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Jason Hall organizes a movement

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It takes heart to live in Detroit. Locals are quick to acknowledge their city’s challenges, and Jason Hall was no different. “I was feeling a bit beaten down by this city,” he says. But everything changed when a friend suggested he do the simplest thing: Take a bike ride to clear his head. “I got out and started to see Detroit in a different way,” he says. “On the ground level, you see the potential that exists. The city’s wide open for new ideas.”

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UIX invites urban innovators to exchange ideas in Detroit

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What’s next for your city?

This is the question Urban Innovation Exchange (UIX) will be asking at its first national convening Sept.  24-26 in Detroit, bringing together innovators from cities across the U.S. to share catalytic small-scale projects that are transforming neighborhoods.

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Gardeners transform site of former Detroit school

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A blighted Detroit neighborhood once stripped by scrappers has been beautified thanks to some dedicated gardeners.

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5 years bring occupants or hope to 31 vacant downtown Detroit buildings

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In August 2009, there were 48 big empty buildings downtown. Walk through the city’s central business district today and it’s hard to believe there were that many just five years ago.

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Stir It Up: There's a Detroit neighborhood with a new restaurant and three more slated to open

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The Avenue of Fashion may soon become the avenue of eateries. And that's a good thing.

The area of Livernois near Seven Mile Road was once known as an upscale shopping area. As the nickname implies, there were plenty of fashionable clothing stores along the strip.

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Get That Life: How I Became an Urban Farmer and Artist

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More than 80 years ago, Virginia Woolf insisted every woman needed "a room of one's own" to do her creative work. If you ask Detroit artist Kate Daughdrill, though, a whole farm is better. Daughdrill is an artist, teacher, speaker, and urban farmer who plants her crops in the middle of Detroit. She grows most of her own food on a multi-lot farm she cultivates with her neighbors, and she incorporates sustainable living and farming into her works. Daughdrill spoke with Cosmopolitan.com about surviving as a well-fed if underpaid artist, digging into the roots of your fears, and what it really means to live well.

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This Small Business Is 'Built on a Dream and Elbow Grease'

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While the tech world is enamored with seed and VC funding, mom-and-pop small businesses typically don't have the luxury of deep pockets. Most American small businesses, says Stephen Roginson, are built on a dream and elbow grease.

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Midtown to light up for Dlectricity

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Dlectricity, the nighttime festival of light and art, returns to Midtown on Sept. 26 and 27. A Detroit version of the “white nights” that have lit up New York and Paris for years, Dlectricity debuted to tremendous acclaim in 2012 despite miserable weather.

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Detroit: America's Emerging Market

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In August, a year after I wrote a TIME cover story on Detroit’s bankruptcy, I visited Motown again. This time I found myself reporting on a remarkable economic resurgence that could become a model for other beleaguered American communities. Even as Detroit continues to struggle with blight and decline–more than 70,500 properties were foreclosed on in the past four years, and basic public services like streetlights and running water are still spotty in some areas–its downtown is booming, full of bustling restaurants, luxury lofts, edgy boutiques and newly renovated office buildings.

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Reanimate the ruins: Ideas for the Packard Plant

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Three young architects, under the name Parallel Projections, came up with the idea of a global design competition to reimagine Detroit’s Packard Plant. They have no connection to Detroit but still received more than 200 entries from 30 countries.

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New site will help Detroiters recover stolen bikes

If your bicycle "goes missing," a new resource now exists to help you get it back. It will also help you be certain that the used bike you are about to buy was not stolen from its previous owner. The Detroit Bike Blacklist is a website where local cyclists can post profiles of their missing bikes (including photos, descriptions, dates when bikes disappeared, and contact information) in the hopes that people who come across them will return them to their rightful owners.

According to Detroit Bike Blacklist's founder, the site was inspired by a personal experience of purchasing a stolen bike:

"So, in October of 2013 I found out that the bike I was riding around on was stolen property.

It had been stolen from Eastern Market, donated to a local bike shop (by a parent maybe?), and I ended up buying it.

I pieced this together by meeting the former bike owner, and then talking with people at the bike shop. It was no one's fault - it just ended up that way.

But what if there was a way to check if the bike you were buying had been stolen?

Thus, the Detroit Bike Blacklist was born."


Have a look. Maybe you can help a fellow Detroiter get his or her bike back.

Source: Detroit Bike Blacklist
 

Relax! It's okay if suburbanites rep Detroit

"Where are you from?" asks a stranger on an airplane. It's a common first step in getting to know someone, especially when you're travelling.

"Detroit," you answer.

"Oh, Detroit, you say? Whereabouts, exactly? I love Detroit and know all of its neighborhoods."

"Well...er...I'm from Grosse Pointe Park, actually. It's an east side suburb of Detroit."

"Oh, I see..." says the stranger, putting on her headphones and raising her IPad, effectively ending all communication between you and her for the rest of your flight together.


But it doesn't have to be this way! Or at least that's what a recent article from CityLab entilted "Why You Shouldn't Mock Suburbanites Who Say They're From the City" argues.

"We need to allow for more wiggle room," write CityLab's Laura Bliss and Sam Sturgis. "Why? First, it no longer makes sense to generalize the experience of the 'actual city' as radically more heterogeneous than, or separate from, life in a suburb or exurb."

This of course raises the question, "Are all of us who live in this metropolis 'from Detroit?' And what does it mean when we build a barn between one municipality and another?" 

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Food entrepreneurs dominate Hatch Detroit

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It’s the most magical time of year: Hatch Detroit time!

Don’t know what Hatch Detroit is? That’s crazy! Let me tell you: It’s a 3-year-old business competition that offers a $50,000 prize (courtesy of Comerica Bank) to one lucky winner each year. The mission? Rebuilding Detroit by fostering retail businesses and restaurants.

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14 People Who Are Changing The Face Of Detroit

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Headlines don't paint a pretty picture of the Motor City. Last month marked the one-year anniversary of Detroit becoming the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy. Unemployment and crime rates remain unencouraging, and there appears to be a mass exodus of residents from the once prosperous metropolis.

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The Seafoam Palace: Opening a Museum for the Curious in Detroit

This one is a from a few months ago but recently got called back to our attention. Since we hadn't posted anything about it before, we're sharing now. We love the concept and the vibrant photos! 

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A group of artists and urban explorers are taking on the ambitious task of transforming a deteriorated building in Detroit into a museum of curiosity.

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