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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

Phillis Judkins, longtime North End Resident

Just try keeping up with Phillis Judkins, the 70-year-old North End resident who does everything

Since moving to the North End and becoming captain of her block club, the tireless Phillis Judkins has started a safety patrol team and after-school education group. Now she wants to build a putt-putt golf course.

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.

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.

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.
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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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