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Detroit Innovation Features

Rebecca "Bucky" Willis

One Detroit resident's mission to revitalize her neighborhood through human-centered design

Through her design nonprofit Bleeding Heart Design, Rebecca "Bucky" Willis creates small, impactful projects in her neighborhood that start dialogues and enact change. 

A member of Stitching Up Detroit inks a shirt at the screen printing facility at Grace in Action

Churches as business incubators? In some Detroit neighborhoods, absolutely

Typically thought of as inhabiting only the spiritual realm or providing support for the indigent, Detroit churches are branching out to be more than that for their neighborhoods—as business incubators and job skill trainers.

Chase Cantrell, founder of Building Community Value, speaks during a session of Better Buildings, Better Blocks

New real-estate program gives Detroiters the tools to invest in their neighborhoods

In the course Better Buildings, Better Blocks, participants learn how to do every essential aspect of purchasing a property not for the purposes flipping real-estate, but to create lasting community value. 

Pamela Lewis

Opinion: Want to solve Detroit's problems? Look to (and invest in) city residents

In an op-ed for Model D, the director of the New Economy Initiative argues that supporting residents and their ideas, rather than imposing top-down strategies, will ensure that revitalization efforts in Detroit are equitable and lasting.

Beverly Frederick

In northwest Detroit, residents have been revitalizing their neighborhood for years

With the assistance of the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation, hundreds of residents in northwest Detroit have been volunteering their time to clean up, beautify, and revitalize their neighborhood.
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