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Model D and Issue Media group join Michigan Press Association

IMG's membership will more than double the number of online-only news organizations accepted into the 150-year-old organization.

Feature StoryRober B. Smith, CEO of GM, and Detroit Mayor Colman Young at the groundbreaking ceremony for GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly

After the closing of GM's Detroit plant, what lessons can be learned?

In the 1980s, the city of Detroit used eminent domain to clear a large swath of the Poletown neighborhood for GM to build a new assembly plant. Late last year, it closed. The saga requires us to to ask how Detroiters can make sure big development deals of the future are fair. 

Feature StorySenior Pastor Terrance J. Rollerson and Pamela Pangborn, executive Pastor at Hope Community Church

The Audacity of Hope: How Hope Church in Jefferson Chalmers aims to right past wrongs

18 years ago, after preaches on racial reconciliation at their previous location were poorly received, Hope Community Church moved to Jefferson Chalmers. The consequences of that move imbues the church's philosophy to this day.

Feature StoryKelly Vallelunga's Long Valley Farm serves the communities of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

Michigan hoophouse program benefits farmers, families, and markets

Low-tech by design, the simple hoophouse helps extend the farmer’s growing season. Learn how one Michigan program supports hoophouse farms so growers can stock markets, schools, and institutions with farm-fresh food year round.

Feature StoryThe Hamtramck School Based Health Center.

As Michigan immigrants struggle to get healthcare, nonprofits fill the gaps

Understanding the healthcare system can be difficult for many who grew up in the United States speaking English. But for immigrants, challenges to receiving and understanding good care are exponentially greater.

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City of Detroit unveils plans to revamp 7 neighborhood corridors

Construction on these initial seven designs are expected to begin this spring and be completed in 2020. A request for proposals will be released later this month. 

Feature StoryImmaculata High School, closed in 1984, will be renovated to house the new high school in Fall 2020

Inside Marygrove College's new direction: How it was saved and where it's going

After years of financial challenges, Marygrove recently embarked on a new direction, embracing a cradle-to-career approach to education. But this reinvention wouldn't have been possible without a number of local partners. 

Feature StoryJuan Carlos Dueweke-Perez

This DACAmented entrepreneur uses his immigrant experience to uplift minority businesses

Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez started Featherstone Moments, a marketing company, to close the gap in minority business ownership by helping people of color attain resources and capital.

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These programs are demonstrating that Michigan food is the ultimate Rx for good health

Programs in Deroit, Traverse City, and Grand Rapids increase access to farm fresh food so every community can reap the benefits of excellent health.

Development NewsMyrtle Thompson, center, Program Director and Co-Founder of Feedum Freedom, and Mikel Bresee, right center, pose with community members in front of a pavilion being built as part of the Fox Creek Artscape

Placekeeping, not placemaking: Fox Creek Artscape nears completion in Jefferson Chalmers

A partnership between a number of community organizations, Fox Creek Artscape will feature a pavilion for community meetings and gatherings, a street-side fruit stand, public art space, extensive landscaping, and more.

BuzzJoe Dudek, employee at Quicken Loans, and his daughter Jillian

Picking a school in Detroit just got a little bit easier

Detroit parents wondering how their child's school is doing now have even more information at their fingertips.

Feature StoryPallister Street in New Center

What kept you in Detroit? Longtime residents fill us in.

We spoke with several longtime Detroit residents to get a sampling of what they think about all the changes that have taken place over their lifetimes.

Feature StoryDetroit Snow Team volunteers Rico Razo and Ben Castaneda

Detroit's volunteer Snow Team provides essential service for snowed in seniors and the disabled

Being completely snowed in is a common problem for seniors in Detroit. That's why the city launched The Detroit Snow Team, a volunteer effort to help seniors and the disabled with winter weather. 

Feature StoryBoats on the Detroit River

Boating and public parks anchor Jefferson Chalmers to the Detroit River

With its long history of sailing and boating, Jefferson Chalmers is unique in Detroit due to its orientation away from the road, and towards the water.

Feature StoryYoga in the park in Dexter.

How Michigan's place-based initiatives are addressing health equity at a regional level

These initiatives forge private-public collaborations to create systemic improvements in health and wellness across multiple counties.

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Initiatives look to bring healthier foods to independent grocery stores in Detroit and Flint

In Michigan cities, corner grocery stores don’t always increase access to healthy produce. In Detroit and Flint, some researchers are taking a closer look at customer service as a barrier to food access.

Development NewsVictoria Byrd Oliver with DFC Field Guide Mini-grant winner Jacqulyn Perkins and Kido Pielack

Grants to improve vacant lots through sustainability and beautification efforts now open to public

Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 are available to organizations looking to implement one of DFC's lot designs from their Field Guide.

Development NewsTechTown Detroit

At DTX Launch Detroit, budding tech entrepreneurs get paid to develop their ideas

Now in its seventh year, DTX Launch Detroit pays participants a $2,500 stipend per individual, or up to $7,500 per team, for college students or recent graduates to work on their tech startups.

Feature StoryMary Aganowski has tended bar at the Two Way Inn since 1981

In an era of the trendy craft cocktail, Detroit's neighborhood bar endures

New bars are popping up in Detroit at lightning speed. But several of Detroit's oldest neighborhood hangouts, and some newer spots seeking to emulate that vibe, are still holding steady. 

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Michigan food hubs make hospital food and the local food economy healthier

In Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, food hubs are getting locally-grown foods into the cafeterias and onto the trays of Bronson Hospital. At the same time, they’re supporting local farming economies and healthy communities.

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