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Cyclist on Grand Blvd.

Motorless in the Motor City: What I learned from six months in Detroit without a car

After back-to-back accidents left Matthew Piper and his husband without their two cars, they decided to take a radical step in Detroit: go car-free. Here's what they learned during those six months. 

Ali Dirul

Detroit solar shines: How local solar organizations are linking sustainable energy and community

While there's been several notable solar energy projects by major companies, some smaller organizations have been partnering together to take the application of the renewable resource in new directions.

A member of Stitching Up Detroit inks a shirt at the screen printing facility at Grace in Action

Cooperation is key: Why there should be more support for co-op businesses in Detroit

In an economy where temp jobs are increasingly common, a cooperative business model can be an attractive alternative. While it has yet to take off in Detroit, there are a number of organizations trying to encourage the model's growth.

SMART bus in downtown Detroit

What's next for regional transit in SE Michigan? An update after the 2016 ballot failure

A 2016 ballot initiative that would have greatly improved our region's public transit failed. But those invested in the success of regional transit have conducted a postmortem, and are regrouping for another attempt.

Kenyetta Campbell outside of the Cody Rouge Action Alliance's office space in Don Bosco Hall

A bottom-up approach: Cody Rouge residents develop big plans for their neighborhood

Cody Rouge on Detroit's west side has suffered from blight and depopulation in the last decade plus. But residents, along with several powerful foundations and corporate partners, have developed an ambitious plan to bring the neighborhood back.
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