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‘MeMe’ Anderson takes Model D on an awe-inspiring tour of public art and design in DetroitModel D Explorer Series

Later this month, Anderson will vie for a $25,000 grant from the Rebrand Black Accelerator program. A win would complete her fundraising efforts for Electric Fruit, a mobile art gallery for Black artists and designers.

Development News “We know that for the first time in a decade, NW Goldberg will be home to a basketball court for the entire community to enjoy – regardless of if they play basketball or not,” says Daniel A. Washington of NW Goldberg Cares.

New park planned for NW Goldberg neighborhood to honor local basketball legend

“We know that for the first time in a decade, NW Goldberg will be home to a basketball court for the entire community to enjoy – regardless of if they play basketball or not,” says Daniel A. Washington, founder and executive director of NW Goldberg Cares.

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Milwaukee Junction’s economic development could provide template for Southwest Detroit and beyond

A Detroit non-profit’s Milwaukee Junction economic development plan could provide a blueprint for other areas, such as Southwest Detroit, to boost equitable development and include community voices. 

Ready for spring? Check out these five Detroit spring dress destinations

There hasn’t been much opportunity to dress up over the past year, but, as a growing number of Detroiters are opting to be vaccinated, there is hope. Because spring means pastels and frilly dresses to me. 

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Marygrove Conservancy shines in Impact Report

Established in 2018, The Marygrove Conservancy built on the legacy of the historic institution that provided excellence in education for over 90 years at the Northwest Detroit campus.

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Black-owned cooperative startups in the North End model opportunity for more equitable Detroit

Three new cooperative businesses are taking shape in the North End neighborhood, all owned and operated by Black Detroiters, mostly women living and working in the community.

Feature Story A section of the Bay to Bridge trail in Port Huron.

Great Lakes Way project aims to unify greenways and water trails along Michigan's southeast coast

A new effort is underway to establish a world-class land and water trail running along Michigan's lower eastern coast.  

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Southfield's Drifter Vans brings #vanlife spirit to Metro Detroit

With more than 9.7 million posts on Instagram, the #vanlife hashtag shows the popularity of converting cargo vehicles into campers was on the rise even before COVID-19. 

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Groundbreaking ceremony planned for Chandler Park Skatepark

"The Chandler Park Skatepark is a great example of how a community can come together to create a unique space to benefit young people,” says Tony Hawk, professional skateboarder and chairman of The Skateboard Project.

Feature Story Deeply Rooted Produce founder Dazmonique Carr wants to improve Detroit residents' access to healthy produce.

Detroit food justice advocate works to deliver healthy, equitable produce during COVID-19

As a college student, Deeply Rooted Produce founder Dazmonique Carr experienced food insecurity. Now her company is working to create more equitable access to affordable, high-quality produce for Detroiters at every income level.

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‘Not too fast, not too slow’: Todd Scott explores the city on two wheelsMODEL D EXPLORER SERIES

Exploring a city by bike is the Goldilocks of transportation options. Not too fast, not too slow, and nimble enough to stop and check something out along the way.  

Feature Story Stephen Merriweather (left) and Sharnita Johnson . Photo by Nick hagen.

For this Detroit developer, building generational wealth fuels her dreams

For Sharnita Johnson and her brother Stephen Merriweather, renovating the property their father purchased in Detroit's Hope Village neighborhood is a mission that honors not only his legacy but provides a future for their family’s next generation.   

Feature Story Photo by Oluwakemi Dauda.

Bringing Hope Back Home helps Wayne County students prepare for college

“Most of my peers agree that we felt unprepared. We felt we weren’t competitive enough to compete with our peers within other districts.”

Feature Story A large contingents of canvasback duck make themselves at home on Lake St. Clair.

Already a hotspot for birdwatching, Macomb County plans to fly further with a new birding trail

Macomb County is a great place to observe a startling variety of birds. And a joint project with St. Clair County promises to make birdwatching even easier there.

Development News Sacred Heart Church is a leader in green stormwater infrastructure, having undergone an eco-friendly overhaul of the nearly two-acre church property.

Historic church in Eastern Market leads by example in green stormwater infrastructure

“We estimate that this project keeps 1.5 million gallons of stormwater out of the system in an average year,” says Valerie Strassberg, Detroit Urban Conservation Director at The Nature Conservancy.

Feature Story A young neighborhood resident has some fun in front of a water cycle mural at the Hamilton Rainscape Learning Lab.

Resilient Neighborhoods: These east side groups are helping to reimagine sustainability in Detroit

These organizations are showing just how important community members are to building a sustainable future.

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Tidying up with Tyann DavisHow this Metro Detroiter parlayed her passion for organizing into a business

Whether it’s your bedroom closet or the kitchen pantry, there is probably a room in your house that could use more organization. Since last March, most of us are spending more time at home than ever. Experts have said that there has been a surge in home improvement in Metro Detroit and across the nation since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Professional organizer Tyann Davis tells Model D that while organizing your home is a daunting task, it’s one that almost everyone can do — even you.   

Development News Riverside Park in the middle of some exciting renovations.

Detroit's Riverside Park is undergoing extensive renovations, will link up with two area greenways

A Detroit park that's set to become a greenway hub is in the midst of a breath-taking transformation.

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Where to find Filipino food in Metro Detroit

From cafeteria-style service to kamayan feasts, here’s where to get dishes like lumpia shanghai, pancit bihon, and regional specialties around town.

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A look at the successes and misses of the National Historic Register in Metro Detroit

Having a property listed on the National Registry of Historic Places is a "point of pride." But what about the rejected and removed properties? Here are the stories behind their Metro Detroit's removed and rejected properties.

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