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Nikolai Vitti, superintendent for Detroit Public Schools

Q&A: New Detroit superintendent Nikolai Vitti on living in Detroit and first steps

Detroit's next schools superintendent has a long to-do list for his first few weeks. Erin Einhorn of Chalkbeat Detroit spoke with Vitti to discuss his early plans, and more.

Ned Staebler

Voices: TechTown CEO on the value of failure

Failure carries with it an unfortunate stigma, especially in Detroit's business community. For the first entry in a series on empowering failure, TechTown CEO Ned Staebler writes about his failed run for the Michigan state legislature.

Aaron Foley list

Detroit's chief storyteller: Why the stories of everyday Detroiters matter

The city of Detroit recently created the position of chief storyteller—perhaps the first of its kind in the nation. In a column for Model D, new hire and veteran journalist Aaron Foley writes about his hopes for the job.

Roosevelt Park and Michigan Central Station

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

In part two of our series on Michigan's highway, we look at the extraordinary economic resurgence that's taken place in recent years along commercial strips and downtowns on Michigan Avenue.

Judge Larry Williams at 36th District Court in Detroit

Local elected officials of color on race and politics in the age of Trump, part 3

The concluding installment of our Politicians of Color series features a variety of local elected officials, ranging from Washtenaw County commissioner Alicia Ping to Detroit district court judge Larry Williams. 
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