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Kearny in front of her old school, now the Paul Robeson/Malcolm X Academy

The guardians of Martin Park: Two women work to revive their neighborhood in two different ways

The story of Martin Park, where it's been, where it is now, and where it's headed is being shaped by two women—one tied to its past and another grounded in the neighborhood's present.

Lauren Hood, director of Live6

Opinion: Detroit needs to preserve the cultural integrity of its black neighborhoods

In areas where development has been the greatest, many black people have found themselves "pushed to the margins." That's why, argues Lauren Hood, Detroit needs more neighborhoods where those shaping the vision are black.

Exterior of Freedom House

One of a kind house for asylum seekers in Detroit faces uncertain future

Freedom House, a singular organization that offers comprehensive care to asylum seekers, has some difficult decisions to make in the coming months caused by successive pieces of devastating news.

Walter Hicks in front of his home on Detroit's west side

Opinion: Detroit should sell its occupied, publicly-owned homes to their current residents

Each year, more Detroit homeowners become renters, squatters or altogether homeless. Michele Oberholtzer offers a radical solution to this problem: a homestead program to sell occupied, publicly-owned homes to current residents for just $1.

RecoveryPark CEO and founder Gary Wozniak

RecoveryPark rehabilitates a neighborhood and the lives of returning citizens through farming

A commercial-scale agriculture nonprofit, RecoveryPark also employs Detroiters who have prison records, literacy issues, substance abuse recovery issues, and other past struggles that make it difficult to find work.
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Building Communities Videos

Fellows List

Detroit Revitalization Fellows hustle harder

In this video, three Detroit Revitalization Fellows talk about their day jobs, which are all focused on improving life in the city, and their extracurricular entrepreneurial activities, which do much the same.

SWOT List

TechTown SWOT City spreads opportunity to neighborhood businesses

SWOT City empowers neighborhood businesses, providing them with expert analysis to help them identify their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

New Michigan Media LIst

Stories from the new economy: New Michigan Media

New Michigan Media launched with the goal of cataloging minority media outlets throughout Michigan in order to build a network that could bring minority concerns and issues to a broader audience, tear down restrictive silos, and create stronger voices for minority communities at policy discussions. It had never been attempted.

NEIdeas List

Stories from the new economy: NEIdeas, rewarding ideas for business growth

Last week, the New Economy Initiative launched NEIdeas, a challenge that will award $500,000 in prizes to existing businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park.
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