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Samoy Smith

Bagley residents lead grassroots effort to build pocket park

Creating Space Detroit hopes to raise $8,440 through the crowdfunding campaign to get started on the process of installing playground equipment, bench seating, solar lighting, a pavilion or gazebo, and a Little Free Library. 

Yodit Mesfin Johnson speaks at the Urban Consulate

3 takeaways from Urban Consulate discussion on how new residents can honor black communities

Yodit Mesfin Johnson lead a recent discussion at the Urban Consulate which considered the question, "How can white people assimilate into black communities with respect and honor?"

Denise Kennedy next to the Princeton Street community board

With few resources, block clubs find ways to stabilize and rejuvenate communities across Detroit

While not exciting like a new business or app, block clubs have quietly stabilized neighborhoods, provided residents with opportunities, and brought neighbors closer together.

Steven Harris

Q&A: Steven Harris of Rebound Construction on the North End bouncing back

Model D spoke to Steven Harris, a developer from the North End working in the North End, about developing responsibly, how the neighborhood is changing, and more. 

Alex Fluegel and Jalyn Spencer-Harris, founders of Mama Hub Hub

Motherhood is better together: Why two Detroit women started a community to support moms

Jalyn Spencer-Harris and Alex Fluegel were disappointed with the lack of resources and a quality support system for moms in Detroit. That's why they founded Detroit Mama Hub.
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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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