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Feature StoryClinicians work on a patient at Cherry Health.

One million Michiganders have little or no dental care access. Here's how we can change that.

A variety of organizations across the state are working to connect people to oral care they otherwise might never get, and they're innovating to continue improving oral health access in the future.

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What's next for Mt. Pleasant? Stay connected with IMG's newest pub, 'Epicenter'

There are plenty of great things happening in Mt. Pleasant and its neighboring communities. We think it’s time people heard more about them.

Feature StoryToyia Watts, president of the Charlevoix Villages Association

The people's voice: Detroit community organizations push for equitable development

Concerned about displacement and access to jobs, many Detroit citizens are offering their own vision of the city where everyone can participate in and benefit from the development taking place.

Feature StorySign for the mountain bike trail in Rouge Park

Voices of Cody Rouge: The caretakers of Rouge Park, Detroit's biggest and most forgotten park

Recent efforts from the city and local devotees could open a new chapter for the park and establish a solid identity for a space that has perhaps been an afterthought in the city's development.

Feature StoryRiders on the Dequindre Cut

Detroit earns CityHealth gold medal for its "Complete Streets" policies

We asked Todd Scott, executive director of Detroit Greenways Coalition, about the award and its impact on Detroit children and families. 

Feature StoryRaphael Wright and Megan Burritt

Two Detroit residents, one lifelong and one new, look to start small-scale neighborhood grocery

Raphael Wright and Megan Burritt founded Neighborhood Grocery, a small-scale grocery with a hyper-local focus, which they hope will create jobs and contribute to community wealth.

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Detroit students 'making mistakes' will get a second chance as district opens new alternative school

Located on the site of the former Catherine Ferguson Academy, the new school is part of a broader effort overhaul discipline in the district, which meted out 16,000 suspensions last year. 

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City of Detroit receives $500,000 grant to preserve home of Dr. Ossian Sweet

The grant will pay for the cost of preserving and interpreting a space in the Sweet house that will be open to the public for scheduled visits, and rehabilitating two additional properties across Garland Street.

Feature StoryMetroCAD is an annual gathering for industry research presentation.

New Wayne State lab uses autonomous vehicle tech to develop innovative computing solutions

Computer scientists at Detroit’s Wayne State University have established an innovation lab to research and implement edge computing solutions for connected and autonomous vehicle technology. What's it all about?

Feature StoryKids and providers at Child Star Development Center

Voices of Cody Rouge: Chris Uhl of IFF on the importance of early childhood education

We spoke with Chris Uhl, executive director-eastern region for IFF, about how investing in quality early childhood education in neighborhoods like Cody Rouge will be key to Detroit's continued resurgence.

Feature StoryPamela Lewis

Q&A: Pam Lewis on why the New Economy Initiative created a neighborhood-based fellowship

The New Economy Initiative's recently announced Detroit Innovation Fellowship will provide 12 Detroiters involved with nine projects a $10,000 stipend and professional development. We spoke with NEI's director to learn more about it. 

Feature StoryGeamill Gibson and her son buy produce using a doctor's prescription at the Flint Farmers Market.

Prescriptions for nutrition: How culinary medicine is advancing health equity in Michigan

For many people, it's not always easy to find and buy fresh food. Culinary medicine initiatives aim to address that by increasing access to healthy food and building awareness of the importance of nutrition.

Feature StoryErica Hill, manager of the 10,000 UP Program

Climate change is coming to Michigan. How are experts preparing our state?

Potential solutions currently being explored include installing rain gardens and porous surfaces, planting trees and constructing more white roofs, and building sustainable energy sources into our power supply.

BuzzBozoma Saint John of Uber speaks at AfroTech in 2017

Major west coast tech conference focusing on African-American entrepreneurship comes to Detroit

AfroTech Detroit will bring together local and national technology leaders for workshops and panel discussions on a variety of topics related to black entrepreneurship in tech.

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New tour takes riders through Detroit in a 1920s Ford Model A

Antique Touring gives riders the opportunity to be a passenger in a Ford Model A by taking them on a two-hour tour around Milwaukee Junction and Belle Isle.

Feature StoryEquitable Development Series

Join us for "Developer Margins," the first event in our Equitable Development Speaker Series

As part of Model D's Equitable Development Speaker Series, we'll be co-hosting four speaker events. The first on August 14 is on developer margins. 

Feature StoryDr. Steven Lipschultz

VIDEO: Michigan researchers innovate to end childhood disease

Here in Michigan, researchers are working to find cures for childhood illnesses, including leukemia and other forms of cancer. And they are using innovative methods to do so. 

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Outdoor jobs cultivate Detroit's next generation of environmental stewards

Greening of Detroit’s Green Corps employs Detroit high schoolers, ages 14 to 18, to keep the organization’s trees growing;, it also fosters good environmental citizens.

Feature StoryFashion show at Light Up Livernois - photo by Desmond Love

Livernois festivals highlight Detroit corridor's re-emergence

The next few months promise to be a lively time along Livernois. Not only is summer in full swing, but there's a trio of events and festivals slated for the Detroit corridor that are sure to be a good time for residents and visitors alike.

Feature StoryMaurice Cox, planning director for the city of Detroit

Planning Talks: Maurice Cox's vision for Detroit neighborhoods

For the next few months, Model D will sit down with Maurice Cox, the city of Detroit's Planning Director, to talk about the work of his department. This month, we spoke about the neighborhood planning process.

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