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AfterHouse: Fighting Blight by Growing a Greenhouse

Fire and blight have left more than a few holes in metro Detroit's neighborhoods. AfterHouse has an idea for a temporary solution: below-ground greenhouses. The organization, inspired by South American farmers who build subterranean 'walipinis' to grow crops year-round, is using a burnt-out house in Detroit as its prototype.

Ann Arbor: Birthplace of the Ultimate Mobile Device?

Are you ready for your car to go driverless? While it's arguable as to whether Michigan will remain the international manufacturing center for auto bodies and interiors, the Ann Arbor area is likely to remain the industry's brain center as research ramps up on wirelessly connected, self-driving car systems.

Cool Jobs: Iain Lanivich, Creative Director

Consider it a sign of the times. Lowe Campbell Ewald got its start as a Detroit ad agency back in 1911, relocated to the suburbs in 1978, then moved back to Motown last month. Creative Director Iain Lanivich wasn't only excited about the move, he created a video love letter to Detroit that ended up going viral. He heads to SX*SW next month to talk about the virtues of living and working in the D.

Guest Blogger: Courtney Randolph

The new year offers up the opportunity to act upon old resolutions, or to make new ones. Courtney Randolph, program manager and volunteer coordinator at nonprofit 826michigan, outlines all the reasons to get involved in the community by volunteering at a host of worthy organizations.

Why Expanding I-94 Won't Work: 3 Better Alternatives

If you build it they will come ...and come and come. MDOT plans to spend $2.7 billion widening I-94. Research shows that the benefits of such a move are, at most, limited. Metromode considers a few better uses for those very big transportation dollars.

How Cheesecake Saved a Family's Future

Patrick Peteet knows a bit about reinvention. Just as his father left the line at Ford to start the family's real estate business, Patrick, after a series of tragic setbacks, convinced the family to leave real estate behind to become cheesecake entrepreneurs. The result is Peteet's Cheesecakes in Oak Park, where they sell 60-80 cakes a day... and have an eye on franchising.

Metro Detroit Gets Ready to Grow with Transit-Oriented Development

As regional transit moves closer to reality for metro Detroit, cities and developers prepare to reap the economic potential of high-speed buses and streetcars through plans for placemaking and transit-oriented development.

A Special Sibling

Over the last several decades, innovative educational and social programs have been developed for special-needs children. But what of their siblings, who have to adapt and learn to a unique and challenging family environment? Enter SibShops, an international program that has found a welcome home in metro Detroit.

Guest Blogger: Norene Cashen

The recent launch of the Write-a-House program in Detroit is an example of how the literary arts are a creative force reshaping the city. InsideOut Literary Arts Project Writer-in-Residence Norene Cashen explains why the Detroit community should embrace and support its young scribes.

A Vital Connection

Inspired by personal struggles with cancer, Stephen Goldner partnered with David Fuehrer to launch CureLauncher, a company that connects patients with experimental treatments. In less than a year this Bloomfield Hills-based startup has seen an incredible response from hospitals, health organizations, investors and, most importantly, doctors and their patients.

Metro Detroit's Jerky Boys

Head into northern Michigan and homemade jerky is a way of life. Here in metro Detroit, not so much. That hasn't stopped Don and Steve Francis from elevating dried cured meat and sausage to an art form. From bison to rattlesnake, the brothers have built a pair of businesses that have attracted fans from all over the country.

Municipal Millennials: Three Metro Detroit City Officials Who Are Under 40

Metro Detroit's city councils and commissions are mostly composed of older citizens. This tends to limit the interests and experiences of those charting their community's future. Metromode's Patrick Dunn went in search of a few municipally-minded Millennials to ask what got them involved and how others of their generation might follow suit.

Happy Holidays!

Tis the season to spend time with our families and friends. The folks at Metromode will be enjoying two weeks of rest, relaxation, bad sweaters and good cheer. Some sleeping in may also be involved. We'll see you on January 9th!

Guest Blogger: Hayley Roberts

The birth of the Regional Transit Authority shows that Metro Detroiters are banding together around mass transit. So what's next? Bus rapid transit and a single-fare system are options that Michigan Suburbs Alliance Communications Director Hayley Roberts says we may get movement on in 2014.

Power Sharing is Tougher Than You Think

How does a company's sole owner and founder transition to the power-sharing structure of executive leadership? That's the challenge that faces Billhighway, a Troy-based firm that's looking to enter its second stage of development. Metromode's Jon Zemke looks for lessons from successful (and less-than-successful) local businesses.
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