Peek inside the Packard Plant on guided tours

Peek inside the Packard Plant on guided tours

If you thought the Packard Plant, a crumbling monstrosity on East Grand Boulevard and Mount Elliot Street would never amount to more than a tragic example of Detroit’s automotive manufacturing decline, you likely don’t didn’t know a retail company – Pure Detroit – and its 18-year mission to promote and uplift the city. The Packard, […]

Angel investors transform Detroit’s business district and surrounding neighborhoods

Angel investors transform Detroit’s business district and surrounding neighborhoods

Angel investors and mission-driven developers are helping Detroit bolster its economic base, according to a recent series of reports from the Urban Institute. “Coming Back from the Brink: Capital Flows and Neighborhood Patterns in Commercial, Industrial and Multifamily Investment in Detroit” and “Mission Finance in the Motor City.” suggest the least trumpeted story is the […]

Local real estate expert Austin Black II trumpets value in Detroit’s neighborhoods

Local real estate expert Austin Black II trumpets value in Detroit’s neighborhoods

When young couples come to Detroit searching for the perfect Tudor in Green Acres or a Victorian house in Corktown they often face bidding wars, bringing prices up to the edge of their budget. “What makes the city appealing is its beautiful housing stock, its strong neighborhoods and that edgy sense of community,” says Austin […]

Pay and parity is the female battle cry for decades

Pay and parity is the female battle cry for decades

When it comes to equal wages and equal respect for equal work, just about every professional woman has a story to tell. A recent series on Amazon Prime, “Good Girls Revolt,” recaps such misadventures. Mine involves a green bikini and a press conference for a major auto maker in Omaha. I’d flown into Omaha with […]

Space Place: Co-working spaces enchant entrepreneurs citywide

Space Place:  Co-working spaces enchant entrepreneurs citywide

Nicole Bien’Aime, co-owner of Voluptuous Bien’Aime in Rosedale Park, found a location for her full-figured ladies’ boutique and an ocean of advice by attending a 20-week entrepreneurial training program offered at Grand River WorkPlace. Her picture window, pop-up store is the buzz of the neighborhood and a jewel in the co-working space on Detroit’s northwest […]

City Tour Detroit brings Underground Railroad to life

City Tour Detroit brings Underground Railroad to life

  A gaggle of people from Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church gather at Starbucks in Greektown for an adventure with the human time machine. They are waiting for Karin Risko to take them back to the 19th century when Detroit was a pivotal location for fugitive slaves seeking freedom and bounty hunters hoping to snatch them […]

Detroit kids on a better path thanks to Ed Deeb

Detroit kids on a better path thanks to Ed Deeb

More than 35,000 kids of varied ages, races, grades and abilities played games and learned about college options at the 36th annual Metro Detroit Youth Day held today at Belle Isle on Detroit’s waterfront. As always, founder Ed Deeb was there to cheer kids on and give them the confidence they need to carry them through […]

Portal offers a new way to connect

Portal offers a new way to connect

Inside a gold-painted shipping crate a tribe of t-ball players from the Rosedale-Grandmont Little League in northwest Detroit stand in front of an 80-inch screen and talk live with a family from Mexico City and their Schnauzer, Little John. They are buzzing with questions for people who look as real as if they were standing […]

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