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A.L. Holmes Elementary School students

Detroit Public Schools welcomes blended learning into the classroom

When blended learning—a mix of online instruction and live teachers—came to the classroom, some feared a battle of high tech versus high touch, a world of kids plugging into computers and the teacher rendered obsolete. But what has evolved at one Detroit school is a system of high tech and high touch.

Gathering at House Opera

Crowdfunding creatives: House Opera begins buildout after successful fundraising campaign

Crowdfunding certainly isn’t unique to Detroit, but it’s definitely useful in a city where banks can be reluctant to dole out loans. That's why countless business and nonprofits like the event space House Opera are turning to crowdfunding.

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Landscapes of luxury: A guide to metro Detroit's public gardens

Metro Detroit is home to some spectacular formal gardens and greenspaces—all open to the public. Metromode writer and garden expert Brian Allnutt gives us the cook's tour.

Mary Aganowski has tended bar at the Two Way Inn since 1981

Detroit's veteran bartenders reflect on over 30 years behind the bar

Most seasoned bartenders will tell you that the more things change, the more they stay the same. But for these tenured tenders, the view from the bar illustrates the story of Detroit’s dynamic transformations.

Paxahau today (left to right): Sam Fotias, Jason Clark, Chuck Flask, and Jason Huvaere

Constant 'Movement': 10 years managing one of the world's largest electronic music festivals

In 2006, Detroit's renowned electronic music festival nearly disappeared for good. That is, until Paxahau took on the challenge of running it. 10 years later and the festival is as strong as ever.

Paul Riser, director of technology-based entrepreneurship at TechTown

Innovation district has the potential to "supercharge" Detroit's economy

The Brookings Institute has identified areas that contain concentrations of universities, research institutions, and companies as "innovation districts," or places that "supercharge the economy." Many believe Midtown Detroit could be that kind of place -- a nexus of innovative thinking and commercial development for the entire region.

Lon and Diane Stratton of Stratton Camera

Local filmmakers weigh in on the demise of Michigan's film incentive program

Michigan's ambitious and controversial film incentive program is officially dead. So what does that mean for the future of local filmmakers? And what kind of legacy has it left behind?

Inaugural Cross Stitch Creative class

College for Creative Studies and Mars Agency collaborate on unique program for design students

The Cross Stitch Creative program gives College for Creative Studies design students first-hand experience in working for and learning from an industry-leading shopper marketing agency. But that's not the end of the story. 

Motor City Guitar employee and musician Sean Lynch

This guitar store is a musician's Wonderland

Motor City Guitar in Waterford, home to one of the most robust guitar and effects pedals inventories in the Midwest, has a loyal customer base that's allowed it to thrive despite tumults in the music industry. 

Patronicity team at work

Detroit's civic funding scene gets crowded

Community organizers and entrepreneurs have more choice than ever when it comes to asking the public for funding. But is the landscape getting 'crowded'? Nina Ignaczak digs in to find out what's going on in the world of civic crowdfunding in Detroit.

Jesse Kranyak and Mark Maynard at 209 Pearl Street

Landline Creative Labs: The next step in Ypsi's renaissance?

Finding work space has always been a challenge for the local creative community, and after the closing of Spur Studios, it hasn't gotten any easier. Enter Mark Maynard and Jesse Kranyak, who hope to fill the gap by turning a downtown Ypsilanti building into a live/work/retail hub. 

Mike Nehra, co-owner of Vintage King Audio in Ferndale

From its seat in Ferndale, Vintage King rules the audio world

Located in Ferndale amid wholesale auto parts warehouses and body shops, Vintage King has grown into one of the top professional audio equipment companies in the world, supplying studios near and far with the best gear available.

Guisa Suttle and Maria Fernandez glazzing and fitting glass at Turner Restoration's workshop

Meet the Detroiter whose historic restoration skills are in demand around the country

Jim Turner has been working in historic restoration since 1988, when he purchased his home in Detroit's Arden Park-East Boston Historic District.

Escalators in Medellin's Comuna no 13 San Javier neighborhood

Designing the equitable city: A conversation about the value of local and global exchange

Detroit and Medellin, Columbia, are very different cities, but there's a lot they can learn from one another when it comes to involving citizens in equitable development.

Managing Director Katie Doral at The Purple Rose Theatre Company

As arts coverage fades, how will local arts organizations attract audiences?

After years of ever-dwindling local news coverage, MLive Ann Arbor laid off its only remaining arts and entertainment reporter, Jenn McKee. Their loss is our gain. But how will Ann Arbor-area arts organizations reach new audiences?
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