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Downtown Ferndale

New study confirms economic impact of eight placemaking assets every community should have

What assets make a community strong? You might be surprised to learn that the things that deliver the biggest economic bang for the buck aren't what's traditionally discussed in Michigan.

Khali Sweeney

The Downtown Boxing Gym is much more than a boxing gym

Carlo "Khali" Sweeney is the founder of a boxing gym on Detroit's east side that develops good citizenship in urban youth through a wide variety of educational and fitness programs and voluntary service. 

Mosaic in Clark Park

Young creatives strengthen neighborhoods through art, community-driven funding

The resident-driven grant program, Community Connections, has helped fund numerous initiatives focused on uplifting Detroit's youth. 

A Slow Roll ride in Detroit

Opinion: Slow Roll has lost its way

Slow Roll, a weekly bike ride through a Detroit neighborhood that attracts thousands of riders, is ostensibly a casual affair meant to engender good will between cyclists and residents. But, as Mickey Lyons writes, recent rides have accomplished the exact opposite. 

Carbonell and Hooton get a lesson from Talea de Castro farmers

Local coffee shop gives back to Mexican farming town

Not only did Cafe Con Leche's owner and in-house roaster visit the town where their coffee is grown, they also decided to give back a percentage of each bag of coffee they sell to those same farmers.
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Fellows List

Detroit Revitalization Fellows hustle harder

In this video, three Detroit Revitalization Fellows talk about their day jobs, which are all focused on improving life in the city, and their extracurricular entrepreneurial activities, which do much the same.

SWOT List

TechTown SWOT City spreads opportunity to neighborhood businesses

SWOT City empowers neighborhood businesses, providing them with expert analysis to help them identify their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

New Michigan Media LIst

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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