Detroit, urban planning, politics

Welcome to an American City Where the Government Barely Exists // Splinter
An article about how residents of Highland Park, Michigan are forging ahead in a civic vacuum.

Rising rents. Falling wages. Detroit’s poor face housing crisis. // Bridge Magazine
Detroit’s low-income renters face an affordability crisis: too few subsidized units amidst a wave of new luxury apartments that are increasing median rent prices.

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)

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)

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.

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.

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.

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 a local flower farmer during one of her 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

Navigating a digital world after 40 years in prison // Splinter
A modern-day Rip Van Winkle, Ed Minor was confronted with a completely unfamiliar world upon leaving prison.

Red balloon rent-shaming riles Brightmoor residents // The Detroit News
Low-income residents of a development in Northwest Detroit have experience many indignities at the hands of the property management company.

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.

Can Detroit become America’s next fashion hub? // Crain’s Detroit Business
The main article in a special report examining Detroit’s fashion industry. Links to the three other articles in the report appear in the sidebar.

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.

Reflections of a revolutionary // BLAC Magazine
One year after her passing, the legacy of Grace Lee Boggs continues to influence Detroit – and the world.

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.

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