Business

How the city can capitalize on new development to secure stable, well-paying jobs

On July 23 this year, hundreds of people marched downtown to demand higher wages for Detroit area janitors. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 in Detroit — whose members clean downtown office buildings, Detroit Metropolitan Airport, and other places used by thousands every day — was in negotiations with several large employers. Its 1,700 members had just voted ...

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Why the process of developing a plan differs in each neighborhood

For the next few months, Model D will sit down with Maurice Cox, the city of Detroit’s Planning Director, to talk about the work of his department. Read the first article from our talks here.  Maurice Cox, director of the Planning Department for the city of Detroit, has set an ambitious agenda for his department. It’s currently developing or will soon ...

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This southwest Detroit community organizer is fighting for the rights of her people

Samantha Magdaleno’s journey as an activist started before she was born. Her uncle and dad worked for nonprofits, and her aunt is Mary Turner, whose name is emblazoned across the Center for Advocacy that is home to State Rep. Stephanie Chang’s office and community-based initiatives such as the fellowship program Girls Making Change. It’s no surprise, then, that Magdaleno began ...

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The southeast Michigan planners and designers working to make transit accessible for all

If you’ve spent any time in Midtown or downtown Detroit lately, you’ve undoubtedly noticed people riding red bicycles along protected bike lanes or zooming by on electric scooters. For workers, shoppers, or visitors, MoGo and Bird create affordable last-mile solutions to supplement public transportation and private vehicle use.  From autonomous shuttles and bike share programs to “blended” models that combine various transportation methods, ...

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Join us on Sept. 11 for “Real jobs in today’s Detroit,” our next Equitable Development panel event

How can the real estate process influence social and economic justice for Detroiters? How can we create well-paying, long-term jobs from all the new investment and development taking place in Detroit? On Sept. 11, well take a look at these questions and more at a panel event, the second of four, as part of our ongoing Equitable Development series. The ...

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Two Detroit placemaking campaigns take look to raise funds

Underutilized and vacant plots of land on both the east and west sides of Detroit are on the verge of transformation. The state’s placemaking initiative Public Spaces Community Places has picked up projects in both the Berg-Lahser and McDougall-Hunt neighborhoods, helping to raise the funds necessary to complete each. The Detroit-based nonprofit EcoWorks intends to build a green gathering space ...

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Photo Essay: Eastern Market, before sunrise

Between midnight and 6 a.m., Monday through Friday, every spring through fall, dozens of farmers fill Eastern Market’s sheds with pallets of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. The larger farms bring their crew and set up impromptu office spaces centered around desks dropped into their shed via forklift in the middle of their produce. Smaller famers bring a truck and friend ...

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