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Terry Blackhawk teaches Detroit kids the power of poetry through the InsideOut Literary Arts Project

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InsideOut Literary Arts Project started out as so many other well-intended projects do: as an idea that didn't quite seem realistic enough to become reality. Until it did.

It is worth quoting InsideOut founder and director Terry Blackhawk at length here, when she explained the origins of InsideOut in an op-ed for Huffington Post Detroit...

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Detroit corner grocer keeps tradition fresh

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David Kirby and Caitlin James are out to prove there’s still a place for the traditional corner grocer.

Walk through the door of their Parker Street Market in Detroit’s West Village and you’re almost transported back in time. A wooden crate of organic apples — 85 cents each — sits on a windowsill next to a similar crate of $1.25 sweet potatoes.Standing across the 800-square-foot space, a hand-made shelf holds a plate of fresh peppers, oranges and eggplants, arranged like a painter’s still life.

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Meet the Detroit Knight Arts Challenge finalists

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Thank you, Detroit. For the second year of the Knight Arts Challenge, we received close to 1,000 thoughtful ideas for how the arts can play a role in engaging people in creative play, in the development of new and innovative artistic forms and in the importance of building a supportive community for artists, to name a few.

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2014 Kresge Artist Fellows

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Kresge Arts in Detroit is honored to announce the 18 recipients of the 2014 Kresge Artist Fellowships, including eight artists and one collaborative group selected in Dance/Music and, for the first time, nine artists selected in Film/Theatre. The Fellowships, funded by The Kresge Foundation and each consisting of a $25,000 prize and professional practice opportunities, are awarded annually to metropolitan Detroit artists for their exceptional commitment to artistic achievement and strong contributions to their respective communities.

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Made in Detroit: Hackers, builders, inventors and artists 'reinvent the wheel' at Red Bull Creation

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In the middle of the Recycle Here! workshop hangs a giant clock counting down the hours left during the Red Bull Creation challenge.

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Detroit's Got Talent

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The secret’s out. Entrepreneurs, engineers and investors – even those without any prior connections to the city – are packing up and moving to Detroit to be a part of the magic that’s happening here. I frequently have the opportunity to chat about the city’s appeal, the state of the business environment, and why so many entrepreneurs and investors have decided Detroit was the place to be.

Why Detroit?

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New CIO Beth Niblock starts from scratch to overhaul Detroit's 'fundamentally broken' IT system

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First things first: Beth Niblock has no control over the parking meters.

And yes, the city's new chief information officer has received her share of parking tickets since moving to Detroit from Louisville, Ky., in February. More than half the city's meters are broken, which made paying for parking in the middle of the polar vortex a challenge.

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Group gains traction by recycling leftover tires from city's ruin

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A few miles north of the Shinola Midtown store, where Detroit grit is polished, assembled and sold at breathtaking premiums, the Rev. Faith Fowler is pioneering her own authentic take on Detroit retail.

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Detroit's first 'innovation district' an evolving cluster of creative biz

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Last month, Mayor Mike Duggan announced the formation of Detroit's first "innovation district," stretching up Woodward Avenue from the riverfront to New Center.

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The Post-Post-Apocalyptic Detroit

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In downtown Detroit, at the headquarters of the online-mortgage company Quicken Loans, there stands another downtown Detroit in miniature. The diorama, made of laser-cut acrylic and stretching out over 19 feet in length, is a riot of color and light: Every structure belonging to Quicken’s billionaire owner, Dan Gilbert, is topped in orange and illuminated from within, and Gilbert currently owns 60 of them, a lordly nine million square feet of real estate in all. He began picking up skyscrapers just three and a half years ago, one after another, paying as little as $8 a square foot. He bought five buildings surrounding Capitol Park, the seat of government when Michigan became a state in 1837. He snapped up the site of the old Hudson’s department store, where 12,000 employees catered to 100,000 customers daily in the 1950s. Many of Gilbert’s purchases are 20th-century architectural treasures, built when Detroit served as a hub of world industry. He bought a Daniel Burnham, a few Albert Kahns, a Minoru Yamasaki masterwork with a soaring glass atrium. “They’re like old-school sports cars,” said Dan Mullen, one of the executives who took over Quicken’s newly formed real estate arm. “These were buildings with so much character, so much history. They don’t exist anywhere else. And it was like, ‘Buy this parking garage, and we’ll throw in a skyscraper with it.’ ”

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A Detroit Business Incubator with an Industrial Edge

It looks like a small town mechanic’s shop crossed with a Gehry sketch. But for all the excitement happening on the exterior of Practice Space, a business incubator in Detroit, there’s a lot more going on inside, where new businesses are being built. Visually, the burly, brick wall represents the heft and hustle of Motown, while the metal exterior speaks the same techno-utopian language referenced by the city’s forward-thinking techno producers. In short, Practice Space seems to capture a moment in time in Detroit, when revitalization and retooling offer a new vision for old neighborhoods.

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Michael Forsyth and Lori Allan, Winners: Intrapreneur

When Michael Forsyth joined the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. as business development manager nearly three years ago, he was given the task of increasing the number of small businesses outside the immediate downtown Detroit area.

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The Rise of Innovation Districts

A new complementary urban model is now emerging, giving rise to what we and others are calling “innovation districts.” These districts, by our definition, are geographic areas where leading-edge anchor institutions and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, business incubators and accelerators. They are also physically compact, transit-accessible, and technically-wired and offer mixed-use housing, office, and retail.

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Wall that once divided races in Detroit remains, teaches

When Eva Nelson-McClendon first moved to Detroit's Birwood Street in 1959, she didn't know much about the wall across the street. At 6 feet tall and a foot thick, it wasn't so imposing, running as it did between houses on her street and one over. Then she started to hear the talk.

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How one man's vision persuaded national Islamic conference to come to Detroit

The view from Syed Mohiuddin's 15th-floor apartment balcony in downtown Detroit was idyllic, with the glint of the Detroit River, Hart Plaza, Campus Martius Park and cityscape all in view.

But as he looked down on a July day in 2009, there was one thing missing: No one was walking around.

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