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.

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 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

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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