Detroit, urban planning, politics
The history of Michigan Avenue, our state’s most important road // Model D
Part one in a three part series examining the past, present, and future of Michigan Avenue. (Parts two and three)
The battle for buildings // Model D
In the last decade, efforts to preserve some of downtown Detroit’s most prominent buildings have had mixed results.
I spent a day on the world’s most pointless public transit system // Gizmodo
After 17 hours, 52 revolutions, and 150 miles, I learned a few things about Michigan’s longest municipal rail system.
Lost in Hockeytown: The Joe Louis Arena story // A Detroit Anthology
An examination of Joe Louis Arena from a book of essays on Detroit. (co-written with Matthew Lewis)
One of a kind house for asylum seekers faces uncertain future // Model D
Freedom House, a singular organization that offers comprehensive care to asylum seekers, has some difficult decisions to make in the coming months caused by successive pieces of devastating news.
Back to the future // The Architect
A profile of the underappreciated General Motors Technical Center in Warren, MI.
The environment, sustainability, science
Clearing the air: Health professionals tackle Detroit’s asthma epidemic // Model D
Detroit has one of the highest rates of asthma in the country. What are Detroit’s health professionals doing to tackle this epidemic?
Green Garage turns five // Model D
The small business incubator and coworking space in Midtown has proven the success of its triple bottom line approach.
Grown in Brightmoor // TBD Mag
A profile of the hydroponic grow operation, Artesian Farms, in northwest Detroit.
Foraging for flowers with Fresh Cut Detroit // Model D
I wrote about Detroit’s flora and fauna after following Sarah Pappas, owner of Fresh Cut Detroit, during one of her flower foraging excursions.
Detroit restaurants and farmers expand options for locavores // Model D
As Detroit restaurants become more dedicated to sourcing locally and Detroit farmers work harder to meet demand, the locavore’s dining options are expanding.
A green building culture emerges in Detroit // MLive
New redevelopments and renovations of buildings in the city are saving energy and money thanks to green practices.
Culture, people, entertainment
Women designers and the making of a modern General Motors // Metromode
An examination of the important role women have played in the last half century of design at General Motors.
Since 1947, Dutch Girl Donuts has proven a rare constant in a changing city // Model D
Dutch Girl Donuts, located on Woodward just south of 7 Mile, has been serving up fresh donuts at fair prices since 1947 — and it has no plans on changing.
Is being the coolest team in amateur soccer enough? // Model D
Detroit City FC has been one of the great American success stories in both amateur sports and soccer. Now they’re exploring a jump to professional status.
Detroit’s improv comedy scene is no joke // Model D
Detroit is not exactly NYC, Chicago, or L.A., but the local improv scene, which has produced national talents like Keegan-Michael Key, is thriving.
Finally, Detroit can stop taking itself so seriously // Model D
A story about how satire is on the rise in the city — and why that’s a good thing.