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Placemaking Features

Facade list

Businesses put best face forward with help of local fašade improvement programs

A building's visual order can have an inordinate impact on a community, which is why a number of area community development organizations have used façade improvement programs to battle blight and spur neighborhood economic development.

Land Forum List

Opinion: It's time to demystify the process of acquiring land in the city of Detroit

To help inform Detroiters looking to acquire vacant land, The Greening of Detroit, Michigan Community Resources, and the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights have collaborated in developing a series of workshops called "Land Forum."

John's Carpet House List

Five things to look forward to in 2015

Last year was a big one for the city of Detroit. Looking forward to 2015, here are five things we're excited about.

Detroit Innovation List

Video: Looking back on three years of Detroit innovation

For the past three years, our partners at Urban Innovation Exchange have been following hundreds of small projects making a big impact in Detroit. In this video, Detroit Lives! captures the essence of that work.

schools list

How local real estate developers are giving new life to some of Detroit's shuttered schools

Some Detroit developers are finding opportunity -- and potential profits -- in the adaptive reuse of shuttered schools.
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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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