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Dexter Grinds coffee shop interior
When an out-of-state owner nearly closed this Detroit coffee shop, neighbors united to save it
Dexter Grinds owner Pastor Clete Bontrager wants the coffee house to be a community hub -- and a catalyst to revitalize the formerly bustling Dexter Avenue commercial corridor.
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Illustration of boy using computer with 404 screen. One in four Detroiters doesn't have internet at home.
How Joshua Edmonds plans to ‘Connect 313’ and get almost all Detroiters online
One in four Detroit households don't have any internet access. In just five years, the city’s new digital inclusion director wants to flip that.
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7 Detroit Changemakers You Can’t Miss at the 2019 Net Impact Global Conference
#ad from our content partner, the Net Impact Conference The largest global convening of young social impact leaders is coming to Detroit in just three weeks! Hear from world-class leaders discussing the climate crisis, gun violence, sustainable fashion, corporate social responsibility and much more. Explore new career opportunities and get inspired to take the next
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Self Care Project flyer
The Self Care Project will give Detroit activists $25,000 to take care of themselves
Kerry Ann Rockquemore started the Self Care Project to give out $500 each to 50 “activists, organizers and change makers” who live in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park this month.
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Detroit resident Geraldine Hasan is pictured at a neighborhood meeting where she shared concerns about the cannabis industry and what she sees as lax regulations.
Detroiters demand more equity — and answers — from Michigan’s budding cannabis industry
By Jess Jackson, Detour Emerging Voices Fellow As Michigan prepares for the emerging recreational cannabis industry and attempts to level the field for minority business owners, Detroit’s budding “cannapreneurs” are eager to take part — but still face mistrust from residents who’ve seen the corrosive effects of drug enforcement in communities of color.  Those tensions
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RollerCade skating rink in Southwest Detroit is a family-owned business that's been open for three generations.
RollerCade, a black-owned skating rink in Detroit, has survived for generations with ‘neighborhood-first mindset’
To neighbors and Detroiters in the know, RollerCade isn’t just a great place to skate. It’s a legendary community hub.
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east warren tool libarary
Need to do home repair on the cheap? At this new Detroit library, you can borrow tools
The E. Warren Tool Library opened on Detroit's east side in July 2019, letting residents borrow tools and supplies to repair their homes and beautify their blocks for little cost.
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Chef Maxcel Hardy gets real about what Detroit’s restaurant industry needs right now
We spoke to Chef Maxcel Hardy a few days after a massive hurricane leveled the Bahamas, where much of Hardy’s extended family still lives. Hardy said that his family’s homes were all pretty much destroyed in Hurricane Dorian, which has left more than 70,000 Bahamians homeless. Click here for more information on how to donate
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Detroit’s libraries are no longer charging late fees
A little good news for the frequent book borrowers out there: the Detroit Public Library is no longer charging late fees when patrons keep books (and other media) past their due dates. Though DPL’s announcement came without warning, it follows a nationwide shift away from late fees, with policies implemented by dozens of other libraries since the early
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When you get a $3,700 water bill… for a house with no pipes
Anytime a group of people gathers regularly, little traditions start to form, intended or not. The monthly meetings of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Board are no different.  The ritual starts during public comment period, early in the meeting. A resident steps to the mic, reveals the total of their astronomically high bill, swears
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More than 70 ways to have an unforgettable, design-filled September in Detroit
Detroit Month of Design is upon us… and there are enough events exploring the city’s design legacy and future to fill your entire month. But there’s so much else out there! Read on to plan out a jam-packed September… we’ve selected some of the design happenings we’re most excited about, plus dozens of other ideas
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Win free tickets to the Detroit Free Press Wine & Food Experience!
Join us in Cadillac Square on September 14 for the Detroit Free Press Wine & Food Experience! We’ll be chatting up the newest stars of Detroit’s restaurant scene and indulging in the city’s rich culinary traditions! This year’s tasting will include big names like Cameron Rolka (soon of Mink), Mike Ransom (Ima), Thomas Lents (Detroit
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