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Overcoming racism in Michigan

Michiganders are unifying their communities and finding peaceful pathways to overcome racism, along with the divisiveness, segregation, and disparities it causes.

Audience member asks a question at a Live6 speakeasy event

With democratic budgeting, Live6 takes a nontraditional approach to community engagement

After more than a year of outreach and meetings with local stakeholders, the Live6 Alliance held a community vote on how best to spend $40,000 in public safety grant funding. 

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.

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.
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