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Despite city hall's propensity to knock down historic structures, Detroit's building stock remains pretty remarkable for a city of its size. From humble Victorians in Corktown to sprawling mansions in Indian Village, from Yamasaki's sleek and calm McGregor Conference Center to the jaw-dropping deco design on display at the Guardian Building, the city's got enough in the bricks-'n'-mortar department to keep those tourist cameras snapping.


The Alger Theater

What it takes to save a neighborhood theater on Detroit's east side

For the Friends of the Alger Theater, it takes dedicated volunteers, hard work, and, of course, money.

People enjoying the Michigan Avenue parklet

Can a short-lived parklet be the start of a major transformation of Michigan Avenue?

Existing just over a week, a parklet in front of Astro Coffee in Corktown was dismantled by MDOT workers over Labor Day weekend. Will its short life help inspire the long-term transformation of Michigan Avenue from a car-centric thoroughfare into a people-centric Main Street?

Transparency is an overriding theme of the downtown Y's architecture

10 Years of Change: Giving the downtown Y its due

Bold and forward-looking when it opened in December 2005, the Boll Family YMCA continues to lead by architectural example as the central business district burgeons around it.

Maurice Cox (right) at the Green Garage

Walkability, historic preservation, and equity priorities for Detroit's new planning director

Last Friday, new Detroit planning director Maurice Cox gave a talk at the weekly community lunch at the Green Garage in Midtown. Here are a few highlights.

Doug McIntosh

10 Years of Change: Remembering Doug McIntosh, Detroit architect and preservation advocate

Doug McIntosh was president of Preservation Wayne (now Preservation Detroit), an early supporter of Model D, a community leader, and a mentor to many. He had a vision for the city.
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