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Urban alleys become pathways to revitalization

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Satori Shakoor and the power of telling true stories

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

A record lover's guide to Detroit

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

Rock the red tape: Navigating City Hall

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

Farm stands and veggie vans bring Eastern Market to the people

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

How Detroit became America's greatest sports city

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

Detroit's newest space for growing business ideas

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

Brewing beer and breathing life into Corktown's boxcar building

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

Inclusive crowdfunding: Andrea Perkins and Benevolent

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

Designing with Detroiters: DCDC turns 20

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

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

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

Onward! New narratives for an old town

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