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Small businesses multiply, crime declines along Jefferson Avenue corridor

A recent article in Crain's Detroit Business details the rapid growth of five neighborhoods extending along Jefferson Avenue, stretching all the way to the Grosse Pointe border.

U.S. cities, Detroit included, are rethinking the alley

A recent article in City Lab explores the way cities, including Detroit, are creatively rethinking use of the alley.

Next High Growth Happy Hour focuses on real estate

There's an opportunity to hear from two fast growing, local real-estate startups at the next High Growth Happy Hour on August 3 in Detroit’s North End neighborhood.

Hatch Art launches fundraiser to save Hamtramck Disneyland

The Hamtramck art collective Hatch Art, using the local crowdfunding platform Patronicity, has launched a fundraiser to help save Hamtramck Disneyland, the famous folk-art site started in the backyard of Ukrainian immigrant Dmytro Szylak.

Article explores overlooked beauty of east riverfront housing

Titled "Strait Outta Downtown," the article profiles apartments and houses in The Jeffersonian, "a 30-story, 410-unit midcentury masterpiece," and the Joseph Berry Subdivision.

Forward Cities nominee discusses scholarship for "mapping the world"

Detroiter Jerry Paffendorf of Loveland Technologies received a scholarship to the Aspen Institute's Ideas Festival earlier this month.

Developers take lead installing public art in downtown Detroit

Public art is fast becoming part of Detroit's redevelopment. According to artist Nicole MacDonald, it's "all about empowerment."

Group seeks to make two streets temporarily car-free

The organization Open Streets is applying for permits to convert stretches of Michigan Avenue and Vernor Highway into exclusively pedestrian and bike streets. 

Cleveland's bus rapid transit system could be a model for Detroit

For those wondering what bus rapid transit might look like in SE Michigan, look to Cleveland, which has had a BRT line since 2008. 

Stroh's to once again be brewed in Detroit

On June 8, Brew Detroit got label approval to brew Stroh's Pilsner, the first time the Detroit-founded company will have its signature beer made here in over 30 years. 

Emerging leaders convene to talk #solutionsjournalism

Metromode convened a group of emerging leaders to help advance solutions journalism on metro Detroit's most pressing issues. Here's what they had to say, and here's your opportunity to weigh in.

Demand still far outstripping supply in Detroit's greater downtown rental market

In an analysis of greater downtown Detroit's rental market, the Detroit Free Press estimates that for 2016, 700 new units are set to open by the end of the summer. And the ones that have already opened are at or near 100 percent capacity. 

Summer program at downtown YMCA teaches teens about media arts

The Y Media Works Summer Institute gives campers the opportunity to learn from local media talent and produce their own film ideas.

City of Detroit to offer municipal IDs by end of 2017

While not a replacement for a driver's license, municipal IDs will increase access to services for all Detroiters.

Unique program offers grants for "narrative shifting" Detroit video projects

The Detroit Narrative Agency will give up to 12 grants for moving image projects for Detroiters telling their story. 

Detroit Ento to host five-course dinner featuring edible insects

Insects are a high-protein food source. But most are averse to trying them. To raise awareness about their potential, Detroit Ento, in collaboration with Salt and Cedar, is hosting "Detroit's first edible insect culinary event."

Big Ideas+Small Projects wants you to present your small-scale project

Countless small projects take place in Detroit every day -- projects that don't get much fanfare outside the community, neighborhood, or even block in which they have an impact. If you've worked on something small but special in the last year, we'd like to hear from you.


Final year of NEI's challenge to grant local businesses a total of $500K

On April 20, the New Economy Initiative kicked-off the third and final year of the NEIdeas challenge, "a two-tiered challenge awarding $500,000 to existing small businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park for their ideas to grow."

Week of events celebrating and supporting Detroit entrepreneurs starts May 2

Detroit Entrepreneur Week (DEW) is a 6-day festival that takes place across three Detroit neighborhoods through events, workshops and seminars.

Emerging leaders: Help us tell the story of metro Detroit

Are you an emerging leader in metro Detroit with big ideas about how to make the region better? If so, apply now to join our editorial advisory board in partnership with Metro Matters.


Biking institution celebrates coming of spring with annual open house

Back Alley Bikes and the Hub of Detroit will have an open house and garage sale on April 23 to raise awareness for their programs and services, and usher in another biking season.

Detroit Tigers experience explosive financial growth

Though better broadcast rights deals and steady attendance, The Detroit Tigers have grown 300 percent in the last decade.

U.S. Census Bureau says metro Detroit grew in 2015

As recently as 2009, metro Detroit experienced the largest population losses in the country. In 2015, the region grew, albeit modestly.

Knight Arts Challenge Detroit accepting submissions now through May 2

The Knight Foundation Arts Challenge begins its fourth year of awarding artists grants for engaging Detroit through the arts. 


Third annual Freep Film Festival kicks off

The film festival that showcases documentary film relevant to Detroit and Michigan is building on past success.

Community space hosts small scale development "walk and talk" in downtown Hamtramck

Bank Suey, a bank branch turned Chinese take-out turned community space, will facilitate a tour of Joseph Campau given by an expert in small-scale development.

New data suggest that metro Detroit's 'brain drain' is over

According to new research from the Brookings Institution, metro Detroit leads the nation in retention of graduates of local colleges and universities.

Detroit's SXSW? Corktown Strut festival has bold ambitions

A large-scale music festival is coming to Corktown in July.

Electronic music legends Kraftwerk to headline 2016 Movement festival

Kraftwerk has never played Movement, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer, though they've performed in Detroit sporadically over the last 35 years.

Enjoy vintage video games and cocktails at Michigan Science Center After Dark

The Michigan Science Center invites adults 21 and over to play vintage video games at its monthly happy hour, MiSci After Dark, on Jan. 21.

Motor City Muckraker shifts focus to education in 2016

Last year, Motor City Muckraker's Steve Neavling focused his attention on the struggles of the Detroit Fire Department to great effect. This year he's turning his attention to education in Detroit.

Fort Street drawbridge over Rouge River reopens

After being closed for 2.5 years while receiving $46 million in repairs, the Fort Street drawbridge over the Rouge River is once again open to traffic.

Free Press talks to 50 Detroiters about the state of their city

In a sprawling, must-read series of 50 profiles, the Detroit Free Press did something news media often neglect to do when trying to make sense Detroit's many challenges: it talked to residents.

MiSci After Dark, the thinking person's happy hour, comes to Michigan Science Center

On the third Thursday of every month, MiSci is hosting After Dark, a happy hour that allows adults to experience the museum after hours while enjoying adult beverages.

The insidious setback to recovery in Detroit's neighborhoods

Detroit journalist Anna Clark digs deep into how the mortgage industry is holding back home sales and neighborhood recovery efforts in Detroit.

Ron Scott, Detroit peace activist, dead at 68

Ron Scott, a founding member of the Detroit chapter of the Black Panther Party and, later, the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 29, after a battle with cancer.

Washington Post examines 'unconventional' fixes for Detroit's unconventional housing market

The Washington Post asks, "[How do you] restore a functional housing market in a city in which neighborhoods are disappearing, banks aren’t lending and property values are among the lowest in the nation?"

How to do Small Business Saturday the easy way

Shop Detroit is taking the stress out of holiday shopping by offering free shuttles to Detroit's retail districts on Saturday, Nov. 28.

'Give grass a chance,' says Navin Field Grounds Crew about Tiger Stadium site

A public forum on the future of Navin Field, the former site of Tiger Stadium, is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Detroit Experience Series returns with Oct. 24 tour of northwest Detroit

The Detroit Experience Series returns this Saturday with a tour of northwest Detroit.

Grace Lee Boggs, Detroit activist and philosopher, dies at 100

Ms. Boggs was known for her work in the civil rights, labor, and black power movements. She inspired generations of leaders in the world of social justice activism.

Knight Cities Challenge returns, wants your ideas to help Detroit succeed

Last year, five winners from Detroit received Knight Cities Challenge grants. Applications for this year's challenge are open until Oct. 27.

What will Detroit look like in the next 25-50 years?

If we think of the city as a platform, how can we make sure Detroit is ready for the next 25 or 50 years and beyond? A panel will discuss this and more at Bamboo Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 5:30 p.m.

Stunning short film showcases design in Detroit

Clocking in at just under 4 minutes, Stephen McGee's "Detroit: City of Design" depicts the city's architecture, people, and products in stunning detail.

NAACP branch in the works for the Grosse Pointes

A group of residents hopes to make the Grosse Pointes more welcoming to people of color by establishing a local chapter of the NAACP.

Get down with Banglatown at Oct. 3 block party

The cultural richness of Detroit's Banglatown neighborhood will be on display Saturday, Oct. 3, during the Banglatown Block Party.

What new Census data reveal about demographic changes in Detroit

Last Wednesday, the U.S. Census released new data that tell us a lot about demographic trends in the city of Detroit.

Slows Bar B Q turns 10

Model D's not the only Detroit institution celebrating its 10th birthday this year. Corktown's Slows Bar B Q turns 10 on Wednesday, September 16, and you're invited to celebrate.

Parking enforcement ramps up this week

Starting Tuesday, the free ride (er, park) is over, and "parking enforcement officers…will resume writing tickets citywide for violators of Detroit’s new parking regulations," reports the Detroit News.

Did someone just write the first honest review of Detroit's food scene?

There's no denying it: Detroit's food scene is growing like a pubescent adolescent. New spots are popping up every week, and there's more delicious food being served in the city than there has been in quite some time. It is important, however, to keep some perspective.

Free Press explores Detroit's top 35 street art pieces

Detroit is a street artist Mecca. Check out why in an amazing feature from the Detroit Free Press.

Write a House, Detroit's permanent writer's residency, announces 10 finalists

Last year, Write a House renovated a vacant house it had purchased at the Wayne County tax foreclosure auction, then gave it away to a poet -- for free. This year, Write a House will give a second formerly vacant house away to another worthy writer.

Job sprawl a major problem for Detroit residents

On the whole, Detroit has approximately 200 jobs per 1,000 residents, which is significantly worse than other cities, even those also located in the Rust Belt.

Lafayette Park receives National Historic Landmark status

The largest collection of buildings by famed German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is located in Detroit's Lafayette Park neighborhood just east of downtown.

Detroit rolls out new parking technology, new rates for some areas

Over the next two weeks, the city will be rolling out its new parking system, ParkDetroit, by installing new meters throughout the city.

18th annual tour of Detroit gardens and farms to showcase city as capital of urban ag

Detroit is home to over 1,400 urban gardens and farms. Tour a selection of them on August 5.

Sick of potholes, Hamtramckans take to the streets with shovels and cold patch

In Hamtramck, a group of residents fed up with the status quo have decided to take matters – and shovels – into their own hands to improve road conditions in their community.

Urban Bean Co., a Capitol Park stalwart, looks for help to modernize equipment

As new businesses move into Capitol Park, the Urban Bean Co. is hoping to secure a crowd-funded, interest free Kiva Zip loan of $5,000 to modernize its equipment and remain competitive with national chains.

Can Greece learn from Detroit's example?

While some publications are comparing Detroit to Brooklyn, CityLab sees a similarity between Detroit and Greece, the most financially distressed member or the Eurozone.

RIP Park Avenue Hotel, 1924-2015

Watch 91 years of history implode in seconds.

YouthfulCities seeks Detroit research fellow

To help create its latest index of youth-friendly cities, YouthfulCities is hiring research fellows in cities around the world, including Detroit.

Fortune Magazine highlights growth of black women-owned businesses in Detroit

Black women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the country, and Detroiters are helping drive this trend.

WDET asks Detroit residents to collect data on local parks

Volunteer monitors can visit a local park or greenway, observe what's happening, and report back by filling out a survey on your smartphone or tablet. 

What if metro Detroit public officials strictly rode transit for three weeks straight?

Imagine a city or region where public officials actually understand the importance of transit because they ride it every day.

ESPN digs into the origins and beauty of Detroit's singular sport, feather bowling

In a beautifully written longform piece for ESPN, writer Chris Koentges digs into the idiosyncratic traditions kept alive on the east side of Detroit through the sport of feather bowling.

70 Knight Arts Challenge finalists anounced

On June 15, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced the 70 finalists it is considering for 2015 Knight Arts Challenge grants in Detroit. Over 1,000 ideas were submitted to the challenge.

Ponyride seeks artists for new residency programs

Corktown's Ponyride is many things – a co-working space, a business incubator, a production space for social enterprises, and a carpentry workshop, to name a few. This summer, you can add artist residency program to the list.

Model D talks about re-imagining I-375 on Michigan Radio

Last week, Model D editor Matthew Lewis and contributor Beth Szurpicki appeared on Michigan Radio's Stateside program to discuss the possibility of re-imagining I-375, America's shortest signed Interstate that runs through the near east side of downtown Detroit.

Could city ID cards make Detroit more inclusive?

The thinking goes that city IDs help people who have difficulty presenting documents typically required for obtaining state IDs, namely undocumented immigrants, the recently incarcerated, and homeless people. More recently, however, city ID cards have become ways for municipalities to express gender sensitivity to their residents.

Celebrate the 100th birthday of legendary Detroit activist and philosopher, Grace Lee Boggs

For the last 75 years, Grace Lee Boggs has been a leader in the labor, black power, and civil rights movements in the city and beyond, influencing generations of activists along the way. Celebrate her 100th birthday with a party on June 26 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Midtown.

We're hiring!

Looking for some extra work, or know someone fabulous who is? Issue Media Group, Model D's parent company, is hiring a program manager to assist with the delivery of a few strategic custom content and underwriting programs. 

Small business in Detroit: a romantic notion, but no picnic

In a recent feature for the Detroit Free Press, John Gallagher reminds us that "it takes more than a clever idea or catchy product to make a go of a small business in Detroit."

Deadline to apply for $10k NEIdeas small business challenge grants is June 4

Last year, the New Economy Initiative and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation teamed up to award 32 existing small businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park a combined total of over $500,000 for their ideas for growth. This year, a whole new group of time-tested Detroit businesses will receive NEIdeas challenge grants. The deadline to apply is June 4.

New Center Park's summer series returns with movies, music, 'Macbeth,' and more

New Center Park's summer season kicks off on Wednesday, June 3, with a screening of local film "Detroit Unleaded" in conjunction with the Cinetopia International Film Festival.

Tour homes in two of Detroit's most iconic historic neighborhoods, Corktown and Palmer Woods

This summer, historic homes in two of Detroit's most iconic neighborhoods, Palmer Woods and Corktown, will open to the public thanks to a concert series and a home and garden tour.


Neighborhood Exchange, a new resource for Detroit communities, launches Thursday

Key features of Neighborhood Exchange will include monthly features highlighting achievements in Detroit's neighborhoods, an events calendar of community happenings and volunteer opportunities throughout Detroit, a directory of neighborhood resources, and a discussion board for neighborhood issues.

Detroit to be featured on Esquire TV's "Best Bars in America"

The Detroit episode of "The Best Bars in America" will air at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, and feature a number of Detroit's favorite drinking establishments.


Write a House begins second chapter of literary neighborhood development

For a second year, Write a House will be giving away a home in Detroit to a worthy writer.

Acclaimed director Werner Herzog makes short film about Corktown's Ponyride for American Express

Herzog has turned his lens on Detroit for a hybrid commercial for American Express and documentary about the community that has developed inside of Corktown's Ponyride.

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







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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).

Excerpt:

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














































































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Jazz Fest gets interactive