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Dollars spent in the D are likely to be re-spent here: an estimated $68 out of every $100 versus just $43 from that same hundo dropped at a national chain. With indie retailers popping up all around town, spreading -- and keeping -- wealth inside the city limits is getting easier and easier.

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Downtown Ferndale

New study confirms economic impact of eight placemaking assets every community should have

What assets make a community strong? You might be surprised to learn that the things that deliver the biggest economic bang for the buck aren't what's traditionally discussed in Michigan.

Andrea Eckert next to the work of Holding House resident artist Emily Duke

The rapid increase and persistent issues of Detroit's art gallery scene

In recent years, there's been a proliferation of art galleries in Detroit. While that's mostly been a positive, it does come with some caveats. 

Carbonell and Hooton get a lesson from Talea de Castro farmers

Local coffee shop gives back to Mexican farming town

Not only did Cafe Con Leche's owner and in-house roaster visit the town where their coffee is grown, they also decided to give back a percentage of each bag of coffee they sell to those same farmers.

Sarah Pappas of Fresh Cut Detroit

Foraging for flowers with Fresh Cut Detroit

Model D followed Sarah Pappas, owner of Fresh Cut Detroit, during one of her flower foraging excursions and learned a great deal about Detroit's unique and varied collection of wild flora.

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Juice bar unites Grosse Pointe and Detroit kids around healthy food

The border between Grosse Pointe and Detroit is a study in contrasts. One entrepreneur is working to bridge that divide by bringing kids together to learn about healthy food.
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D2D List

Stories from the new economy: D2D business connect

By helping large Detroit institutions and corporations purchase goods and services within the city of Detroit, D2D is creating an environment where all Detroit-based businesses can thrive.

NEIdeas List

Stories from the new economy: NEIdeas, rewarding ideas for business growth

Last week, the New Economy Initiative launched NEIdeas, a challenge that will award $500,000 in prizes to existing businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park.
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