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Farmington residents enjoy upscale amenities, quaint architecture and an ever-improving downtown. At the heart of Farmington sits the Civic Theatre, a landmark old-fashioned movie house that still operates. The city already boasts strong community with festivals, a lively farmer's market and great parks. Plus it plans to aggressively expand its greenspaces downtown, making it even more pedestrian-friendly.



Examining the borders that define metro Detroit

As the city of Detroit recovers from bankruptcy, county power dynamics shift, and regional issues like water, sewer, transit, education and energy come to the fore, the borders that circumscribe metropolitan Detroit will impact an array of  important issues affecting us all.


How downtown Farmington grew a heart

How does someone talk about the heart of your downtown when there isn't one? That was the problem Farmington was facing. But with community involvement and an assist from the DDA, a former downtown parking lot became the Sundquist Pavilion and Riley Park. 


OpEd: Why DDAs should back business development

Downtown development authorities are commonly known for placemaking projects – capital improvements and programming intended to turn downtowns into gathering spaces. But critics claim such projects aren't translating into sales for local businesses. As such, Annette Knowles, executive director of the Farmington DDA, says business development should be high-priority on the DDA's list.


Municipal Millennials: Three Metro Detroit City Officials Who Are Under 40

Metro Detroit's city councils and commissions are mostly composed of older citizens. This tends to limit the interests and experiences of those charting their community's future. Metromode's Patrick Dunn went in search of a few municipally-minded Millennials to ask what got them involved and how others of their generation might follow suit.


Everything is Illuminated: Intellistreets Evolves the Humble Light Bulb

Let there be light... and sound and video. Farmington Hills-based Intellistreets is taking Thomas Edison's signature invention to a whole new level, using wireless technology to integrate digital information. It's only fitting that their product now illuminates his Menlo Park laboratory at The Henry Ford.
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