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Feature Story An inside view of Peaches & Greens new mobile market.

Resilient Neighborhoods: New director Fikre Prince wants to build on this Detroit nonprofit's legacy

A new mobile market and an expanded focus on affordable housing are just a few of the new developments happening at this Detroit CDO under the guidance of its new executive director.

Partner Content HFHS Farmers Market Food Navigators Amanda Krieg and Emma Shepherd at the Mt. Clemens Farmers Market.

Henry Ford Health System Food Navigators build better nutrition in Wayne and Macomb counties

Like their counterparts across the state, Henry Ford Health System Farmers Market Food Navigators help shoppers get the most out of their food dollars when purchasing fresh, healthy foods for their families at their local farmers markets.  

Partner Content A Minges Brook Elementary student tastes herbs from the school garden planted by students.

Calhoun ISD: Schools grow gardens and healthy habits with students and communities

The Calhoun Intermediate School District's Shaping Positive Lifestyles and Attitudes through School Health (SPLASH) programming has inspired healthy changes in the classroom, students' homes, and schoolyards.

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Southeast Michigan's parks work to be more diverse, equitable, and inclusive for all residents

Outdoor recreation professionals across our region have focused more attention on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and begun thinking about them in new ways, in recent years.

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Amid challenges, the Athletic Factory continues to support student-athletes on and off the courtThe Nonprofit Journal Project

This type of outlet has always been necessary, but I see it now more than ever with our community coming out of strict lockdown. Our youth have had nothing to do outside of video games, and indoor activities, which has hurt their social skills and social circles. These are both paramount for school-age children.   

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Border town blues: Exploring the Windsor music scene and missing Detroit with Canada’s Ron LearyModel D Explorer Series

“Detroit, the music, the culture, it’s just kinda part of the fabric of Windsor life. It's different here. It's kind of like half Canadian-half American,” says Canadian musician and Windsor resident Ron Leary. “It’s different than anywhere else I've ever been in the country.”

Development News Inside the new Red Hook cafe and bakery on Jefferson Ave.

The Red Hook cafe and bakery celebrates opening on the Dennis Archer Greenway

“We love the new location. We’re close enough to the other shops but not too close. And we love how close to the greenway and riverfront we are. It just seemed like a natural progression,” owner Sandi Heaselgrave says.

Longform Friends of the St. Clair River volunteers Barb Ford (left) and Chris Danner remove nightshade along the Blue Water River Walk in Port Huron.

Here's how an army of volunteers plays a crucial role in improving Southeast Michigan parks

Numerous volunteers help maintain, program, and advocate for parks and trails throughout the region.

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New book celebrates life of Detroit’s own ‘Baby Girl’ Aaliyah

As the 20th anniversary of the tragic passing of this beloved Detroit treasure nears, author Kathy Iandoli’s new book about the R&B legend reveals a full life of warmth and kindness that was cut short.

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RESPECT: Aretha Franklin’s new biopic celebrates iconic places in Detroit, NYC, and LA

In the film, Detroit is a lodestone for Franklin. As her home base, it is the place that she returns to time and time again. Most significantly, the film illustrates that Detroit is where she goes when things aren’t going well in her life and career.

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Historic Cochrane House bed-and-breakfast to host life coaching sessions

The beautiful art-filled 18th century Brush Park mansion that has been repurposed into a private luxury bed and breakfast will open its doors to the public for two exclusive life coaching sessions.

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The Anton Art Center works to engage audiences online and in-person as COVID-19 continuesThe Nonprofit Journal Project

I think it’s critical the arts be available for people to engage with and use as a tool to understand, to converse about, and to interpret what's happening in the world.

Feature Story “I feel like now, as I go through college, I'm appreciating the POP project more and more for what it prepared me for,” says POP Design Team alum Amar Haidar.

Dearborn public art project teaches students lessons about art and life

“I feel like now, as I go through college, I'm appreciating the POP project more and more for what it prepared me for,” says POP Design Team alum Amar Haidar.

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Garage Cultural elevates community and culture in Southwest DetroitModel D Explorer Series

“We want to elevate the idea that the people that have been here for a really long time matter, and their stories need to be elevated and respected as new populations come in,” says Amelia Duran, co-directora for Garage Cultural.

Development News SoapBox Detroit launched earlier this summer.

New website SoapBox Detroit aims to make city government more accessible

“One of the motivations for me is that city government really is a two-way street. This isn’t about applying further scrutiny to city dealings or broadcasting information on behalf of the city,” Daniel Arking says. “The more meaningful and deeper engagement from residents is a win-win for both sides.”

Feature Story Min. DeMarco Muhammad details how the Black Bottom neighborhood led to the development and formation of the Nation of Islam

Black bottom gets long-awaited historical marker

At a ceremony last week to celebrate the erecting of a new historical marker for the community, historian Jamon Jordan said that the history in the neighborhood went even farther back than the Black Americans who settled there

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Chef Phil Jones honored as ‘Chef of the Year’

Since the 1980s, Chef Phil Jones has been transforming Detroit’s foodscape through his commitment to making healthy food more affordable and accessible. He has found that food has the power to closely connect and improve communities. 

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Vanguard CDC finds new ways to engage Detroiters on community projects during COVID-19

I’m a tax lawyer by trade, and when I began practicing law years ago, I thought it was what I wanted. Then I got involved in community development and realized what it is to truly love your work.

Development News The restaurant hosted pop-ups this past winter, selling hand pies like the Pork & Pickle and Chicken Tikka Marsala.

European-style café, bar, and bistro to open in downtown Northville

The restaurant’s name, Toria, is a nod to downtown Northville’s Victorian-era heritage

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What will the future look like for Southeast Michigan's nonprofits?The Nonprofit Journal Project

How has the storm of challenges in the past 18 months altered the nonprofit world, for better or worse, causing leaders to question and reimagine their systems of funding, models of work, governance and values? 

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