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Two community benefits ordinances in Detroit set for ballot battle

Two bills on this year's ballot could establish a community benefits ordinance in Detroit. Nina Ignaczak delves into what that might mean for the city and the differences between the two. 

Michigan Avenue bustling during Detroit Open Streets

Guest column: Open Streets Detroit proved the value of pedestrian zones

Open Streets Detroit closed 3.7 miles of road to vehicular traffic and opened it to people. Jessica Meyer recaps what took place during those two exciting days. 

Shakiya Robertson with her kids, from left to right, Kye'Ren, Kyi'Lei, Davion, and Ky'Shaun in front of their home

In search of solutions to Detroit's foreclosure crisis

In the second installment of our series on Detroit's foreclosure crisis, David Sands looks at the organizations and people developing innovative solutions to keep people in their homes. 

David Alade, left, and Steven Harris, right, on the steps of a building newly purchased by Harris

A new beginning for the North End

The North End has seen terrible times, as residents and community members attest. But thanks to the efforts of developers, artists, and others with a vision, the narrative is shifting. 

Detail-work by Nielbock, incorporating the iconic "Spirit of Detroit" statue

Restoring memories and forging futures with Carl Nielbock of CAN Art Handworks

CAN Art Handworks, a metalsmithing facility that specializes in the restoration of historic architectural metalwork, might best be summed up in this simple mission statement: learn from history in preparation for the future.
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