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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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A freeway reimagined

Getting creative about freeway removal: If Portland can do it, why can't Detroit?

Last week, we kicked off a three-part series asking Detroiters to imagine a new future for I-375, America's shortest (and arguably silliest) Interstate. For part two of the series, we present you with transportation projects from around the world where a community's collective desire for well-designed and healthy urban environments lead to creative transformations of freeways.

Curtis List

Nicole Curtis, host of HGTV's Rehab Addict, invests again in Detroit for new season

The sixth season of Rehab Addict premieres Jan. 8 and will feature Nicole Curtis's latest Detroit project, a house on East Grand Boulevard near Belle Isle on the city's east side.

Deconstruction List

As they wait for contracts, local organizations prepare workers for deconstruction jobs

While demolition will make up the lion's share of the city's blight elimination efforts, Mayor Duggan and the Detroit Blight Authority are pushing to ensure that deconstruction also plays a role. Area training centers hope to prepare students for careers in both demolition and deconstruction.

schools list

How local real estate developers are giving new life to some of Detroit's shuttered schools

Some Detroit developers are finding opportunity -- and potential profits -- in the adaptive reuse of shuttered schools.

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.
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