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How to buy a vacant lot from the Detroit Land Bank, what to do with it and what to know about the Neighborhood Lot program
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eviction crisis is coming for michigan. illustration shows family using sinking house as life raft
Housing advocates are giving a second look to land contracts for low-income buyers in Detroit, despite their predatory history.
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end studio detroit team
The all-women at Detroit’s END Studio are carving out a niche that leans into architecture's playful, accessible side.
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north end landing project detroit rendering
Developers of the North End Landing project in Detroit's North End plan to build 180 units -- but not if neighborhood residents can help it.p
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Dalia Reyes watched the home on Clarkdale Street in Detroit slip out of her family’s grasp and into foreclosure.
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“Wow.” That’s all we can say about this 10,325-square-foot mansion in Palmer Woods, one of the most expensive homes for sale in Detroit right now with a listing price of $1.85 million.
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When the Fitzgerald Revitalization Project was announced in 2017, it came with a great deal of fanfare for its ambitious plan to uplift the northwest Detroit neighborhood. Too much, perhaps.
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Detroit's Brutalist architectural legacy isn't often recognized. Here are some of the most notable Brutalist buildings to know in the city.
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stock photo of apartment building
Stock photo of common apartment building design. For the first time in a while, Detroit is seeing a lot of new construction instead of rehabs or demolition. But in many cases, these buildings tend to look fairly similar. Whether among Corktown’s turn-of-the-century Victorian homes, nestled between the stately Whitney and Kales buildings downtown or down the street from the Art Deco Fisher Building in New Center, these apartment buildings share many features: boxy, occupying most of a city block, glass commercial bays and small balconies outside most units. Though they don’t have an official name, architects often refer to them
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Woman reading in semi-private seating area in an office next to windows and a living wall
Companies will have to design offices in Detroit and elsewhere to account for hybrid schedules and workers' fears while still creating spaces that foster connection.
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geraldine smith bey at her home in detroit.
Detroit nonprofit Storehouse of Hope has a vision of a community land trust -- but is going broke while facing charges of negligence from a tenant in a molding, collapsing home.
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architecture in flint michigan, a day trip from detroit
There are countless architecture highlights just a short drive from Detroit -- here’s everything you need to plan a day trip (or eight).
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