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Detroit techno saved Berliners from boredom. Now it's time we take a few lessons from Berlin.

Walter Wasacz recently traveled to Berlin, where many hold Detroit and its music in high esteem. He brought back these reflections on what we can learn from our friends across the pond.

UIX portraits list

Portraits of Detroit innovation

Our partners at Urban Innovation Exchange look back on the last three years they've spent documenting the growing movement of artists, makers, entrepreneurs, and innovators leading creative neighborhood transformation in Detroit.

Roosevelt Park

Can small ideas add up to big change for cities? 13 projects that prove they can (VIDEO)

Urban revitalization is not built on stadiums and skyscrapers alone. Vibrant cities begin with passionate people working on the ground, doing the creative heavy lifting to make their communities better. Leading up to Urban Innovation Exchange Sept. 24-26 in Detroit, we take a look at 13 small projects with big potential.

Passalacqua List

Detroit's Passalacqua mix hip hop with community

Passalacqua may be Detroit's hottest hip hop group, but that doesn't stop its members from remaining community-focused.

Senior Market Days List

Older Detroiters get together, eat healthy thanks to Senior Market Days

Senior Market Days is a program that provides transportation to seniors so they can shop at local farmers markets. Not only does it help them eat heathier, it serves as a social event. 
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Stories from the new economy: New Michigan Media

New Michigan Media launched with the goal of cataloging minority media outlets throughout Michigan in order to build a network that could bring minority concerns and issues to a broader audience, tear down restrictive silos, and create stronger voices for minority communities at policy discussions. It had never been attempted.

NEIdeas List

Stories from the new economy: NEIdeas, rewarding ideas for business growth

Last week, the New Economy Initiative launched NEIdeas, a challenge that will award $500,000 in prizes to existing businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park.
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