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Deven Khatri is pursing a master's degree in transportation design at College for Creative Studies.

Transportation design students from around the globe learn emerging mobility skills here in Detroit

To prepare for future mobility, Detroit design students learn about more than vehicles. They learn about people. No wonder students flock here from across the globe.

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Detroit's new bike lanes have sparked controversy. What's next?

Bike lanes have become a lively topic of debate in Detroit of late, with the city holding a series of community meetings to gather feedback on how best to go forward with them. Given all the complaints, how will the city respond?

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VIDEO: Marlin Williams of Sister Code Detroit on the importance of diversity in programming

Earlier this year, four Detroit entrepreneurs told their stories of business ownership at Startup Story Night. The final entrepreneur to take the stage was Marlin Williams of of Sisters Code Detroit, which has a mission to educate women of all ages in coding and technology.

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Can metro Detroit's treasure trove of mid-century modern architecture be preserved?

Patrick Dunn tells us about the remarkable history – and sometimes disheartening present condition – of mid-century modern architecture in Metro Detroit.

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After restructuring period, Detroit Future City emerges potent and engaged

After a lengthy period of seeming dormancy, Detroit Future City has been its most outward-facing in years and has its sights set on fulfilling many of the proposals in its long-term vision for Detroit.

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VIDEO: Jeanette Pierce of Detroit Experience Factory on what makes Detroit special

Four Detroit entrepreneurs told their stories of business ownership at Startup Story Night this year. The third entrepreneur to take the stage was Jeanette Pierce, founder of the Detroit Experience Factory.

Will Branch and Zachary Klein in their new production facility in Eastern Market

Corridor Sausage's product is so good you'll want to know how it's made

For our fourth article about businesses working to increase access to affordable, healthy food, we profiled Corridor Sausage, an artisan sausage producer based in Eastern Market that ethically sources its ingredients. 

Dr. Allison Tripi

How working in underserved communities grows empathy and efficiency of Michigan's pediatricians

With a goal of positively impacting the lives of Michigan children, medical organizations are better preparing physicians to serve children with empathy.

Hamissi Mamba

VIDEO: Hamissi Mamba of Baobab Fare on the challenges and thrills of business ownership as a refugee

Four Detroit entrepreneurs told their stories of business ownership at Startup Story Night this year. The second entrepreneur to take the stage was Hamissi Mamba of Baobab Fare, an East African restaurant concept started by Mamba and his wife.

Serena Maria Daniels

How three women saw gaps in Detroit media and started their own publications

In the last few years, several Detroit women have founded their own media outlets. And while they all cover Detroit through their own unique lenses, they do have one thing in common: uplifting voices that didn't have one in mainstream media.

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The best spots to see flowers bloom in metro Detroit

Spring took it's time getting here this year, but now that it has finally arrived we got you covered for the best places to get your flower fix. 

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Mobility in the city: 5 key takeaways from LTU panel on Detroit transit

When metro Detroiters gather to talk transportation, what are the key points? To find out, we listened in during “Mobility in the City," a discussion held at the Detroit Center for Design and Technology.

Janet Jones, owner of Source Booksellers

Why Detroit's independent bookstores matter -- and have been steadily growing

Beginning with Source Booksellers, which opened in Midtown in 2002, the city has seen a slow but steady rise in independent bookstores. And they've survived largely because of their importance to local residents. 

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Behind every good beer in metro Detroit, there's a great woman

While the brewing scene still remains a male-dominated space here in Michigan, the number of women in the industry is growing. We profiled four women brewmasters in metro Detroit to find out more about their work.

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VIDEO: Treating mental health in Michigan's kids and teens

Check out this informative video on the challenges of identifying and treating mental health disorders in kids.

David Gamlin

VOICES: Why our current K-12 curriculum is failing students

David Gamlin, vice president and program director for the Midnight Golf Program, believes that future success in life is based on communication, collaboration, and creativity—not memorizing the contents of a book. 

Quiana Broden

Cooking with Que: Detroit foodie to launch school program out of new food incubator and kitchen

Food blogger Quiana Broden will open a new culinary hub, called simply The Kitchen, in New Center. But what she's most excited about is working with 10 schools to provide free courses on food purchasing, cooking, and kitchen skills.

Detroit Vegan Soul on Agnes Street

How one block can change a neighborhood: the case of Agnes Street and West Village

Two buildings were renovated to accommodate four businesses on Agnes Street. Since, the West Village has been on an upward economic trajectory that doesn't seem close to slowing down.

Tunde Wey, chef and founder of Saartj

Q&A: Tunde Wey on his dinner series, where guests pay different amounts depending on their privilege

At the dinner series Saartj, you pay different amount depending on your degree of privilege. We spoke to chef Tunde Wey about bringing the dinner to Detroit, how being an immigrant influenced his thoughts on racial disparity, and more. 

Rufus Bartell, owner of Simply Casual

Business leaders on Avenue of Fashion explore new era for the historic corridor

The Avenue of Fashion is back. With the renewed energy and interest along the strip, business leaders are thinking about how to harness that energy for long-term growth.

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Which Detroit neighborhoods are most vulnerable to major change? New reports uses data to find out

Data Driven Detroit just released Turning the Corner, originally an attempt to develop a predictive model for resident displacement. The final result, however, is possibly more interesting and useful.

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How Michigan physician scientists are saving kids' lives through translational research

Talented Michigan physician scientists are leveraging the power of a discipline called translational research to find treatments and cures for cancer and other childhood diseases.

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Michigan Council on Future Mobility makes key recommendations

The Michigan Council on Future Mobility has presented its second annual report to Gov. Rick Snyder, and it outlined key recommendations for policy changes regarding mobility.

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One foot at a time: 3 unique dances building community in Detroit

Where there is music, there is dance. And since music has always been an essential part of life in Detroit, so has dance. These three unique dance styles are engaging Detroiters and building community.

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Detroit teens lead their own artistic journeys at The SPOT

A part of Living Arts' curriculum for adolescents, the SPOT centers around the idea that teenagers thrive artistically when they are given time to wander creatively without the pressure of assignments.

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Autonomous vehicles will impact the environment in metro Detroit. But how?

As the Detroit region leads the charge in electric, connected, and autonomous vehicle innovation, environmental stakeholders are asking questions about how a radically new way of moving people, goods, and services will impact the environment.

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LTU Detroit design center gathers mobility experts for panel discussion

Creative entrepreneurs are moving into Detroit just as discussions about next-generation mobility build momentum.The first speaker series at LTU's Detroit Center for Design and Technology talks up "Mobility in the City."

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This Moroccan-style housing and community space hopes to bring people together in the North End

In partnership with the Ghana ThinkTank, a group of makers and developers are creating a Moroccan "riad" in the North End that will have a central courtyard filled with art, gardens, and public space.

Bert's Entertainment Complex Owner Bert Dearing Jr.

For over 30 years, Bert's Marketplace has served food and preserved black history in Detroit

The 24,000 square foot Bert's Marketplace is much more than a bar and restaurant. It's also a hangout, music venue, and place to celebrate black history in Detroit. 

Kim Gamez, co-founder of Mi Padrino

VIDEO: Kim Gamez of Mi Padrino on the challenges of juggling a business and family

On Friday, Feb. 16 this year, four Detroit entrepreneurs told their stories of business ownership at Startup Story Night, sponsored by Model D and the New Economy Initiative.

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VOICES: How SXSW taught me what I already knew about Detroit

For the past two years, Matthew Lewis has attended South by Southwest with a Detroit contingent. While at the massive international convention, he's had few realizations about what makes Detroit special.

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Juice cafe has a mission to bring healthy food choices to Midtown -- and the rest of Detroit

Fresh101 Superfood Café fills a nice niche in Midtown. But owner Monique Dooley, a former teacher, is also engaging with organizations throughout the city to encourage food education and healthy eating. 

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The most interesting houses in Detroit, part 2

Following up on our popular article profiling Detroit's most interesting houses, we're featuring nine more, and sent Nick Hagen out to photograph them. 

Asia Hamilton, the director and chief curator of The NorWest Art Gallery

NorWest Art Gallery brings local, urgent art and conversation to Grandmont Rosedale

Part exhibition space, part gathering space, the NorWest Art Gallery invites creators, curators, and adorers of art to engage with one another.

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How connected and autonomous vehicles will change life in Detroit for the better

By improving safety and efficiency of transportation, mobility has the potential to change lives for the better. In addition to offering more options for getting around, mobility will spur a big rethink about how we operate in cities, suburbs, and rural areas.

Drew McUsic and Alessandra Carreon, co-founders of PizzaPlex

New businesses on West Vernor strive to integrate into culturally-rich southwest Detroit

In the last couple years, a number of new businesses have opened on West Vernor Highway near Clark Park. And many of them are demonstrating a desire to be a part of the fabric of an already thriving, culturally-rich community. 

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How educators and medical professionals are innovating to protect Michigan children from harm

Education is an important resource in the effort to protect children from harm. Organizations across southeast Michigan are continuously innovating ways to provide information to families and caregivers to protect children from abuse, injury, and death.

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VIDEO: Pennies from Heaven breaks down employment barriers

How are rural foundations across the state approaching economic development? Find out what Pennies from Heaven Foundation did to break down employment barriers.

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Mobility meets creativity at South by Southwest's Michigan House

This spring, mobility is SXSW. Before he headed to the Austin, Texas event, Garry Bulluck, deputy chief of mobility innovation, city of Detroit, shared what's driving Detroit's future.

Olga Stella, executive director of Design Core Detroit

Q&A: Olga Stella of Design Core Detroit on why the future of design must be inclusive

Design Core Detroit, the organization that's shepherding Detroit's "City of Design" designation, announced its rebrand this week. We spoke to its executive director to learn more about that decision, the state of design in Detroit, and the importance of inclusive design. 

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VIDEO: Rotary Charities expands equitable access to the waterfront in Grand Traverse

How are rural foundations across the state approaching economic development? We’re sharing success stories right here in Michigan, starting with a look at the Rotary Charities' efforts to expand equitable access to the waterfront in the Grand Traverse region.

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"A music lovers playground": An inside look at the Motown Museum expansion

The current museum, housed in the cramped quarters of the original recording studio, will be expanded to a 50,000-square-feet space and include interactive exhibits, a performance theater, recording studios, and meeting spaces.

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12 classic Detroit restaurants you forgot about

For all the flashiness of the city's many new restaurants, Detroit has a ton of timeless establishments that have been serving more or less the same great food for decades. Here are a few that stand out to us.

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At Detroit event, Gloria Steinem spoke about parenthood, the women's movement, and more

In front of a room of 1,200 admirers, mostly women, commentator and journalist Gloria Steinem spoke at Wayne State University on March 7 about the women’s movement, sexual harassment, and making sense of the current U.S. presidency. 

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OPINION: To improve regional transit, Wayne and Washtenaw counties must consider a separate plan

Megan Owens, executive director of Transportation Riders United, argues that with Macomb and Oakland counties effectively withdrawing from regional transit, it's time for Wayne and Washtenaw to be an example and invest independently. 

Eldric Laron

VOICES: How music and writing helped one Detroit youth through high school

In the middle of his 5th grade year, Eldric Laron's family moved to a different part of the city and he transferred schools. The change was hard, but creative writing helped him overcome it. 

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Detroit's inclusionary housing ordinance, explained

Last year, Detroit's city council passed an ordinance stipulating multi-family developments that received subsidies must include affordable housing. Half a year later, has it had its intended effect? We took a look. 

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How a merger between Forward Cities and CEOs for Cities will aim to drive inclusive economic growth

Wealth inequality in America across racial lines is growing, particularly in cities. Here's how one organization proposes to tackle it.

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Self-driving security: How Detroit leads the way in automotive cybersecurity

With the rise of connected vehicle technology comes an increased level of vulnerability to security threats. Fortunately, the Detroit region's automotive cybersecurity industry is growing strong—in numbers, and in proactive defense against attacks.

Jenny Poma and Ryan Hertz

Q&A: HandUp CEO and COO on how the online platform helps fight homelessness

Model D spoke with HandUp CEO Ryan Hertz and COO Jenny Poma about the value of HandUp, why they wanted to bring it to metro Detroit, and more. 

Corey Williams

Reimagining McNichols: The multi-pronged effort to bring back a struggling commercial corridor

While McNichols and its surrounding communities in Live6 have gone through difficult economic times in recent years, things may be turning around as new investment, public and private, finds a foothold in the area.

Sharon Murphy, founder of Clothes 4 Jobs

Looking the part: One woman's mission to dress job candidates to their fullest potential

Clothes 4 Jobs Detroit, a nonprofit that launches next month, has the goal of providing underserved Detroit-area job candidates with professional attire for job fairs, interviews, and their future careers.

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Food entrepreneurs scale up production at groundbreaking manufacturing facility FEAST Detroit

On a very basic level, FEAST Detroit is a collaborative manufacturing facility with three partner companies. But they're using the extra space to help small food entrepreneurs scale up.

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Building minds: How Detroit grows mobility talent

Mining talent for the ever-evolving mobility industry isn't as simple as recruiting traditional automotive engineers. That's why Michigan's K-12 schools, colleges, and universities are responding to educate highly skilled, flexible workers.

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VIDEO: Sturgis Area Community Foundation invests in rural neighborhood revitalization

How are rural foundations across the state approaching economic development? We’re sharing success stories right here in Michigan, starting with a look at the Sturgis Foundation's efforts to revitalize neighborhoods.

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7 must-visit spots on the Detroit border

At Model D, we're always looking for ways to showcase efforts at regionalism. That's why we wanted to highlight some of the places situated right on the border that are regularly visited by Detroiters and suburbanites alike.

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3 lessons the rest of Detroit can learn from the North End

For the final On the Ground piece from the North End, project editor Imani Mixon shares a few things she learned during her time there.

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Metro Detroit cities prepare for autonomous vehicles with smart infrastructure

Connected and autonomous vehicles require intelligent infrastructure for maximum efficiency. As metro Detroit advances intelligent vehicles from test environments to roads, towns and cities are planning for the many changes ahead.

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Why the redevelopment of a Midtown apartment building is a crucial test case for inclusive housing

When the Milner Arms apartment building was purchased by real estate developer Broder & Sachse, many of the senior and low-income residents worried they'd be evicted. But when the building reopens later this year, almost all are expected to return.

Blythe Filar plays music with patients

How creative arts therapies support the mental health of Michigan children

Michigan children and teens who have mental health issues are being helped through creative therapies. We took a look at some of these interventions, and found out why they work.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti works with a student on a personal computer at Cooke STEM Academy

Detroit district aims to give a laptop to every student, starting with three schools

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti's goal is to give every core teacher an electronic whiteboard and get a personal laptop in the hands of every student in his district by 2023—a move that he says is sure to improve learning.

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Motorless in the Motor City: What I learned from six months in Detroit without a car

After back-to-back accidents left Matthew Piper and his husband without their two cars, they decided to take a radical step in Detroit: go car-free. Here's what they learned during those six months. 

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How two new curators at the Detroit Institute of Arts are remaking the contemporary galleries

Assistant curators Taylor Renee Aldridge and Lucy Mensah not only designed the museum's latest exhibit exploring the meaning of home, but are in the midst of a massive overhaul of the Contemporary Galleries that will last over a decade. 

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Detroit's storytellers on why the medium brings people closer together

Satori Shakoor and Cornetta Lane are creating platforms for Detroiters to experience the power of storytelling. And Model D and NEI will be holding our own storytelling event (hosted by Shakoor) on Feb. 16.

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The future is now: A glimpse into Metro Detroit's mobility ecosystem

Across Southeast Michigan, diverse mobility projects are underway that are part of the larger mobility ecosystem that positions Metro Detroit as the global leader in connected and autonomous vehicle technology.

Amanda Alexander, founder of the Detroit Justice Center

Restorative justice city: One woman's quest to create a more just Detroit

The Detroit Justice Center will provide community legal services to underserved Detroiters, support other equity organizations, and promote "just city" initiatives with the ultimate goal of creating a more just Detroit.

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How residents of southwest Detroit fought for, and won, a historic community benefits package

The Gordie Howe International Bridge is expected to be an enormous economic boon to Southeast Michigan, but many in southwest Detroit wonder if they'll have access to those benefits. Thanks to a historic deal, they will.

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These organizations are keeping Detroit's jazz legacy alive by teaching it to the city's youth

Several institutions in the city are making sure that if a young person loves to play jazz, they have access to education, performance, practice spaces, and most importantly, a sense that they belong in the jazz community.

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Bedrock pilots self-driving shuttle, sees opportunity for broad use across Detroit

A self-driving shuttle piloted last year gave Bedrock employees a look into the future of urban mobility. But the test sparked ideas about potential applications for autonomous transportation across the Motor City.

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The STEMinista Project introduces girls to the wonders (and comradery) of science

Started as a way to close the STEM gender gap, the project is designed for girls from fourth to eighth grade and offers special opportunities that encourage them to learn about STEM and get involved in STEM-related activities.

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Join us for an On the Ground North End finale celebration: New Year, New Ventures

To conclude four-month series in the neighborhood, we're hosting a conversation at the Jam Handy with residents presenting community ventures and projects.

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Hipster history: Unpacking the stories of metro Detroit's legendary cultural scenes

In an effort to savor the stories of our rich cultural past, but also to better understand our area today, we dug into the history of the vibrant scenes in Paradise Valley, the Cass Corridor, Ann Arbor, and Palmer Park.

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A co-op for the people: The rocky process of developing the Detroit People's Food Co-op

The Detroit People's Food Co-op will have a cooperatively owned grocery store, a 50-seat cafe, incubator kitchen, and be in an underserved neighborhood of the city. But it took seven long years to bring this project to fruition. 

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What we're looking forward to in 2018

At Model D, we have a diverse group of contributors with different backgrounds, interests, and ways of engaging with the city. Here's what excites us most about Detroit in the coming year.

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Mind-body connections: How Michigan experts treat childhood obesity by supporting mental health

Obesity stems from the combination of too many calories eaten and too few burned, right? Not always. Michigan experts are realizing that for some children, tackling obesity means supporting strong mental health.

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The most exciting developments in Detroit for 2018

Big money developers and scrappy start-ups alike have been working toward the completion of their various projects. A number of them will be opening their doors this year, and these are the ones we're most excited about. 

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Photo Essay: The people of the North End

Meet four people who live and work in the North End. We photographed them in their places of work and spoke to them about their hopes for the neighborhood.

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Model D is looking for your story of entrepreneurial success

Startup Story Night will return for the second year in February and we're looking for storytellers for the theme "Love What You Do."

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Overcoming racism in Michigan

Michiganders are unifying their communities and finding peaceful pathways to overcome racism, along with the divisiveness, segregation, and disparities it causes.

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Our favorite stories from 2017

Before the year comes to a close, we'd like to look back on our last year of coverage.

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Detroit solar shines: How local solar organizations are linking sustainable energy and community

While there's been several notable solar energy projects by major companies, some smaller organizations have been partnering together to take the application of the renewable resource in new directions.

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Metro Detroit's colleges work to develop a culture of care for mental health of its students

With the goal of early detection and treatment, Metro Detroit schools, colleges, and foundations are working to raise awareness, erase stigma, and support every student struggling with these treatable disorders.

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Anti-racism organization to renovate house in Detroit for racial justice workshops, community events

MuslimARC is a faith-based human rights organization focused on addressing racial justice. After purchasing a house in the Dexter-Linwood neighborhood, the organization will soon have a physical space to host workshops and community events. 

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Dance instructor Miryam Johnson, 25, connects dancing to her students' history and life

For the next entry in our emerging leaders series, we profile Miryam Johnson, a dancer and teaching artist with Living Arts who looks for ways to use dance to address larger issues with her students. 

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Video: North End stakeholders envision the future of their neighborhood

With its musical heritage and unique racial integration, the North End certainly has a fascinating history. But in this video, we explore the neighborhood's future as seen by the people who will play an important role in building it.

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With democratic budgeting, Live6 takes a nontraditional approach to community engagement

After more than a year of outreach and meetings with local stakeholders, the Live6 Alliance held a community vote on how best to spend $40,000 in public safety grant funding. 

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Video: Why car seat checks keep Michigan's children safe

It's surprisingly complex to properly install a child's safety seat. We visited a seat check day at a local dealership to learn about the many things required to do it correctly. 

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Bagley residents lead grassroots effort to build pocket park

Creating Space Detroit hopes to raise $8,440 through the crowdfunding campaign to get started on the process of installing playground equipment, bench seating, solar lighting, a pavilion or gazebo, and a Little Free Library. 

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3 takeaways from Urban Consulate discussion on how new residents can honor black communities

Yodit Mesfin Johnson lead a recent discussion at the Urban Consulate which considered the question, "How can white people assimilate into black communities with respect and honor?"

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Fueled by community input, foundations unveil comprehensive early childhood education initiative

Two major foundations announced their newest initiative, Hope Starts Here, to address the dire need for quality early education in Detroit through an initial $50 million commitment. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Raymond Underwood, winner of the Hagopian Rug Design Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Alley revolution: How Detroit rethought and repurposed its alleys

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

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SPECIAL REPORT: Taking the 'high road'

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

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

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

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The 10 most interesting houses in Detroit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cooperation is key: Why there should be more support for co-op businesses in Detroit

In an economy where temp jobs are increasingly common, a cooperative business model can be an attractive alternative. While it has yet to take off in Detroit, there are a number of organizations trying to encourage the model's growth.

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How the North End became Detroit's home base for techno

The North End has been home to seminal Motown musicians, and local venues have hosted some of the great soul and R&B acts of all time. But it also has an important place in the history of techno music.

Rebecca "Bucky" Willis

One Detroit resident's mission to revitalize her neighborhood through human-centered design

Through her design nonprofit Bleeding Heart Design, Rebecca "Bucky" Willis creates small, impactful projects in her neighborhood that start dialogues and enact change. 

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This 28-year-old Detroiter uses youthful wisdom to teach life skills to young adults

Alandra Chuney hadn't given golf any thought as a teenager. But then her sisters started playing and so did she, and now she's a mentor and director of student support with the Midnight Golf Program. 

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Detroit's next hot commercial corridor: Will Jos Campau make Hamtramck a boom town once again?

Jos. Campau was once the second most popular shopping destination in metro Detroit. While it recently had fallen into a bit of a malaise, an influx of new businesses has the corridor on the verge of a breakthrough. 

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Reconnecting with their roots: The past, present, and future of Jewish life in the North End

The North End was once a vibrant hub of Jewish life until most of its population followed the path of others during the era of "white flight." Now, some younger Jews are reconnecting with their roots in the neighborhood. 

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The improvisational, and confrontational, work of performance artist and poet Billy Mark

Using silence and strange characters, Billy Mark has been challenging audiences in Detroit since moving here in 2013. 

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Live6 shoots for $150K in national competition to restore vacant storefront on McNichols

The Live6 Alliance is hoping to develop a center for the community to build around. It's being called Treehouse, and it's not just a coffee shop; it's going to be whatever the community wants it to be.

Jeanane Charara, Michigan Science Center distance learning coordinator

This new program allows Michigan students to learn from science professionals -- anywhere

ECHO, a new distance learning program created by the Michigan Science Center, uses video conferencing to connect classrooms with a museum educator who conducts interactive lessons in real time.

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Join Model D for a High Growth Happy Hour talk at Detroit City Distillery

This installment features the entrepreneurs behind two of Detroit's fastest-growing craft beverage companies.

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Detroit is in the midst of a boutique hotel boom. What does it say about the city's economy?

At least eight hotels have opened recently or will open soon in the greater downtown area. What's behind the boutique hotel boom and what will it mean for Detroit's economy?

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Why all Metro Detroit adults should learn to recognize the symptoms of childhood trauma

Childhood trauma can express itself in many challenging ways. Some Metro Detroit organizations have learned to look beyond bad behavior to consider possible underlying trauma, giving kids a chance to begin recovery.

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A new kind of connection: How the North End became a testing ground for innovative technologies

In a neighborhood where personal connections run deep, a number of tech-savvy residents in the North End are trying to educate and innovate to create digital connections as well. 

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Facing a changing future, Midland reimagines its identity

In the wake of an historic merger between Dow and DuPont, Midland’s civic leaders are finding new ways to strengthen the city's image for young talent.

Marlin Page Williams, founder of Sisters Code

These organizations are training Detroiters for the modern tech economy

Do Detroiters have the skills necessary to get hired in the modern, STEM economy? Several organizations are making sure that they do.

Phillis Judkins, longtime North End Resident

Just try keeping up with Phillis Judkins, the 70-year-old North End resident who does everything

Since moving to the North End and becoming captain of her block club, the tireless Phillis Judkins has started a safety patrol team and after-school education group. Now she wants to build a putt-putt golf course.

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Churches as business incubators? In some Detroit neighborhoods, absolutely

Typically thought of as inhabiting only the spiritual realm or providing support for the indigent, Detroit churches are branching out to be more than that for their neighborhoods—as business incubators and job skill trainers.

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Selling Flint's water? Art installation raises funds and awareness for Flint, Detroit water victims

The "Flint Water Project," a multifaceted installation/performance piece by the Chicago-based artist William Pope.L currently on view at What Pipeline, seeks to raise $100,000 for charity by bottling and selling water from Flint.

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Meet Model D's On the Ground team

Here's the team that'll be bringing you weekly reporting and engaging residents in the North End. 

Chase Cantrell, founder of Building Community Value, speaks during a session of Better Buildings, Better Blocks

New real-estate program gives Detroiters the tools to invest in their neighborhoods

In the course Better Buildings, Better Blocks, participants learn how to do every essential aspect of purchasing a property not for the purposes flipping real-estate, but to create lasting community value. 

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

What is the North End? An overview of the latest On the Ground neighborhood

To introduce the latest "On the Ground," series editor Imani Mixon provides a brief overview of the the people, history, and geography of the neighborhood she'll be covering: the North End. 

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Neighborhood-focused real estate firm Century Partners to be honored at TechTown awards

What's more remarkable than the speed with which Century Partners has achieved its success is the manner in which they've achieved it—though a holistic approach to neighborhood development.

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11 beautiful and creative Detroit Instagram accounts you need to follow

Yes, Detroit has some of the country's greatest artists. It's also got some of the most artistic (and meme-worthy) Instagram accounts. Here are our favorites. 

Alana Baldwin, 18-year-old senior at River Rouge High School

Seeking help: how metro Detroiters heal from childhood trauma

Childhood trauma is pervasive, affecting children across the socioeconomic spectrum. If undetected and untreated, its negative effects can follow a child into adulthood. Fortunately, it's never too late to diagnose and treat. 

Jerry Hebron on the porch of her house at Oakland Avenue Urban Farm

Introducing "On the Ground": North End

Starting next week, we'll be publishing weekly stories from our latest "On the Ground" neighborhood, the North End. 

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Opinion: Want to solve Detroit's problems? Look to (and invest in) city residents

In an op-ed for Model D, the director of the New Economy Initiative argues that supporting residents and their ideas, rather than imposing top-down strategies, will ensure that revitalization efforts in Detroit are equitable and lasting.

SMART bus in downtown Detroit

What's next for regional transit in SE Michigan? An update after the 2016 ballot failure

A 2016 ballot initiative that would have greatly improved our region's public transit failed. But those invested in the success of regional transit have conducted a postmortem, and are regrouping for another attempt.

Detroit schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti greets students participating in a summer math program at Wayne State University

'Possible, but daunting': Inside Nikolai Vitti's early effort to transform Detroit's public schools

Vitti, the 40-year-old father of four who took over the Detroit district last spring, has promised not just to improve the district's 106 schools. He says he can transform them.

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Voices: Girls With Guts founder on choosing her health over her nonprofit

In the last installment of our series on failure, Jackie Zimmerman thought she had overcome her chronic illness and started the nonprofit of her dreams. But she only really got healthy after stepping down as executive director.

Dan Carmody, president of the Eastern Market Corporation

Graffiti for good: How muralists and businesses are joining forces to enliven Detroit

The colors from Detroit's new murals are not only making the city a more beautiful place, they're stimulating business, connecting communities, and enhancing Detroit's reputation as a world-renowned art city.

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Michigan Science Center exhibition to highlight Golden Age of Innovation

"1001 Inventions: Untold Stories From A Golden Age Of Innovation," which opens Oct. 7, highlights an era of Muslim Civilization that coincided with the European Dark Ages—a period of almost 1,000 years.

North End developers Steven Harris of Rebound Construction and David Alade of Century Partners

Detroit's equitable developers share strategies for making the city both prosperous and just

A number of companies, organizations, and professionals are eschewing a market-driven approach to development. Instead, they're thinking intentionally about the work.

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Record shops, cafes, and cooperatives: a guide to metro Detroit's underground music venues

For all of the legendary clubs and hip new bars in metro Detroit, there's a lot of music happening well outside the radar of casual music fans. Here's some of our favorite underground places to catch live music. 

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In northwest Detroit, residents have been revitalizing their neighborhood for years

With the assistance of the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation, hundreds of residents in northwest Detroit have been volunteering their time to clean up, beautify, and revitalize their neighborhood.

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Explore some hidden gems along Michigan's Thumb coast

Looking for an adventure this fall? Explore the Thumb coast, and find some of the area's hidden gems.

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5 places to find authentic Latin American cuisine in metro Detroit

Pupusas, chicarones, pastelitos anyone? Pull up a chair at metro Detroit’s Guatemalan, Honduran, and Salvadoran restaurants.

Alice Bagley and Kennedy Weakley sort TimeBank t-shirts

Surveys and meetups: How Detroit organizations are using low-tech methods to increase their reach

Even in a digitally focused world, old-school methods can sometimes get the job done more effectively, especially when it comes to real community engagement.

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Detroit pursues better government through technology

Thanks to the work of the Department of Information and Technology, Detroiters can report potholes and other infrastructure problems through an app, pay water and sewer bills through public kiosks, and track city crime through an online map.

Carleton Gholz stands on the Blue Bird stage at the St. Etienne Biennale

Music preservation org saves the Blue Bird Inn stage, an important piece of Detroit music history

In 2015 the Detroit Sound Conservancy saved the Blue Bird Inn's stage, where jazz luminaries like Miles Davis and Charlie Parker played. Now it's being showcased around the world to foster the next generation of sound preservationists.

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Why Detroiters should care about cuts to the Farm Bill

If the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to the Farm Bill were to pass, it could have major implications for Detroiters -- especially those receiving SNAP benefits.

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Onetime competitors Gleaners and Forgotten Harvest team up to fight hunger

The recent heads of Gleaners and Forgotten Harvest have bettered both organizations through collaboration and friendly competition. But that wasn't always the case between the two hunger relief nonprofits.

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Detroit sculptor Matthew Harrison explores identity through clay and machines

A local sculptor, Kresge Visual Art Fellow, and former producer of clay car prototypes for Ford Motor Company, Matthew Angelo Harrison uses 3D printers to make art that imagines post-identity. 

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Black to Detroit: Imaginative artistic movement Afrofuturism takes root in Detroit

Afrofuturism is an artistic and philosophic movement centered around blackness in science fiction. And Detroit is a major hub in the genre. 

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10 great places to swim in Metro Detroit's natural waters before summer ends

Before summer winds down, why not look beyond the pool and take a refreshing dip in one of the many natural bodies of water you can enjoy in metro Detroit?

Farmington Hills Boy Scout Joe is learning to identify the invasive Buckthorn from DNR Stewardship Coordinator Echo Prafke-Marson. Photo by Imad Hassan

DNR's volunteer stewards safeguard Michigan's natural areas

Sometimes nature needs a helping hand in protecting against invasive species. That's where volunteer stewards come in.

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Across Michigan, programs are using golf to help youth master the game of life

First Tee teaches more than a good swing. It's about life lessons, leadership skills, healthy habits and address local community needs.

Teacher Tamika Nicks in one of Winston Head Start's updated classrooms

The importance of facility quality in early education

Research shows that attention to facility quality and thoughtful classroom design can pave the way to a better educational outcome, augment programming quality, and change the landscape of early childhood education in Detroit.

Kuzzo's Chicken and Waffles

Closing of city's last Big Boy demonstrates why Detroit needs more family restaurants

The family restaurant: a place for people of all ages to get simple, affordable, sit-down meal. It's a dying breed in the city, but hopefully not for long.

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How a 29-year-old teacher in Detroit uses math to address challenging subjects

As a ninth grade math teacher at an art and design school, Michael Payne knows what he's up against. But his relative youth allows him to connect with his students in ways other teachers might not. 

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Michigan farmers markets: Come for the farm-fresh produce, leave with a stronger community

All across Michigan, farmers markets are open throughout the year and have that special something that brings people together for more than the fruit and vegetables: community.

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Video: Oakland Avenue Urban Farm's Jerry Hebron explains what her farm means to the community

The farm not only grows produce for wholesale at the weekly farmers market, but also hosts all kinds of community events, like music performances and workshops.

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5 lessons on failure from Detroit entrepreneurs

On July 27, Model D co-hosted a High Growth Happy Hour event at TechTown Detroit with support from the New Economy Initiative. Here are five lessons from that event.

Monique Tate, digital steward trainer with the Equitable Internet Initiative

How a surprising partnership will result in internet for Detroiters lacking access

Called the Equitable Internet Initiative, the project will provide internet to 150 Detroit households and was made possible by a partnership of organizations with different strengths and missions, coming together for a common cause. 

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Voices: Entrepreneur and engineer on what happens when your dream dies

W. David Tarver thought he had invented a new and improved synthesizer beloved by Stevie Wonder. But neither of those things were true. In this personal essay, he talks about coming to grips with a failed invention he spent years perfecting. 

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How to create jobs and help neighborhoods prosper? Support local entrepreneurs

Investing in local entrepreneurs and nonprofits that support them can lift low-income neighborhoods out of poverty and help shape a city's future. Nonprofits fueled by innovation and grit in Tampa, Detroit, and Memphis are proof positive that it works. 

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MNL Voices: Detroit high-schooler describes the emotions he used to make his award-winning artwork

Habacuc Samuel Bessiake, a 2017 graduate of Henry Ford Academy in Detroit, received a national ward for his self-portrait, "For the Greater Good…00:01." In this personal essay, he describes how he created it.

Kenyetta Campbell outside of the Cody Rouge Action Alliance's office space in Don Bosco Hall

A bottom-up approach: Cody Rouge residents develop big plans for their neighborhood

Cody Rouge on Detroit's west side has suffered from blight and depopulation in the last decade plus. But residents, along with several powerful foundations and corporate partners, have developed an ambitious plan to bring the neighborhood back.

A field trip to a farm in Lake Ann

Big and small: sharing early education wisdom from rural to urban communities

In the absence of universal policy for early childhood education, some Michigan's smallest communities are taking it upon themselves to foster kindergarten-ready children.

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Voices: Local entrepreneur and consultant on how to eradicate your fear of failure

In part three of our series on "failure," writer, entrepreneur, and consultant Niles Heron talks about his struggles with fear of failure, and methods to overcome it. 

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Detroit's next hot commercial corridor: Jefferson Chalmers plots a comeback

In the first of a new series on looking at Detroit's next hot commercial corridors, we examine Jefferson Chalmers, a district with a lot of potential and new businesses, but also its share of challenges.

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Metro Detroit colleges and universities embrace community leadership

Is community leadership something folks are born with or can it be taught? More area colleges and universities are betting that it can—and they're basing their curriculums on it.

Children and providers at Grand Rapids's newest learning laboratory

These 3 new Michigan childcare centers offer the most advanced facilities for children — and adults

Childcare centers are becoming much more than just a place to drop off kids. We look at three Michigan facilities that widen their reach to provide quality experiences for families, caregivers, and entire communities.

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Join Model D for the next High Growth Happy Hour on "Failure"

Continuing our engagement with the topic of failure, Model D and the New Economy Initiative will be hosting a High Growth Happy Hour speaker event at TechTown Detroit on July 27.

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Eureka! Metro Detroit continues to be fertile ground for inventors

Metro Detroit revolutionized the world with its automobile innovations. And thanks its engineering prowess and a growing venture capital scene, the area still has a robust culture of invention. 

Children gather around a tray of water during a lesson at Brilliant Detroit

The high cost of limited access to early childhood education in Detroit

Access to affordable, high quality early childhood education enables parents to work and increases the likelihood of academic success for the child. We look at how increased investment in early childhood education can provide a big boost to the city. 

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Community takes flight at the Detroit Kite Festival

The Detroit Kite Festival, a free event on Belle Isle taking place July 16, represents the convergence of engineering, design, global culture, and community, all bound together by the intangible magic of kites.

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From grains to glass: Michigan craft distillers produce fine spirits from local crops

Michigan distillers are building their businesses with locally grown grains and fruits. And they say there's room to grow.

Feodies Shipp III at U of M Detroit Center

Do Ann Arbor and Detroit need stronger ties?

Though they're a mere 45-minute drive apart, Detroiters and Ann Arborites often talk about each other's cities as if there's a massive gulf between them. We examine connections between the two cities and how they can be leveraged to greater effect.

Children clean up a kitchen playset at the UM Dearborn Early Childhood Education

Prepared to learn: why early education is so important for Michigan's children

The well-prepared preschooler is kindergarten-ready, and on track for a lifetime of learning success. What skills does this child have, and how can we ensure all Michigan preschoolers are ready for the academic challenges ahead?

Lisa Lipscomb-Jones at Neinas Dual Language Academy

How good teachers are making a difference in Metro Detroit's multiethnic classrooms

American students are more racially and ethnically diverse than ever before. Thats why teachers in multiethnic communities are responding by developing more inclusive curriculums.

Ezekiel Harris, executive director of MACC Development

A common space: Mack Corridor plan takes a community-centered approach to revitalization

MACC Development is in the process of transforming the lobby of a former furniture warehouse into a community space called The Commons. That's part of its broad vision for the corridor involving the whole community. 

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5 of the best running routes in Metro Detroit

Looking for great places to run outside this summer? We've got you covered.

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'Detroit 1967' excerpt: It can happen here

In an essay from the new anthology "Detroit 1967," Desiree Cooper writes about the complicated feelings surrounding Detroit's revival, and how we need to make sure it's rising for everyone. 

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The positive signs, and challenges ahead, for early education in Detroit and Michigan

Children are primed to learn from birth, long before they enter the K-12 system. What are stakeholders in Detroit and Michigan doing to increase access to quality early education?

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A neighborhood perspective: How The Platform is thinking differently about Detroit development

The Platform has a slightly unconventional philosophy in Detroit's current development scene: inclusivity. That means, primarily, respecting the character and residents of the neighborhoods the company develops in.

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Incubator kitchens help launch new Michigan food businesses

A small commercial kitchen equipped with the basics could cost $50,000, a price beyond the reach of most beginning food business owners. Luckily, food incubators across the state give them a place for their businesses to grow.

Olivia Henry, youth programs coordinator for Detroit Food Policy Council

Olivia Henry, under-30 leader at the Detroit Food Policy Council, just wants to help people

Henry, 26, recently celebrated her one year anniversary as youth programs coordinator for Detroit Food Policy Council. But she's been involved in public service her whole life.

Amanda Brewington outside her coffee shop, Always Brewing Detroit, soon after opening

Voices: Former owner of Always Brewing Detroit on letting go of her business

Amanda Brewington put everything she had into Always Brewing Detroit before selling it last year. In part two of our series on empowering failure, she writes about the experience of letting her business go.

Shamayim "Mama Shu" Harris, founder of Avalon Village

Building a village: Highland Park's residents take action to rebuild their city

Whether it's offering a safe space for children to do their homework or lighting up the city that had its lights repossessed, some residents of Highland Park are coming up with innovative solutions to their community's problems.

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The intriguing science and STEM jobs behind Grobbel and Ginsberg corned beef

As science writer Lauren Tanabe discovered, corned beef is the gastronomical magic that occurs when science, technology, and culture intersect with brisket. And it's also the locus of a surprising number of STEM jobs.

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Out of Balance: The story of salmon in Lake Michigan

Michigan's multi-billion dollar salmon sports fishery is in peril. Check out our interactive to learn the story of how this happened and what officials are doing about it.

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Video: Ezekiel Harris, young nonprofit exec, tells the story of The Commons development

The Commons, a 12,000 sq. ft. building located at 7900 Mack Ave, will be a laundromat, coffee shop, and community center all in one, and an essential component to the residents it will service.

Gathering at Detroit Sip for an installment of Speakeasy

Live6 community dialogue series, Speakeasy, to continue through end of 2017

The Live6 community is working out a number of issues through its monthly Speakeasy dialogue series. Each event is held at a local establishment and focused on an important local issue.

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Gardening for personal growth: Detroit's youth gardening programs do much more than build skills

Community, healthy living, and sustainability are common themes among youth gardening programs in the city of Detroit—programs that engage young people in a conversation about how to change themselves and the places they live.

Nikolai Vitti, superintendent for Detroit Public Schools

Q&A: New Detroit superintendent Nikolai Vitti on living in Detroit and first steps

Detroit's next schools superintendent has a long to-do list for his first few weeks. Erin Einhorn of Chalkbeat Detroit spoke with Vitti to discuss his early plans, and more.

Alejandra Villegas, pressing records

Wax is back: Detroit is poised to be one of the country's premier manufacturers of vinyl records

With the new Third Man Pressing joining the more than 50-year-old Archer Record Pressing, two of about 20 pressing plants in the entire United States are now located in Detroit.

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Detroit's early childhood centers emphasize design to enrich education

In the early learning environment, even small changes can make a big difference. Here’s how some Detroit daycare providers are boosting learning by improving their facilities.

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Michigan's newest winemakers are following their passion -- and doing well

Michigan has 127 wineries and produces 2.5 million gallons of wine. This is the time of year when the state celebrates its wine makers and encourages tourists to visit as the wineries show their springtime colors.

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A five-star start: How a rating system is improving quality in Detroit's early childhood centers

Quality matters in early childhood education and child care. Parents want to know their children are engaged and learning from the youngest age. What are the hallmarks of a quality program and who is keeping track?

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Detroit youth harness science to create homegrown solutions to neighborhood problems

Thanks to mentorship from several forward-thinking organizations from around the city, a small but growing population of students are ready to tackle the problems of today and tomorrow through the power of science.

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Voices: TechTown CEO on the value of failure

Failure carries with it an unfortunate stigma, especially in Detroit's business community. For the first entry in a series on empowering failure, TechTown CEO Ned Staebler writes about his failed run for the Michigan state legislature.

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The 6 best places to eat and drink outside in Detroit

With spring in full bloom, you need to take advantage of the weather every chance you can get. So here are Model D's favorite places to eat and drink outdoors. 

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Michigan Nightlight Voices: What I learned as a 10th grader about the food system in Detroit

The youth program at the Detroit Food Policy Council teaches students about the local and national food economy through interactive trips and activities. Carla Underwood writes about her eye-opening experience in the program. 

Ford's Wagner development was first conceptualized by the ULI Larson Leadership program.

Collaborative real estate development program makes a difference across Metro Detroit

Urban Land Institute's unique leadership program brings together diverse viewpoints to study some of the region's most vexing development challenges.

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Brooks Lumber & Hardware: Building Detroit for over 120 years

Since 1896, the hardware store has sat on the same piece of land in Corktown, outlasting the old streetcar system, Tiger Stadium, and perhaps every other retail business in the city.

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Video: Alex Clark of Bon Bon Bon at Startup Story Night

Earlier this year, five metro Detroit entrepreneurs performed stories about challenges they have overcome to grow their businesses. Watch Alex Clark of Bon Bon Bon tell hers.

Liana Aghajanian at work

A new model for Write a House means more writers in Detroit

Since 2014, Write a House has given away four rehabbed Detroit homes to writers. But because of the city's changing real estate market, they're transitioning to a rental model—which will hopefully mean even more writers in Detroit.

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Detroit's chief storyteller: Why the stories of everyday Detroiters matter

The city of Detroit recently created the position of chief storyteller—perhaps the first of its kind in the nation. In a column for Model D, new hire and veteran journalist Aaron Foley writes about his hopes for the job.

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What Michigan can learn from Chicago about growing early childhood education

Focus on quality in early childhood education is growing. What lessons can Michigan learn about building strong early learning environments that support vibrant communities? And how quickly can we get there?

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Metro Detroit's DIY network offers many paths to creativity

There's no shortage of ways to get crafty in Metro Detroit. Local crafting maven Lish Dorset clues us in on ways to embrace our inner makers.

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Pickled products, beans, flour, fruit and more: Michigan businesses export food with help of state

Here's some advice from Michigan food and agriculture businesses that are making the most of opportunities for exporting.

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Is being the coolest team in amateur soccer enough? Detroit City FC explores going pro

DCFC has been one of the great American success stories in both amateur sports and soccer. Now they're exploring a jump to professional status.

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Military veterans find good fit in Michigan’s agricultural economy

Military veterans' leadership training, skills, and perspective give them a grounding they need to help meet the challenges of producing food and rebuilding rural and urban communities. In Michigan, these protectors are turning into agricultural producers.

Ne'Gyle Beaman runs the shop Bleu Bowtique, a seller of custom ties

The newest pop-up space in Midtown helps entrepreneurs test their businesses, together

The Cass Collective provides space to six retailers on a rotating basis so entrepreneurs have the opportunity to test their business without the upfront investment of a permanent shop.

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Michigan Nightlight Voices: Reading saved my life

One Detroit teacher describes what reading did for him as a youth, and how he wants to impart that same gift to his students.

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What will it take to make Detroit a "baby friendly" city?

Detroit's babies are the city's future. That's why health systems, state and local governments, and citizen organizations are standing together to make Detroit the very best place to have a baby. 

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Every dollar counts: Detroit SOUP and the impact of micro-grants

$5 at a time, Detroit SOUP and its affiliates have sponsored over 150 dinners and raised more than $132,600 for local causes.

Brenna Lane, partner and and director of production and operations at Detroit Denim

Detroit Denim makes sturdy jeans, by hand, with less waste

Even after graduating from the makerspace Ponyride into a bigger production facility and storefront, Detroit Denim has dreams of scaling up further.

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The gig economy: Can you make a living freelancing in Metro Detroit?

Be your own boss, work from home, skip the commute—it's the fantasy of many an office drone. But can you survive doing it? Patrick Dunn tells us the story of a few Metro Detroiters who are living the dream.

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Agricultural skilled trades offer job opportunities for Michiganders

What does not require a four-year college education, is in demand, and pays well? Skilled-trade food and ag jobs. And the opportunities are out there across Michigan.

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Detroit's publishing company: WSU Press marks 75 years of excellence in esoterica

In a world populated by numerous university presses and ever-increasing options for reading material, WSU Press seeks niches that it can truly own. And that's what's allowed it to stay in businesses for 75 years. 

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Potatoes, Pop, and JIFFY Corn Muffins: Michigan's agri-businesses thrive and reinvest

Agriculture, food processors, and related businesses employ 923,000 Michiganders—22 percent of the state’s workforce. And many of them are committed to staying, and investing, in the state. 

Colleen Cartwright facilitates a workshop a the Matrix School of Theatre

Michigan Nightlight Voices: Inclusive inquiry through drama

In her role as the director of education at Matrix Theatre Company, Colleen Cartwright has seen numerous students of all ages go through the life-changing experience of creating a collaborative play in a safe space. 

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Michigan's highway: The future of Michigan Avenue, our state's most important road

In part three of our series on Michigan's highway, we look at the people and projects that will result in massive changes to the buildings, the infrastructure, and the very way we use Michigan Avenue.

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Unearthing Detroit: WSU program teaches kids the skills and value of archaeology

Time Jumpers is a Wayne State University Archaeology Department program where professors and graduate students introduce local students to archeology through fun, hands-on activities. 

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Kernel of an idea grows into family popcorn business under Michigan Cottage Food Law

Gene and Patricia McFarland have built their gourmet popcorn business from a home kitchen operation to a successful storefront where they sell their handcrafted flavored popcorn.

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Power of Detroit's creative, corporate partnerships on display at international design festival

As part of the UNESCO City of Design designation, a team of Detroit designers curated an exhibition for the city's entry in the festival in Saint-Étienne, France. The result is "Footwork: The Choreography of Collaboration."

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Here's what success in building local food systems looks like

From education to certification, programs in the Upper Peninsula are helping farmers and buyers connect. Some of their work will soon be helping farmers in the Lower Peninsula, too.

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Guest column: New bicycle crossing over Detroit River a major victory for non-motorized transit

It will soon be possible to explore both sides of the Detroit River on two wheels or two feet. 

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Michigan's highway: The present state of Michigan Avenue, our state's most important road

In part two of our series on Michigan's highway, we look at the extraordinary economic resurgence that's taken place in recent years along commercial strips and downtowns on Michigan Avenue.

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Q&A: Parducci Society president on the sculptor's legacy and her organization's annual tribute

Model D spoke with Jennifer Baross about Parducci's significance to Detroit, characteristics of his work, and what guests can expect at the society's annual Parducci Tribute at the Masonic Temple.

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Video: Joe Spencer of Louisiana Creole Gumbo at Startup Story Night

On Thursday, January 19 five metro Detroit entrepreneurs performed stories about challenges they have overcome to grow their businesses. Watch Joe Spencer of Louisiana Creole Gumbo tell his.

Judge Larry Williams at 36th District Court in Detroit

Local elected officials of color on race and politics in the age of Trump, part 3

The concluding installment of our Politicians of Color series features a variety of local elected officials, ranging from Washtenaw County commissioner Alicia Ping to Detroit district court judge Larry Williams. 

Intergenerational culinary science is playing out through the "A Taste of African Heritage" coursework

Good cooking takes root: Promoting healthy dietary change through connection to the African diaspora

The "A Taste of African Heritage" diet is a nutritional education effort to address inequities in Detroit's food system by retooling some of the ways Detroiters deal with their health and wellness through eating.

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Michigan's highway: The history of Michigan Avenue, our state's most important road

In the first of a three-part series on Michigan Avenue, we look at the history of the road, from its construction along the Sauk Trail to its recognition as a Historic Heritage Route.

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Where seller and buyer meet: Summit extends the reach of made-in-Michigan foods

Demand for food grown locally continues to rise. At the upcoming Pure Michigan Agribusiness Summit buyers and sellers come together to meet that demand.

Winona Bynum, executive director of the Detroit Food Policy Council

Q&A: Winona Bynum of the Detroit Food Policy Council on upcoming conference, equity in food

Detroit Food 2017: Come Together takes place March 9 and 10 and will feature speakers and panels discussing how the food economy relates to issues of equity, health, policy, and more.

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Detroit and Ann Arbor work together to spread all-local grocery model

A grocery store selling exclusively local products in Ann Arbor is only two years old, but it's already directly inspired a similar business in Corktown.

Detroit councilwoman Raquel Casteneda-Lopez at the Coleman A Young Municipal Center

Local elected officials of color on race and politics in the age of Trump, part 2: City Council

City council members of color from Ypsilanti, Detroit, and Pontiac weigh in on tackling a volatile political climate and how public perceptions have affected their careers.

Jevona Watson, owner of Detroit Sip, outside her coffee shop

Video: Detroit Sip owner hopes to be catalyst for Live6 corridor

Jevona Watson plans to open a coffee shop, Detroit Sip, on McNichols Road in early 2017. A native of the Bagley neighborhood, her story is emblematic of the tenacity of the people who live, work, and play in Live6.

Illustration of a mastodon in Michigan.

Why does Michigan have a Thumb?

It wouldn't be much of a mitten without a thumb. But exactly how did our fair state's opposable digit come to fruition? Cranbrook Institute of Science's John Zawiskie gives us the geological history.

Stephanie Chang at the Michigan State Capitol

Local elected officials of color on race and politics in the age of Trump, part 1: State Reps

State representatives of color from Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Detroit weigh in on tackling a volatile political climate and how public perceptions have affected their careers.

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Finding their voice: Creative writing programs provide much needed outlet for Detroit youth

Arts are often one of the first line items cut for stressed schools. That's where creative writing programs have stepped in to provide that programming, both in and out of the classroom.

Kearny in front of her old school, now the Paul Robeson/Malcolm X Academy

The guardians of Martin Park: Two women work to revive their neighborhood in two different ways

The story of Martin Park, where it's been, where it is now, and where it's headed is being shaped by two women—one tied to its past and another grounded in the neighborhood's present.

Lauren Hood, director of Live6

Opinion: Detroit needs to preserve the cultural integrity of its black neighborhoods

In areas where development has been the greatest, many black people have found themselves "pushed to the margins." That's why, argues Lauren Hood, Detroit needs more neighborhoods where those shaping the vision are black.

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Retro Vision: Warby Parker helps reimagine an iconic downtown mural

In designing their downtown store, Warby Parker invited 82-year old Detroit artist David Rubello to reimagine his 1973 mural "Color Cubes"—a public artwork that was lost in 2014.

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One of a kind house for asylum seekers in Detroit faces uncertain future

Freedom House, a singular organization that offers comprehensive care to asylum seekers, has some difficult decisions to make in the coming months caused by successive pieces of devastating news.

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

Opinion: Detroit should sell its occupied, publicly-owned homes to their current residents

Each year, more Detroit homeowners become renters, squatters or altogether homeless. Michele Oberholtzer offers a radical solution to this problem: a homestead program to sell occupied, publicly-owned homes to current residents for just $1.

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Heading home: Roots run deep for many who grew up on the farm

Paul Pridgeon remembers graduating from Central Michigan University and asking himself the question that swirls in the minds of so many recent graduates: Now what?

RecoveryPark CEO and founder Gary Wozniak

RecoveryPark rehabilitates a neighborhood and the lives of returning citizens through farming

A commercial-scale agriculture nonprofit, RecoveryPark also employs Detroiters who have prison records, literacy issues, substance abuse recovery issues, and other past struggles that make it difficult to find work.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer

Is Detroit a sanctuary city? Depends on who you ask

Sanctuary cities are municipalities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities in deporting, detaining, or collecting information on residents who may be in the country illegally have recently. Tim Boscarino looks into whether or not Detroit is one. 

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Perception vs. reality: Safety in Live6 discussed at Speakeasy event

On Friday, January 20, the Live6 Alliance and Model D collaborated for another SpeakEasy event where over 70 attendees participated in a community conversation to discuss the security of the neighborhoods in Live6.

Bradford Frost

In memory of Bradford Frost: It's time to rekindle our romance with the Detroit idea

Bradford Frost, director of Capital Impact Partners' Detroit program and all around great person, passed away this week. Model D is republishing an essay he wrote in 2015 to honor his memory. 

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A cultural history of Metro Detroit, Chapter One: Native Americans

Our new series on Metro Detroit's ethnic and cultural history, written by local writer and historian Mickey Lyons, begins with the first Detroiters, Native Americans.

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Greenhouse to grocery: Stocking stores with year-round Michigan produce

You can find a little bit of summer in Michigan tomatoes grown in the winter.

Norma Heath in her kitchen, where kids come to use her laptop.

Bridging Detroit's massive digital divide

38 percent of Detroiters, and 63 percent of its low-income residents, have no home broadband. But people and organizations are helping Detroiters access the internet, and teaching them how to use it.

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Beans and dobros: Preserving what's left of Appalachia in Detroit

In part two of our series on Appalachian culture in metro Detroit, West Virginia-native Courtney Balestier listens to stories from the Kentuckians of Michigan. And takes home some beans. 

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Citizen innovation, area history on display in Northeast Detroit tour

An initiative called Create Northeast Detroit recently launched a bus tour of the area encompassing Detroit's District 3 council district. Everyone who took it was treated to a number of innovative, grassroots efforts at community development.

Maurice Cox, Director of the City of Detroit's Planning Department

Lessons from Planning Director Maurice Cox on spreading bike culture across Detroit

In a conversation with Model D, Maurice Cox, Director of the City of Detroit's Planning Department, says he'll put extra emphasis on bike infrastructure across the city. 

LaToya Morgan, CDAD's Public Housing manager

A better mix: Detroiters work to expand affordable housing options

There are many common misconceptions about who lives in affordable housing and what impact those communities have on neighborhoods. But the reality is that affordable housing increases stability, support, and mobility to a neighborhood and city.

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7 of the most exciting developments in Detroit for 2017

As we step into 2017, let's take a look at some of the development news stories that are sure to influence the way we think about and interact with the city of Detroit.

Claire Nelson, founder of the Urban Consulate, introduces the Speakeasy presenters

Join us for the next installment of Speakeasy: a community dialogue on safety

On Friday, January 20, Model D is once again teaming up with the Live6 Alliance for the third installment of the speaker series, Speakeasy. 

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Restaurateur (and optimist) Dave Kwiatkowski has created a mini-food empire in Detroit

After a successful few years at the Sugar House, opportunity came knocking for Kwiatkowski. Since then, he's been opening restaurants and bars at a breakneck pace. 

Erin Cole, co-owner of Nurturing Our Seeds, with her two children, Oshun and Asa

Peace, creativity, and motherhood: The best of Michigan Nightlight 2016

Before we launch into another year of stories about the issues, people, and programs that impact Detroit kids, we wanted to revisit the best-read 2016 Michigan Nightlight stories from Model D.

Michelle Freeman and Jermaine Jenkins, Witty Gritty

Guests from Chicago and Philadelphia meet on Six Mile for an urban exchange

Detroiters gathered on a recent December evening for an urban exchange to discuss ethical redevelopment, community engagement, and ways to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs.

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Harnessing art to spur entrepreneurship in Live6

The Live6 area is home to a robust cultural and creative community. And with an increase in development, there's opportunity for artists and institutions to tap into that energy to spur growth.

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Detroit property owners plan on green infrastructure to save on water bills

Detroit property owners are going green to save some green on their water bills. 

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The first school: expanding access to quality daycare in Detroit

Quality childcare benefits Detroit’s working parents today, as well as the workforce of tomorrow. Claire Charlton looks at the importance of daycare and early childhood education, and efforts to expand access in the city. 

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Michigan tree farms keep Christmas real

Michigan tree farms are the place to make Christmas memories and part of Michigan's growing agritourism economy. 

Erica Pietrzyk of Pietrzyk Pierogi at the Painted Lady

Hamtramck's dive bar-pop ups serve the best food you've yet to try

In Hamtramck, a working class city with a no-frills approach to food, some impressive cooks are popping up. And they're doing so in a Hamtramck staple: the dive bar. 

Raye Townsel using his inhaler

Clearing the air: Health professionals tackle Detroit's asthma epidemic

Detroit has one of the highest rates of asthma in the country. That's why some of the city's most important health professionals are taking action by studying the problem, and finding ways to address it. 

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Detroit high school students learn how to build green infrastructure in Cody Rouge's Stein Park

The bioswale at Stein Park was designed and built with high school students from the Detroit Institute of Technology to capture water from roadways and infiltrate it into the ground, keeping it out of the city's sewer system.

Takyhai Burns and Jacob Schoenknecht making Mitten Bites

Thinking like a boss: Detroit programs empower youth through entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship programs across the city engage youth in hands-on, place-based entrepreneurial training, equipping them to both launch their own businesses and use entrepreneurial thinking to solve problems.

Akello Karamoko, a farmer with KGD

Digging deep: Detroiters work to clean up city's toxic soil

As development ramps up in Detroit, understanding what lies beneath our feet is key to the future.

Audra Carson, founder of De-tread

Detroit's reuse economy is turning the city's trash into treasure

Illegal dumping, abandoned buildings, and other sources of trash are serious problems in Detroit. Fortunately, multiple businesses and nonprofits are coming to the rescue by turning the city's refuse into something useful. 

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You're invited to Urban Exchange Speakeasy

This Thursday, the Urban Consulate is popping up with Live6 Alliance and Model D to welcome guests from Philadelphia and Chicago to exchange urban ideas.

Campus of University of Detroit Mercy

Institutions of higher education an essential part of Live6 growth

The University of Detroit Mercy and Marygrove College have been important neighborhood anchors since their foundings. And with increased attention to development in the neighborhoods outside of the city center, they'll be more important than ever. 

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Diversity of people and perspectives on display at the Michigan Good Food Summit

An epidemiologist and a rock star walk into a summit about good food throughout Michigan. It's no joke. People from across Michigan are coming together to make sure people in the state have access to food that’s affordable, healthy, green, and fair.

MVU Pete Bush

The evolution of online learning in policy and the classroom

The online learning landscape has changed substantially since a decade ago. Natalie Burg explores how online learning has evolved over the last ten years, from the way classrooms work to what it means to "go" to school.

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Guest column: What Michigan can learn from Bolivia's water crisis

You might wonder why a little country in South America should matter to Michiganders. Valerie Vande Panne went to Bolivia to learn about how citizens asserted control over their water systems, and how Michiganders could do the same. 

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A bigger dig: How GM saved millions by reusing stormwater in Detroit-Hamtramck

The General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant is recycling its own stormwater at an annual savings of over $2 million with green infrastructure.

Starlett Simmons (right) of Five Star Cake Co. with her daughter, Kai Taalib

Entrepreneurship and motherhood: Family first

Despite all the time required to start and run a business, mother entrepreneurs often do so because it allows them the flexibility to be close to their family. 

Chase Cantrell, director of Building Community Value

Combating income inequality: 3 local, practical solutions to a national epidemic

Metro Detroit has one of the highest rates of income inequality in the nation, which is a huge problem for the region's future prosperity. But there are positive, incremental steps Metro Detroiters are taking in their communities that can make a real difference.

Stephen Roginson of Batch Brewing Company

A fermenting culture: Detroit food businesses harness the science (and flavor) of fermentation

Fermentation is an ancient form of preservation that's being popularized for its unique flavor and health properties. Many food businesses in Detroit are likewise finding new uses for this old technique.

Rachel Jones, a senior at the Henry Ford Academy School For Creative Studies in Detroit

The Henry Ford Academy's senior mastery process helps students own their future

The Senior Mastery Process gives high school students at the Henry Ford Academy a hands-on opportunity working for a business or organization to help answer the age old question, "What do I want to be when I grow up?"

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Join Model D and Live6 for Speak Easy: a dialogue between neighbors

The first of a series of dialogues in partnership with the Live6 Alliance, this edition will focus on the relationship between local institutions and the surrounding communities.

Man and child attending Hamtramck peace rally

Photo essay: Hamtramck rallies for peace and unity

Two rallies for peace and unity took place in Hamtramck earlier this month. Photographer Lauren Montgomery was there to capture them. 

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Detroit's urban farms embrace green infrastructure for sustainable water use

Detroit's urban farms are using green infrastructure to reduce their water costs. Along the way, they're helping to improve the city's stormwater system.

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Can Metro Detroit's municipalities cooperate?

In the wake of a narrow defeat for regional transit, Ellen Vial explores how we might learn from regional cooperation in Pittsburgh and the Twin Cities.

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Food hubs are the future of Michigan's food economy

They help bring together farmers and consumers, make it easier to eat healthy food, in addition to a host of other benefits. 

Lucy Carnaghi, co-owner of Rose's Fine Foods

Higher wages and split tips: Working for fair pay in the Detroit service industry

The tipping system is the cheapest, easiest legal way for restaurateurs to maintain a staff, but it also has unfortunate side-effects for that same staff. Some in the service industry, however, are rethinking the tip. 

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Metro Detroit Barber College is both bridge and sanctuary in a changing Detroit

With so many changes happening in the city and Live6 area, Metro Detroit Barber College is a refuge of stability where people from the neighborhood and across the city can get a good cut at a low price with good company.
 

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How Detroit's public parks are using green infrastructure to prevent flooding, save money

Detroit's parks are testing grounds for new green infrastructure projects that are changing the way the city manages its stormwater runoff.

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Michigan Dune Alliance helps protect Michigan's iconic sand dunes from invasive species

Michigan's iconic sand dunes are threatened by invasive species. Fortunately, a group of conservation organizations are joining forces to weed out the invaders.

West Virginia University College of Pharmacy Guests at Parke-Davis Home Laboratories in Detroit (1959)

In search of the Hillbilly Highway

Between 1940 and 1960, seven million Appalachians left their home region to find work in places like Detroit. In the first of a two-part series, native-West Virginian Courtney Balestier writes about the history of the migration, and speaks to people who experienced it. 

Erin Cole, co-owner of Nurturing Our Seeds, with her two children, Oshun and Asa

Entrepreneurship and motherhood: Finding strength in overcoming bias

Women and minority entrepreneurs face an unfortunate amount of bias as business owners. But in the second part of our three part series on mother entrepreneurs, Melinda Clynes discovers the strength that comes from pushing through those biases. 

Working on the Osborn Outdoor Education Center

Land minds: 4 creative land use projects aid education of Detroit youth

Detroit has 20 square miles of vacant land. Claire Charlton writes about four projects utilizing vacant land that have the potential to impact the lives of Detroit's youth.

?Jay Rayford (left) with Motor City Match winner George N'namdi, Motor City Match consultant James Feagin, and Motor City Match Winner Godwin Ihentuge

Guest column: My journey to business owner and deeper connections

After being away from Detroit for years, Jay Raford moved back to his hometown and opened up a socially-conscious food business in the Live6 area.

Ron Gurdjian has tended bar at Tom's Tavern since "the late 70s"

In praise of the chill bar

With the announcement of the closing of St. Cece's, a quintessentially chill bar, Amy Elliott Bragg makes a case for the chill bar and lists her favorites. 

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Two community benefits ordinances in Detroit set for ballot battle

Two bills on this year's ballot could establish a community benefits ordinance in Detroit. Nina Ignaczak delves into what that might mean for the city and the differences between the two. 


Lana Rodriguez, owner of Mama Coo's Boutique

Finding resources faster: Detroit's rich and expanding entrepreneurial ecosystem

There's an incredible number of resources available for a budding entrepreneur in Detroit. Patrick Dunn surveys our entrepreneurial ecosystem to find out where those resources are and how to access them. 

The Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood, located on the far east side, is one of the areas most at risk for flooding and heat stress

How Detroit's climate change activists are using science to plan for a warmer city

As Detroit's climate changes, scientists are working to inform policies that will help the city both mitigate its greenhouse gas emissions and increase its resiliency in the face of a warmer, wetter future.

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Pamela Lewis

Pamela Lewis is the Director of the Detroit-based New Economy Initiative, the largest philanthropically led economic development initiative in the United States. 

Garlin Gilchrist speaks at the Detroit Design Festival

Detroit Design Festival showcases city's bright design future

The Detroit Design Festival wrapped up its third annual summit last month and, as expected, there were in-depth discussions about the power of design. But this year's iteration of the festival had special import. 

Anya Babbitt

Why moving to Detroit from New York was the 'best decision' for SPLT

SPLT, a startup that seeks to reduce transportation congestion and mobility barriers, has never looked back since relocating from New York to Detroit.

Tepfirah Rushdan chows down on red clover heads

From fun to fungus: Detroiters get creative with alternative food

The Detroit food economy is growing, in both scale and variety. Sarah Rose Sharp writes about three individuals and businesses involved in food foraging, mushroom harvesting, and bug breeding. 

Michigan Avenue bustling during Detroit Open Streets

Guest column: Open Streets Detroit proved the value of pedestrian zones

Open Streets Detroit closed 3.7 miles of road to vehicular traffic and opened it to people. Jessica Meyer recaps what took place during those two exciting days. 

Alexis El-Amin, owner of The Mason Jar: Get Holistically Healed, a food store at 4088 W. McNichols Road. El-Amin recently moved to Detroit from Wilmington, N.C. and opened her store not long after in the University District.

Photo essay: This is Live6

Photographer and Detroit-native Bree Gant captured some of the people and places that make Live6 unique.

KeShon Demps, owner of Ingrid's Bakery & Shon Benson's Candy Creations

Love on Livernois: What Sweetest Day looked like in Live6

On October 15, lovers and those expressing affection across the Midwest celebrated Sweetest Day. On the Ground editor Terryn Hall checked out Live6 businesses to see how owners and patrons were marking the day. 

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Rain gardens to the rescue: How Detroiters are working together to protect water infrastructure

Detroiters must deal with a new drainage fee to help pay for water infrastructure. Fortunately, an innovative program will help residents reduce those fees, while also soaking up water on their land and helping their neighbors.

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3 regional transit systems Metro Detroit can learn from

We checked in with experts in three very different American cities—Cleveland, St. Louis, and Los Angeles—to gather lessons as our own transit system takes shape.
 

Karen Guilmette, owner of Natural Red, with three of her children

Detroit's mother entrepreneurs: these women started businesses and ended up with happy families

In the first of a three-part series looking at the challenges of being both a mother and entrepreneur, Melinda Clynes writes about women seeking financial independence in business.

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As Ellis Island Tea grows, founder Nailah Ellis-Brown makes hiring local a priority

Since founding the company in 2008, Ellis-Brown been named one of Forbes' "30 Under 30" in the manufacturing industry and her beverages are now available in Meijer and Whole Foods stores across the Midwest.

CEO and co-founder of Castle, working at Rebirth House

"Generation Startup" shows it's possible to build and scale a startup in Detroit

The documentary, which follows six people working or owning startups in Detroit, presents both the joys and challenges of running a startup. 

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New Live6 Alliance headquarters and its homegrown director bring energy to neighborhood

Once completed, executive director Lauren Hood hopes the headquarters will serve as a local gathering place where people can connect, deepen ties, and share ideas.

Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities Teen Leaders in the Arts participants Egypt Kyles, Karen Pacheco, Emmanuel Zavala, Antonio Jaimes, and Edgar Jaimes.

Leading through the arts: Teens across the state are transforming Michigan's creative landscape

When it comes to incorporating the voices of youth in arts programming, Michigan is leading the way. Teens in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Grand Rapids are bringing a fresh perspectives to important issues through the lens of art. 

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

Revisiting Osborn: What's happening with the stories, people we covered 3 years ago

In 2013 Model D launched its first On the Ground series in Osborn. As Model D launches a new series in the Live6 neighborhood, we wanted to check in on some of the stories and people we covered.

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In search of solutions to Detroit's foreclosure crisis

In the second installment of our series on Detroit's foreclosure crisis, David Sands looks at the organizations and people developing innovative solutions to keep people in their homes. 

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Detroit songwriter Audra Kubat helps youth find their voice

The singer/songwriter, who's been working with youth in schools to develop their musical voice, is releasing her first album in a decade in a series of shows at the DIA.

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Detroit style: How some of Detroit's fashion-makers define their city's aesthetic

With the opening of several international-brand retail stores and news of the redevelopment of the Hudson's site, Detroit's fashion scene is once again in the spotlight. But as Muna Danish discovered, brands are much less important than style in Detroit. 

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4 things to know about Detroit and green infrastructure

Model D recently hosted a panel at Detroit Beer Company on ways Detroit can harness its green infrastructure potential. Here are the most important takeaways from the event. 

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Meet Terryn Hall, Model D's next On the Ground editor

Our next "On the Ground" series will take place in the Live6 neighborhood and we're excited to introduce the series' editor, Terryn Hall. 

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Immersive "idea lab" celebrates artists as community leaders

Artspace’s annual Breaking Ground event evolves this year from one dynamic evening of speakers and performances to an immersive, two-day "idea lab."

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It's Miller Time: Meet the Detroit educator who's helping solve water issues around the country

Carol Miller has taught at Wayne State for 30 years and influenced countless students. She's also part of a prestigious cohort of water-quality engineers that's made an enormous contribution to the health of Michigan's waters.

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Five of the greatest modern buildings in Metro Detroit

We asked Brian Conway, editor of a recently released book on Michigan's contributions to design, to list his favorite modern buildings in Metro Detroit. 

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Michigan's pig problem: What to do if you see a smart, tusky animal in Michigan's outdoors

Feral swine are an invasive wild boar intent on devouring Michigan's natural landscapes and farmland. Mark Wedel tells us why these tusky invaders are a growing threat in Michigan.

David Alade, left, and Steven Harris, right, on the steps of a building newly purchased by Harris

A new beginning for the North End

The North End has seen terrible times, as residents and community members attest. But thanks to the efforts of developers, artists, and others with a vision, the narrative is shifting. 

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The Detroit comic con that's changing perceptions of race in comics

A lot more people are making the pilgrimage to Detroit this fall to attend MECCA, a black-centric celebration of geekdom and creativity.

Former site of Saint-Étienne’s military manufacturing activities, the Manufacture

Three things to know about Detroit's City of Design designation

UNESCO's City of Design designation has helped members transform their cities through design. Ellen Schneider of the Detroit Creative Corridor Center writes about how Detroit can harness that same potential. 

Kresge Mayor's Fellow Diana Flora

Open data: How access to public data is growing in Detroit

For years, Detroiters had a hard time getting reliable data in a digestible format. But thanks to greater transparency from city government, and the work of a host of other companies and organizations, access to data has never been better. 

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Restoring memories and forging futures with Carl Nielbock of CAN Art Handworks

CAN Art Handworks, a metalsmithing facility that specializes in the restoration of historic architectural metalwork, might best be summed up in this simple mission statement: learn from history in preparation for the future.

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HopCat: the 'anti-chain chain'

What started as a hobby has become big business for HopCat owner Mark Sellers.

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The yin and yang of Detroit's fastest changing neighborhood

For the first article in our series on walking as a means of neighborhood discovery, Walter Wasacz heads to Chinatown, a place where booming economic activity confronts history. 

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A region of opportunity: How Metro Detroit is helping its immigrant population succeed

In the second installment of our series on solutions to regional issues, we explore how cities and community groups are helping Metro Detroit's immigrants overcome the many challenges they face when coming to America. 

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The People's Park: How grassroots organizers have reinvigorated Palmer Park

A real sense of energy and community has emerged at Palmer Park, thanks in large part to the nonprofit People for Palmer Park.

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Harnessing Detroit's green infrastructure potential

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

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

Gerry list

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.

Detroit Sip

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.

1983, Gratiot and Chene, Detroit

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.

Detroit Green Map icons

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.

Cos play at Youmacon

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.

(Left to right) Maruf Sourav, Liza Bielby, Mumbi Roy, Ahana Roy and Akram Hossein

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.

Noel Night

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.

Soil

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.

Creative economy

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.

A tyke on a trike on Farnsworth Street

In search of Detroit's most beautiful blocks

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

Detroit Experience Series

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.

ARTLAB J

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.

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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.

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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.

Future Proofing Detroit

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.

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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.

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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.

Summer in the City

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.

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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.

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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. 

One of seven murals proposed for the Crowell Community Center

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. Ar