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Inside Detroit Mercy's Civil Rights 'Immersion' Course

The program is taking students to iconic sites in three southern states

Essay: Why Being an 'Ally' Can Be More Complicated Than You May Think

Even good intentions can miss the mark

Why Your Next Wood Project Should Be Made Out of These Salvaged City Trees

Ann Arbor's Urbanwood Project is taking the reclaimed lumber trend to the next level

New Cranbrook Exhibit Remembers Keith Haring

The show comes 30 years after the contemporary artist's visit to Bloomfield Hills

The Way It Was

The Great Depression, 1930

Making the Auction House Cool Again

A new generation is keeping this family-owned Detroit institution relevant

Prohibition Relics Hide in Plain Sight at Abick's Bar

A century-old cash register is the centerpiece at this southwest Detroit dive

An Hour With... Steve Neavling

Aka the Motor City Muckraker

New and Notable Books by Local Authors to Add to Your Reading List

Plus, what our staff is reading right now

This Detroit Fashion Brand is Tackling the City's Dropout Problem

One in four Detroit students will not graduate high school

How Crowdfunding is Helping Detroit Families Stay in Their Homes

The Tricycle Collective has a unique approach to helping Detroiters fight tax foreclosure

A Look Back at the Firefighters Who Helped Fight Devil's Night

Following a mid-80s peak, Detroiters seem to have beaten back the flames of Halloween-time arson

Robots are the Future, and These Detroit Girls Will Be Building Them

An all-girls robotics team is opening doors for women in STEM

Old Traditions Meet New Ideas at Greenfield Village’s Annual Hallowe'en Festival

The historic site delivers an upgrade from ordinary trick-or-treating

Hamtramck is Trying to Save its Historic Negro League-Era Ballpark

It's one of the last remaining in the country

Getting By in Oakland County

It's still one of the country's wealthiest places, but the aftershocks of the Great Recession have left many struggling to get by – or get ahead

Why Tillson Street Just Might Be the Place to Trick-or-Treat This Halloween

A scary block party spurs the Village of Romeo's annual Halloween tourism boom

6 of the Spookiest Destinations in Metro Detroit

A new approach to tourism in Detroit hopes to capitalize on the public’s hankering for a good ghost story

Politics You Can Eat

In Detroit, improving residents’ access to fresh, healthy foods is rooted in the struggle for social justice

The Rescuers Downriver

When a group of volunteers saw their local shelter needed help, they decided the best solution was to adopt it

An Hour With... David Bateman

Indie Film Score Composer

The Way It Was

Detroit Lions' Alex Karras, 1970

Mark and the Giant Pumpkin

Here’s how a Holly handyman became Michigan’s heavyweight champ of oversize produce

Ferndale Street Fair Celebrates a Decade of DIY

The festival will feature artwork, food vendors, and musical acts

Dlectricity to Return After Three-Year Hiatus

The festival known for lighting up Midtown Detroit is back on Sept. 22-23

Metro Detroit-Based Dreamers Have Messages for Congress

Neighbors share their dreams and concerns about the president’s DACA decision

Metro Detroit Teachers Share Their After-School Side Hustles

With declining salaries, more teachers are working second jobs to pay the bills

The Way It Was

1907, Eastern High School

The Most Prolific Detroit-born Songwriter You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

DIA to debut video from Allee Willis

An Hour With... Aki Choklat

Fashion Accessories Chair, College for Creative Studies

Viva La Resistance

For 40 years, Dally in the Alley has rebuffed rebranding and celebrated Cass Avenue’s gritty counterculture

Strings Attached

Guitar maker leaves Los Angeles and heads to Detroit. And no, it’s not a song title.

Ford Arts, Beats, and Eats Celebrates 20 Years This Labor Day Weekend

The Royal Oak festival will feature an expanded lineup of performances, dining, and activities

Chicago Artist Brings Caribbean Flavor to Downtown Detroit

Library Street Collective partners with Carlos “Dzine” Rolón to present a sculpture installation inspired by the artist’s rich Puerto Rican culture.

The Way It Was

Detroit Express soccer championship, 1982

Tony Hawk and Artist Ryan McGinness Bring a Contemporary Skate Park to Downtown Detroit

A Peek Inside One of Michigan's Five Nudist Resorts

Turtle Lake Resort is the land of the free and the home of the bare

Paddle-to-Table with Detroit River Sports

This dinner tour takes farm-to-table to a new level

An Hour With... Dan Pitera

Executive Director, Detroit Collaborative Design Center

Voting, Circa 1837

Oil painting depicts crowd during the first state election in Detroit

Detroit Gets a Village of Quonset Huts

Structures gain attention for their design as well as kitsch

The Way It Was

Midtown neighborhood, 1929

An Hour With... Aaron Foley

City of Detroit Chief Storyteller

Oakland County Circuit Court Focuses on Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Program treats participants like ‘more than a number’

Arab American Museum Gives Platform to Contemporary Saudi Artists

New exhibit aims to challenge stereotypes about Arab culture

Life After Innocence

Wrongly imprisoned for nearly 10 years, Davontae Sanford works to steer others away from a criminal justice system that failed him

Favorable Winds

Hoisting the sails (and an adult beverage or two) with the nation’s oldest boat club

Detroit’s Bicentennial Medal

Turn of the century relic shows how Detroiters celebrated city’s 200th birthday

Ferndale Music Festival Aims for TV Show

One-day event to feature more than two dozen acts

Weaving Detroit History Together

A beaded belt among goods used to seal the deal for Detroit’s Belle Isle

Good Reads: New and Notable Books

New photo-focused books tell a tale of ‘Two Detroits.’ Plus, See You in the Cosmos and The Detroit Public Library: An American Classic

The Way It Was

Berkley’s shopping district, 1959

Who to Watch at the Tony Awards

U-M composers already have a Golden Globe and an Oscar. And perhaps this Sunday, a Tony, too

An Hour With... Dani Woods

Office of the Chief LGBT Liaison, Detroit Police Department

Mapping Out Summer Sounds

5 metro Detroit music venues to visit this season

The Way It Was

Delray, circa 1939

Toys That Are Educational and Fun

These finds at metro Detroit stores have just the right amount of both, making them ideal picks for your little one

An Hour With ... Marlin Williams

Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Diversity and Inclusion, TechTown

Former Piston Earl Lloyd Detroit's Hidden Figure

New documentary spotlights accomplishments of the NBA's second African-American head coach

Detroit Entrepreneur Focuses on Helping Women in Developing Countries

Fair trade accessories symbolize community and charity for owner of Love Travels. Imports

Rosa Parks Sign at Heidelberg Project Symbol of Adversity, Victory

Guyton was inspired to paint piece to honor civil rights icon's bus demonstration

Looks to Die For

Detroit-based The Fashion Massacre enters its eighth year in style

Detroit 1967

Casting Distance

Travel along M-72 and you’re only steps away from the ‘holy water’ for generations of trout anglers

Artists Assemble

Collaborative community brings together musicians from across Detroit's fragmented music scene

Cultivate Your Green Thumb With Gardening Supplies from Metro Detroit Shops

Stores such as Detroit Farm and Garden, Made Floral, and more have the plants and tools to help your garden grow

The Way It Was

Stroh's Beer, 1907

United Shore Professional Baseball League Aims to Expand

Investors are betting that family-friendly minor league baseball will work in Macomb County

Signal-Return's Power of the Press Festival Dedicated to the Print Arts Rip

Event organized by Eastern Market letterpress shop to feature readings from local poets and writers, art exhibitions, workshops, and more

Detroit Red Wings Gear Up for District Detroit

Russian Five's jerseys worn during the ’97 Stanley Cup playoffs among the mementos waiting to be displayed at Little Caesars Arena

The Spies Among Us

Two years before America entered WWI, a German plot sought to blow up crucial targets in Detroit and Windsor

Honoring An Original

Inside and out, a Palmer Woods remodeling project provides all the modern comforts while retaining historic grandeur

2017 City Guide: Hidden Detroit

Unlocking the secrets to some of the city’s lesser-known gems

The Way It Was

Housewives’ League of Detroit, 1932

Muskrat Dinners a Tradition During Lent Downriver

For some, meal conjures up feelings of family, nostalgia, and cultural identity, but longtime custom may be in danger of fading away

Henry Ford's Art Garland Parlor Stove a Symbol of Detroit History

The city was considered 'the Stove Capital of the World' in late 19th century

Henry Ford’s American Style and Spirit Exhibit Is About More Than Fashion

Clothing showcase glimpses into the lives of the Roddises, an upper-middle-class family who found success in the lumber and veneer industry

Hamtramck’s Planet Ant Theatre Expands

Theater plans to hold grand opening for new space this month

Still in Session

With a rich history of milestones and challenges, the Detroit Waldorf School celebrates 50 years as a unique, community-driven institution — and with record enrollment to boot

War on Wheels

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat – it’s all in a day’s work for players in the Detroit Roller Derby league

The Way It Was

The Metropolitan Building, 1927

Six Detroit Date Night Ideas

From fine dining to undie runs, there’s plenty to do around metro Detroit this Valentine’s Day

Club Harlem Piano

The piano is a reminder that even during the Great Depression, Detroiters could still dance the night away

Local Museum Pays Homage to Lace Treasures

Exploring the collection of gowns, gloves, and more at Northville's Lace Museum

The Dirty Show Turns 18

Detroit's annual Dirty Show comes of legal age.

Left in Plain Sight in the Snow

A heinous serial criminal. An alleged cover-up. A father fights to reveal the identity of his child’s murderer, the Oakland County Child Killer, 40 years later.

Gregg vs. Goliath

For years, a small truck ferry owner has been hauling hazardous materials across the Detroit River and battling Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun. But if he wins, he will probably put himself out of business.

Eyes on Detroit

In a tension-filled sociopolitical climate, the city's police department is deploying a tall order of synchronized on-person and in-car cameras.

The Way It Was

Abbott-Detroit automobile, 1911

Henry Ford’s First Car

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

Who Killed Barry Crane?

In 1985, the Detroit native's body was found at his California townhouse. Despite the discovery of new DNA evidence no one has pinned down who killed the man known as the Babe Ruth of bridge and why.

Car People

Meet some of the people (and their rides) that make up metro Detroit’s vibrant auto culture

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

Built for Fun

Fitting in family time is a snap at the Legoland Discovery Center Michigan

The Way It Was

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

Did Kwame Kilpatrick Actually Help Detroit?

Disgraced and out of appeals, Detroit former mayor will still be sitting in a federal prison on New Year’s Day 2037. But could his corruption have, in an odd way, actually improved the city?

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

New and Notable Books