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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.

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.

Iovan and Pinkus, who has a disorder that affects his motor skills

This cafe in Ferndale serves both people -- and cats

Some visitors to Ferndale's Catfe Lounge come because they love cats. Others find their company therapeutic. A few come to adopt.

Flint Water

Opinion: Policy ideas to fix Flint's water crisis (and help avoid another)

These fixes aren't just for Flint; they would also buttress other Michigan cities' deteriorating infrastructure.

Malik Yakini, Detroit Black Food Security Network & D-Town Farms

Creating a cultural shift in how Detroiters think about food

A combination of grass roots programming and improved access to fresh food in neighborhoods is helping change the way Detroit eats.
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Jay Rayford

Jay Rayford

City: Detroit
Jay Rayford is the founder of RepYourCity.com, an online start-up based in Detroit.
Marianne Burrows

Marianne Burrows

City: Hamtramck
Marianne Burrows is the co-founder of Urban Fable Studios, an artist enclave in Hamtramck.
Sebastian Jackson

Sebastian Jackson

City: Detroit
Sebastian Jackson is the founder of The Social Club Grooming Company, a barbershop/salon working to break down racial barriers in Detroit.
PK Mishra

PK Mishra

City: Ann Arbor
PK Mishra is the co-founder of @Fingertips, a start-up based in Ann Arbor.
Ben Chutz

Ben Chutz

City: West Bloomfield
Ben Chutz is the co-founder of Birdhouse, a software firm dedicated to helping parents of autistic children better track their kid's disorder.
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