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NEIdeas challenge returns for second year of grants to Detroit businesses with ideas for growth

The NEIdeas challenge returns on April 16. Last year, 32 existing small businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park won a combined total of over $500,000 in NEIdeas challenge grants.

Detroit Modernism Week kicks off April 16

Starting April 16, Detroit Modernism Week, the first 10-day period "structured around events celebrating the Detroit area's 20th century modernist architecture," will salute Michigan's contributions to the Modern Movement.

Foreign billionaires are on a Detroit real estate buying spree

When it comes to purchasing high-profile real estate in the city of Detroit, Detroit's homegrown billionaires are now facing competition from foreigners with deep pockets.

Is the development craze in Midtown spreading to nearby Milwaukee Junction?

In a longform piece for Bridge Magazine, veteran Detroit journalist Bill McGraw takes a deep look at Milwaukee Junction, an old industrial district that is quickly attracting the interest of local real estate developers.

NPR host Michel Martin to visit Detroit for national radio series

?Longtime National Public Radio personality Michel Martin is coming to Detroit on May 21, when she will lead a panel discussion at the Carr Center about the role of creatives in redefining the city.

Detroit Tigers to become one of five Major League franchises to host LGBT pride night

Four other major league franchises are scheduled to host LGBT pride nights this year: the Oakland A's, the LA Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants, and the Chicago Cubs.

WDET to produce its first podcast, 'The Beginning of the End"

WDET 101.9 FM is joining the podcast craze with "The Beginning of the End," a bi-weekly production hosted by Alex Trajano "featuring people who feel the winds of change blowing (and messing with their lives)."

Slow Roll to require paid memberships in 2015

The Metro Times is reporting that Detroit's favorite weekly bicycle ride, Slow Roll, is requiring its participants to purchase memberships if they want to keep riding with the large group that meets every Monday.

Detroit gets several massive new murals

Is street art becoming a crime in Detroit?

Hell yeah, Hamtramck!

Start making Noel Night plans now

MSNBC drops in on city's green scene

Making it in Detroit

The News: Detroit Soup stays hot

The Urbanist podcasts Detroit

Keep on reimagining Detroit

Like the Broderick Tower? So do we

Detroit has an app for that

Business models with impact

BBC reports: Space for growth in Detroit

Saluting Luis Croquer of MOCAD

One house at a time

The Next Big Thing tickets

Good Girls go to the White House

Is Detroit the new Brooklyn?

Allied Media Conference gives press power to the people

The Allied Media Conference is a four-day long grassroots media training seminar, in which professionals and enthusiasts school each other on everything from graphic design and blogging to performance arts and social justice issues. This year's national conference picked Detroit as Ground Zero for the group's guerrilla education training. It all kicks off June 23 at the McGregor Memorial Hall at Wayne State.

Registration is still open and is on a sliding income scale ($100 is the suggested amount for the four-day conference).


At the AMC, media creation is not only about personal expression, but about transformation of ourselves and the structures of power around us. We create media that exposes, investigates, resists, heals, builds confidence and radical hope, incites dialogue and debate. We demystify technology, not only learning how to use it, but how to take it apart, fix it and build our own.  We do it ourselves and as communities, connecting across geographic and generational boundaries.

Find out more or reserve your spot here.

Video: Why CNN loves the D

Xconomy: Buy stock in Michigan

Oh, and about your ruin porn ...

Whither Robocop?

Carl Craig opens up to UK blog

Detroit greenspaces win big

Is it TIME to shrink this city?

Bye, bye, TIME Magazine

Sugar Hill district takes shape

Looking for a few good mowers

Jazz Fest gets interactive

Fixing Detroit with inches

As Seen on YouTube: Who is BEE Green?

The opposite of 'ruin porn'

Model D seeks editorial intern

As Seen On YouTube: ArtServe Michigan

Tweet of the Week

Rustwire: Detroit will survive

Tweet of the Week

Can Detroit be a tech-hub?

Tweet of the Week: The votes are in

Detroit artists featured on ArtSlant

Tweet of the Week: Trick, Treat, Vote

Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to ... read?

Everywhere you looked this week, tweeters were announcing a Halloween party. From art galleries to film houses to the hangout spot of Curtis Granderson, Detroit tweeters were all pretty happy with their choice of venue.

Wherever you spent your Halloween, one thing is for certain -- Detroit was ready for a party.

@Southloop spent the evening with Detroit Tigers' Curtis Ganderson: Best. Halloween. Ever. Met Curtis Granderson! He was dressed as one of the guys from revenge of the nerds. Got a pic and everthing.

Maybe some hitting advice was exchanged 'cause, Curtis, you need to hit better than .250.

@Unreal_real went to a very spooky spot where its Halloween 365 days a year. Well, at least it seems that way: Theatre Bizarre in Detroit. The greatest Halloween experience in the world

Oh, and there's this other thing that's happening here in the city, besides Halloween. You might have heard of it the election. A few tweeters were into that, too.

@Annaleighclark asked for a little help with her voting card: I have one open slot on my ticket for tomorrow's Detroit city council vote. Who should it go to??

For the record, we don't suggest leaving that one "open slot" at the voting booth up to Twitter. Check out our questionnaire of the candidates, or the many others out there!

@Kapribanks is voting Pugh and reminding everyone when the polls open and close: Vote Charles Pugh for Detroit City Council. the election is tomorrow. Polls open at 7am and close at 8pm.

@JViniece re-tweets some info from Crain's Detroit Business and reminds Detroiters that you gotta get out and vote: RT: @crainsdetroit Detroit election turnout could be up to 25 percent <<please take the time to VOTE TOMORROW people!>>

And, finally, @Buildingsofdet drops this: urges his fellow #Detroit residents to make it out to vote tomorrow. Council by district, City Council and mayoral...

So that's that.

Please, Detroiters, remember to get out and vote. Detroit's chance at change needs YOU.

Keep reading. Keep tweeting. And start voting!

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Compiled by Model D intern Ryan Kelly

Life: Twenty cars that made Detroit

Life looks through the history books for the 20 biggest successes to come out of the Detroit auto industry.


Nearly all the news coming out of Detroit these days is bad, and the constant failures of the American car industry make it easy to forget the good times. On Wikipedia's list of the world's best-selling vehicle nameplates, many brands born in Motown make an impressive showing against their international competitors. In this gallery, we salute the 20 best-selling American cars, ranked in order of all-time sales. Seen here: Ford's Detroit factory in the 1960s.

See the photos and read the piece here.

Forbes looks at downsizing Detroit

Though some believe that Detroit has the ability to repopulate itself, others think that returning to two million people will be impossible and that downsizing is the answer. But how?


Though any plan to downsize Detroit--a city where people now use only half the acreage within its boundaries--would be complicated, expensive, and time-consuming, it would let the city focus its resources, including crime-fighting and redevelopment efforts, where they could do the most good. The first phase in such a plan would involve tearing down abandoned houses and other empty structures that serve as focal points for criminal activity. But that itself is a daunting task. City officials say that it takes an average of $10,000 to demolish an abandoned house, which makes the city's long-term tab potentially north of $700 million. This summer, Detroit used federal grants to start the task, demolishing some 226 abandoned houses in areas near neighborhood schools to reduce criminals' opportunities to prey on schoolchildren.

Downsizing Detroit also presents political obstacles. Officials must identify neighborhoods whose city services would be withdrawn and whose residents would be relocated, a process certain to set off political fireworks. A summer series in a Detroit newspaper quoted some residents of desolate neighborhoods as welcoming such relocation efforts; others vowed to resist.

Read the entire article here.