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Sean Mann

Mann: Help Detroit City FC create the most exciting and accessible sporting atmosphere in the U.S.

Detroit City FC founder and co-owner Sean Mann makes the case for why you should invest in the team's renovations of historic Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from the writers, photographers, editors, and programmers at Concentrate! We'll be back Dec. 2nd!

Students at Washtenaw International High School in Ypsilanti

Washtenaw County schools catch the International Baccalaureate bug

The rush to establish International Baccalaureate schools in Washtenaw is on, with a regionally supported high school in Ypsilanti achieving high marks, a programme in Dexter and, now, Ann Arbor vowing to establish its own program track. But will these efforts complement or compete against each other?

Open City

Thank you, come again: Customer service the subject of Nov. 16 Open City discussion

The fate of a small business can easily rest upon the quality of its customer service. On Nov. 16, a panel of experts will gather at Cliff Bell's to discuss the finer points of good customer service at Open City's latest event, "Thank You, Come Again: Why Good Customer Service Matters."

Ian Nagy with many examples of his work for Zingerman's

Putting Ann Arbor artists on the payroll

Being a professional artist can be a hard row to hoe. Luckily, there are Ann Arbor businesses that see the value in bringing creative folks onto their staff. 

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The "no curfew economy" and other ideas for Detroit from the Music Cities Convention

A conference held last week in Washington, D.C., discussed the pros and cons of music-based economic development strategies. Here's what Detroit can learn.

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Moving with Detroit: ARTLAB J, a different kind of dance company

ARTLAB J started off solely as a dance company, but as founder and president Joori Jung started to listen to people in the community, she transformed her troupe into a multi-faceted nonprofit organization.

L to R Michael Kondziolka and Jim Leija of UMS at the Charles Baird Carillon

Space to create: Why downtown Ann Arbor needs a community arts space

While there is little doubt that Ann Arbor is a community filled with artists, its status as an arts community has yet to be realized. Some local business and non profit leaders think that a downtown arts venue might improve the situation.

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Haute to Death dance party celebrates 8th b-day with Halloween bash at Temple Bar

This week, Haute to Death will celebrate its 8th anniversary with an Oct. 31 bash that promises plenty of tricks and treats. As a part of "10 Years of Change," our series celebrating Model D's decade of publishing in Detroit, check out this feature from 2010, which discusses the origins of Haute to Death on the occasion of its third birthday party.

Sommer Woods

Pushing for inclusive development along Woodward Avenue: Sommer Woods and M-1 Rail

"Development can be so much more productive if there are more perspectives at the table: people of color, women, older people, younger people, white men," says M-1 Rail's Sommer Woods. "When you have all these people at the table you're guaranteed to have perspective instead of one monolithic project."

United Sound Systems

Giving United Sound, Detroit's other landmark music studio, its due

It may not have the name recognition of Motown, but the United Sound Systems Recording Studios, the oldest operating independent recording studios in the country, are just as important.

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Artists can be the "connective tissue" of a neighborhood -- but first they need a place to live

How affordable live/work housing for artists can reinvigorate neighborhoods and bring members of diverse communities together.

Open City

Open City celebrates 8 years of building Detroit's small business community

Over the last eight years, Open City has helped create an informal community of Detroit entrepreneurs who help each other succeed. The ninth season of Open City kicks off Monday, Oct. 19, at Cliff Bell's.

Sooshin Choi, Provost of the College for Creative Studies

Selling world-class talent on Detroit

Detroit may not have the prestige of Cambridge, Massachusetts, or the weather of Miami, but when it comes to recruiting global talent to work at its anchor institutions, the city has a lot to offer.

Future Proofing Detroit

4 ideas for future-proofing Detroit

Between new businesses and residents moving downtown and improvements to city services, there is plenty of opportunity to make the future better for all Detroiters. Here are four ideas for "future-proofing" the city that came out of a panel discussion last week at Bamboo Detroit.
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