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Allied Media Projects and the global relevance of Detroit's grassroots tech scene

On the eve of the 16th annual Allied Media Conference, Kat Hartman has this story about Allied Media's Digital Stewards project, which takes on nuanced issues affecting Detroit and develops tech solutions that are globally relevant.

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Detroit Future Schools program offers a new classroom paradigm

For the latest installment of our "City Kids" series, David Sands reports on Allied Media Projects' Detroit Future Schools program, which pairs artists with teachers to create a classroom environment where kids can take ownership of their education.

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Cool Jobs: Rob Todd, Maker

It's probably fair to say at this point that the maker movement is no longer a trend but an established facet of modern creative culture. To wit, Robb Todd (aka Robotodd) has not only fashioned a career out of his handmade skills, but also developed some important opinions about the state of our local maker scene.

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Cool Jobs: Irina Cotfas, Aerial Artist

Some metro Detroiters sit behind a computer all day. Others see patients, clients, customers, what-have-you. Irina Cotfas defies gravity. For a living. If you ever wondered what it would be like to run away with the circus, this Ferndale aerialist is your answer.

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Not just a young man's game: Women in Detroit's growing tech scene

You don't have to watch HBO's "Silicon Valley" to know that the tech industry is dominated by men. But as Detroit's tech scene takes off, women are banding together to ensure that they are part of the conversation. Nina Misuraca Ignaczak has the story.

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OpEd: Why Oakland Schools Technical Campuses has a Working Relationship With Business

As Michigan reinvents its economy, educational institutions are getting in synch with employers' changing needs. Leaders from the Oakland Schools Technical Campuses discuss the importance of retooling to supply the state's emerging high-tech industries with new talent. 

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It's time to capitalize on Detroit's status as a music capital

In the third and final installment of a series on the role local music can play in the economic development of Detroit, Keith Owens urges policy makers to put their political muscle behind arts and culture. He forsees big dividends in the future.

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Creating Female Characters That Pop

Samurai bike messengers aren't just for the bros. Actually, as created by Pop Post, they're meant to show girls that they can be as heroic as any 'ol boy. This Ann Arbor-based entertainment company is dedicated to creating e-books and mobile games that disrupt the popular narrative that girls need to be saved. 

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Lessons learned from Mackinac(ish): Bringing it all back home

ASSEMBLE@Mackinac(ish) was more than just a reaction to the Mackinac Policy Conference or a party in the woods. Matthew Lewis has this reflection on his experience with the diverse group of Detroiters that got together Up North last week.


New businesses and new life directions for two entrepreneurs in Detroit's "Zone 8" neighborhood

A firefighter turned retailer and an ex-gang member turned author and bookstore owner are both starting businesses in Detroit's Zone 8 neighborhood. Aaron Mondry has the story. 


An Italian Piazza in Metro Detroit

Spawling 30,000 square feet and stocked with foods from around the world, Cantoro Italian Market has been referred to as a culinary Disneyland. Instead, it might be the closest thing to an official Italian piazza this side of New York City. Buon appetito! 

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Check Your Bike: Bike A2 Offers Valet Service

With bike repair stands popping up and bike rentals on the near horizon, Ann Arbor inches forward in its quest to become a truly bike-friendly city. Add bike valet service to that mix. The brainchild of Bike A2's leaders, the group will be offering free bike checks at popular downtown summer events. How cool is that?

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OpEd: Why I'm Moving Back to Michigan

After years of population loss, in 2013 Michigan saw a net gain in in-migration, including 20-something college grads who see a better chance to make a difference in Ann Arbor and Detroit than in ginormous cities like Chicago. Lauren Sheridan discusses her move back to Ann Arbor and the hunt for reasonably priced housing.


Berlin, Detroit, and reinvention through "creative industries": A conversation with Dimitri Hegemann

Hegemann, a Berliner who is in town for a the Detroit-Berlin Connection, a conference coinciding with the Movement Festival, shares with Walter Wasacz his thoughts on how music and creative industries can spur economic growth in cities.


Grown in Detroit, but not in the ground: The next evolution of urban agriculture

Some urban agriculture ventures in Detroit are moving beyond the city lot and into buildings. Read about a pair of ventures that are raising crops and fish indoors in the latest installment of our Food Economy series.
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