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Placemaking Features

Alexis El-Amin, owner of The Mason Jar: Get Holistically Healed, a food store at 4088 W. McNichols Road. El-Amin recently moved to Detroit from Wilmington, N.C. and opened her store not long after in the University District.

Photo essay: This is Live6

Photographer and Detroit-native Bree Gant captured some of the people and places that make Live6 unique.

Kids having fun at the Palmer Park playground

The People's Park: How grassroots organizers have reinvigorated Palmer Park

A real sense of energy and community has emerged at Palmer Park, thanks in large part to the nonprofit People for Palmer Park.

The corner of the Bagley Trumbull Market, future location of a sushi restaraunt

Unpacking the formula for success in Detroit's oldest neighborhood

Small business development in Corktown has grown tremendously over the past decade. So much so that it's worth looking to as a model for other Detroit neighborhoods angling for revitalization.


In search of alternatives to urban sprawl

Metro Detroiters have been living with urban sprawl for more than a generation. Patrick Dunn dives into one of our region's most controversial topics in this first installment of our series on solutions to regional issues. 

Carbonell and Hooton get a lesson from Talea de Castro farmers

Local coffee shop gives back to Mexican farming town

Not only did Cafe Con Leche's owner and in-house roaster visit the town where their coffee is grown, they also decided to give back a percentage of each bag of coffee they sell to those same farmers.
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Placemaking Videos


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.

Revolver List

Hamtramck's (revolver) restaurant might just blow your underpants off

A combination supper club and social experiment, (revolver) features a rotating host of chefs that changes each week, from home cooks looking to launch their own concept to seasoned professionals of national note looking to do something different and have a little bit of fun.
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