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Feature StoryHubert Massey

Avenue of galleries: How art enriches life in Live6

Six galleries dot Livernois and a seventh is set to open shop later this year. All of this points to a burgeoning art scene along and around the Detroit corridor traditionally known as the "Avenue of Fashion."

Feature StoryReading a book

Michigan authors you should be reading this summer

Looking for some great summer reading? We've got you covered with books by these Michigan authors. 

Feature StoryEzekiel Harris, executive director of MACC Development, inside what would become The Commons, a community space, coffee shop, and laundromat (June 2017)

The future of Detroit depends on equitable development

How can we develop the city in a way that allows for everyone, especially its long-term residents, to benefit from the changes currently underway? That is the question we will explore in an eight-part series on equitable development. 

Feature StoryLuis Ali and Tanya Saldivar-Ali

How a southwest Detroit construction company is building community by building for the future

AGI Construction, a southwest-Detroit based construction company, is working to build a resilient community through its development projects, engagement efforts, and future resource program. 

Feature StoryKenyetta Campbell outside of the Cody Rouge Action Alliance's office space in Don Bosco Hall

Introducing "Voices of Cody Rouge," our latest neighborhood-based series

Over the next few months, we'll be publishing weekly articles from Cody Rouge, showcasing the authentic stories of residents, community stakeholders, and local organizations helping to create positive change in the neighborhood.

Development NewsThe Oakland Avenue Artist Coalition and the Detroit Poetry Society Poetry celebrate pizza night at the American Riad under and around its canopy

Public art works, courtyards, and more: Placemaking projects planned throughout city neighborhoods

Efforts to fund multiple placemaking projects throughout the city are well underway this summer, bolstered by the state's Public Spaces Community Places initiative.

Development NewsDetroit Artists' Test Lab lounge

New artist incubator space opens on Detroit's far east side

The 12,000-square-foot Detroit Artists' Test Lab contains a professional photography studio, gallery, podcast studio, and private offices, with co-working space memberships starting in the fall.

BuzzAttendees of a kite pop-up on the riverfront

Detroit Kite Festival takes off for second straight year

The all-day festival on Belle Isle features a kite-making tent for kids, a synchronized kite show, and of course plenty of kite enthusiasts sharing the skies throughout the day.

Feature StoryPamela Beltran-Mayan, 17

PHOTOS: At youth summit on gun violence, tomorrow's leaders aren't waiting for tomorrow

The Michigan Youth Summit on Guns and Violence brought together more than 100 local youth and adult activists on May 26 for a day of workshops on subjects ranging from civil rights-awareness to revolutionary art. 

Feature StoryJames Rigato, chef at Mabel Gray

12 Detroit area chefs share their favorite local dishes

Food writer Serena Maria Daniels polled some of the best Detroit area chefs on their favorite local dishes. These were their often surprising, illuminating, and humorous answers. 

Feature StorySTEM learning event for kids at the Michigan Science Center

To inspire youth to pursue careers in STEM, Michigan educators break convention

Educators across Detroit are working to get kids inspired to pursue a career in STEM by trading in rigid rules for collaborative, project-based learning. They also recognize the need for more girls and people of color, who are drastically underrepresented in STEM fields.

Feature StoryKids playing at a FitKids360 event

How collaboration builds networks of support for Michigan children

Michigan's child-focused nonprofits are recognizing the value of collaboration to better support the kids they serve. With child and family health in mind, organizations are getting creative, with positive results.

Feature StoryThe Cooperation Group (left to right): B. Anthony Holley, Lisa Stolarski, and Brian Donovan

Making business democratic: The Cooperation Group gives Detroiters avenues for collective ownership

The nonprofit based in Highland Park provides consulting and technical assistance for cooperatives — work its team describes as necessary to building resiliency and greater community autonomy. 

Development NewsMovie theater

Detroit to get another major first-run movie theater

Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, an Austin, Texas-based theater chain, bought a site near Woodward and MLK where they plan to open a 900-seat theater.

BuzzGrowing marijuana in Colorado

Marijuana in the news: A Michigan roundup

In Detroit, the City Council is expected to take up a medical marijuana ordinance. And statewide, advocates and opponents are gearing up for a ballot initiative this November to legalize marijuana use. 

Feature StoryChris Thomas is co-founder and partner at Fontinalis Partners

Detroit can seal the deal with a mobility institute

Does Detroit need an institute for mobility? Chris Thomas of mobility venture capital firm Fontinalis Partners thinks so. Here’s why.

Feature StoryAli Dirul

Solar to the people: This Detroiter is making solar technology accessible to all

In 2015, Ali Dirul started a company that specializes in energy-oriented engineering solutions with a particular focus on solar power. And he takes special pride in making those resources useful and accessible to Detroiters. 

Feature StoryDowntown Detroit

Survey results in hand, Downtown Detroit Partnership seeks to foster a more inclusive downtown

The Downtown Detroit Partnership recently released the results of their 2018 survey. To take a deeper look at the findings, we spoke with Gina Cavaliere, chief community impact officer and director of the business improvement zone for DDP.

Feature StoryDiana Juarez

Protests, activism, and community service: Students at Detroit's Western International take a stand

Teenagers at southwest Detroit's Western International HS aren't just sitting back and watching the world go by. On the contrary, they're leading and participating in campaigns to raise awareness of the most important social issues of the day.

Development NewsAlbert Kahn Building

Albert Kahn Building in New Center to be converted into 200 apartments

The approximately 300,000-square-foot building, which recently changed owners, will be converted into 200 apartments and about 60,000 square feet of retail and office space on the first floor and lower level.

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