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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.

Student at after-school drop-in

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.

At the Warby Parker “housewarming” party

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.

Exterior of Freedom House

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.

Ferry Farm

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. 

Attendees of the event

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.

Tomatoes

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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