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Rufus Bartell, owner of Simply Casual

Business leaders on Avenue of Fashion explore new era for the historic corridor

The Avenue of Fashion is back. With the renewed energy and interest along the strip, business leaders are thinking about how to harness that energy for long-term growth.

D3 Neighborhood Change Index

Which Detroit neighborhoods are most vulnerable to major change? New reports uses data to find out

Data Driven Detroit just released Turning the Corner, originally an attempt to develop a predictive model for resident displacement. The final result, however, is possibly more interesting and useful.

American Riad list

This Moroccan-style housing and community space hopes to bring people together in the North End

In partnership with the Ghana ThinkTank, a group of makers and developers are creating a Moroccan "riad" in the North End that will have a central courtyard filled with art, gardens, and public space.

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VOICES: How SXSW taught me what I already knew about Detroit

For the past two years, Matthew Lewis has attended South by Southwest with a Detroit contingent. While at the massive international convention, he's had few realizations about what makes Detroit special.

Drew McUsic and Alessandra Carreon, co-founders of PizzaPlex

New businesses on West Vernor strive to integrate into culturally-rich southwest Detroit

In the last couple years, a number of new businesses have opened on West Vernor Highway near Clark Park. And many of them are demonstrating a desire to be a part of the fabric of an already thriving, culturally-rich community. 
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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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