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After 25 years, Grandmont Rosedale provides a template for community development

For a quarter century, Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation has worked towards its mission of preserving and improving the Grandmont Rosedale neighborhoods. Its efforts are bearing fruit.

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After 25 years of growth in the city, the Greening of Detroit comes of age

Over the last 25 years, the Greening of Detroit has planted 82,000 trees, helped hundreds of Detroiters develop career skills, and changed the way we think about sustainability in the city.

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Popps Packing: An old meat packing plant becomes a driving force in Hamtramck's creative community

When Graem Whyte and Faina Lerman bought a former Hamtramck meat packing plant in 2007, they didn't anticipate it becoming a catalyst for neighborhood growth and redevelopment.

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Where industry and ecology collide: The future of the lower Rouge, Detroit's other riverfront

In Southwest Detroit, industry, ecology, and history collide where the Fort Street Bridge spans the lower Rouge River. The Fort Rouge Gateway Project is an effort to showcase this uniquely Detroit geography and bring people closer to Detroit's less-heralded riverfront.

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Dive bars, cocktails, and the soul of a city: A conversation with "mixographer" David Wondrich

Cocktail historian David Wondrich recently named Detroit "Bar City of the Year" in Esquire magazine. He sat down with Model D and talked about how Midwest cities are "much more alive than people in New York and San Francisco give them credit for" and why "bars without old people in them are boring."
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