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Urban Leadership


Without Detroit's urban leaders, the city would not have the richness it has today. Whether it's promoting the ousting of the Nain Rouge or organizing a neighborhood-based futbol league or creating organizations to save Detroit's green spaces, it's all pushed to the forefront by Detroit's array of urban leaders.

Features

Doug McIntosh

10 Years of Change: Remembering Doug McIntosh, Detroit architect and preservation advocate

Doug McIntosh was president of Preservation Wayne (now Preservation Detroit), an early supporter of Model D, a community leader, and a mentor to many. He had a vision for the city.

Linda Smith, director of U-SNAP-Bac

The evolution of community development in Detroit: Three leaders talk about their work.

Many of Detroit's community development corporations, or CDCs, find themselves operating in different conditions today than when they were founded. Model D spoke with the leaders of three longstanding CDCs in different parts of the city to see how their work is evolving.

On the Madison Roof

Photos: Looking back on the Forward Cities Detroit convening

Last month, Forward Cities, a national learning collaborative among four cities undergoing transformation, held a convening in Detroit. 

Urban Innovation

Power to the people: New series to spotlight urban innovators

What do you think of when you hear the words "urban innovation"? Do you think of smart technology and clean energy? Or open data and civic tech? Maybe you think of entrepreneurship or creative placemaking or the future of mobility? It's easy to forget, but all of these have one thing in common: people.

Detroit Riverfront

Four cities come together in Detroit to learn lessons to take home

From June 24-26, over 200 business and community leaders from four cities are gathering in Detroit to discuss how to increase entrepreneurial activity and connectivity in distressed neighborhoods so that the local innovation economy does not leave anyone behind.
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Featured Videos

Fellows List

Detroit Revitalization Fellows hustle harder

In this video, three Detroit Revitalization Fellows talk about their day jobs, which are all focused on improving life in the city, and their extracurricular entrepreneurial activities, which do much the same.

Revolver List

Hamtramck's (revolver) restaurant might just blow your underpants off

A combination supper club and social experiment, (revolver) features a rotating host of chefs that changes each week, from home cooks looking to launch their own concept to seasoned professionals of national note looking to do something different and have a little bit of fun.
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