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Longform Mount Magna at Holly Oaks ORV Park in Holly.

The DNR turns 100 this year. Here's how it's shaped Southeast Michigan's natural areas.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has created, managed, or otherwise supported numerous natural areas in Southeast Michigan over the past century. Here's a look back at the agency's role in the region, and where it may be headed next.

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Six of the top spots for Detroit fashion with style curator Marv NealModel D Explorer Series

These are the places where the Detroit fashion and wardrobe stylist not only shops for himself but for his clients, too.

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Here’s how sustainability plays a key role in the way this Detroit furniture maker does businessModel D Explorer Series

“What we need is high quality furniture that's not going to go out of style or break down. Furniture that can potentially be modular, to move with you and adapt to your lifestyle over time. That's really what we're after,” says Aaron Turk, senior vice president of operations and corporate development at Floyd.

Feature Story Inside the Flower Therapy exhibition at the Norwest Gallery of Art.

New Norwest Gallery of Art exhibit encourages healing through floral art

“Detroit has suffered so much loss from gun violence to this terrible pandemic that we felt the need for a space of healing and understanding,” Hamilton said in a statement. “Flowers helped us through our grief and this Flower Therapy exhibition is just that, THERAPY. An opportunity for encouragement to all who attend.”

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This Metro Detroit group is working to bring white people into the struggle against racismSURJ Metro Detroit's approach is a mix of education, outreach, and solidarity

Rather than focus just on self-education, SURJ focuses on organizing people and mobilizing them towards collective action for social and economic justice; and it takes take its lead from organizations led by Black people and other people of color.

Feature Story “I want people to know that they are beautiful before they get in my chair and after they leave because God made them that way,” says Williams.

Five Detroit makeup artists you should know

With weddings on hold, makeup artist Rashida LaShawn Williams was forced to innovate. She launched virtual classes that got more and more popular and, before she knew it, she was in a commercial alongside Jennifer Hudson and other Black, female entrepreneurs.

Feature Story Celebrated Detroit blues singer Thornetta Davis will perform at this year’s Sidewalk Festival.

Sidewalk Festival returns to Detroit to party with a purpose

“We are excited to travel to different neighborhoods across our great city to celebrate Detroit landscape and culture through interactive art and boundary pushing performance,” says Ryan Myers-Johnson, Sidewalk Detroit’s Executive Director.

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Power to the people: Nonprofit installs 10 solar-powered streetlights in Highland Park

“Our goal is to feel safe and secure and add beauty to our city. Adding these streetlights will do that,” says Avalon Village founder Shamayim “Shu” Harris. “We deserve this.”

Feature Story Commander Franklin Hayes walks with Adrian Tonon through downtown Detroit

Detroit after dark: A Q & A with Detroit's 'Nightlife Czar' Adrian TononDetroit’s Director of Customer Service sits down for a chat with Model D’s Editor at Large

Model D sat down with Tonon over an afternoon coffee to talk about what the future of Detroit’s nightlife may look like after a pandemic. We also asked him if he could build a “dream night out” in Detroit, what it would be. The answer might surprise you. 

Feature Story A billboard in Detroit advertises Automation Workz's cybersecurity bootcamp.

Meet the tech experts behind Detroit’s emerging cybersecurity industry

Last year, Michiganders lost over $83 million to cybercriminals. These Detroit tech entrepreneurs are working to thwart future attacks with democratized, equitable security solutions.

Feature Story Dr. George N’Namdi and Roderick Hardamon in front of 7303 W. McNichols

Acclaimed art connoisseur and partners to bring a living-and-retail experience to Live6

The project will catalyze the economic activity coming to the Bagley/Fitzgerald neighborhood by adding housing and shopping. Behind it is one of Detroit’s foremost art collectors: George N’Namdi. The property will be a work of art as well as a showplace for it.   

Feature Story The incomparable Sheila E wore a shirt belonging to Prince. The Purple Rain tour in 1984 kicked off in Detroit on November 4, 1984. The percussionist called her return to The Aretha post-COVID “a full-circle moment.” Photo by Monica Morgan.

The sound of music: Live performances return to the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre

Legendary performer Sheila E was the first major act for the Wednesday night jazz series at The Aretha.

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How do you feed a state in crisis? Michigan Food Security Council report plans ahead

A recent report by the state's new Food Security Council examines response to food security issues during COVID-19 and how we can learn from it in the long term.

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Gold Award Girl Scout recipient inspires others with her community service project

In true Girl Scout form, Isabella Cook saw a problem, took action to address it, and helped make the world a better place along the way. When Isabella Cook attended court she felt completely comfortable.  After all, it was her grandmother sitting on the bench in Oakland County’s Family Court and Isabella was there as part of “Bring Your Child to Work Day.”  But Isabella couldn’t help but notice how anxious and afraid the other children in court felt and her grandmother told her that testifying in court was often frightening and difficult for kids.    

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Opening minds: How psychedelic medicine is catching on in Southeast Michigan

As public perception of substances like psilocybin and ketamine changes, advocates hope to see safe, well-educated, and legal use of psychedelics continue to grow in our area.

Development News The Gateway to Freedom monument at Hart plaza honors Detroit's role in the Underground Railroad.

Detroit Greenways Coalition launches virtual bike tour of Detroit Underground Railroad sites

This new app helps you take a self-guided bike tour of Detroit Underground Railroad sites.

Feature Story A kayaker heads out on the water with a rented Simple Adventures kayak.

Kayaking in Macomb County is more popular than ever. Here's why.

Once considered an eyesore, the Clinton River is now a paddling destination. And its not the only place that kayak and canoe enthusiasts are getting excited about in Macomb County. 

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3 Lessons I learned while covering Detroit's Resilient Neighborhoods during the pandemic

These are observations that came to mind while I was covering Detroit neighborhoods during the pandemic.

Longform A hiker at Independence Oaks in Clarkston.

Trail etiquette: 8 rules to remember while exploring Michigan's great outdoors

What should park-goers be mindful of as they lace up their shoes to hit the trails? We asked parks professionals for tips on how to respect natural areas as well as the people (and animals!) we share them with. 

Partner Content The eclectic mix of retail and restaurants in the East Warren neighborhood is growing and creating a renewed sense of hope for residents there.

Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis strengthens ties to DetroitThe Motor City and FHLBank Indianapolis working to make positive change

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis may be headquartered in Indiana, but its district includes both Indiana and Michigan, where cities across the region are benefitting from partnerships between the bank and various community-based financial institutions and philanthropic organizations. The bank is making sure that Detroit is no exception.

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