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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.

The Improve Detroit app

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.

A couple at the Hope Center

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.

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.

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. 

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?

Laneshia Talley with kids at Matrix Head Start

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?

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.

Toddlers at Erie Neighborhood House

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?

Babies at a WIN meeting

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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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