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What I've learned during Michigan's fight on home foreclosure

MSHDA is partnering with the state’s religious leaders and faith communities to help homeowners avoid foreclosure with a program that addresses each homeowner’s unique situation.

Guest Blogger: Martin Williams

Unlike many other cities that have long been in their heyday, Detroiters have the potential to reshape their landscape. Martin Williams, a graduate student in real estate at NYU, gives his perspective on Detroit from afar, and how a new design hotel could work in the city.

MAD Inspiration: Alan Bernstein's Quest to Make a Documentary About the "Usual Gang Of Idiots"

Spy Vs. Spy. Snappy Answers To Stupid Questions. The Fold-In. For 60 years MAD Magazine has made hysterical sense of an insane world. Royal Oak filmmaker Alan Bernstein is making a documentary about the satirical mag with the help of a highly successful Kickstarter campaign.

FilterD: May 2 - 8

Moody, introspective UK dubstar James Blake might be the best young musical talent you've never heard. Now's your chance. He's in town for the first time this Friday at Detroit's Majestic. Details in FilterD.

A Market Grows in Downtown Pontiac

If there's a canary in the coalmine for downtown vibrancy, it's a thriving grocery store. Lafayette Market and Cafe in downtown Pontiac opened its doors at the end of 2012 and is reaching beyond the loft-dwellers that live above to connect with the surrounding community. 

FilterD: April 25 - 30

The Blowout, now in its 16th year of rocking Detroit and Hamtramck from winter into spring, has expanded to include venues in Ferndale. Check the listings, put on your dancing shoes and get out there. See FilterD for details.

Rust Belt Market Redux: The Success of Small Businesses in a Big Box Store

What started as a noble experiment in support of local artists, creatives and vendors has turned into a vibrant success. Not only has Ferndale's Rust Belt Market been both a home and launching pad for new businesses, it's in the process of becoming an event destination.

Special Edition: Growing the Defense Industry

GraviKor, Plex and Patriot Services are firms that are expanding business in the defense and aerospace industry sectors. In this Metromode and Model D Special Edition, Jon Zemke shows us how this business gets done in Metro Detroit. 

Special Edition: Q&A with Gravikor's Jim Richter

Gravikor's Jim Richter is also the president of the Michigan Research Institute, a non-profit research incubator based in Ann Arbor that is working to help bring more cutting-edge technology into the marketplace. Jon Zemke asks the questions.

Guest Blogger: Alisa Peskin-Shepherd

In competitive business markets, all service providers are dispensable. Divorce attorney Alisa Peskin-Shepherd discusses how best to go it alone, while still making your business a standout.

Making Royal Oak Ground Zero for Film

Ed Stencel has been around the movie block. A Michigan native, he spent a decade and a half working his way into and around Hollywood. When the state's film scene caught fire he moved back, setting up shop in Royal Oak. Things may have cooled with cuts to the state's film incentive, but Stencel has remained passionate about building up the Metro Detroit film community.

FilterD: April 18 - 24

Culture Lab Detroit comes together Thursday at the College for Creative Studies in New Center for conversation and collaboration. It's free and open to the public. Get the details in FilterD.

Beyond Gaming Turns Video Game Competitions Into Cash

Some people take video games like Madden 360 and Call Of Duty very seriously. As seriously as say, golfers, pool hustlers, and card sharks. But how do online gamers put their money where their joystick is? Royal Oak's Beyond Gaming makes that possible. 

FilterD: Apr. 11 - 17

The Hounds Below head a rockin' lineup of five bands at Hamtramck's New Dodge Lounge. Turn it up and cut it loose this week in FilterD.

Guest Blogger: Rob St. Mary

In seek of new heights, former WDET radio host and lifelong Detroiter Rob St. Mary is gone, gone, gone to Aspen, Colorado. St. Mary reminisces on all that is Detroit and on the challenges and opportunities left behind.
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