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Ah, Depot Town, Riverside Park, Frog Island. Ypsilanti is all about the perfect summer festival. And its downtown historic district is third in size in the state—only Detroit and Grand Rapids have larger ones. Its independent music and art scenes are thriving, and it boasts a diversity that very few other Metro Detroit cities can.


Matt Jones recording the River Street Anthology at Lo & Behold! Records

An Ypsilanti musician sets out to document the sounds and songs of Michigan

Matt Jones is determined to collect and preserve Michigan's musical identity -- one song at a time. He's recorded 150 artists for his River Street Anthology so far... and has no intention of stopping.

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.


You've heard about urban agriculture, but people are farming the suburbs, too

Urban agriculture in Detroit is a hot topic in the media and on social networks. Less talked about, however, are the projects that have quietly grown up in the city's backyard. That's right, a "suburban" farming movement is alive and kicking in southeast Michigan.


Is there a future for metro Detroit ganjapreneurs?

The politics of marijuana are shifting, and states like Colorado and Washington are seeing big growth in both entrepreneurship and tax revenues as a result. So where do metro Detroit providers stand since passing the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act in 2008, and does the state have a ganjapreneurial future?


A more efficient beer: Metro Detroit's greenest breweries

When you consider what it takes to make your favorite microbrew, there's no getting around the fact that it is an energy- and resource-intensive process. Metromode checks in with our most green-minded breweries and what they're doing to make a more sustainable beer.
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