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Development News The Downtown Detroit Partnership aims to bring an off-leash dog park to Capitol Park in downtown Detroit.

Placemaking in the news: Efforts to raise funds for Capitol Park dog park near deadline

A crowdfunding campaign was launched on Thursday, Sept. 19, as part of the MEDC’s placemaking initiative, Public Spaces Community Places. Should the DDP successfully raise $50,000 by Tuesday, Nov. 19, the MEDC will contribute an additional $50,000 matching grant.  

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Southwest Detroiter helps young media makers learn the ABCs of DET

The ABCs of DET aims to engage community residents in the process of choosing one defining element of their neighborhood for each letter of the alphabet and then producing a 30-second PSA about each one.


Feature Story PPAP Manager cofounders Rene Pons and Vinnie Delgado with TechStars Detroit managing director Ted Serbinski.

Mexican-founded PPAP Manager finds home in the Motor City through TechStars Detroit

After joining the TechStars Detroit business accelerator in July, Vinnie Delgado says his company will be moving to Detroit for good. 

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Mobility Moments Podcast: Emily Heintz, EntryPoint

Mobility entrepreneurship is growing in Michigan. But what do these startups need for success? We talk with Emily Heintz, founder and managing director of EntryPoint about economic development, sustainability, and inclusion in Michigan's high-tech mobility ecosystem.

Feature Story Community members, artists, and Henry Ford Health System employees gather for the open house earlier this year for ArtBlock.

Henry Ford Health System takes holistic, multifaceted approach to neighborhood investment

Henry Ford’s latest projects — a cancer pavilion, laundry facility, and arts-centric community hub — are a part of other Detroit institutions’ recent investment in the community.

Buzz Pianist and composer Pamela Wise is using art to facilitate conversation on gentrification in Detroit at a concert on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Concert and community dialogue to tackle gentrification in Detroit neighborhoods

Pianist and composer Pamela Wise's experiences as a Detroiter and speaking with residents form the basis of Matrix X Detroit—The Gentrification Nation, a concert and community discussion on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Shrine of the Black Madonna.

Development News Eden Gardens Block Club received a KIP:D grant in 2017 to purchase and rehab of a house on Detroit’s east side to use as a training center. The grant “was a hallelujah moment,” says Eden Gardens Block Club President Karen Knox, center.

Applications now open for Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit grants for local nonprofits

Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit (KIP:D) has awarded 99 grants since 2015 for a total of $10.4 million across the city for projects ranging from repurposing of vacant lots for creative green uses to shared kitchen spaces for neighborhood co-ops. 


Development News MoGo Detroit's reach is about to expand significantly as the organization has announced an additional 140 bikes and 31 new stations set to debut in spring 2020.

Nonprofit bike-share system MoGo to expand into northwest neighborhoods, suburbs

MoGo currently has 480 bikes spread across 44 stations throughout Detroit. Its reach is about to expand significantly as the organization has announced an additional 140 bikes and 31 new stations set to debut next spring.  

Development News Angela Wisniewski, owner of Coup D'etat lifestyle boutique in New Center.

Coup D'etat lifestyle boutique opening in New Center

Coup D'etat in New Center is a culmination of Angela Wisniewski's experience in media and lifelong interest in creating a retail experience.

Feature Story Attendees take part in a healing justice workshop that involved members of Healing by Choice! at the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at the WSU Law School in October.

Healing justice group Healing By Choice! engages community in wellness activities

Community Care Circles allow participants to engage in a multi-layered communal process of healing, sharing, listening, support, reflection, and transformation.

Feature Story A shelf of books at Room Project in New Center.

These Detroit spaces and organizations are helping to foster the city's literary arts community

From coworking spaces to residential homes transformed into literary centers, local writers of all ages can find community all around town.

Feature Story To some residents, the neighborhood is Northwest Goldberg. To others, it's Zone 8.

Drawing the line: Northwest Goldberg, Northwestern Goldberg Community, or Zone 8?

What's in a name? For some residents, the neighborhood is Northwest Goldberg, named after a popular school board member. To others, it's Zone 8.


Development News Owner Jeffrey Lewis envisions Morningside Café as a place for neighbors to gather over a cup of coffee, tea, or smoothie. Morningside Café also plans on carrying baked goods, breakfast foods, and more.

Entrepreneur launches crowdfunding campaign to bring Morningside Café to east-side neighborhood

For Jeffrey Lewis, a resident of Morningside, the café is an opportunity to provide his neighbors with a place to gather over a cup of coffee, tea, or smoothie. 

Feature Story Aerotronic CEO Chris Chance surveys utility poles from a helicopter.

With PlanetM grant, Detroit company develops autonomous drone to survey tops of utility poles

Aerotronic's drone will gather information that can be crucial in helping energy companies to prevent power outages, with support from a $50,000 PlanetM grant.

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HUDA Clinic prescribes food as medicine for uninsured Detroiters

The clinic, which offers free health care for uninsured and underinsured patients, supplies free fruits and vegetables to help patients address their health through their diets.

Feature Story Michigan Department of Education partnership agreement liaison Lisa Francisco; Battle Creek Public Schools superintendent Kim Carter; and Battle Creek Community Foundation president and CEO Brenda Hunt at a Bearcat Meeting.

Battle Creek meetings bring schools, health providers, law enforcement together to help kids thrive

Numerous Battle Creek-area organizations convene monthly with the shared goal of helping improve kids’ academic performance and their physical and mental health. 

Feature Story Sean Patrick of Willis Show Bar

Here’s how Willis Show Bar co-owner Sean Patrick spends a day in Detroit

Detroit still has a long way to go in building a robust nightlife economy, like the scenes in Berlin and New Orleans. But there's still plenty to eat, see, and do, so we asked Detroiters how they spend 24 hours in the city in this new series. First up: Willis Show Bar co-owner Sean Patrick.

Feature Story After participating in an entrepreneurship camp at Michigan Science Center, Cayla Thomas had a business plan for her nail polish line — and a goal to become a chemical engineer.

STEMinista Project collaborative partners work to remove barriers for girls pursuing STEM careers

The lack of female role models in STEM occupations can play a role in discouraging girls from STEM careers, and that’s where Michigan Science Center's STEMinista Project and its collaborative partners come in. 


Feature Story The former Immaculata High School, closed in 1984, will be renovated to house the new high school in Fall 2020.

What you need to know about the closing of Marygrove College

After efforts to reinvent itself as a graduate-only institution couldn't help save it, what's next for the students of Marygrove College and how will its closure affect the neighborhood?

Development News Once adorned atop the Professional Plaza building, the series of neon hammer-and-nail signs served as a beacon in the Detroit sky, and is now seen at Hammer & Nail cocktail bar.

New Midtown bar Hammer & Nail draws inspiration from mid-century cocktail scene of Detroit

Hammer & Nail, which opened on Friday, Oct. 18, features both a food menu and a drink menu inspired by the era of the building’s construction. The Professional Plaza building opened in 1966.  

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