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'She advocates for us': Social entrepreneur builds homeschooling network for Detroit families

Engaged Detroit Homeschooling Network aims to be a long-term solution to a short-term problem. Not just looking to assist parents in virtual learning throughout the pandemic, the program's goal is to become a viable alternative to in-school learning beyond COVID-19.

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These Metro Detroit sisters didn't see businesses that catered to them, so they built their own

From skincare to makeup to jewelry, this entrepreneurial family provides unique services. “We have those services and those products we wanted in our community ... and now the girls in our community [need it].”

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Resilient Neighborhoods: How organizations are helping Detroit students stay ahead during COVID-19

Though times are challenging, MACC Development, Hope House Detroit, and Math 4 Success are finding ways to be innovative and steadfast in their commitment to the communities they serve, reports Model D community correspondent Tyrone Mitchell Jr. Looking ahead, there is an opportunity to take these experiences and improve education for students. 

Feature Story It’s not often that an inner-ring suburb like Southfield has the chance to redevelop nearly 100 acres but that’s just the opportunity the old Northland Center site presents

The top Metro Detroit development stories to watch in 2021

Adventures in city planning. Reinvigorating our downtowns. Innovations in infrastructure. Here are some developments to keep an eye on in 2021.

Feature Story Kevin Hill has seen a lot of interest in the neighborhoods, with buyers interested specifically in single-family homes.

Looking to buy? Here are Detroit's hottest residential neighborhoods in 2021, according to Realtors

From historic low mortgage rates to virtual tours, COVID-19 has dramatically changed the home-buying process. Realtors tell Model D about the trends they're seeing — and where to buy.

Feature Story The Michigan Central Station is the centerpiece of Ford's plans for a mobility innovation district in Corktown.

5 Detroit developments to watch in 2021

The pandemic brought development to a halt in 2020. Toward the end of the year, construction picked up again, with new projects coming online. Here are some of the projects on our radar.

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'The start of a new era in Detroit'? The Model D team weighs in on 2021

The pandemic, the reckoning on systemic racism, and the intersection of equity and solar energy are just a few things on our minds in 2021.

Feature Story Karanja Famodou, left, and Ali Dirul are the co-founders of energy solutions business, Ryter Cooperative Industries.

COVID-19 shines a light on accessible solar power’s role in Detroit communities

In Detroit communities hit hardest by COVID-19, solar power projects provided some relief and continuity of service this year. For engineers and entrepreneurs Ali Dirul and Karanja Famodou, renewable energy is not just about the sustaining the environment, it's about sustaining equity. 

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