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Development News Submissions are sought for a public mural along the north and south walls of the forthcoming FCA auto assembly plant on the city’s east side.

Call for artists: FCA and Detroit to open submissions for 1,500-foot-long public art mural

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the City of Detroit are seeking artists to design and paint what’s being billed as one of the largest municipal art installations in the city’s history.  

Development News Residents on King Street in the North End have made improvements to the house at 999 King Street over the years.

North End resident collective meets crowdfunding goal to turn house into affordable artist space

A collective of neighbors envisions 999 King as an affordable space for artists to work as well as a 3D printing lab.

Feature Story Students tour IAV Automotive Engineering in Auburn Hills on a Discover Auto tour.

Discover Auto introduces students to mobility careers through company tours

Students learn about the innovative work companies are doing up close and personal, while also being exposed to career opportunities in mobility. 

Feature Story King Solomon Baptist Church received a $500,000 Michigan State Historic Preservation Office and African American Civil Rights grant from the National Park Service in September 2019.

King Solomon Baptist Church seeks to canonize its roots, broaden its scope

Supporters of this historic church and its upcoming roof restoration say the project could have rippling positive effects for years to come — not just for the building in question, but for the surrounding neighborhood, too.


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Women in STEM propel the next generation at the Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center hosted a panel discussion with six women in STEM fields on Jan. 30. They answered questions related to their personal experiences as women in STEM, strategies to become better mentors, and their vision for the future of girls in STEM fields.


Feature Story Bags to Butterflies handbags are made from reclaimed wood.

Detroit nonprofit Bags to Butterflies helps formerly incarcerated women rebuild their lives

Bags to Butterflies is a workforce development program that provides employment and training opportunities for women re-entering society after serving time.


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Lawyers and doctors are teaming up to provide better health care – and legal aid – to Michiganders

Low-income residents' civil legal problems often receive inadequate or no legal help, and over a third of them are related to healthcare. Medical-legal partnerships are working to change that by integrating free, professional legal services directly into healthcare settings.

Development News Congress of Communities is renovating a house on St. Hedwig Street.

How Congress of Communities' youth-led center could be a model for collaborative, inclusive design

The resident-led organizing and advocacy group is renovating a house in Southwest Detroit that will serve as a community space.

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9 best spots to brunch in Metro Detroit

To help you cut down your Yelp-browsing time this weekend, we've put together this list of nine of the best brunch destinations from across the metro area. We'll see you in line.

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City of Ecorse studies region’s workforce assets and needs

Ecorse expects that information gleaned in the study will have immediate and practical use as the city pursues redevelopment projects across the city.

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City of Ecorse embarks on effort to reclaim waterfront assets for recreation potential

The City of Ecorse may not be known for its waterfront assets. But it's leading a growing movement to change how the city and its neighbors view their "blue" recreation and economic development potential.

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Ecorse, River Rouge join forces for West Jefferson corridor redevelopment

A walkable business district along West Jefferson Avenue, a riverfront residential mixed-use district, and kayaks paddling down the Detroit River. That’s the vision Ecorse and River Rouge leaders have for their cities. And they recently took a massive first step toward establishing a joint framework to make it a reality.


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Ecorse partners with MEDC to ready Mill Street property for redevelopment

The city of Ecorse is on the cusp of a new identity for the post-industrial era. Redevelopment of one industrial parcel is key to that vision.

Feature Story After shutting down in 1985, Stroh's returned in 2016.

Tapping into nostalgia: Detroit heritage beer brands Stroh’s and Altes see a resurgence

It's your father's beer: Stroh's and Altes are back in Detroit. What's driving the revival behind these brands?

Development News The portion of McNichols Road slated for improvements, from Greenlawn to Livernois Avenue, borders the Fitzgerald and Bagley neighborhoods.

Streetscape improvements announced for West McNichols in the Bagley and Fitzgerald neighborhoods

The portion of McNichols Road slated for improvements, from Greenlawn to Livernois Avenue, borders the Fitzgerald and Bagley neighborhoods, two neighborhoods identified by area Realtors as ones to watch for 2020.  

Partner Content ArtBlock serves as an arts-centric community center for the neighborhood.

ArtBlock aims to foster safe space and community belonging

A reincarnated party store helps promote the arts and community at the corner of Holden and Lincoln streets in Detroit. ArtBlock opened in May and represents a holistic investment into the neighborhood by Henry Ford Health System.


Feature Story Students listen during a class at NPower.

National nonprofit NPower launches tech training program in Detroit

NPower aims to connect underemployed and unemployed young Detroiters to high-demand tech jobs.

Development News The Public Thrift pop-up will be open Thursdays through Sundays from Jan. 24 through March 31 at The Corner in Corktown. 

Public Thrift pop-up store to celebrate grand opening in Corktown

Public Thrift opens in a retail space in The Corner development, located on the site of the old Tiger Stadium, as part of the Build Institute’s Pilot program.  

Development News Models Dusana and Jasmine pose for a photo shoot for Old Soul Vintage in 2016 on Belle Isle. "The looks were inspired by the 1970s western styles and mod styles. Detroit is usually the only place I choose to shoot," Capicchioni says.

Old Soul Vintage prepares for February opening in Midtown

Old Soul Vintage combines founder Mary Capicchioni's love of music, fashion, and giving back in new collaborative, community-oriented space opening in Midtown.

Feature Story Amber Lewis is the City of Detroit's social media and digital director by day, social butterfly by night.

24 hours in Detroit with Amber Lewis, City of Detroit’s director of digital and social media

As the City of Detroit's director of digital and social media, Amber Lewis knows a thing or two about what to do in the Motor City. Here's where she likes to dine, drink, and dance.

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