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Onyx Ashanti

A new kind of connection: How the North End became a testing ground for innovative technologies

In a neighborhood where personal connections run deep, a number of tech-savvy residents in the North End are trying to educate and innovate to create digital connections as well. 

Detroit schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti greets students participating in a summer math program at Wayne State University

'Possible, but daunting': Inside Nikolai Vitti's early effort to transform Detroit's public schools

Vitti, the 40-year-old father of four who took over the Detroit district last spring, has promised not just to improve the district's 106 schools. He says he can transform them.

North End developers Steven Harris of Rebound Construction and David Alade of Century Partners

Detroit's equitable developers share strategies for making the city both prosperous and just

A number of companies, organizations, and professionals are eschewing a market-driven approach to development. Instead, they're thinking intentionally about the work.

Kirk Mayes

Onetime competitors Gleaners and Forgotten Harvest team up to fight hunger

The recent heads of Gleaners and Forgotten Harvest have bettered both organizations through collaboration and friendly competition. But that wasn't always the case between the two hunger relief nonprofits.

Children and providers at Grand Rapids's newest learning laboratory

These 3 new Michigan childcare centers offer the most advanced facilities for children and adults

Childcare centers are becoming much more than just a place to drop off kids. We look at three Michigan facilities that widen their reach to provide quality experiences for families, caregivers, and entire communities.
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Detroit Revitalization Fellows hustle harder

In this video, three Detroit Revitalization Fellows talk about their day jobs, which are all focused on improving life in the city, and their extracurricular entrepreneurial activities, which do much the same.
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