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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.

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Deconstruction List

Can deconstruction of vacant homes help grow Detroit's economy? Some local businesses hope so

Detroit has 40,000 vacant homes on the path to demolition. Can they be transformed from liabilities into assets through deconstruction? Local businesses' demand for reclaimed materials suggests they can.

BerlinList

Berliner Dimitri Hegemann to discuss plans for Fisher Body 21 at community talk on Nov. 29

Hegemann, a Berlin entrepreneur who has played an important role during over two decades of revitalization and reinvention in that city, will be back in Detroit on Nov. 29 to talk about how strategies from Berlin can be used to catalyze growth in Detroit's creative economy.

Passenger List

Passenger breathes art, new life into a long-vacant Detroit space

After years of vacancy and neglect, an old Capitol Park building where tobacco products were once manufactured is getting new life as Passenger, a nonprofit space for supporting the city’s art, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.

Main Street List

National Main Streets Conference brings 1,300 downtown professionals to Detroit

The National Main Streets Conference was in Detroit this week. Natalie Burg has this report on why downtown advocates from Metro Detroit and around the country were excited to participate.

ecoworkslist

UIX: Jacob Corvidae and EcoWorks

Jacob Corvidae and EcoWorks are out to prove that green living is attainable for people up and down the socio-economic ladder, not just the affluent.
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