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What is ‘true’ community engagement? Exploring the trendiest term in Detroit today

When Dan Pitera gets really excited about something, he starts drawing.  That’s what he did when describing PlayHouse, a design for a performance space that utilized part of an abandoned house. Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC), a nonprofit University of Detroit-Mercy design firm of which Pitera is the executive director, made the renderings in 2010 for a community group that ...

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Boynton neighborhood rec center celebrates re-opening after millions in renovations and expansion

Residents of Detroit’s southernmost neighborhood are celebrating the re-opening of their recreation center after the city’s multi-million dollar renovation of the facility. The Boynton neighborhood, located at Detroit’s southern border, is a wedge tucked between the cities of Melvindale and River Rouge. It’s there where the city recently completed a $9.5 million renovation of that community’s Kemeny Recreation Center. Renovations ...

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How Metro Detroit’s retailers are their diversifying offerings to grow their business

Shopping malls closing. Department stores closing. Online retailers like Amazon opening distribution centers all over the place. At first blush, it might seem like traditional retail is in trouble. And perhaps some of it is. But not all. “People say that retail is dying,” Detroit boutique clothing store owner Rachel Lutz says. “I say that mediocre retail is dying.” Lutz, ...

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Healthy eating choices at home builds successful family business at Detroit Green Carrot

This article is the second in a series exploring the joys and challenges of running a family-owned business.  Eleven-year-old Barron McDaniel loves helping his mom run their food vendor stalls. It was because of him, after all, that chef Kamesha McDaniel developed her catering company’s healthy ethos.  McDaniel had noticed how processed foods affected her son’s behavior and decided things ...

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This cooperative childcare center offers more than just a place to drop off kids

Finding quality childcare and preschool can be a discouraging process for families in Detroit. This article is the second in a series that will dig into alternative childcare options for working families. Find the first article here.  Detroit Parent Collective (DPC) is both a space and a philosophy.   The space is a calming combination of a childcare center for babies ...

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PlanetM launches new million dollar grant program for Michigan mobility startups

This piece is courtesy of Driven, the story of how the Detroit region is leading the world in next-generation mobility. Mobility startups worldwide have even more incentive to test and deploy their technologies in Michigan with the announcement of a new grant program. PlanetM launched a $1 million grant to help startup companies test and pilot technologies such as autonomous ...

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How has Detroit remained the nation’s automobile hub? Technological integration

On Sept. 27, Ford celebrated 100 years of manufacturing at its Rouge Plant in Dearborn. And that’s just one example of the long history of engineering and manufacturing automobiles in southeast Michigan. Detroit area automakers and their parts suppliers have spent the last century building and refining the manufacturing infrastructure that serves the OEMs so they can create a variety ...

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Crimetown senior producer on why the podcast chose to cover Detroit for Season 2

Crimetown, a podcast about the history of crime in American cities, chose Detroit as its location for Season 2. Episodes cover stories of policing, the drug trade, political scandals, and more.  We spoke with Crimetown senior producer Drew Nelles about why the podcast chose Detroit, possible solutions to crime and corruption, and what he learned during his time in the ...

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