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Glynn Washington to host first-ever Startup Story Night

Glynn Washington’s life makes for quite the story. He escaped an apocalyptic religious cult, earned his law degree, has lived all over the world, and has served as a political strategist, educator, diplomat, nonprofit director, actor, musician and artist.  

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How Clawson is making a quiet comeback with food, retail, and a nod to history

Once-sleepy downtown Clawson is fast becoming Oakland County's next hot suburb. Metromode's Annamarie Sysling talks to city leaders to find out how they're making it happen.

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Remembering Colin Hubbell, a developer, champion, and friend of Detroit

You may not have known Colin Hubbell, but his mark on Detroit's greater downtown endures 7 years after his death. Enjoy this remembrance that former Model D managing editor Clare Pfeiffer wrote when Colin passed in August 2008.

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A quiet leader in Detroit's food renaissance, Goodwells Market provides a model for success

As more chain stores make their way to rebounding Detroit, smaller businesses may feel the pinch. Even more pressing is how black-owned businesses in Detroit, such as Goodwells, will fare as the city moves forward.

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Saline's Amped Up Alley

Smart growth means employing new and innovative ideas about overlooked spaces. Consider the alley, an urban feature that conjures up all manner of unsavory images. Some communities have discovered that what was once reserved for dumpsters and smoke breaks may actually be an untapped downtown asset. Just ask Saline.

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Growing bold ideas for Detroit's future

At this year's Idealab at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, six Detroit innovators were invited to Ann Arbor to share radical ideas for the future of the city. Matthew Lewis was there with his notebook, Doug Coombe with his camera.

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Green Grocer: Fresh food aplenty in Southwest Detroit

Everyone knows that heading to Southwest Detroit for restaurant food is a smart thing to do. But fresh produce and meats at neighborhood grocers? You bet, says Nicole Rupersburg, who profiles five of the area's best in this report. 
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