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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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