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Paul Riser, director of technology-based entrepreneurship at TechTown

Innovation district has the potential to "supercharge" Detroit's economy

The Brookings Institute has identified areas that contain concentrations of universities, research institutions, and companies as "innovation districts," or places that "supercharge the economy." Many believe Midtown Detroit could be that kind of place -- a nexus of innovative thinking and commercial development for the entire region.

Inaugural Cross Stitch Creative class

College for Creative Studies and Mars Agency collaborate on unique program for design students

The Cross Stitch Creative program gives College for Creative Studies design students first-hand experience in working for and learning from an industry-leading shopper marketing agency. But that's not the end of the story. 

A student skates by CCS's Art Centre dormitory

How WSU and CCS transformed from commuter schools into 24-hour campus communities

By building on-campus housing and improving spaces for students and the public, Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies are quickly losing their reputations as commuter schools and becoming places that are active 24 hours a day.

Chief Holt in WSU's public safety command center

How Midtown became Detroit's safest neighborhood

Collaboration between institutions and law enforcement agencies, led by Chief Anthony Holt and the Wayne State Police, has led to a 52 percent reduction in crime in Midtown since 2008.

Lauren Hood, director of Live6

Adapting the Midtown model to the neighborhoods

The Live6 Initiative is adapting lessons learned from the redevelopment of Midtown, including an anchor institution strategy, while paying close attention to residents and a unique neighborhood context.
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