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Henry Ford’s First Car

Throughout 2017, we explore Detroit’s history with 12 artifacts — starting with an invention that forever changed the city

Luke Cage Star Simone Missick Talks Detroit Upbringing

Before she was Misty Knight, actress was a classical musician and track athlete at Renaissance High School

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Rochester Singer Olivia Millerschin Is Just Getting Started

Former America's Got Talent contestant has racked up quite an impressive resume, but there's still 'a lot of work to do'

Pakistani Refugee Finds New Home in Detroit

Michigan organizations foster hope for those who flee to the U.S. after losing their families to war and violence abroad

Good Reads: Reviews on Jack White, Becoming Amish, Heaven Was Detroit

New and Notable Books

The Rise and Fall of Detroit's Prophet Jones

Before a sex scandal brought him down, the 'Messiah in Mink' was one of the more prominent black celebrity preachers of midcentury America

Candy Cane or Coal?

The Hour Detroit staff hands out annual gifts to those newsmakers who have been nice … and those who have been naughty. See who’s on our list this year.

Hometown Hero

How metro Detroit native Dylan Larkin became the Red Wings’ next great hope

Good Reads: Reviews

New and Notable Books

Statue of Limitations

Dearborn Mayor Orville Hubbard is still controversial, even 75 years after his election

A Glass Act

Artist April Wagner has designs for Cobo Center partnership

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Love a Parade

Detroit’s 90th Thanksgiving Day show is a tradition — especially for volunteers

Pirate of the Great Lakes

This is the tale of Roaring Dan Seavey, the lakeman who absconded with a ship full of cedar and led authorities on a chase up the coast of Lake Michigan

All the World’s On Stage

Detroit-based guitarist strikes a chord with In Transit concert series

Good Reads: Reviews

New and Notable Books

All Shall Be Revealed

Cranbrook Art Museum to host exhibition based on metro Detroit and Flint-area residents’ visits to The Truth Booth

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The World on a String

Downtown Detroit’s Puppet Art Theater celebrates stories, folktales, and the art of puppetry from around the globe

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Former Michigan Gov. G. Mennen “Soapy” Williams at the 1960 Democratic presidential convention in Los Angeles

The Promised Lands

Guaranteed college scholarships are transforming futures in several local school districts

World-Wise Chickens

What the Wasserman Projects’ permanent art exhibit says about diversity

Back to Black

The Noir City Film Festival is right at home at Detroit’s Redford Theatre

An Hour With... Ron Carter

2016 Artist-in-Residence at the Detroit Jazz Festival

Dancing in the D

Detroit Dance City Festival pliés back into town

Digging Deep

Composting group Detroit Dirt continues to unearth a wealth of success in the city’s urban farming community and beyond

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An Hour With... Winona Bynum

Executive Director of the Detroit Food Policy Council

An Hour With... Michael Poris

We talk with the architect and co-founder of McIntosh Poris Associates

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Few images suggest the lackadaisical days of summer better than this photograph of the Harvey C. Jackson family

Branches on the Evolutionary Tee

Born from a desire to change the city’s image, the Detroit pride T-shirt has grown into a fashionable summer essential

An Hour With... Marlowe Stoudamire

We speak to the Detroit 67 Project Director

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When the flames arose on the afternoon of April 27, 1915, suspicions grew in some quarters

Classical Rock

DSO to honor David Bowie with symphonic covers concert

Pet Project

Catfé Lounge is part yoga studio, part living room, and part adoption center

An Hour With... Tunde Olaniran

Musician and activist talks Flint water crisis

The Missing, Linked

Annual Michigan event helps families and friends revive their loved ones’ unsolved cases

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In 1971, David DiChiera was a lone wolf in the wilderness

Hip to be Square

Cobo Center unveils new outdoor space

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On Opening Day in 1911, the Tigers locked horns with the Chicago White Sox during a raging snowstorm.

Now Showing

Freep Film Festival brings Detroit to the big screen.

An Hour with... Cindy Estrada

United Auto Workers' Vice President brings a fresh face to the union.

Making a Movement

Paxahau celebrates a decade of keeping Detroit’s Movement electronic music festival running.

An Hour with Fayrouz Saad

Detroit’s Immigrant Affairs Director

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Out of the Woodwork

Four Detroit furniture makers carve their niche in the industry with quality craftsmanship and customization

Turning a New Leaf

Former Detroit banker trades cubicle for Hollywood, stars in meaty role as O.J. Simpson’s son in new FX series

Modern Romance

Wayne State University professor is studying online dating and how we click with our matches — or not

Best Footage Forward

Comeback stories help define a winning formula for a trio of popular made-in-Michigan PBS shows

The Lost City of Gold

Former Corktown souvenir shop is living up to its treasure-promising name

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A Cut Above

Still using the same artificial tree from 10 years ago? Branch out by choosing a fresh evergreen at one of these Michigan farms. These farms also offer various activities, such as visits with Santa for the kids and adult beverages for the parents.

Foresight is 2020

What’s ahead for Detroit five years down the road? Here are some ‘wish lists’ and predictions.

Keeping It Real

Community theater group production aims to spark conversations about police actions and race

Celebración en Suroeste

Southwest Detroit celebrates the traditions of Day of the Dead, honors those who have passed

Nonprofit Powerhouse

Dearborn’s Center for Arab American Philanthropy harnesses its giving power to help programs near and far

Super Couples

Five metro Detroit couples who donate their time, energy, and resources to each other and their communities

Home At Last

Nonprofit Humble Design completely furnishes living spaces for families in need

Building Perspective

Detroit high-schoolers get a lesson in community development, gender equality, and education abroad through international nonprofit buildOn

Melting Pot

Entrepreneurs, innovators, and residents share their recipes for city improvement at microfunding forum Detroit Soup

Striking A Chord

Detroit area nonprofits play a unique tune when it comes to music education, performance, and youth engagement

Here Comes the Neighborhood

Detroit nonprofit Life Remodeled continues to revamp local schools, homes, and communities on a grand scale

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The Bus Stops Here

One bench at a time, Sit On It Detroit founders are making the wait a bit better for urban commuters

Field of Dreams

Mosaics on the dugouts are the latest parts of Stoepel Park’s recovery

Letter Perfect

Letterpress goods live on with the Detroit Wood Type Co.

Welcome to Detroit

Two national fashion brands add more stylish options for Midtown shoppers

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Commercial Comedy

Second City and Planet Ant Theater alums Sam Richardson and Tim Robinson spoof local ads for Comedy Central’s Detroiters TV pilot

The Write Idea

A literary nonprofit supports authors and tackles a blighted Detroit neighborhood one house at a time

The Happy Warrior

Out of bankruptcy and free of emergency management, Mayor Mike Duggan works long hours to rebuild Detroit — and he’s having a ball

Artfully Covered Walls

Inaugural Murals in the Market to bring scores of artists to Detroit’s Eastern Market

Vital Signs

Ann Arbor’s The Ark remains an intimate haven for favorite folk acts — and a launching pad for emerging careers

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The Fair-est of Them All

Armada’s annual get-together boasts traditions unchanged for a century and a half

Living the Dream

What's it like to work on the Detroit Tigers grounds crew? (And how do you land the job?)

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Good Food

Nonprofit started from the back of a woman’s Jeep is branching out to find ways to feed metro Detroit’s hungry

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Getting Personal

WDET ‘Detroit Today’ host Stephen Henderson’s take on the most ‘interactive’ media

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Show Me the Money

Once shunned by his own party, Harvey Santana is keeper of the state’s $53 billion budget

Treasure Trove

Through local firm’s Life Chests, people preserve memories, pass on personal legacies and family memorabilia to their loved ones

School's Almost Out

Get your kids away from their electronic devices (at least temporarily) with a host of day camp activities

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Pingree's Patches

Outspoken mayor planted seeds for Detroit’s original urban farms in effort to address financial woes

Another Amen!

New Preachers of Detroit reality series documents the work, family, and lives of seven men and women of the cloth

Read All About It

Detroit Public Library looks back at milestones, and forward into the digital age

The Beat Goes On

Oak Park independent bookstore owners have been keeping the literary faith for more than 30 years

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Unlikely Sprinter

Cass Tech/U-M graduate Eddie ‘The Midnight Express’ Tolan ran to fame in the 1932 Olympic games.

Wright of Passage

Journey through the world’s largest African-American history museum

Advocacy on the Agenda

Former community organizer set to assume office as Michigan’s first Asian-American female state representative

Spreading the Wealth

South Central survivor Louis Green launches a $100 million annual fund to give minority-owned businesses a shot at grabbing a piece of Detroit’s redevelopment pie