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Detroit's Shrine of the Black Madonna Bookstore and Cultural Center is slated to reopen after closing a few years ago.
A historic Detroit bookstore that celebrated black culture is getting a new life
The Shrine of the Black Madonna Bookstore and Cultural Center is getting a new look and focus when it reopens.
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Meet Sirene Abou-Chakra, director of development for the city of Detroit.
Meet Sirene Abou-Chakra, director of development for the City of Detroit
Detroiter Sirene Abou-Chakra, director of development for the city, chats with Detour about 20-minute neighborhoods, social mobility and her favorite hangouts around town.
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Good Cakes and Bakes owner April Anderson has seen business at her Detroit bakery decline by more than a third since construction started on Livernois Avenue.
Why Detroiters should battle construction chaos to spend their dollars on the Avenue of Fashion
Back in May, Carson Daly turned to the camera during a pre-Mother’s Day segment on “The Today Show” and instructed viewers to order a dessert from Good Cakes and Bakes. He name-checked their website as the hosts raved about a Lemon Velvet Cake whipped up by baker April Anderson under the watchful eye of mom
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A Renaissance Man of Note
We couldn’t do what we do here at Detour without our paying members — all of you who support our work and inspire us to keep writing! This week, we caught up with Detour member Peter Croce. Peter’s a regular Renaissance man around town — and if you haven’t caught one of his sweaty dance sets,
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Seeing through the smog to a tenuous green future in Detroit
It’s not a total surprise that Detroit neighborhoods deal with some of the worst environmental injustice issues in the state. But this heat map ranking Census tracts on environmental justice scores makes the disparity quite stark — lower-income people of color are bearing the brunt of environmental risks. A student research team guided Paul Mohai, University of
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When Hudson’s imploded, this architect’s imagination took off
How two sister architects used childhood memories to revive Detroit’s demolished buildings Though she’s too young to wax nostalgic about shopping at the Hudson’s flagship store in downtown Detroit, architect Amanda Shin vividly remembers watching the building’s implosion on TV in 1998 as a kid growing up in the suburbs.  Shin, 30, didn’t decide to study architecture until she was
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Show-stopping Detroit Airbnb was once an empty ruin
How to turn your mansion-buying daydreams into reality — and a side hustle repping Detroit  Who hasn’t fantasized about buying and restoring one of the city’s grand old homes to its former glory? Living that dream are Brandon Suman, 37, and Miranda Steinhauser, 28, who transformed their once-unlivable home in the University District to a show-stopping inn
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Helpless, angry and stranded — what it’s like living on a flooded Detroit street
A wet summer, record-high water levels across the region and a crumbling water and sewer system have submerged a community on Detroit’s east side for two weeks straight.
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Detour Members to Know: Meet Nicole de Beaufort
We couldn’t do what we do here at Detour without our paying subscribers — all of you who support our work and inspire us to keep going! This week, we caught up with Detour member Nicole de Beaufort, founder of EarlyWorks and a Jefferson Chalmers resident. We love Nicole’s commitment to her neighborhood and her love of all things natural
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Get to know: Alessandra R. Carreon, PizzaPlex
Read our feature story with Alessandra R. Carreon, co-founder of PizzaPlex in Southwest Detroit. Get to know Alessandra: What neighborhood do you live in? West Village What’s your favorite thing about where you live? My neighbors! What do you do for a living? I work in Global Sustainability at Ford Motor Company and help lead PizzaPlex as one of
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Find your people: Alessandra R. Carreon, PizzaPlex
Alessandra R. Carreon knew she wanted to make the world a more equitable place. But she never thought she’d do it with pizza.
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Muslim Life Outside of the Mosque
Yes, Detroit’s a ‘Halal Metropolis’ — and it has been for a century At Target earlier this month, you could buy Happy Eid cards. Party City was hawking Ramadan decorations. In Whole Foods and Kroger, signage advertised directly to Muslim shoppers. That’s the lively “halal marketplace” at work, Razi Jafri said, describing commerce as just one piece of
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