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Hatch Detroit: Meet the Top 10

The top four Hatch finalists selected from the online public vote will advance to the next round. To help you choose which business you want to endorse, Model D development news editor Nicole Rupersburg checks in with each of the semifinalists.

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Power up Detroit with a little giving

CultureSource is launching an online, crowd-funding source called power2give. The Eastern Market-based nonprofit arts and culture professional association serves nonprofits across the region. Executive director Maud Lyon tells us what the group is working on now.

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Speaker Event: Sustainable Living in a Capitalist Economy

How can we live more conscientiously in an economy focused on production and consumption? How well does Ann Arbor balance the two? Dr. Shelie Miller, a professor at U-M's Center for Sustainable Systems, speaks to this at Concentrate's next speaker series gathering. Sign up now for this Thursday's Happy Hour event!

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Clearing the Trail For More Talent

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund has been a big supporter of trail development projects in southeast Michigan, awarding over half of its municipal grant funding to the cause. These trails, many converted from old railways, connect downtowns with parks and recreation. The benefits aren't just health and recreation-wise, they're also economic, paving the way to attracting new residents. 

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Global Detroit: Attracting immigrants key to Detroit growth

The authors make a powerful point that the lack of new immigrant populations and diversity in Detroit has contributed to population loss and disinvestment in the city. They also propose solutions to help atteact and retain foreign-born residents.   

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Q&A: Charo Ledon of Casa Latina

Without a specific local neighborhood to point to, the Washtenaw County Latino community has been somewhat overlooked and under-served. In 2010, Charo Ledón decided to help change some of that dynamic by co-founding Casa Latina. Concentrate chats with her about the changes and challenges that face her community.

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Midwest immigration reform: A pragmatic answer to Washington gridlock

Statistics show an overwhelming amount of evidence that immigration is a viable strategy to stimulating the wider economy of the region, including the economic vitality of Detroit neighborhoods. Global Detroit convenes this week to take its initiative to the next level.

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Getting to the Airport: AirRide Provides First Step for Public Transit Option

DTW has been hailed far and wide as a world-class airport. Ground transportation to and from its terminals, however, have long been criticized as less than adequate. Last year Ann Arbor decided to address this shortcoming with AirRide, a daily public bus service that now averages nearly 1000 riders per week.

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Back to the Future of Food Trucks

In the last two years, Metro Detroit has been playing catch up to the nation's mobile food vending scene. Now food carts and trucks are hitting the road, even serving as trial runs for brick and mortar restaurants. Nicole Rupersburg, Metromode's food cartologist, dishes with a few of these mobile chefs.

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The State of Ann Arbor's Start-Up Culture

Serial entrepreneur and U-M lecturer Jim Price is not your everyday homegrown entrepreneur. He's a transplant who came to Ann Arbor in 1988 for a business opportunity and stayed, facilitating the success of several local companies. In a candid Q&A, Price weighs in on the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Juice Juice Revolution

Caitlin James went from Peace Corps worker to successful entrepreneur in less than three years. And she's yet to cross her thirtieth birthday. Partnered with her four sisters and mentored by Garden Fresh's George Vutetakis, James has turned DROUGHT Juice into the local food business to watch.

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Small businesses as third places experience growth

How many places do you have? If you're not sure, here's a recommendation: three. In this special report, we'll discover small businesses throughout Michigan that serve as "third places" for their communities, and are growing because of it. 

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Green City Diaries: Conserving water, improving neighborhood life

Detroit residents are finding ways to go blue -- meaning, they are learning about the practical environmental benefits of freshwater infrastructure by creating rain gardens and other water-based landscapes. Matthew Piper dives in to get the story.

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Metro Detroit's Hottest Home Markets

Houses are selling before they're listed. Buyers are getting into bidding wars. Sound familiar? No, it's not a return to the crazed real estate market of 2003... but a few metro Detroit communities are coming back with a vengeance. Why? Well, vibrant urban cores have a lot to do with it. 

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Publisher's notebook: The Avenue, a love story

With the "Light up Livernois" event coming up May 31-June 1, Claire Nelson takes a tuneful stroll down the Avenue of Fashion, shining a light on one of Detroit's most historic retail districts. Conclusion? Cooperation and collaboration point to an even more vibrant future.  
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