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Can small ideas add up to big change for cities? 13 projects that prove they can (VIDEO)

Urban revitalization is not built on stadiums and skyscrapers alone. Vibrant cities begin with passionate people working on the ground, doing the creative heavy lifting to make their communities better. Leading up to Urban Innovation Exchange Sept. 24-26 in Detroit, we take a look at 13 small projects with big potential.

Toward an Innovative City

"Detroit and the Innovative City" is a report on how to make Detroit a more innovative city that includes a deep dive into latest thinking on innovation in general, defines the three principles of an innovative city, and provides cross-sectoral recommendations for creating an innovation eco-system in Detroit. Here co-author Chad Rochkind shares some insights into the report and key takeaways on how to make Detroit the social innovation capital of the world.

UIX Q&A: Jessie Feller, Meeting of the Minds

Meeting of the Minds is one of the premier annual leadership summits focused on urban sustainability, innovation and connected technology. The organization will hold its annual conference in Detroit this year September 30 through October 2. Here Managing Director Jessie Feller introduces Detroiters to the concept.

Knight Arts Challenge seeks best ideas for the arts in Detroit

Beginning March 10, Detroiters will once again have an opportunity to win funding for their arts projects through the Knight Arts Challenge, offering a share of $3 million for arts and culture projects that engage and enrich the city. The deadline for the contest, now in its second year, is April 7. 

Detroit, get ready for transit-oriented development

Public officials and developers across the region are preparing to reap the economic potential of functional transit, something many cities across the country have already done. How it gets done in Detroit is critical to its success, writes Nina Ignaczak.
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UIX: Portraits of Detroit Innovation

For the last 3 years, UIX has been documenting the growing movement of artists, makers, entrepreneurs and innovators leading creative neighborhood transformation in Detroit. In this look back, photographer Doug Coombe shares some of the people, projects & places he has captured along the way. Want the full experience? Join us at #UIXDET Sept 24-26, 2014 in Detroit. Music: "Baptism" by Passalacqua, off their new album CHURCH

VIDEO: Vacant Not Blighted - Revitalizing Detroit

Detroit is facing enormous challenges with an abundance of vacant and abandoned buildings in the city. Demolition is a necessary part of moving the city forward, but Detroit can't just demo its way to revitalization. Here, individuals on the ground in Detroit show that through strategic preservation and rehabilitation of commercial and residential structures, you can change the dynamic one building at a time and demonstrate that just because it's vacant, doesn't mean it's blighted. Video by Michigan Historic Preservation Network.

VIDEO: Dan Kinkead, Detroit Future City

Dan Kinkead, director of projects of the Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office, discusses the future of Detroit Future City and how his team is taking the next steps from strategic framework study to physical implementation. Video by DETROIT LIVES

VIDEO: Stories from the new economy - NEIdeas, rewarding ideas for business growth

Last month the New Economy Initiative launched NEIdeas, a challenge that will award $500,000 in prizes to existing businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park.

VIDEO: Michael Forsyth, REVOLVE Detroit

Michael Forsyth, Retail Business Development Manager of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) and leader of the DEGC's collaborative neighborhood renewal program REVOLVE Detroit, discusses how Detroit can be a world leader in how communities approach redevelopment. 
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