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New construction on East Grand Boulevard

The most exciting developments in Detroit for 2018

Big money developers and scrappy start-ups alike have been working toward the completion of their various projects. A number of them will be opening their doors this year, and these are the ones we're most excited about. 

Eliza Lae

Photo Essay: The people of the North End

Meet four people who live and work in the North End. We photographed them in their places of work and spoke to them about their hopes for the neighborhood.

Satori Shakoor performs at the Charles H. Wright Museum

Model D is looking for your story of entrepreneurial success

Startup Story Night will return for the second year in February and we're looking for storytellers for the theme "Love What You Do."

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Overcoming racism in Michigan

Michiganders are unifying their communities and finding peaceful pathways to overcome racism, along with the divisiveness, segregation, and disparities it causes.

Lucy Frye, AKA Nandi, in her cafe

Our favorite stories from 2017

Before the year comes to a close, we'd like to look back on our last year of coverage.

Ali Dirul

Detroit solar shines: How local solar organizations are linking sustainable energy and community

While there's been several notable solar energy projects by major companies, some smaller organizations have been partnering together to take the application of the renewable resource in new directions.

Students at the Wayne State University campus

Metro Detroit's colleges work to develop a culture of care for mental health of its students

With the goal of early detection and treatment, Metro Detroit schools, colleges, and foundations are working to raise awareness, erase stigma, and support every student struggling with these treatable disorders.

Namira Islam, the co-Founder and co-Director of MuslimARC

Anti-racism organization to renovate house in Detroit for racial justice workshops, community events

MuslimARC is a faith-based human rights organization focused on addressing racial justice. After purchasing a house in the Dexter-Linwood neighborhood, the organization will soon have a physical space to host workshops and community events. 

Miryam Johnson

Dance instructor Miryam Johnson, 25, connects dancing to her students' history and life

For the next entry in our emerging leaders series, we profile Miryam Johnson, a dancer and teaching artist with Living Arts who looks for ways to use dance to address larger issues with her students. 

Jerry Hebron

Video: North End stakeholders envision the future of their neighborhood

With its musical heritage and unique racial integration, the North End certainly has a fascinating history. But in this video, we explore the neighborhood's future as seen by the people who will play an important role in building it.

Audience member asks a question at a Live6 speakeasy event

With democratic budgeting, Live6 takes a nontraditional approach to community engagement

After more than a year of outreach and meetings with local stakeholders, the Live6 Alliance held a community vote on how best to spend $40,000 in public safety grant funding. 

A safety technician inspects a child's car seat

Video: Why car seat checks keep Michigan's children safe

It's surprisingly complex to properly install a child's safety seat. We visited a seat check day at a local dealership to learn about the many things required to do it correctly. 

Samoy Smith

Bagley residents lead grassroots effort to build pocket park

Creating Space Detroit hopes to raise $8,440 through the crowdfunding campaign to get started on the process of installing playground equipment, bench seating, solar lighting, a pavilion or gazebo, and a Little Free Library. 

Yodit Mesfin Johnson speaks at the Urban Consulate

3 takeaways from Urban Consulate discussion on how new residents can honor black communities

Yodit Mesfin Johnson lead a recent discussion at the Urban Consulate which considered the question, "How can white people assimilate into black communities with respect and honor?"

Kids at Development Centers' Winston Head Start

Fueled by community input, foundations unveil comprehensive early childhood education initiative

Two major foundations announced their newest initiative, Hope Starts Here, to address the dire need for quality early education in Detroit through an initial $50 million commitment. 
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