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Southwest Detroit

Of Shoes, Awards, Patrons, and Fracture Fairies

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 12.08.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

As I go through my recuperation, I find myself collecting the stories of friends who have been beset by the evil fracture fairy. Apparently this is a not uncommon rite of passage for those of us of a certain age.

Reflections on Cinco de Mayo Parade Incident 2014

Melissa A. Fernandez | Posted 07.06.2014 | Detroit
Melissa A. Fernandez

Our community has only a few opportunities to celebrate our heritage and our historical place in this city. Now, our justified celebration is reeling from this act. A family is mourning and a community joins them.

Insider's Guide To The Best Mexican In Detroit

Model D | Posted 04.30.2013 | Detroit

This post originally appeared in the April 30, 2013 edition of Model D. In the shadow of the Ambassador Bridge, Southwest Detroit’s Cinco de May...

Kids Learn To Love 'El Arte' In Southwest Detroit

modeld | Amy Kuras | Posted 03.27.2013 | Detroit

This story originally appeared in the March 26, 2013 issue of Model D. When you think "growing, thriving Detroit neighborhood," Corktown or Midtown...

Businesses Pitch In Millions For Mexicantown

WDIV | Posted 03.04.2013 | Detroit

Business owners in Detroit's Mexicantown are taking back their streets by helping light the way. Residents in the stretch of West Vernor said they ...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Park Slated For Closure Received Improvements Totaling $16,500 Last Year | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.01.2013 | Detroit

Last year, a large group of volunteers used a $16,500 grant, as well as several thousand hours of planning and work, to transform a park in Southwest ...

Southwest Detroit: Community-Driven Revitalization

Jay Walljasper | Posted 10.10.2012 | Detroit
Jay Walljasper

While the rebounding downtown and Midtown districts fit the usual pattern of urban progress-established institutions and developers guiding most of the changes -- other parts of town are following a different playbook for revitalization.

Opening The Door To College For Middle School Girls

Model D | Melinda Clynes | Posted 07.17.2012 | Detroit

This article originally appeared in Model D. From their home base on the second floor of the Commerce and Finance Building at University of Detroi...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

LOOK: Park Gets Huge Makeover In A Day | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.14.2012 | Detroit

When a group of lawyers decided to transform a neglected park in southwest Detroit, they put down their legal pads, picked up paint brushes and got to...

Nurturing Small Business In 3 Detroit Communities

Model D | By KATHRYN BRENNAN | Posted 06.20.2012 | Detroit

This story originally appeared in Model D. “New immigrants have been the lifeblood of American cities for our entire history,” said former stat...

POLL: What Should We Name The New International Bridge Crossing?

Posted 06.13.2012 | Detroit

We're still waiting for the formal announcement, but it looks like Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and the Canadian government will finally announce the pla...

Report: Despite Claims, Feds Deport Michigan Immigrants With No Criminal Records

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 03.22.2012 | Detroit

Undocumented immigrants who commit only minor infractions or have no criminal record make up the majority of Michigan's deportations through the U.S. ...

Fueling Detroit's Economy With Micro-Grants

Posted 03.20.2012 | Detroit

A new, $2.4 million initiative to pump up the economy looks beyond the boardroom to train an unlikely group of entrepreneurs: Small-business owners in...

INFOGRAPHIC: See Why Dems Are Upset About Michigan's New Districts

The Huffington Post | Simone Landon | Posted 01.25.2012 | Detroit

The U.S. Department of Justice has approved Michigan's Republican-designed redistricting plan, despite complaints from Democrats and a lawsuit that al...

Detroiters Respond To Moroun's Jailing

Posted 01.13.2012 | Detroit

When Matty Moroun was sentenced Thursday, tweeters caused a celebratory ruckus. After years of battling it out in court with MDOT, Detroit Internat...

At Detroit Soup, A City Comes Alive

Auren Kaplan | Posted 02.11.2012 | Detroit
Auren Kaplan

This experiment in micro-funding was already interesting before they served the soup. Then we all lined up and before too long, my wooden-crafted bowl was filled with a spicy vegan squash stew.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Southwest Side Story: Grief And Joy Run In Detroit Memoir | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 11.25.2011 | Detroit

Mary Minock has been writing since the '70s, but the poet and creative writing professor at Madonna University never planned to try her hand at memoir...

Them That Go Down to the River

Aaron Handelsman | Posted 01.18.2012 | Detroit
Aaron Handelsman

Not only must J.W. Westcott Company's crew adhere to the USPS's creed of delivering through rain, sleet, and snow, they must also battle fast-moving currents and factory-sized freighters that do not stop for their deliveries.

Why Choose Detroit?

Craig Regester | Posted 01.16.2012 | Detroit
Craig Regester

Why us "outsiders" are here in Detroit matters -- today and always. But for those of us who have chosen to move here -- to Detroit of all places! -- let's pursue a deeper understanding of our motivations.