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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.

Clearing the Trail For More Talent

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund has been a big supporter of trail development projects in southeast Michigan, awarding over half of its municipal grant funding to the cause. These trails, many converted from old railways, connect downtowns with parks and recreation. The benefits aren't just health and recreation-wise, they're also economic, paving the way to attracting new residents. 

Small Businesses As Third Places Experience Growth

How many places do you have? If you're not sure, here's a recommendation: three. In this special report, we'll discover small businesses throughout Michigan that serve as "third places" for their communities, and are growing because of it. 

Definitely Not L.A.: Hollywood Screenwriters In Metro Detroit

Before the lights, camera and action there is the script. And so there must also be the screenwriter. Believe it or not, Metro Detroit has a few of them. And some have managed to forge a successful career in Hollywood while calling the Mitten their home.

Happy 4th Of July!

Metromode wishes you a happy and safe Fourth of July! We'll be spending next week barbecuing, parade watching and sampling Michigan's finest microbrews. Some time lying in a hammock may also be involved. We'll see you again on July 11th with a brand spanking new issue! In the meantime check out our holiday cocktail and movie suggestions.

The Stuff You Must Do in Metro Detroit This Summer

Barbeque. Swimming pool. Bike rides. Local summer festival. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Same old, same old. Metromode's Nicole Rupersburg has some different ideas for what makes summer special in Metro Detroit. 

Guest Blogger: Fernando Bales

The Detroit renaissance marches on, via piece-by-piece repurposing of abandoned properties into new businesses and art centers. Cranbrook Academy of Art alumnus Fernando Bales, a new Michigan resident who teaches architecture at LTU, discusses his choice of Pontiac as his home and the rehab of an old corner store into a public makerspace.
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