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Development News The former Hancock School includes a nearly 18,000-square-foot single-story building with an internal courtyard.

Woodbridge developers seek resident input on future of Hancock School, other neighborhood projects

Nonprofit Woodbridge Neighborhood Development and nonprofit developer Cinnaire Solutions are co-developing Hancock School as well as other projects in the neighborhood.  

Development News The Schvitz in North End recently won a grant to renovate the historic ballroom space on the second floor.

The Schvitz in North End receives grant to restore ballroom

The vision for the ballroom is to create a "third place" for the North End neighborhood where residents can gather.

Feature Story The Blue Nile

Immigrant Chefs: Blue Nile brings Ethiopian experience to Metro Detroit

Metromode's new series profiles Metro Detroit's rich fabric of immigrant culinary artists. First up: Seifu Lessanework of the Blue Nile.

Feature Story The Blake Transit Center in Ann Arbor.

From a 2020 ballot measure to smaller projects, what's next for regional transit?

As the 2020 election approaches, Washtenaw County transit advocates are continuing to work towards expanding regional transit service that could connect area residents to Detroit, its suburbs, and beyond.

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Ronald Cannon's Cardinal Foundation clears the way for a safer Detroit for west-side kids

How a small but mighty crew of kids and adults rolled up their sleeves on a muggy Saturday afternoon and got to work clearing blight on one block on Detroit's west side.

Feature Story With a heavy emphasis on job creation and socially conscious businesses, Holden Block’s tenants include Rebel Nell and York Project as well as Commonwealth Sewing Company and Filthy Animals.

Holden Block development could signal the shape of things to come in Northwest Goldberg

The redevelopment of the buildings that make up what’s being referred to as the Holden Block is just the beginning. Grasso has already announced plans to build a five-story mixed-use development next door, estimated to cost around $12 million. Located at the corner of Lincoln and Wilbur streets, the development will feature 44 residential units and ground-floor retail. 


Feature Story Henry Ford Health System and West Grand Boulevard Collaborative held a job fair recently.

Henry Ford Health System joins 15 healthcare organizations nationwide in groundbreaking commitment

The agreement follows a movement in recent years among hospitals to go beyond their walls to address community health. 

Development News Businesses along East Warren Avenue on the east side of Detroit.

East Warren-Cadieux district to receive $5M investment from Blue Cross

As part of the commitment, the $5 million will be disbursed through 2022 as part of the Strategic Neighborhood Fund and the Affordable Housing Leveraging Fund’s commitment to "inclusive neighborhood development."  

Feature Story Belle Isle's unique ecological features were the focus of a recent art and science project called Belle Isle and Beyond.

How Michigan scientists are using sound to tune into the health of the world around us

Scientists from and based in Michigan have made advances in this interdisciplinary discipline to learn more about the health and integrity of ecosystems and pioneer ways to study sound.

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Southwest Detroit native makes his mark on neighborhood with Stitching Up Detroit

Screen printing helped steer Southwest Detroit native David Camarena off the wrong path as a youth. Now he wants to do the same for others through Stitching Up Detroit.

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Six things to do in Detroit this fall

It's sweater weather, meaning it's time for cider and doughnuts, trick-or-treating, and more. Check out these Detroit fall traditions.

Feature Story Businesses along East Warren Avenue on the east side of Detroit.

A tour of East Warren's grassroots business revival

Model D took a walk down East Warren to talk to some of the corridor's newest entrepreneurs. What we found: stuffed peppers, a tool library, a coworking space and more.

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For first time, five businesses move on to final round of Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest

27th Letter Books, Brix Wine and Charcuterie, Ilera Apothecary, Street Beet, and The French Cow are all vying for the $100,000 grand prize.

Feature Story Alison Arnold gives a presentation on trauma-informed care to CMU's Association for the Education of Young Children.

Here's how educators are learning to empathetically foster resilience in children affected by trauma

Traumatic events are sadly common in childhood, but the practice of trauma-informed education is helping to better understand and support the children who experience them.

Development News The 10 semifinalists were selected out of a record number of applications this year in the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest.

10 semifinalists announced for 2019 Hatch Detroit contest

A record number of businesses applied for the chance to win $100,000 in annual entrepreneurship contest. 

Development News Fauna Holistic recently opened in Eastern Market.

Massage therapy studio opens in Eastern Market, features service industry specials and more

Geared toward working-class individuals, Fauna Holistic aims "to get away from the expensive, luxury spa stereotype and provide an alternative space for everyone in need of massage services," owner Fiona Maier says.  

Feature Story MiCareerQuest Southeast 2018.

MiCareerQuest offers students interactive experience with over 1,000 employers

Students will have an opportunity to discover careers in mobility, manufacturing, and many other industries at the massive career fair.

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Mobility Moments Podcast: Telva McGruder, Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan

In Southwest Detroit, Girl Scouts are building confidence in STEM through immersive programs like robotics. We spent time with three young robot programmers and talked with Telva McGruder, General Motors engineer and chair of the board of directors at Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, to get the bigger picture.

Feature Story Medicina Urbana

Medicina Urbana enters second year of serving Southwest Detroit

Located on a vibrant commercial corridor of Southwest, many of Medicina Urbana's patients can walk to the clinic from their homes instead of having to drive long distances or rely on public transportation.

Feature Story I’Sha Schultz-Spradlin and her husband liked the neighborhood they were living in, but were priced out. After conducting an online housing search, they eventually discovered their future home on San Juan.

Detroit's Fitzgerald Revitalization Project rolls forward — with some bumps along the way

Fixing up local homes and finding people to own and live in them, however, is only a part of what’s happening in Fitzgerald. Over the last two years, the community has been home to a special initiative led by the City of Detroit called the Fitzgerald Revitalization Project that’s taking a comprehensive approach to redeveloping the area on a neighborhood level.


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