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Feature Story Jeanine holds a photo of her grandmother in front of her house in 1965.

Keeping Detroit homes in the family for future generationsResilient Neighborhoods Feature

Detroit has more than 5,000 existing heirs’ properties with deceased owners. One nonprofit is helping to keep properties in the family.

Longform Detroit Parks Coalition staff and members in 2022.

Stewardship organizations advance equity in Detroit's parks at a grassroots level

Park stewardship organizations help neighborhood residents to advocate for the improvements they want to see in their parks.

Longform Derek Miller, program supervisor for Kalamazoo County’s Healty Babies Healthy Start & 4Dad Fatherhood Program, with Sidni Miller, community health worker, inside Kalamazoo County’s Health and Community Services building.

$5 million in federal funding will help 5 Michigan organizations reduce infant and maternal deaths

Five Michigan organizations will receive federal support of about $1 million each to improve maternal and infant health in the state.

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Addressing cultural, language barriers that hinder health equity

Many people from refugee, immigrant, and migrant communities experience significant logistical barriers to COVID-19 vaccination. That’s where Disability Rights Michigan has stepped in to increase access

Development News “Receiving this grant from the National Endowment for the Arts is a testament to the vital role that arts and culture play in the development of our community,” says Dierk L. Hall, president and CEO of Connect Detroit.

Detroit youth arts program bolstered by $75K grant from the NEA

“Receiving this grant from the National Endowment for the Arts is a testament to the vital role that arts and culture play in the development of our community,” says Dierk L. Hall, president and CEO of Connect Detroit.

Development News "The Eastern Market district is a critical part of our region’s food distribution network," says Tim Slusser, Chief of the City of Detroit’s Office of Mobility Innovation.

Detroit seeks innovators with 'bold ideas' for curbing freight pollution in Eastern Market

"As the only city chosen in the western hemisphere, Detroit represents over one hundred years of world-renowned innovations in transportation,” says Tim Slusser, Chief of the City of Detroit’s Office of Mobility Innovation.

Feature Story Marcus and Joan Belgrave

Detroit jazz legend Marcus Belgrave's legacy preserved in new songbook

Although Belgrave built a bullet-proof reputation as a performer and jazz mentor, few familiar with his ocean of accomplishments knew he was also a prolific composer. His passion for schooling generations of jazz musicians often overshadowed the music he composed during his storied career.

Feature Story Detroit's population change

Mapping Detroit: Where are Detroit's 1,852 newest residents living?

As a majority Black city, the historic population losses are among Detroit’s Black middle class and families who seek better schools and safer neighborhoods. Detroit had a historic loss of over 25 percent of its population between 2000 and 2010.

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With seniors and disabled in mind, Detroit pilots self-driving public transit

The shuttles, a cross between a city bus and a rideshare, run along fixed stops, but instead of the usual bus schedule, they can be summoned by app, phone number or website provided to those who take part in the program. The shuttle will alert them how far away they are from the stop, and pick up the rider.

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LifeWays takes a whole person-centered care approach to health care

LifeWays, a Community Mental Health Services Program and Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) utilizes whole person-centered care for their patients in Jackson and Hillsdale counties. Person-centered care is integrated care served in a collaborative manner between patient and provider. Care is guided by the patients’ goals, preferences and values.

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Sensory-friendly spaces play key role in improving health equity

The Autism Alliance of Michigan has been a leader in encouraging clinics to create safe spaces by including sensory rooms.  

Feature Story This young sapling recently planted in Sterling Heights could reach great heights come 2040.

Sterling Heights' Visioning 2040 plan authorized for ballot proposal this November

“The Visioning 2040 projects are exactly what’s needed to maintain Sterling Heights’ status as a destination for families and businesses seeking a great quality of life,” says City Manager Mark Vanderpool.

Feature Story Renderings for Masons Corner in downtown Farmington.

Farmington succeeds in crowdfunding campaign to build a new park in the heart of downtown

With two days to spare before a Friday, June 7, deadline, Downtown Farmington has not only met their target but surpassed it.

Feature Story Reducing infant mortality takes more than just funding. It takes sustained investment, cultural transformation, and a commitment to equity.

Hurley Hospital: A Beacon of Hope in Reducing Infant Mortality

Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health (MCMCH) has been working to enhance the well-being of mothers and infants, collaborating with hospitals to reduce infant mortality rates. Hurley Medical Center is a successful example of this work.

Feature Story Staff and participants of Detroit's Teen HYPE

Debunking stereotypes, correcting narratives: How Detroit'Teen HYPE has empowered youth for 20 years

The program supplements, but doesn't seek to replace, classroom education during school hours. Peer-to-peer education is a cornerstone of programming, which has also grown over the years to include speaker series, field trips, creative works and, as of late, stage plays produced, written and acted out by the teens themselves.   

Feature Story Michael Randall, GRDC Executive Director, on Stahelin Ave.

Water issues hinder neighborhood revitalizationResilient Neighborhoods Feature

Standing water on a four-block stretch of Stahelin Ave. in North Rosedale Park has stalled work to put new homes on vacant lots.

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Metroparks aim to raise $2.4 million for swimming equity and classroom science programs

A new initiative called Metroparks and Me will fundraise for a program that offers free swimming lessons and another that provides supplemental science lessons in under-resourced classrooms.

Feature Story The Misty Blues crew.

Open house and air show at Selfridge to highlight aerospace and defense in Macomb County

In Macomb, the aerospace and defense industry has been awarded more than $25 billion in contracts from 2010 to 2020. Now the county will celebrate with an open house and airshow at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base on June 8 and 9.