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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 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.

Michigan Avenue, year unknown

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

In the first of a three-part series on Michigan Avenue, we look at the history of the road, from its construction along the Sauk Trail to its recognition as a Historic Heritage Route.

At the Warby Parker “housewarming” party

Retro Vision: Warby Parker helps reimagine an iconic downtown mural

In designing their downtown store, Warby Parker invited 82-year old Detroit artist David Rubello to reimagine his 1973 mural "Color Cubes"—a public artwork that was lost in 2014.

Ron Gurdjian has tended bar at Tom's Tavern since "the late 70s"

In praise of the chill bar

With the announcement of the closing of St. Cece's, a quintessentially chill bar, Amy Elliott Bragg makes a case for the chill bar and lists her favorites. 

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.
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Placemaking Videos

SWOT List

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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