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Reuse / Rebuild

Just because a space has been abandoned does not mean it is no longer useful. Entrepreneurs, artists, city officials, activists and neighbors, with the right amount of ambition and innovation, can take vacant spaces and turn them into opportunities. By transforming what we already have into sustainable properties, we revitalize neighborhoods and stimulate local economies.


The A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education at CCS

Inside the Argonaut, Detroit's creative hub

In 2009, the College for Creative Studies re-opened General Motors' Argonaut Building as the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education. In just a few short years, it has become a major hub for creative culture and industry in Detroit.

The former site of the Park Avenue Hotel

The battle for buildings: Looking back on a decade of historic preservation in Detroit

In the last decade, efforts to preserve some of downtown's most prominent buildings have had mixed results.

Flower House

Blossoms against blight: Hamtramck's Flower House opens this weekend

Event planner Liz Andre-Stotz was a little surprised last year when her florist friend Lisa Waud called her and several others with a "crazy idea": buying a house for the express purpose of filling it with flowers.

Hitsville U.S.A., home of the Motown Museum

Hitsville vs. Soulsville: How Detroit and Memphis are embracing their soul music heritage

There were two rival labels – and two cities – that defined soul music in the public consciousness. Arguing Hitsville (Detroit) vs. Soulsville (Memphis) is like arguing Beatles vs. Stones. But how do these two cities stack up when it comes to preserving and embracing their soul music heritage?

The Innovation Institute at Henry Ford Hospital

Repurposing historic buildings on Detroit's medical campuses

Two local hospital systems have worked diligently to balance the preservation of the historic character of their campuses with the need to keep their facilities state-of-the-art.
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