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Jason Smith at Jackson City Hall

Municipal Millennials

Of the 11 people on Ann Arbor's city council, only one is under 40. Which is one more than Ypsilanti's city council. So, how do our communities prepare for the next generation's needs without their participation? Concentrate chats with a trio of millennials who have decided to get involved with charting their city's future by becoming civic leaders.


Reflections of an old new guy

Our eternally youthful Detroit correspondent revisits his skinny, 25-year-old self, and name checks Dennis Archer and Spike Lee to help sort out what's next for the city. Take it away, Sir James Boyle.

Bruce Worden in his studio

Cool Jobs: Bruce Worden, Science Illustrator/Comic Book Creator

What do salamanders, blood cells, Keith Moon and zombies have in common? They are all creative fuel for local artist Bruce Worden. A U-M grad who's decided to raise his family here, Worden is inventive and civic-minded - exactly the kind of young professional Ann Arbor says it wants to keep around. He's also got strong opinions about where Ann Arbor is heading.


SellerNation Aims to Revolutionize Real Estate Sales

When it comes to selling a house you know the drill: real estate agent, open houses, price adjustments, weeks - sometimes months - of showings and negotiations. If SellerNation has its way, things will change for the better. And given the success the Southfield-based company has had so far, that change might not be far off.


Beware the Nain Rouge! A chapter of Detroit folklore

In preparation for this weekend's Marche, we give you a Victorian era account of the legend of the Nain Rouge. Read and be warned -- repeat not Cadillac's folly!


Let it flow: Breweries play role in Detroitís turnaround

Detroit is bouncing back with, among other things, beer. Businesses like Atwater, the Detroit Beer Co, Motor City Brewing Works and Traffic Jam & Snug have established a good foundation for growth, with room for plenty more. Joe Baur says cheers to that.


Open City: Pop-up Detroit, starting slow and small

Make a note of it: Open City returns next Monday at the Park Bar, not at Cliff Bell's per usual. A panel of Detroit business owners will share their experiences starting up a pop-up.

Irene Spanos

OpEd: Why Oakland County Needs More Global Firms

As part of its efforts to attract more firms to the region over the last several years, Oakland County has been venturing way beyond its backyard. Irene Spanos, director of the Oakland County Dept. of Economic Development & Community Affairs, explains why the county needs to include the entire world within its 908-square-mile boundary.

Skyline High School Robotics Eagle Imperium Team 3322

The Three Laws of Skyline High School Robotics

Eagle Imperium Team 3322 from Skyline High School has six weeks to build a 120-pound remote-controlled robot before the first district competition on March 14. They have limited resources, limited funds and limited time. Nobody is panicking. Yet.

Adaptive Reuse at Rochester Mills

Urbanizing Metro Detroit's Suburbia

The lines between suburban and urban are finally blurring in some Metro Detroit communities. And none too soon. Though our region ranks last in terms of urban revitalization among the 25 largest metros, things are looking up. "You're moving in the right direction," says Christopher Leinberger, senior fellow at The Brookings Institution.


Embracing Detroit music as economic, cultural force

In December, we began examining the role Detroit music plays in the city's past, present and future. We continue the discussion in a three-part series that focuses on the cultural and economic impact of the local scenes. Keith Owens goes looking for people with ideas.   

Dilip Nigam of Arborwind with a model of his wind turbine

Ann Arbor Startups That Don't Start in Ann Arbor (But We Wish They Did)

Ann Arbor may be Michigan's hotbed for innovative startups but sometimes those innovations have trouble gaining a toe-hold in the local market. From healthcare apps to wind energy technology, Concentrate takes a look at a trio of technologies we'd like to see more of here.


Open City recapped: 'Every person is a brand'

This month's forum took place at Cliff Bell's as usual and was the kickoff event for the first ever #DetroitWeek, a celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation in the city. Matthew Lewis sat in with his notebook.

Ryan Gourley at the A2Share Clothing Swap at Canterbury House

A Shared Future: Ryan Gourley of A2Share

In the Internet Age everything old is new again. Take bartering and trade. Not a new concept. But wIth the rise of services like Sidecar and Couchsurfing.com, or even local efforts like Selma Cafe, there have been exciting innovations in collaborative consumption. Ryan Gourley, a U-M grad student, thought that local sharing-based organizations could use a better way to connect. 

Emily Thompson Abs

Guest Blogger: Emily Thompson

It appears local government bodies aren't reflecting the faces of their residents. Millennials are 23% of the area's population, yet hold only 6% of local board and commission seats. Emily Thompson, program manager for the Michigan Suburbs Alliance, opines on the need for change, and how the new On Board database can help.
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