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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.

Reuse / Rebuild Features

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.

On the Ground: Reinvesting in power of education

Nearly 20 years ago, 167,000 students were enrolled in Detroit Public Schools. Today, only 49,000 students attend school in the district, leaving over 150 vacant buildings. Matthew Lewis talks to a group working to repurpose one of them into a trade school in Brightmoor.

Strategies for renovation: Notes from Novogradac Historic Tax Credit Conference

One of the messages of this two-day event, which examined the impact of federal incentives on the city's revitalization, is that there are tools and subsidies available to make these projects possible. Timothy Boscarino digs deeper in this report.

Detroit rallies round the G.A.R. once again and what that means for downtown

Tom and David Carleton began developing downtown property in the early 1990s, when most of the money was headed elsewhere. Now they talk about creating "the greatest space to take a meeting between New York and L.A." Francis Grunow meets the brothers for a chat on the roof of the Grand Army Republic building.

Freshwater Metropolis in words and pictures: More than a concept

Now here's a two-for-one treat for our growing blue/green Detroit infrastructure readership: a springtime feature by project editor Matthew Lewis on rain gardens and an equally springy slideshow by photographer Doug Coombe. 
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