BizGrid Live! will take place on November 2 at Eastern Market and feature networking, a happy hour, and the opportunity for service providers and entrepreneurs to connect.
Two Detroit startups are leading the way and the conversation at our next High Growth Happy Hour on Tuesday, October 25th in Midtown at Traffic Jam & Snug.
The Live6 Alliance hosted a meeting on Oct. 12, bringing together longtime residents, business owners, and property owners along the 6 Mile and Livernois corridor to discuss the future of their neighborhoods.
The Senate Theater on Michigan Avenue, home to one of the largest Wurlitzer organs in the world, hopes to raise $150,000 in a GoFundMe campaign.
The Salute! Awards, which takes place on October 13 at TechTown, will recognize standout entrepreneurs.
?Living Arts, an organization that supports youth arts programming and does a lot of work with Southwest Detroit's Mexican-American community, will be holding an event on October 29 to honor the Dia de los Muertos.
These won't be typical developments—both will be upwards of 60 units, 20 percent of which will be dedicated to low-income housing.
Rocket Fiber co-founder Marc Hudson will be speaking at the next High Growth Happy Hour event. To encourage this sort of growth from other ventures, Hudson has shared five of his tips for growing an innovative startup in the city.
Hosted by the Detroit Sound Conservancy, the 3rd Annual Music Conference will convene people integral to music preservation for the purpose of discussing how to harness Detroit's musical legacy.
In one of the more surprising stories about redevelopment in a city full of them, the Book Tower and Book Building will get an estimated $400 million worth of restoration, according to a recent Crain's Detroit Business article.
Bike!Bike!, an international conference for bike enthusiasts, will be hosted by The Hub of Detroit with an expected attendance around 300.
The northwest Detroit neighborhood has seen a lot of disinvestment in recent years. While that's been devastating, it's also what made it eligible to receive a $4 million grant from the "Reimagining Civic Commons" initiative.
Neinas Elementary School needs funding to complete their goal of redesigning land that was once three abandoned buildings.
Conditions are just right nationally and in Detroit for a startup boom, according to a Detroit Free Press article. And that's exactly what we're seeing.
Since closing in 1988, the Vanity Ballroom has been nearly scrapped bare. But east side developers are hopeful they can revive the art deco beauty.
An article earlier this month in the Chicago Tribune identifies Michigan as the top hop producer in the Midwest with over 800 acres dedicated to the crop.
A recent article in the Detroit News details the increase in minority owned businesses downtown. But a few caveats remain.
According to the Detroit News, a new "pink zone" pilot program, meant to ease zoning restrictions, could be on the way next summer.
Detroit is teaching Silicon Valley a thing or two about technology in the arena it knows best: cars.
The Kresge Foundation released its "Detroit Reinvestment Index," which gathered data on what national business leaders think about Detroit.
Every year, the 8-week Summer in the City
program culminates in a celebration and mural painting. This year, they've chosen to adorn the Adams Butzel Recreation Complex in northwest Detroit with a hockey-themed mural.
A prominent columnist at the Detroit Free Press and the paper's editorial board have come out staunchly against recent efforts to scuttle regional transit by suburban county executives.
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.
A recent article in City Lab explores the way cities, including Detroit, are creatively rethinking use of the alley.
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.
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.
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.
Detroiter Jerry Paffendorf of Loveland Technologies received a scholarship to the Aspen Institute's Ideas Festival earlier this month.
Public art is fast becoming part of Detroit's redevelopment. According to artist Nicole MacDonald, it's "all about empowerment."
The organization Open Streets is applying for permits to convert stretches of Michigan Avenue and Vernor Highway into exclusively pedestrian and bike streets.
For those wondering what bus rapid transit might look like in SE Michigan, look to Cleveland, which has had a BRT line since 2008.
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.
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.
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.
The Y Media Works Summer Institute gives campers the opportunity to learn from local media talent and produce their own film ideas.
While not a replacement for a driver's license, municipal IDs will increase access to services for all Detroiters.
The Detroit Narrative Agency will give up to 12 grants for moving image projects for Detroiters telling their story.
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."
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.
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."
Detroit Entrepreneur Week (DEW) is a 6-day festival that takes place across three Detroit neighborhoods through events, workshops and seminars.
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.
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.
Though better broadcast rights deals and steady attendance, The Detroit Tigers have grown 300 percent in the last decade.
As recently as 2009, metro Detroit experienced the largest population losses in the country. In 2015, the region grew, albeit modestly.
The Knight Foundation Arts Challenge begins its fourth year of awarding artists grants for engaging Detroit through the arts.
The film festival that showcases documentary film relevant to Detroit and Michigan is building on past success.
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.
According to new research from the Brookings Institution, metro Detroit leads the nation in retention of graduates of local colleges and universities.
A large-scale music festival is coming to Corktown in July.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Detroit journalist Anna Clark digs deep into how the mortgage industry is holding back home sales and neighborhood recovery efforts in Detroit.
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.
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?"
Shop Detroit is taking the stress out of holiday shopping by offering free shuttles to Detroit's retail districts on Saturday, Nov. 28.
A public forum on the future of Navin Field, the former site of Tiger Stadium, is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28.
The Detroit Experience Series returns this Saturday with a tour of northwest Detroit.
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.
Last year, five winners from Detroit received Knight Cities Challenge grants. Applications for this year's challenge are open until Oct. 27.
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.
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.
A group of residents hopes to make the Grosse Pointes more welcoming to people of color by establishing a local chapter of the NAACP.
The cultural richness of Detroit's Banglatown neighborhood will be on display Saturday, Oct. 3, during the Banglatown Block Party.
Last Wednesday, the U.S. Census released new data that tell us a lot about demographic trends in the city of Detroit.
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.
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
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.
Detroit is a street artist Mecca. Check out why in an amazing feature from the Detroit Free Press.
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.
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.
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.
Over the next two weeks, the city will be rolling out its new parking system, ParkDetroit, by installing new meters throughout the city.
Detroit is home to over 1,400 urban gardens and farms. Tour a selection of them on August 5.
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.
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.
While some publications are comparing Detroit to Brooklyn, CityLab sees a similarity between Detroit and Greece, the most financially distressed member or the Eurozone.
Watch 91 years of history implode in seconds.
To help create its latest index of youth-friendly cities, YouthfulCities is hiring research fellows in cities around the world, including Detroit.
Black women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the country, and Detroiters are helping drive this trend.
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.
Imagine a city or region where public officials actually understand the importance of transit because they ride it every day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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 season kicks off on Wednesday, June 3, with a screening of local film "Detroit Unleaded" in conjunction with the Cinetopia International Film Festival.
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.
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.
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.
For a second year, Write a House will be giving away a home in Detroit to a worthy writer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
?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.
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 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)."
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.
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