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Urban Leadership


Without Detroit's urban leaders, the city would not have the richness it has today. Whether it's promoting the ousting of the Nain Rouge or organizing a neighborhood-based futbol league or creating organizations to save Detroit's green spaces, it's all pushed to the forefront by Detroit's array of urban leaders.

Urban Leadership Features

Jefferson Chalmers Historic Business District

Detroit's next hot commercial corridor: Jefferson Chalmers plots a comeback

In the first of a new series on looking at Detroit's next hot commercial corridors, we examine Jefferson Chalmers, a district with a lot of potential and new businesses, but also its share of challenges.

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Metro Detroit colleges and universities embrace community leadership

Is community leadership something folks are born with or can it be taught? More area colleges and universities are betting that it can—and they're basing their curriculums on it.

Ezekiel Harris, executive director of MACC Development

A common space: Mack Corridor plan takes a community-centered approach to revitalization

MACC Development is the process of transforming the lobby of a former furniture warehouse into a community space called The Commons. That's part of its broad vision for the corridor involving the whole community. 

Ford's Wagner development was first conceptualized by the ULI Larson Leadership program.

Collaborative real estate development program makes a difference across Metro Detroit

Urban Land Institute's unique leadership program brings together diverse viewpoints to study some of the region's most vexing development challenges.

Kearny in front of her old school, now the Paul Robeson/Malcolm X Academy

The guardians of Martin Park: Two women work to revive their neighborhood in two different ways

The story of Martin Park, where it's been, where it is now, and where it's headed is being shaped by two women—one tied to its past and another grounded in the neighborhood's present.
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Urban Leadership Videos

Fellows List

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.

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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