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Feature StoryYpsilanti Mobile Farm Stand patron Robert Henderson.

Fresh food is a luxury, but these programs are making it more accessible to all

Through mobile farm stands, education programs, and creating a "food sovereign city," organizations in communities across Michigan are helping to close the gap when it comes to what we eat.

Feature StoryKids learning karate at Skills Ville

Live6 area offers wealth of activities for Detroit children

Baseball, martial arts, gymnastics, dance, and possibly a renovated community center. When it comes to recreation and activity spaces for children, the Live6 area has a lot of options.

Feature StoryKristina and Vadim Oss

Why did you move to Detroit? Transplants fill us in.

We interviewed seven people who moved to Detroit from out of state less than three years ago to find out why they moved and what they think of their new home. 

Feature StoryCrimetown

Q&A: Crimetown senior producer on why the podcast chose to cover Detroit for Season 2

We spoke with Crimetown senior producer Drew Nelles about the podcast, possible solutions to crime and corruption, and what he learned during his time in the city.

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Mobility-era automotive success builds on Detroit region’s manufacturing strengths

As Detroit celebrates a century of automotive manufacturing, it stands poised to address future mobility with an established talent and manufacturing infrastructure. We consider what lies ahead.

Feature StoryThe first Capital Impact Partners cohort with trainer Corey Leon

"We can all be placemakers": The programs training Detroiters in development

Multiple programs in Detroit operate under the philosophy that training minority developers will result in developments that more accurately represent the interests of the city's residents. 

Feature StoryExterior of the IBEW Local 58 hall

IBEW Local 58 is making zero net energy happen at its Detroit headquarters

When the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers decided to modernize its Corktown Detroit union hall four years ago, it pulled out all the stops to transform it into the biggest Zero Net Energy building in the state.

Feature StoryTammy Black, director and project leader for the Manistique Community Treehouse

A place to be yourself: Why this Detroiter is building an ADA-compliant community treehouse

Tammy Black is working to build a 400-square-foot, ADA-compliant treehouse for occupational therapy, counseling, and education in her Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood. 

Feature Story"Evening Fragments," a photograph by Nicola Kuperus, who is profiled in Essay'd

Group promoting Detroit art profiles over 100 local artists, releases new book

Essay'd, which is about to release a third volume in its book series, has profiled over 100 Detroit artists. And that's only part of what this group does to promote the city's art. 

Development NewsNailah Ellis-Brown

Four Detroit entrepreneurs to be honored at TechTown's annual fundraising event

The 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year is Nailah Ellis-Brown, founder of Ellis Island Tea. The maker of Jamaican hibiscus bottled tea, Ellis-Brown has grown her brand from its 2008 roots to now being sold in more than 1,500 stores nationwide.

BuzzArlan Hamilton (right), founder of Backstage Capital in 2017

Startup accelerator program for underrepresented founders comes to Detroit

Backstage Accelerator will be a three-month program beginning in early 2019 for underrepresented founders to learn from experienced facilitators and get access to capital and networks.

Feature StoryEquitable Development Series

Join us on Oct. 9 for "Getting a Piece of the Pie: Community Land Trusts and Community Control"

As part of our ongoing Equitable Development series, we'll be co-hosting a panel on how methods for community control -- like land trusts and cooperatives -- can bring greater prosperity to Detroiters. This event is free and open to the public.

BuzzA member of Stitching Up Detroit, a screen printing cooperative in southwest Detroit

New loan fund looks to develop co-op economy in Detroit

Traditionally, there have been very few avenues for cooperatives to access financing. The Detroit Community Wealth Fund seeks to change that. 

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Calls intensify to eliminate bail in Wayne County and country

Being unable to pay bail can be an incredibly disruptive event. That's why The Bail Project, among other groups, are calling for reforms to the process. 

Feature StoryDr. Maureen Connolly.

Michigan's homeless face major barriers to healthcare. Here's how providers are trying to help.

Many healthcare organizations across Michigan are finding creative ways to provide accessible healthcare to Michigan's most vulnerable residents: the homeless.

Feature StoryQuiana Broden

Detroit foodies help to grow awareness of veganism in city's communities of color

A number of Detroit restaurants and food businesses have opened recently that not only offer vegan options, but are trying to show the city's residents the health (and flavor) possibilities of an all-plant diet. 

Feature StoryTom and Mark pluck a tire from the water

Why this father-son team is "trash fishing" in the Detroit River

Tom Nardone, who earlier started the Detroit Mower Gang to cut grass in parks around the city, has now been helping to clean up the Detroit River by fishing for trash with a team of volunteers. 

Feature Story6th grade students during Cyber Civics at Waldorf

These diverse Metro Detroit schools are also among the state's best

We profiled some of the most diverse schools in Metro Detroit, both in terms of student demographics and educational offerings. Read about how they're working to bring the real world into the classrooms.

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Saving lives and delivering innovative care: When mobility and health care intersect

Applications for mobility innovation are as broad and as wide-reaching as the imagination. In Detroit, leaders in mobility and health care are beginning to speak the same language. 

Feature StoryBear Sanusi, owner of SOS Fitness

Get fit in Live6: Three local fitness centers offer a variety of workout options

Detroit's Livernois strip has long enjoyed a reputation as a center for fashion. But what if you want to look and feel great underneath the clothes you buy? The area is also starting to become a bit of a fitness hub as well.

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