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Feature Story Gary Ringer. Photo by Stephen Koss.

Detroit firefighter takes on blight with deconstruction business

The fire-ravaged and neglected buildings encountered by Detroit firefighter Gary Ringer have become an unlikely source of inspiration.

Feature Story ComCap logo

National conference on local investing heads to Detroit

ComCap, annual conference on using community capital to promote shared prosperity, runs from June 11-13 at the College for Creative Studies' A. Alfred Taubman Center. The conference will feature more than 50 speakers, including Detroiters Devita Davison, Kwaku Osei, and Malik Yakini. 


Feature Story From Ford GoRide: Sean Zabawa (left), head of operations; Mike Cooper, head of growth strategy; Anika Brown, head of marketing & sales; Minyang Jiang, CEO.

By connecting people to resources, shared mobility boosts quality of life

Mobility innovators Ford GoRide and SPLT are connecting people with healthcare providers in urban and rural areas. With design at the center of their offerings, they’re doing so much more than moving people around — they’re addressing overall wellbeing, too.

Feature Story Auria's tufted carpet flooring.

Here's how ridesharing services will make vehicles tougher, quieter – and less smelly

The shift in the way we get around will also require some major shifts in the way car interiors are designed. Here's how one Southfield company is already responding to those challenges.

Feature Story jessica Care moore

jessica Care moore brings choreopoem ‘Salt City’ to Detroit

Poet jessica Care moore's choreopoem runs from June 13-16 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Development News Northwest Goldberg Art Park

Northwest Goldberg nonprofit raises more than $12K in crowdfunding campaign for art park

NW Goldberg Cares will build an art park by the fall as part of its efforts to revitalize the neighborhood located near Henry Ford Hospital and the Motown Museum.

Feature Story The American Center for Mobility was specifically deigned to put autonomous vehicles through rigorous testing applications. Photo by ACM.

Innovative test facilities advance mobility safety

Two Detroit region advanced mobility facilities were designed from the ground up using innovation focused on rigorous safety testing for connected and autonomous vehicles. We learned about the innovation behind the infrastructure design of ACM and Mcity.

Feature Story Auto Sens Conference

The road to Level 5 autonomy is still a long way off

Automakers are waking up to the realities of autonomous vehicles. In 2016, Ford said that it’d be mass producing vehicles capable of driving without the need for a steering wheel, pedals or a human — Level 5 Autonomous — by 2021. At a recent meeting at the Detroit Economics Club, CEO Jim Hackett walked that back, saying that while the 2021 goal was still in place, but the application would be narrow because of the complexities involved.


Feature Story Pontiac, Michigan

Silicon Valley-born entrepreneur commits to Oakland County for mobility startups

If there’s one common trait among entrepreneurs, it’s that they never stop pursuing a vision. Don Tinsley, Palo Alto, California, native and current Oakland County resident has pursued a lot of them. After a career at General Motors, Tinsley decided to go his own way through a series of small companies and is now running a private equity firm that specializes in helping banks restructure loans.

Feature Story Justin Tootla & Jennifer Jackson. Photo by Doug Coombe.

7 of Metro Detroit’s top chefs clue us in to their favorite local dish

We asked seven of Metro Detroit's top chefs to pick their favorite dish from a metro-area restaurant (other than their own, of course). Here’s what they told us.

Feature Story The Lenox Community Center has been shuttered for several years.

Residents weigh in on future of A.B. Ford Park, Lenox Community Center in Jefferson Chalmers

$5 million investment will help revitalize and beautify the park and reopen the shuttered Lenox Community Center.

Feature Story Green infrastructure in Royal Oak. Photo by David Lewinski.

Storms and climate change force Metro communities to think differently about flooding

It’s spring, and water levels are high. With big storms and flooding becoming more frequent, how are Metro Detroit communities preparing?

Development News eastern-market-may2019

Eastern Market looks ahead to the future with initiatives that aim to foster equitable development

Establishment of development protocols, the Metro Accelerator Food Business Incubator, and New "Eastern Market Partnership" name aim to solidify Eastern Market’s commitment to expanding the market and enhancing its authenticity, the organization says. 

Feature Story dorothy-list-may2019

Issue Media Group welcomes Hernandez as associate editorial director, Model D managing editor

The veteran journalist enjoys engaging different audiences and telling the stories that highlight Detroit’s diversity, entrepreneurial spirit, and change-makers, and looks forward to advancing that narrative in new roles.

Feature Story The patio at Ottava Via

The 6 best places to eat and drink outside in Detroit

With warmer weather on the horizon, you need to take advantage of the season every chance you can get. So here are Model D's favorite places to eat and drink outdoors. 

Development News The neighborhood arts organization Popps Packing is seeking to grow its interactive playscape Camp Carpenter, with the help of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Public Spaces Community Places initiative.

Neighborhood arts organization seeks to expand its summertime adventure camp

The neighborhood arts organization Popps Packing is seeking to grow its interactive playscape Camp Carpenter.

Feature Story Tome has worked on projects like the bicycle-to-vehicle safety (B2V) project to help vehicles recognize and register vulnerable roads users.

Inspired by automotive, mobility innovation moves much more than people

Modern mobility solutions running thousands of lines of code don’t resemble the four-wheels-plus-engine legacy automobile. Yet innovators are taking inspiration from the automobile industry to design and build solutions that move goods and services in new and efficient ways.

Feature Story Krista McClure of the Detroit Parent Collective

These 3 Detroit spaces are helping transform a strip of McNichols into a community hub

New community spaces have taken hold on the McNichols corridor in Fitzgerald and Bagley, including Neighborhood HomeBase, Detroit Parent Collective, and The Raw Space.

Feature Story Created by builder Steven Harris, Cocoon Detroit caters to city builders.

New coworking space part of Vanguard Community Development’s larger economic plan

Steven Harris' new coworking space Cocoon Detroit is a part of Vanguard Community Development's larger economic development plan.

Special Report Audrey Smith with a webcam used to connect child psychiatrists to students.

How technology is bridging gaps between healthcare and underserved populations

Technology is not the solution in and of itself for the many systemic factors that create health disparities in Michigan. But it does have wide-ranging potential to provide support for those who suffer from those disparities.

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