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Re:publica Detroit event to explore access across arts, culture, mobility, new economy, and more

Re:publica Detroit, part of the Sequencer Tour, is based on the annual event that attracts thousands to Berlin every year. It invites residents, local artists, innovators, economic developers, community activists, and more to join communities across the globe in examining questions about access as they pertain to here, and as they may relate to other places.

Development News Kiara Dancy, Khadijah Harris, Skylah Pounds, and Rodney Bridges at city hall.

Youths play key role in Warrendale Cody Rouge revitalization plan

Nine local teens, many who have participated in the Cody Rouge Action Alliance Youth Council, and who live, work, worship, or attend school in the neighborhood, are making these development plans for their community alongside the city and adult residents.


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Water shutoffs, power failures and other issues leave Detroit vulnerable during heatwaves

Even though the summer is winding down and average temps this summer weren’t as scorching as years past, the reality is that climate change is contributing to higher temps in general, making this a year-round issue in terms of the design and cultural changes needed to live in this new normal.

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More than a Motor City: 5 Metro Detroit walking tours

There's a lot more to Detroit than what you see from your car window. Here are five walking tours that connect us with the other sides of the city, at a slower pace.

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For new moms, mood disorders are more common than you think – but here's how we can help

20% to 25% of women are at risk for first-time onset of mental illness after they give birth. But proactive interventions, support systems for moms who suffer, and more open-minded discourse can make a difference.

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Tiki bar 'boom': What's behind the latest revival in metro Detroit?

Tiki bars have come and gone, but the latest iteration of tiki, in metro Detroit at least, swings in favor of the fun and frivolous, a balm after the professorial stylings of the classic cocktail revival of the last decade.  


Feature Story Kerrie Trahan teachers yoga at Detroit's Palmer Park.

Kerrie Trahan's Yoganic Flow brings yoga to Detroit's underserved communities

Kerrie Trahan first discovered yoga in Seoul, South Korea. But it wasn't until she brought it home to Detroit that she realized its full potential to heal communities.

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Michigan to join Confluence of States bolstering outdoor recreation industry

Leaders from across sectors and around the state joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently to advance Michigan's outdoor industry. 

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Jefferson Chalmers residents weigh in on revitalization plan

The initial draft of "Building Jefferson-Chalmers Together, a Jefferson-Chalmers Mainstreet Master Plan” was unveiled at Hope Community Church on Aug. 30 after a week of visioning workshops held between residents and Jefferson East, Inc., a community nonprofit and its for-profit development subsidiary, East Jefferson Development Corporation, or EJDevCo. 


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Protected bike lanes and crosswalks approved for Hamilton Avenue in Highland Park

Protected bike lanes and improved pedestrian infrastructure have been approved for the stretch of Hamilton Avenue that runs the length of Highland Park, from north to south. The City Council approved the project, and it’s expected that construction will begin next spring.

Feature Story Students participate in Manufacturing Day 2018.

Metro Detroit students get hands-on experience with manufacturing careers through MFG Day events

The nationwide Manufacturing Day movement encourages manufacturers to open their doors to high school students for a day, introducing them to what a career in manufacturing entails and hopefully piquing their interest. 

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Ponyride 1.5: Maker space looks ahead to the future after moving from Corktown to Core City

What's next for Ponyride? For now, it's focusing on what they’re good at while working toward an expanded campus model, one that supports their own maker space and others, as well. Also in the works is a $2 million small business loan fund, a public sculpture park, and more.

Feature Story A centering pregnancy group at Covenant Community Care.

Michigan moms-to-be are trading traditional prenatal OB visits for group sessions – and loving it

Centering pregnancy groups offer moms traditional prenatal medical care, but also a social atmosphere that creates strong bonds and has demonstrated positive effects on moms' and babies' health.

Feature Story Jerry Hebron, executive director of Oakland Avenue Urban Farm

How food advocates are nourishing the North End neighborhood

As the home of Oakland Avenue Urban Farm and the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network’s upcoming co-op, the North End is a model for what a food-sovereign city can look like.

Feature Story After an event for Detroit Art Week, people enjoyed a campfire at Indus Detroit gallery space with halal s'mores.

Traveling exhibit explores the idea of a Halal Metropolis in Metro Detroit

The project is an effort to showcase Michigan Muslims as everyday people who have oftentimes been left out of the dialogue or are portrayed negatively in the media and political spheres.


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Community input sought for Jefferson-Chalmers master plan

The master plan, titled "Building Jefferson-Chalmers Together, a Jefferson-Chalmers Mainstreet Master Plan," is the result of a partnership between East Jefferson Development Corporation, or EJDevCo, and Jefferson East, Inc.

Feature Story Christina Pavlak.

Michigan’s home visiting programs bring support to new parents

A wide range of perinatal home visiting programs bring professional support to Michigan's new moms and moms-to-be, helping to fill the void of community support and develop vital skills. 

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Garage Cultural director Amelia Duran aims to help Southwest Detroit's kids hang onto heritage

Southwest Detroit's culture and creative talent will be the focus of NOIS, a community arts hub adjacent to Garage Cultural.

Feature Story Thanks to the increase of podcast studios in Metro Detroit, aspiring podcasts have more opportunities to carve out their space in the podcast world.

Metro Detroit podcasts you should be listening to now

So many podcasts, so little time. We put on our headphones to find locally focused and produced podcasts for every taste.

Feature Story Robin Kinnie at Motor City Woman Studios

Aspiring Metro Detroit podcasters find their voice through studios and DIY options

"If you can dream it, you can do it, you can podcast it," says Robin Kinnie, president and CEO of Motor City Woman Studios.

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