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New ‘Detroit Sign’ a roving landmark designed for social media and small business

Funded by the Downtown Detroit Partnership and the DTE Energy Foundation, The Detroit Sign is a roving landmark that will travel from neighborhood to neighborhood, encouraging people to get out of their cars, onto the sidewalks, and, hopefully, into the small businesses of Detroit’s neighborhood commercial corridors.  

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24 hours in Detroit with chef Ederique Goudia

An expert in food, music, and culture with more than 20 years of restaurant industry experience, Goudia highlights her favorite local spots on the east side. Here’s how Goudia would spend a perfect day in the city she now calls home.


Feature Story Krista McClure wants to bring metro Detroit parents together in her collaborative space on W. Nichols Road.

Detroit coworking child care space leverages funds to support parents through COVID-19

Krista McClure has been bringing metro Detroit parents together since 2017 in her family-friendly, coworking space on West McNichols Road. Now, the owner of Detroit Parent Collective sees a chance to grow, and to double down on the inclusivity she set out to achieve.

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5 Detroit sites recognized for role in civil rights movement, added to National Register of Places

The sites are: Birwood Wall; New Bethel Baptist Church; Rosa L. and Raymond Parks Flat; Shrine of the Black Madonna of the Pan African Orthodox Christian Church; and WGPR-TV Studio.


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Dlectricity to return this fall to light up Cultural Center

Inspired by international art and light festivals, the outdoor festival will serve as an opportunity to test digital and mobile strategies and showcase the Cultural Center's new Wi-Fi system.

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Detroit Riverwalk voted tops in the nation, according to USA Today poll

In recent years, the riverfront has undergone a dramatic transformation, with the redevelopment of the former Globe Building for the Michigan DNR Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC), improvements to spaces like Milliken State Park, and the opening of Robert C. Valade Park. 

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"Everyone seems to agree on this": Southeast Michigan comes together to plan connected trails system

Stakeholders have adopted a more regional approach, thinking in terms of projects that build trail connections not just within a single county but across Southeast Michigan.  

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City takes a ‘grassroots approach’ to revitalizing Historic Fort Wayne

Rather than one major developer shaping the direction of the site, it could become a network of smaller adaptive reuse projects.  

Fitness during a pandemic winter: Detroit experts share tips on getting and staying on track

Accountability buddies, writing down your goals, and making time for gratitude are some tips from the pros.

Feature Story Cherie Styles built her Detroit freight company, Cheetah Logistics, from the ground up.

Trucking entrepreneur navigates her company through COVID-19 roadblocks and industry stereotypes

Drawing inspiration from her family’s background in the trucking industry, Detroit entrepreneur Cherie Styles built Cheetah Logistics from the ground up, and she’s not about to let the COVID-19 pandemic stand in her way.

Feature Story LifeBUILDERS youth play football with DeAngelo Mabone prior to the pandemic.

Resilient Neighborhoods: This faith-based nonprofit helped spark a revival in Detroit's Regent Park

Over the last decade-and-a-half, an energetic community development organization has helped bring affordable housing and hope to a neglected corner of Detroit.

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Hanging tough: How Detroit fitness entrepreneurs, gyms are staying afloat during the pandemic

Online classes, new products, and community partnerships are some of the ways businesses have survived (and some cases thrived) "in the midst of this chaos."

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Girl Scout cookie sales underway

This is the first in a series of monthly features about the leadership and life skills girls are learning as members of Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan.

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Arts & Scraps launches Community Store Scholarship Fund to aid local teachers, artists, nonprofits

The Detroit nonprofit has seen an increased need among teachers, artists, small business owners, and families looking for creative materials.

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For Michigan’s Indigenous residents, decolonized food is medicine that decreases health disparities

Educators across Michigan are working to improve the health of the state's Indigenous people by reconnecting them to the foods and agricultural practices that are their pre-colonial heritage.

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Local tech entrepreneur helps bridge Detroit’s digital accessibility divide

Willie Brake has always been ahead of the curve, joining business incubators before they became trendy and recognizing the value in refurbishing computers early on. Now the Detroit entrepreneur is using his business to build up equitable access to technology and tech training in his city.

Feature Story The Greenhouse, a marijuana dispensary in Walled Lake.

Cannabis in Metro Detroit: How the marijuana industry is taking root in the suburbs

The legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan three years ago created room for the industry to grow in the Great Lakes State, but there have been struggles and challenges at the local level for businesses in Metro Detroit.

Feature Story Enid Parham is in the process of enrolling in the Legacy Detroiter program.

'Green rush': How the Legacy Detroit program aims to ensure social equity in local cannabis industry

“We still want outsiders to do business here. They are welcome. But there is a huge desire to make sure that Detroiters have an opportunity, too," says Detroit City Councilman James Tate.


Feature Story Volunteers help renovate Greenview-Wadsworth Park.

Resilient Neighborhoods: How a Cody Rouge nonprofit is moving forward with the power of block clubs

Interdependence is key to understanding this Cody Rouge development organization's relationship to its community.

Longform Maribeth Leonard in the crisis residential services unit at LifeWays Community Mental Health's new mental health crisis service center, funded by Jackson County's mental health millage.

Mental health millages meet crucial needs in four Michigan counties

When state budget cuts gutted community mental health budgets in 2014 and 2015, voters in Ottawa, Jackson, Hillsdale, and Washtenaw counties all approved millages that have significantly expanded mental health services.

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