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Feature StoryPure Detroit's flagship store in the Fisher Building

Pure Detroit turns 20: How simply loving Detroit has been the key to this shop's success

Pure Detroit opened its first shop 20 years ago on Thanksgiving Day. Today, the company that bills itself as "Detroit’s Original Culture Shop" is a collection of six locations in landmark buildings around Detroit selling merchandise and experiences that celebrate the city. 

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Connecting customers with local farm fresh food is the job of the Michigan food hub

In Michigan, food hubs increase consumer access to fresh produce, and help farmers build a sustainable business model. While they all have similar goals, no two food hubs are alike. We found out why.


Feature StoryDaniel Washington, founder of Original Creativity

This young entrepreneur and lifelong resident of NW Goldberg is modeling neighborhood resilience

Daniel Washington, 25, founded Original Creativity in 2017 to help revitalize his home neighborhood of NW Goldberg, an area that's been heavily disinvested over the years but sees change from development on the horizon. 

Feature StoryArthur Jemison speaks at our "Understanding Gentrification in Detroit" panel

4 key takeaways from our Equitable Development speaker series

While there was so much content to choose from and so many insightful moments throughout, here are some of the most important takeaways from our four Equitable Development panels.

BuzzA rally in Hamtramck

Documentary about Democracy in Hamtramck looks to raise money

The documentary, which followed the mayoral candidates throughout their campaigns, is looking to raise $55,000 by Jan. 31.

Feature StoryJuan Shannon, founder of Parker Village

This hip-hop entrepreneur is hoping to build a smart village in his hometown of Highland Park

Juan Shannon is in the process of turning the grounds of Thompson Elementary School — abandoned for two decades — into Parker Village, a $5 million smart neighborhood and urban farming operation.

Feature StoryTrumbull & Porter Hotel

Tourism is up in Detroit. What does that mean for the city's economy?

The number of visitors, guests in hotels, and conventions held in Detroit are all way up in the last few years. We explore what kinds of effects will this have on the city.

Feature StoryWilliam Butler is prepared to get his blood drawn at HUDA by his nurse, Val Gamble. Butler has been coming to HUDA for his health care needs since he lost his health insurance four years ago.

How once-vacant sites are becoming hubs for health equity in Michigan

Marginalized Michigan residents are finding health services in easily accessible neighborhood locations, and formerly defunct buildings are becoming bright spots on their blocks.

Feature StoryMyungju Hillary, director of the Detroit Zen Center

After "epic" flood, Detroit Zen Center looks to be a model for stormwater management

After a 2014 flood destroyed the center's food business, it decided to install a green roof. In addition to absorbing 10,000 gallons of rainwater, the roof will act as a model for an area that has had chronic issues with stormwater management. 

Development NewsMonger's Provisions new Detroit location

Ferndale chocolate and cheese shop opens second location in Midtown

Mongers' Provisions will celebrate its grand opening on Cass Avenue in Midtown on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Feature StoryEzekiel Harris

Why place-based, non-profit developers matter now more than ever in Detroit

Centering the voices and concerns of residents is often an essential component of community development corporations, or CDCs. And this mission is becoming more important as Detroit transforms rapidly with development.

Feature StoryMorris Porter adjusts the levels

This scrappy community station is rewriting the rules of Detroit radio

For the past year, 96.7 WNUC, a low power FM radio station located in Detroit's North End, has been designing programs by and for Detroit residents.

Feature StorySalvador Enriquez

Three generations of family contribute to success of butcher shop in southwest Detroit

A few years ago, Salvador Enriquez nearly closed down his business, Carniceria Guadalajara. But his daughter saw the potential for growth and convinced the Mexican immigrant to expand his butcher shop instead.

Feature StoryJoe Dudek, employee at Quicken Loans, and his daughter Jillian

How Detroit businesses and institutions are contributing to employee welfare with on-site childcare

Childcare located right at the workplace may be the ultimate convenience for working parents. And it's also something that businesses and institutions in Detroit have recently been adding to improve the wellbeing of their employees. 

Development NewsSt. Rita Apartments

Apartments for veterans in North End nears completion, launches holiday fundraising campaign

As renovations continue on the historic Saint Rita Apartments, Central City Integrated Health, the organization behind the redevelopment, has launched a holiday giving campaign to help furnish the apartments for the building's future residents.

BuzzTools for the E. Warren Tool Library

Community group looks to start tool library on far east side

A crowdfunding campaign was launched to raise funds for the E. Warren Tool Library. Money will go towards purchasing tools, securing the building, and building out the space.

Feature StoryKevin Mull is director of connected mobility solutions at Bosch.

Why collaboration is critical in the era of mobility

A new collaborative framework is emerging, and legacy companies are partnering with mobility startups or buying them outright. How will Detroit's ethos of collaboration speed mobility to the market?


Feature StoryBefore a session of Street Outreach Court Detroit at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in October - courtesy of Street Democracy

Detroit homeless court changes lives for its defendants

At Street Outreach Court Detroit, around 20 homeless or at-risk-of homelessness individuals get civil infractions and misdemeanors resolved, as well as waiving most fines and fees associated with those charges.

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Michigan's mobile markets deliver healthy food and build community

By rethinking typical ways of accessing food, communities are bridging the gap between the farm and the plate. We explore how mobile markets can positively impact health while building connections between neighbors.

Special ReportTraffic engineer Adam Merchant and John Abraham, Macomb County Director of Traffic & Roads

How Southeast Michigan municipalities are building the road infrastructure of the future

While automated vehicles themselves may dominate the discussion, smart infrastructure will be just as important to make this technology work. Fortunately, Southeast Michigan is making great strides in implementing this new infrastructure.

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