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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.

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Claire Nelson List

The glorious potential of cities; or, How eight square blocks can change the world

"The city is essential. The potential is glorious. And eight square blocks can change the world," writes Claire Nelson, director of Urban Innovation Exchange.

GRDC list

After 25 years, Grandmont Rosedale provides a template for community development

For a quarter century, Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation has worked towards its mission of preserving and improving the Grandmont Rosedale neighborhoods. Its efforts are bearing fruit.

Curtis Lipscomb List

Building a better future for Detroit's black LGBTQ community

Since 1994,  KICK! and its founder and executive director Curtis Lipscomb have filled a unique role in local LGBTQ advocacy efforts by focusing on the intersection of LGBTQ and African American identity.

Global Shapers list

Global Shapers re-shapes visitors' perceptions of Detroit

Many attending SHAPE North America 2014 came to the Detroit thinking about cars and bankruptcy. They left with a whole new respect and admiration for the city.

Chad Rochkind List

The prospect of "alter-urbanism": Chad Rochkind and Urban Social Assembly

Chad Rochkind leads Urban Social Assembly, an organization that works to empower entrepreneurs and social innovators in the city of Detroit. Danny Fenster of Urban Innovation Exchange has this profile.
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