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Sidewalk Festival for the Performing Arts

How the arts inspire change in Detroit

In Detroit, art isn’t just something to look at. The city’s rich artistic tradition has been an essential ingredient for cultivating community resilience, engagement and vitality.

Phillis Engelbert and Joel Panozzo at The Lunch Room

From cart to cafe: The evolution of two local food trucks

Though the local food cart movement still remains confined to Mark's Carts in Ann Arbor, that enterprise has seeded the city with two successful brick and mortar businesses: The Lunch Room and eat. Concentrate gets the skinny on how these food entrepreneurs made the leap from cart to café.

Nathan Hukill at Bitter Old Fecker's brewery

Cool Jobs: Nathan Hukill, micro-microbrewer

Good things come in small packages. Or, in this case, batches. Meet Nathan Hukill, who has turned a part-time hobby into a full-time gig, making limited barrel runs under his microbrew moniker, Bitter Old Fecker Rustic Ales.

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OpEd: Why interns should be civically involved

Student internship programs go far beyond short-term employment stints; they have significant long-term benefits. Brenda Gallick, human resources director at Billhighway, covers what the company looks for in interns and why their civic involvement is a priority.

Evan Dayringer and Britten Stringwell at The Yellow Barn

The Yellow Barn: The challenge of maintaining a community space in Ann Arbor

For the last seven years the Yellow Barn has provided a much-needed venue for Ann Arbor's creative community, giving small groups and organizations an inexpensive space to gather and perform. But maintaining it has proved difficult in a city that offers few other similar options.

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Detroit's hottest exports (Hint: they're not just cars and watches)

Two growing manufacturing businesses in Detroit have nothing to do with cars or watches. In fact, they're making food products -- pickles and powdered milk -- and they're thriving.

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A deeper approach to entrepreneurship is emerging from Detroit's Practice-Space

Since April, Model D has been following the progress of Practice-Space, a new place for developing business ideas in Detroit. Recently, the two businesses enrolled in its incubator entered the "Deepen" phase of the program.

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Cool Jobs: Sem and Teresa Abrahams, unicyclists

As part of the never-ending quest to acquire more exotic skills, metro Detroit kids have been taking classes in everything from aerial gymnastics to robotics to puppetry. You can now add circus arts to the mix, with Livonia-based Cirque Amongus, a school started by a family of world-renowned unicyclists.

Sharon Que in her violin restoration shop

Cool Jobs: Sharon Que, sculptor and violin restorer

Vibrant communities allow for creative reinvention. Case in point: Ann Arborite Sharon Que. A former model-maker at General Motors, Que decided to leave the auto industry and learn the art of violin restoration. Seven years later she's got her own studio, and a reputation as both a top notch restorer and sculptor.

Belinda Dulin

OpEd: Why mediation is a model for problem solving

Unresolved disputes can hurt economies or degrade the quality of life in a community. Belinda Dulin, executive director of The Dispute Resolution Center, explains why mediation is a viable alternative to costly and time-consuming court cases.

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Model D's top stories of 2014 so far

2014 has gone by so fast that we thought it would be worthwhile to take a look back on our most popular stories to date.

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Living la vida net zero

Over the last decade Matt Grocoff has turned his Old West Side home into a net zero energy residence, hoping to certify it as the second such home in the United States. And while that bar might be set a bit high for the average Ann Arborite, he offers some important thoughts about what we can do in our own community to live more sustainably.

Elizabeth Garlow

More than just profit: Social entrepreneurs and the challenge to find investors

Some people want to make money. Others want to change society for the better. Social entrepreneurs want to do both. But in the Darwinian world of venture capitalism, convincing investors to compromise on profits for greater social good can be a tough sell. Metromode looks at how socially oriented startups can bridge that gulf.

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Chelsea Alehouse, a year of lessons

The first year can be tough for any business owner. It's an opportunity to understand who your customers are and what they want. It's also the time where many businesses sink or swim. Concentrate checks in with Chris Martinson about what he's learned about running the Chelsea Alehouse ...and the local brewery scene in general.

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Action sports in Detroit: A year after the X Games bid

“We were able to take over an abandoned lot and build a BMX park with the city skyline in the background. That kind of thing doesn’t happen in Chicago or L.A.” Just in case the folks from the X Games didn’t already know, it doesn’t happen in Austin, either.
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