co, Motor City Brewing Works and Traffic Jam & Snug have established a good foundation for growth, with room for plenty more. Joe Baur says cheers to that.

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BRT in Cleveland: No mistake by the lake

Bus rapid transit, which is less expensive and more flexible than light or heavy rail options, has been bandied about as a viable means for mass transit in Detroit. Matthew Lewis went south of the Michigan border to check out one of the premier systems in the nation. 

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Embracing Detroit music as economic, cultural force

In December, we began examining the role Detroit music plays in the city's past, present and future. We continue the discussion in a three-part series that focuses on the cultural and economic impact of the local scenes. Keith Owens goes looking for people with ideas.   

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Hamtown rocks!

Hamtramck is a rock 'n' roll town, no doubt about it. When the Blowout decided to split time with Ferndale, some Hamtown folks decided to step up and fill up the first weekend of March with groovy, rockin' local bands. MJ Galbraith leans in for this preview. 

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UIX: Alessandra Carreon and Better Block Detroit

This is an effort to raise awareness of complete streets, placemaking methods, and the potential for healthy, vibrant neighborhoods in the city. Amanda Lewan introduces us to Alessandra Carreon and Better Block Detroit.

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Deadline approaches for Knight Arts Challenge

Community info and Q&A sessions are being held in Hamtramck, Southwest Detroit, Northwest Detroit, Midtown and downtown March 24-28. Deadline for applications is April 7.   

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Andres Duany: Community building through 'Lean Urbanism'

In this piece adapted from an article written for Fortune Magazine, icon of New Urbanism Duany suggests another, more de-regulated model for Detroit growth and development. As always, we welcome reader comments and robust debate.    

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Open City recapped: 'Every person is a brand'

This month's forum took place at Cliff Bell's as usual and was the kickoff event for the first ever #DetroitWeek, a celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation in the city. Matthew Lewis sat in with his notebook.

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Paczki mayhem begins with wintry run through Hamtramck

The Tour de Troit-sponsered 5K PaczKi Run is set for this Saturday, But that's just the beginning of a Mardi Gras-esque week of fun, fun, fun in Hamtown. Kelli Kavanaugh tells us how to prepare and what we should check out.

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Dan Dirks: Building on 'heart and soul' of DDOT

A city bus system can only withstand so much disinvestment, and DDOT is on the brink. Mayor Mike Duggan recently appointed Dan Dirks, former SMART manager, to lead DDOT’s turnaround effort. Model D spoke with Dirks to find out how he plans to get the system back on track.

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UIX: Social Club Grooming Company

Social Club Grooming Co. provides environmentally friendly grooming services as well as health and beauty education to the Detroit community through socially responsible practices. Amy Kuras introduces us to innovator Sebastian Jackson.

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Urban dwellers: Detroit attracting city lovers with adventurous spirit

They're coming from New York and from the suburbs to live in a great city at a transitional time in its history. Call them empty nesters or just call them people of good taste finding the lifestyle they seek in Detroit. Dennis Archambault talks to three recent transplants. 

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City kids: Building networks for success

Youth Employment Solutions and the Detroit Youth Development Commission's employment program help young people in Detroit develop skills needed to find jobs and prepare themselves for a better future. Matthew Lewis heads to Denby High to check it out.

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Celebrate Year of the Horse at Detroit-Chinese gala event

Gov. Snyder is the keynote speaker at this high level international gala at Cobo Center. It's a celebration of the Chinese Year of the Horse, historically a good time to forge new business relationships.

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UIX: Jenny Feterovich and Parliament Studios

A television, film, and video production company with projects that include Start Up USA and Girls Gone Vinyl, Parliament Studios is a company headed by Jenny Feterovich, who also performs as the DJ Jenny LaFemme. 

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This week in Detroit, love is all you need

This is a healthy sign: we can't remember a Valentine's Day in Detroit proper (and Hamtramck) filled with so many events, from music to skating to indie retail fun in a long, long time. Kelli Kavanaugh puts together a hot list of cool things to do this week. 

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Detroit may be bankrupt, but it’s 600 feet above sea level

In part three of his series on neighborhood, Francis Grunow goes big picture and places Detroit within a context of global warming, blue/green infrastructure and sustainability over the next 100 years.      

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Opinion: Social entrepreneurship is sick

Writer and social entrepreneur Tunde Wey calls out the very hand that feeds him in this wide-ranging and romantic meditation on doers, fixers and problem solvers that reaches back to Henry Ford and looks forward to a more self-aware future.   

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UIX: Welcome, Grand Circus

This is a new company that aims to increase the size of Detroit's technology industry by addressing a dearth of tech talent in the city through classes, workshops and networking opportunities. MJ Galbraith explores Grand Circus for the Urban Innovation Exchange. 

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Jazz mentoring hitting the right notes in Midtown

Instruction at Michigan State's Detroit Community Music School is done by working musicians and educators who are giving back some of the same elite training they received as students. Gather round as Veronica Grandison tunes into the scene.