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Detroit Revitalization Fellow: Felicia Andrews

She started making a difference in Johannesburg and London, came home to attend U-M Law before returning to work in Africa. But Felecia Andrews found her calling where she began, in her native Detroit. Jay Walljasper makes the introduction.


UIX people and projects: Malik Yakini and D-Town Farm

Meet urban agriculture pioneers the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, a group advocating for food justice for Detroit’s majority African-American community. Writer Tunde Wey takes it all in for Model D.


The audacity of the Talent Dividend

A conversation with Kresge Foundation program directors on the value of working with communities, and why small changes have the potential to make big impact toward college completion in America. 

Electirc Vehicles

Building A Plug-In Electric Vehicle Community

Michigan's electric vehicle industry is poised to churn out more and more of the long-awaited, zero-emission vehicles. As the market grows, the AnnArbor-based Clean Energy Coalition and its partners are leading a statewide effort to make sure Michigan communities are ready for the rush.

Robert Metcalf's Richard Crane House

Modern Yet Historic, Vintage Yet Sustainable

When Ann Arbor's most prolific Modern architect, Robert C. Metcalf, completed his first commission, it was on the forefront of energy efficient design. Now, sixty years later, our standards have evolved and the house is being lovingly revived in a way that improves the efficiency without compromising the design.


People, place and potential: Midtown business keeps money in the neighborhood

Business diversity plus urban density give Midtown an advantage in creating commercial opportunities and jobs. Guest commentator Scott Benson of Midtown Inc. gives us a tour of the ecosystem.

Ashish Kumar of the Wolverine Venture Fund

Student Powered Investments

What happens when you give 24 college students a few million dollars to invest in start-ups? They double their investment value within a few years. The Wolverine Fund is one of three venture capital programs created by the University of Michigan to give students an insider's view of investment and entrepreneurship.


Detroit SOUP: Like Christmas in July

Get ready for the next Detroit SOUP dinner party and micro granting event Aug. 3 by reading about last month's steamy exercise in hyperlocal social entrepreneurship. Let Amy Kaherl be your guide.


UIX people and projects profiled: Vanita Mistry

Starting with five of her friends as customers, today Mistry has a client roster of 37 households for her curbside recycling business. And hold on: she does it by bicycle. Tunde Wey catches up to tell her story.


Getting buzzed about neighborhood coffee? We are

We asked for more coffee and, well, we got it. It's brewing in Corktown, downtown, Midtown and Hamtramck. And we know there is room for more. Noelle Lothamer comes up with a tasty list of recent openings (or soon to open).


UIX TV: Steve Nawara of Beehive Recording Co.

One of our panelists for Thursday's Model D Speaker Series on the Detroit music scene is Steve Nawara of Beehive Recording Co. We snagged this rockin' video from the Urban Innovation Exchange just in time. Moving pictures by DETROIT LIVES!


The Shadow Art Fair: Keeping Ypsi A Certain Size Of Weird

Since Ann Arbor will be jam-packed with Art Fair goers and coverage this week, it seems only right to check up on the Ypsilanti-based Shadow Art Fair, which opens Saturday. Created five years ago as both a reaction to and comment on A2's venerable happening, it has defiantly resisted the call of "bigger and better." Concentrate's Richard Retyi digs in with the organizers as to why.


The New Old Vinsetta Garage

Mac & cheese with that fill up? Not quite. Vinsetta Garage may be the latest Metro Detroit culinary hot spot but it's also a triumph of repurposing and redevelopment. From 1900s service station to hip eatery, this Berkely rebuild demonstrates how a vintage building can become a modern neighborhood destination.


'Emerging Leaders' program preps young girls for future success

Leadership training, career exploration and goal setting are all part of the Mercy Education Project. Melinda Clynes reports.


Detroit Revitalization Fellows: Falling in love with the city again

Sarida Scott Montgomery is a self-identified "city girl," who grew up on Detroit's East Side and Northwest side. Jay Walljasper introduces us to a Detroiter with degrees from U-M and UC-Berkeley who is also a Detroit Revitalization Fellow. 
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