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Guest Blogger: Tim Ruggles

The flipside of economic development and gentrification is escalating housing prices, where those making moderate incomes can't afford to live in the communities they serve. It is often up to nonprofits to ensure that communities maintain this rich cultural and work ethic. Tim Ruggles, CEO and executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County, fills us in on the housing struggle in one of the nation's wealthiest regions.

Building a World of Glass

From restoration to creation to innovation, Rocky Martina's life is centered around glass. If you've been to the Fox Theatre, you've seen his stained glass work. And like many self-made entrepreneurs, this Oakland County artisan is expanding his interests by helping to launch a new masonry coating start-up.

Metromode Takes an End of Summer Break

We're giving our hardworking staff a well-deserved break as summer winds down and back-to-school efforts begin. We will return with more inspired Metromode stories and events on September 12. See you then!

From Freeway to Busway? The Call for Bus Rapid Transit

From Cleveland to Chicago, Denver to New Jersey, bus rapid transit has become the mass transit solution of choice for many cities, with systems either in place or under development. If things go according to plan metro Detroit could join that list and be on its way toward finally developing a regional transportation system.

The Case For Regional Mass Transit: A Q&A with John Hertel

Last year, after 24 times at bat, proponents for a regional transit plan for metro Detroit finally got the legislature to support their efforts. Last week John Hertel, the head of SMART, was selected to be CEO of the newly formed Regional Transit Authority (RTA). Metromode gets the skinny on why he thinks bus rapid transit is the solution we've been waiting for and how he'll make the case to taxpayers to fund it.

Guest Blogger: Tom Woiwode

Metro Detroit is inching ever closer to being criss-crossed not just by roads, but a network of trails, or greenways. The Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan has made over 150 grants to this end. Greenways Initiative Director Tom Woiwode maps out the where and why of this greenway network.

Getting to School on Their Own Two Feet

Suburban sprawl has led to a new generation of children being driven to school instead of walking or biking. But with Michigan's Safe Routes to Schools program funding sidewalks and other infrastructure, walking and biking are the new educational path. 

Edmund Lewis: Doing Good, Looking Good

There's been a lot of discussion about the fates and fashions of young African American males. For Edmund Lewis, however, the topic has been his life focus. Only 27 years old, he has found a way to connect a masters degreee in social work, a fashion consulting business, and his mentorship non-profit, Minority Males for Higher Education, into an impressive campaign for change.

The Co-Working Space Roundup

Co-working spaces are hardly breaking news in metro Detroit. What's exciting, however, is how they've grown in scope, services, size and availability over the last few years. Submitted for your approval: a roundup of the region's more interesting shared work spaces.

Guest Blogger: Angela Barbash

A hybrid breed of business that puts its profits to work for the social good is a new option for incorporation in Michigan. Reconsider CEO Angela Barbash tells us why the For-Benefit sector is where the money's at these days.

The Art of Making a Splash

In our ever-growing culture of faster and more interconnected technologies, there are some who seek a more authentic experience. It's inspired a renewed interest in hand-made products and skills. For Kent Lund it's meant hand-carved canoe paddles, a craft that has earned him both accolades and customers.

Editorial: A Bankrupt Narrative

With news of Detroit's bankruptcy dominating the headlines, perhaps it's time to get past the simplistic narrative of local dysfunction and consider that there's plenty of blame to spread around. Hayley Roberts, communications director for the Michigan Suburbs Alliance, writes that the state has long mismanaged its obligations to Michigan's core communities.

Playing to the Fringe

To some, fringe theater is a kind of creative canary in the coalmine, a clue as to whether your art scene offers a nurturing environment for performing artists to experiment and explore. So, how does metro Detroit stack up? Metromode's Patrick Dunn checks in with a handful of local companies to get the lay of the land.

One Foot in Farmington Hills, the Other, Everywhere Else

In 30 short years Scott Brills has visited 70 countries, launched a website development firm, raised funds for international charities, and is now launching a safari company. And he's doing it all from his home base in Farmington Hills. Still think you lead a busy life?

Guest Bloggers: Chris Duncan & Roddy Hyduk

Life and career lessons often come in seemingly small bites. Chris Duncan and Rodney Hyduk, new graduates of U-M's Screen Arts and Cultures program and co-founders of the Filmic creative agency at U-M, write on their "Cinema Everywhere" approach to projects, and its application to career choices in any field.
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