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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








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MSNBC drops in on city's green scene






















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The News: Detroit Soup stays hot





















































































The Urbanist podcasts Detroit



























































































































Keep on reimagining Detroit
























Like the Broderick Tower? So do we
















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BBC reports: Space for growth in Detroit






































Saluting Luis Croquer of MOCAD







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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).

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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.





















































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Detroit greenspaces win big





















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Fixing Detroit with inches



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Model D seeks editorial intern





As Seen On YouTube: ArtServe Michigan



















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Tweet of the Week: The votes are in









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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!

Follow Model D on Twitter here.

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.

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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?

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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.

As seen on YouTube: 'Lost in Detroit: An Influence Against False Perceptions'

Is Detroit lost or just finding itself? In this week's As Seen On YouTube, we have a video that attempts to answer that questions. And, if we says so, does a pretty decent job.



'Grown in Detroit' documentary earns praise

Tiny Mix Tapes -- a culture, news and reviews site -- takes a look at the Detrot-based documentary "Grown in Detroit."

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Perhaps the most hopeful part of Grown in Detroit is the womens' insistence on continuing to garden and grow their own food after graduation. The care and respect shown to these vulnerable young women by everyone at the school is a testament to the goodwill and charity of which humans are thankfully still capable. But when all is said and done, it is the unabashed realism of the faculty and staff of the Catherine Ferguson Academy for Young Women that convinces us of the integrity of their good intentions. The Poppenks have made a truly remarkable documentary about a story of real, honest-to-goodness hope in one of the most unlikely places.

Read the entire article here.

NPR: Artists plan to encase vacant Detroit home in ice

Two artists -- one a former Hamtramck resident -- plan to encase a vacant house in ice.

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A photographer and an architect plan to freeze one of Detroit's thousands of abandoned homes this winter, encasing it in ice to draw attention to foreclosures that have battered the region.

The project from Gregory Holm and Matthew Radune, dubbed Ice House Detroit, is the latest example of the remnants of Detroit's population loss and industrial decline serving as both artistic inspiration and canvas.

"I've been really fascinated by the whole mythology of Detroit and the structures and what they represent," said Holm, who grew up on the city's east side and lived in the suburb of Hamtramck from 1997 until moving to New York City four years ago.

Read the entire article here.

Kresge Arts in Detroit applications now available

The Kresge Artists Fellowship applications are now available.

For more information go here.The Kresge Artists Fellowship applications are now available. Emerging or established artists in Metro Detroit can now apply for one of 18 $25,000 fellowships administered by the College for Creative Studies.

For more information go here.

More than 27,000 dined during Detroit Restaurant Week

Detroit's first ever Restaurant Week was a success, bringing in an estimated 27,000 restaurant-goers.

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Organizers of the first Detroit Restaurant Week reported today that the 10-day promotion drew more than 27,000 visitors to the city's fine dining establishments and 64 percent of those participated in the special three-course dinner menu.

"We were confident that this type of promotion would be embraced by the community but the response it received surpassed our expectations for a first year event," Jason Huvaere, president of Paxahau Promotions Group, said in a press release.

Read the entire article here.