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Saline's Amped Up Alley

Smart growth means employing new and innovative ideas about overlooked spaces. Consider the alley, an urban feature that conjures up all manner of unsavory images. Some communities have discovered that what was once reserved for dumpsters and smoke breaks may actually be an untapped downtown asset. Just ask Saline.

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City kids: Building networks for success

Youth Employment Solutions and the Detroit Youth Development Commission's employment program help young people in Detroit develop skills needed to find jobs and prepare themselves for a better future. Matthew Lewis heads to Denby High to check it out.

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GameStart: Minecraft Class Is Now In Session

The computer gaming industry earns more than $60 billion dollars each year. Hollywood's use of computer animation only grows. Yet computer programming is not a focus in K-12 education in Michigan. The folks at GameStart see both an educational and entrepreneurial opportunity. They offer programming classes to 3rd through 8th grade students with a focus on the game that sets every kid's heart a-flutter.

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Urban dwellers: Detroit attracting city lovers with adventurous spirit

They're coming from New York and from the suburbs to live in a great city at a transitional time in its history. Call them empty nesters or just call them people of good taste finding the lifestyle they seek in Detroit. Dennis Archambault talks to three recent transplants. 

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E-commerce Pioneer Can't Stop Building Businesses

Need, meet solution. That, according to Stuart Carlin, is the basics of entrepreneurship. Recognizing the potential of the Internet in the '90s, this West Bloomfield serial entrepreneur saw his e-commerce biz flourish as others faded. He then took what he learned and applied it to his next business. And his next. 

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Six Habits of Highly Successful Metro Detroit Entrepreneurs

There are some who believe that "we become what we do." With that mantra in mind, Metromode's Jon Zemke asked six local entrepreneurs about the good habits they've developed on their path to success.

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Guest Blogger: Irene Spanos

Communications and IT have become the fastest-growing sector in Oakland County in recent years, according to Irene Spanos, director of the Oakland County Dept. of Economic Development & Community Affairs. She talks about why tech entrepreneurs are arriving – and staying – in the county.

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Opinion: Social entrepreneurship is sick

Writer and social entrepreneur Tunde Wey calls out the very hand that feeds him in this wide-ranging and romantic meditation on doers, fixers and problem solvers that reaches back to Henry Ford and looks forward to a more self-aware future.   

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Ann Arbor: Birthplace of the Ultimate Mobile Device?

Are you ready for your car to go driverless? While it's arguable as to whether Michigan will remain the international manufacturing center for auto bodies and interiors, the Ann Arbor area is likely to become the industry's brain center as research ramps up on wirelessly connected, self-driving car systems.

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Open City: Take your business to the best level

The group, which aims to strenghen the local business community, is partnering with Bamboo Detroit on this event, held Feb. 17, 6 p.m. at Cliff Bell's in downtown Detroit. Here's a preview.

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Cool Jobs: Iain Lanivich, Creative Director

Consider it a sign of the times. Lowe Campbell Ewald got its start as a Detroit ad agency back in 1911, relocated to the suburbs in 1978, then moved back to Motown last month. Creative Director Iain Lanivich wasn't only excited about the move, he created a video love letter to Detroit that ended up going viral. He heads to SX*SW next month to talk about the virtues of living and working in the D.

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AfterHouse: Fighting Blight by Growing a Greenhouse

Fire and blight have left more than a few holes in metro Detroit's neighborhoods. AfterHouse has an idea for a temporary solution: below-ground greenhouses. The organization, inspired by South American farmers who build subterranean 'walipinis' to grow crops year-round, is using a burnt-out house in Hamtramck as its prototype.

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Guest Blogger: Courtney Randolph

The new year offers up the opportunity to act upon old resolutions, or to make new ones. Courtney Randolph, program manager and volunteer coordinator at nonprofit 826michigan, outlines all the reasons to get involved in the community by volunteering at a host of worthy organizations.

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Palmer Park's turnaround and neighborhood revival

Great things are happening in Palmer Park, the historic, 296-acre greenspace and adjacent apartment district, which features a jaw-dropping collection of buildings built between 1925 and 1965. Matthew Piper surveys the past, present and future plans for the neighborhood.  

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Open City's 'Who's the boss?' recapped

So, how exactly are cooperative businesses structured? Last week's Open City panel talked of "one person, one vote," and "dynamic governance." Aaron Mondry was there and gets into the nitty gritty of the discussion in this report.
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