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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

In 2016 a 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. 

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.

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.

Some projects developed by students

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.

Rouhani Foulkes and Kiki Louya at The Farmer's Hand

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.

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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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.

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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.

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.

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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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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.
 

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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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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.

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.
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