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How metro Detroit cities are staying relevant in 'live, work, play' era of office space

As downtown Detroit's office space attracts growing companies with lifestyle amenities, can suburban communities keep up?

Detroit STEM programs launch local youth into science, tech careers

Michigan will need to fill an estimated 274,000 STEM-related positions by 2018. While the state is struggling to produce workers qualified to take those jobs, a handful of programs are helping fill the gaps and giving motivated local students a leg up in the world of STEM.

Faith, fashion, and the art of head-wrapping on display at multicultural expo in Dearborn

The exotic head wrap is once again having a fashion moment. Nowhere was this more visible than at the Headwrap Expo, an event that celebrated the art of head-wrapping last weekend in Dearborn.

Three lessons for making metro Detroit affordable for artists

Artspace’s residential projects fill a critical niche in a city’s ecosystem of affordable housing, particularly for artists. But making the case for public policies and resources to realize these transformative projects is challenging.

The future of Hazel Park: How a resilient, blue-collar city is reinventing itself

Hazel Park is building on its strong bones toward reinvention as an affordable hub for millennials.

The Porous Borders Festival to bring attention to Hamtramck's boundaries through art and activity

From May 16-19, over 50 performances and events will take place along Hamtramck's borders with Detroit and Highland Park as a part of the Porous Borders Festival. "The idea is to make the border visible with art and activity that brings neighbors together," says organizer Liza Bielby.

Specialized skills and knowledge sharing are hallmarks of emerging local 'maker movement'

In a city that has experienced a decades-long decline in manufacturing jobs, a class of specialized laborer and craftsperson -- the so-called "maker" -- has seen a modest revival.

Flower child capitalists turn low-profit company into gazelle startup, ardentCause

ArdentCause was launched with its co-founders resources and a few grants. Today, the social enterprise is on track to becoming a $1 million company.

The Matt Naas Variety Show at Ferndale's Go Comedy! is weird and hilarious

On the last Friday of every month, Go Comedy! Improv Theater in Ferndale puts on the Matt Naas Variety Show to packed houses. The show, which features a live band, is electric, fast-paced, and hilarious.

6 art summer camps in Detroit and Ann Arbor for your creative kid

From finger painting to sketching to sculpting, there’s no shortage of art programs and camps for your creative child. Whether they want to learn the basics or perfect their skills, there’s a camp in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor for them.

Getting metro Detroit millenials 'on board' and into leadership positions in local government

Millennials account for 29 percent of registered voters in the region, yet only 6 percent of board and commission members in metro Detroit are young people. So how do we get millenials "on board"? A few local young leaders have some ideas.

Healing fractured water: Great Lakes cities look to reintegrate the urban water cycle

Urban Great Lakes water systems are disconnected from the natural environment, but cities are looking to reintegrate them using green infrastructure and integrated management approaches.

Join us May 7 for MakerLab, a Metromode speaker series event

On May 7, Metromode and Model D are teaming up with The Henry Ford to bring you MakerLab, a series of live presentations by Detroit makers where they will discuss their craft and the city's growing maker culture.

Daytripping from metro Detroit: Five amazing destinations less than a tank of gas away

What's a wanderlusty Detroiter to do this time of year, when mid-winter voyages feel forever ago, but summer vacations still lie months ahead? Time to pencil in a day trip—somewhere you've never been to or perhaps never even heard of.

A guide to Record Store Day in metro Detroit

Metro Detroit is home to some fantastic record stores. Here's a rundown of a few of our favorites. Check them out on Saturday, April 18 for Record Store Day, then keep going back.
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