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The case for protected bike lanes in metro Detroit

Studies have shown that protected bike lanes increase ridership across all demographics and significantly decrease accidents. So how does metro Detroit transition from being just bike-tolerant to truly becoming bike-friendly? Metromode's Natalie Burg digs in.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. revs up for success

From their Royal Oak basement to the stages of Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is yet more evidence that metro Detroit is both the destination and birthplace for contemporary music. The indie duo explains why our local music scene continues to rock, pop and rap with the best of them.

More than just profit: Social entrepreneurs and the challenge to find investors

Some people want to make money. Others want to change society for the better. Social entrepreneurs want to do both. But in the Darwinian world of venture capitalism, convincing investors to compromise on profits for greater social good can be a tough sell. Metromode looks at how socially oriented startups can bridge that gulf.

OpEd: Focusing Michigan on mobile & wireless technologies

Mobile & wireless technologies are much more than cellphones and tablets – think GPS, RFID, sensors, and others. Linda Daichendt, executive director of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM), opines on why and how Michigan can become the go-to state for all things wireless.  

Maker Faire at five: The community it's forged and the future it needs

This weekend marks the fifth summer The Henry Ford has produced Maker Faire, showcasing local inventors, innovators, artists and creatives to tens of thousands of metro Detroiters. Metromode chats with a trio of makers who've been involved since the beginning about why the fair is important to them and what it needs to continue.

OpEd: Grab a Friend and Get On the Bus

Yes, it's very possible to travel daily around Detroit without touching a steering wheel. Year-round bike/bus commuters Melissa Damaschke and Julie Funke share their experience and opinions on the better integration of Detroit's bus systems, People Mover, and the future M-1 Rail.

A Summer of Detroit Weekends

Hey metro Detroiters, the Motor City is more than just an occassional stop for baseball games and museum visits. There's a living breathing culture in Motown and we think you might be missing out. To wit, our good friends at Model D have put together a list of Detroit weekend events for you to fill the rest of your summer with. They've got you covered, now through Labor Day.

Metro Detroit's Growing Appetite

Food, glorious food! As Metromode rounds the bases for its 350th issue, we look back on one of the things that makes metro Detroit great: comestibles (a.k.a. food!). From restaurants to startups to chefs to markets, our region is flexing its muscle to become a veritable banquet of food innovation.

Cool Jobs: Irina Cotfas, Aerial Artist

Some metro Detroiters sit behind a computer all day. Others see patients, clients, customers, what-have-you. Irina Cotfas defies gravity. For a living. If you ever wondered what it would be like to run away with the circus, this Ferndale aerialist is your answer.

Diversity Comes to the Grosse Pointes

The Grosse Pointes have a long and storied reputation for economic and racial exclusivity. But the last decade has seen significant change in the complexion of the five communities, and some residents are working to open the dialogue around diversity and acceptance. 

OpEd: Why Oakland Schools Technical Campuses has a Working Relationship With Business

As Michigan reinvents its economy, educational institutions are getting in synch with employers' changing needs. Leaders from the Oakland Schools Technical Campuses discuss the importance of retooling to supply the state's emerging high-tech industries with new talent. 

Michigan Land Banks: 10 Years of Struggles and Successes

Blight, foreclosure, real estate speculation -- they can degrade a neighborhood's value and compromise the social and economic health of a community. For the last decade, land banks have been used as a tool for revitalization. Embraced by some and reviled by others, Metromode takes a look at where the programs have worked and why.

OpEd: Your Guide to the Cinetopia International Film Festival

Could Detroit create its own Sundance Film Festival? The Cinetopia International Film Festival is hoping to do just that, bringing over 50 movies to both Motown and Tree Town (aka Ann Arbor).  Festival Director Russ Collins offers up suggestions for the best way to fest.

An Italian Piazza in Metro Detroit

Spawling 30,000 square feet and stocked with foods from around the world, Cantoro Italian Market has been referred to as a culinary Disneyland. Instead, it might be the closest thing to an official Italian piazza this side of New York City. Buon appetito! 

Can Metro Detroit Develop a Wind Power Economy?

Developers trying to get a wind turbine project off the ground often face steady headwinds in otherwise progressive urban communities. Metromode asks why, and also takes a look at successful renewable energy projects at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and in the Downriver communities of Taylor and Southgate. 
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