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Reuse / Rebuild

Just because a space has been abandoned does not mean it is no longer useful. Entrepreneurs, artists, city officials, activists and neighbors, with the right amount of ambition and innovation, can take vacant spaces and turn them into opportunities. By transforming what we already have into sustainable properties, we revitalize neighborhoods and stimulate local economies.

Reuse / Rebuild Features

Walter Hicks in front of his home on Detroit's west side

Opinion: Detroit should sell its occupied, publicly-owned homes to their current residents

Each year, more Detroit homeowners become renters, squatters or altogether homeless. Michele Oberholtzer offers a radical solution to this problem: a homestead program to sell occupied, publicly-owned homes to current residents for just $1.

Audra Carson, founder of De-tread

Detroit's reuse economy is turning the city's trash into treasure

Illegal dumping, abandoned buildings, and other sources of trash are serious problems in Detroit. Fortunately, multiple businesses and nonprofits are coming to the rescue by turning the city's refuse into something useful. 

Former site of Saint-Étienne’s military manufacturing activities, the Manufacture

Three things to know about Detroit's City of Design designation

UNESCO's City of Design designation has helped members transform their cities through design. Ellen Schneider of the Detroit Creative Corridor Center writes about how Detroit can harness that same potential. 

Tom and Vicki Zilke of Zilke Vegetable Farm

Eastern Market's 10-year plan will shape our region's food economy

The ambitious plan will modernize the market by creating an enterprise zone for food processing and a new entity to act as broker between Southeast Michigan farmers and commercial consumers.

Pashon Murray

Through business stardom and personal struggles, Pashon Murray remains focused

Pashon Murray, co-founder of Detroit Dirt, has visited the White House, been featured in a Ford commercial, and written about in national magazines. All this publicity has been great for her composting business, but it hasn't come without difficulties.
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