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Inspiring Innovation Features

Rendering of Michigan Avenue redesign

Michigan's highway: The future of Michigan Avenue, our state's most important road

In part three of our series on Michigan's highway, we look at the people and projects that will result in massive changes to the buildings, the infrastructure, and the very way we use Michigan Avenue.

Visitors to "Footwork"

Power of Detroit's creative, corporate partnerships on display at international design festival

As part of the UNESCO City of Design designation, a team of Detroit designers curated an exhibition for the city's entry in the festival in Saint-Étienne, France. The result is "Footwork: The Choreography of Collaboration."

Student at after-school drop-in

Finding their voice: Creative writing programs provide much needed outlet for Detroit youth

Arts are often one of the first line items cut for stressed schools. That's where creative writing programs have stepped in to provide that programming, both in and out of the classroom.

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.

Man and child attending Hamtramck peace rally

Photo essay: Hamtramck rallies for peace and unity

Two rallies for peace and unity took place in Hamtramck earlier this month. Photographer Lauren Montgomery was there to capture them. 
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Inspiring Innovation Videos

THF Ben Glass

Inspiring stories from The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation: Ben Glass

The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation shares inspiring stories that showcase change makers and the possibilities for future progress. Meet Ben Glass, the inventor who's rethinking how we capture wind energy. 

Smart Cart 2

Inspiring stories from The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation: Smart Cart

The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation shares inspiring stories that showcase change makers and the possibilities for future progress. Imagine shopping for your Thanksgiving ingredients without waiting in a single line. Sound good? Now meet the inventors who are reimagining the shopping cart to radically change how we buy our groceries.

Heinz House

Inspiring stories from The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation: Heinz House

The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation shares inspiring stories that showcase change makers and the possibilities for future progress. Before you start your holiday shopping, tour the home of H.J. Heinz, the man who changed the way the world shops.

THF Myo Armband

Inspiring stories from The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation: Myo Armband

The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation shares inspiring stories that showcase change makers and the possibilities for future progress. Stephen Lake is the inventor of the Myo Armband, a device that reads the movements of your arm muscles and translates those movements into action.

THF Sikorsky

Inspiring stories from The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation: Igor Sikorsky

The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation shares inspiring stories that showcase change makers and the possibilities for future progress. Climb inside the Sikorsky VS-300, the first fully functioning helicopter.
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