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Detroit. The D. Motown. The Motor City. Michigan's biggest city has had some rough times, but in many ways, is on the rise. Detroit is where Art Deco skyscrapers rise blocks from restored Victorian cottages and where hip new art collectives belly-up next-door to neighborhood dive bars. With Wayne State University, University of Detroit Mercy and Marygrove College providing the brain power, exciting incubators like TechTown providing an economic catalyst, and sharp new lofts selling like hotcakes, Detroit is making some major moves in the 21st century.

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A bike lane on Van Dyke in Warren

What are metro Detroit's most bike-friendly communities?

Who are the contenders and who are the pretenders? And how are we creating a shared vision for a regional network of cycling infrastructure?

Alma Wheeler Smith at the Blake Transit Center

Connecting Detroit and Ann Arbor with transit: What's next for the Michigan Avenue corridor

It took decades to happen, but metro Detroit is finally developing a regional transportation plan, and it includes Ann Arbor. Getting DDOT, SMART and AAATA to work together is instrumental if we're serious about changing the ignoble fact that we're the only metro in the nation's top 25 to lack such a system.

A young Detroiter in the produce aisle

Fighting food insecurity in Detroit

Food insecurity is one of the biggest challenges to the healthy development of young children in Detroit, but a number of groups and programs are working to change that.

Mike Score, president of Hantz Woodlands

Nowhere to go but up: Growing metro Detroit's tree canopy

After being battered by Dutch elm disease and then emerald ash borers, the number of trees in metro Detroit and Michigan's other urban centers has nowhere to go but up. And groups around the region are helping accelerate that growth.

Maia Crown Williams, organizer of MECCAcon

The changing face of the comics industry is on display in Detroit

This fall in Detroit, two new conventions will bring the work of women and people of color to the forefront of the comics industry.
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