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Three Woodward Ave. development trends we're excited about

Change is slow when it comes to metro Detroit communities. That's why we're excited about the innovative projects and thinking that has taken root in Ferndale, Birmingham and Pontiac. From mixed-use mandates to reimagined parking structures to entire city blocks being readied for redevelopment, these Woodward Ave. communities are embracing a more walkable future.


Fractured Water: Can metro Detroit reconnect its watersheds?

In metro Detroit, our waterways do not function as a whole. A new series delves into why that is and what we can do about it. 


Is there a future for metro Detroit ganjapreneurs?

The politics of marijuana are shifting, and states like Colorado and Washington are seeing big growth in both entrepreneurship and tax revenues as a result. So where do metro Detroit providers stand since passing the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act in 2008, and does the state have a ganjapreneurial future?

Labeling at the Seed

Incubating a new food industry in metro Detroit

Launching a food-based business in metro Detroit is a lot harder than you think. Luckily, budding foodpreneurs are getting a leg up, courtesy of Southfield's kitchen co-working space, The Culinary Studio, and The Seed, a business incubator started by the owners of Garden Fresh.


Powering the Mitten: Manufacturing, electricity and Michigan's future

Michigan's manufacturing economy is on the rebound just as its energy future is in flux. How can the Mitten state maintain a strong manufacturing base while transitioning to cleaner energy?


A more efficient beer: Metro Detroit's greenest breweries

When you consider what it takes to make your favorite microbrew, there's no getting around the fact that it is an energy- and resource-intensive process. Metromode checks in with our most green-minded breweries and what they're doing to make a more sustainable beer.


Best/Worst: Bikes & borders in metro Detroit

Metro Detroit communities struggle with the legacies of the past, the demands of the present, and the needs of the future. Some do a good job of balancing those concerns. Others, not so much. Our newest series points to the good and bad choices local communities make and what we can learn from them. In the cross-hairs this month: Ann Arbor and Grosse Pointe.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Metromode will be off next week to celebrate Thanksgiving, expressing our gratitude to those who have made our lives richer. We'll be back Dec. 4 with more stories of ideas and innovation. Have a wonderful holiday!

Solar List

Powering the Mitten: What's next for our renewable energy future?

Michigan's Renewable Portfolio Standard sunsets in 2015, and legislators, utilities and advocates are getting ready to decide what's next for renewable energy in Michigan. Here's a look at some facts behind that debate.


How teens are helping program Detroit's contemporary art museum

The MOCAD Teen Council is a select group of young creatives from metro Detroit who come together with museum professionals to produce and plan programming for youth and adults. 


Doing business differently: IdeaLab returns Nov. 14

Over the last five years, IdeaLab has showcased dozens of Detroiters on the vanguard of community and economic development, and this year's Nov. 14 event is no exception.

Megan Owens

OpEd: What's next for mass transit

With 65% of voters in SMART communities voting to increase taxes to support and maintain bus service, along with plans for rapid transit on Detroit's major corridors, it's obvious that transportation choices are a priority for Detroiters. Megan Owens, executive director of Transportation Riders United, discusses what to expect by the 2016 elections.


Can metro Detroit plug the brain drain with employee perks?

Trying to compete against the lure of more popular cities or the opulent employee benefits that companies like Google and Facebook offer their employees can be a zero-sum game. Still, the "be grateful you have a job" attitude of the past doesn't cut it in today's fast-changing economy. Metromode looks at a trio of successful local firms and their strategies for attracting and retaining the talent they need.


Collaboration and entrepreneurship: Metro Detroit's most innovative nonprofits

From creative ways of raising revenue to forming partnerships, nonprofits are becoming more entrepreneurial in order to sustain themselves into the next generation. Area nonprofit leaders share the ways and means by which the social sector is becoming more like the business sector.


How downtown Farmington grew a heart

How does someone talk about the heart of your downtown when there isn't one? That was the problem Farmington was facing. But with community involvement and an assist from the DDA, a former downtown parking lot became the Sundquist Pavilion and Riley Park. 
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