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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

Detroit Actress Ryan Destiny Lights Up Small Screen on Fox Drama 'Star'

Singer grew up on Joy Road near Rouge Park, attended middle school and high school in West Bloomfield

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

An Hour With ... Sonya Mays

Detroit Public Schools Community District board member; President/CEO of Develop Detroit

Hamtramck’s Planet Ant Theatre Expands

Theater plans to hold grand opening for new space this month

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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

An Hour With... Irvin D. Reid

President Emeritus, Wayne State University

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.

Essay: Detroit Can Beat the Gentrification Game

It won’t be easy, but the city can be a national model for inclusive economic redevelopment

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Abbott-Detroit automobile, 1911

An Hour With ... John Conyers Jr.

Congressman of Michigan's 13th Congressional District

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

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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?

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

An Hour With... Greg Russell

Movie reviewer for Live in the D

Culinary Program at Michigan Prison Nourishes Raw Talent

Prisoners learn more than the technical skills needed to be a cook — they learn what it takes to be a chef

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.

Lost and Found

Detroit Artifactry builds a business around eclectic home decor

Hometown Hero

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

An Hour With... Kym Worthy

Wayne County Prosecutor

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

By Any Other Name…

It doesn’t sound fancy, but Pop’s For Italian serves up extremely well-prepared Italian dishes paired with an ambitious wine program

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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

The Greatest Show Off Earth!

Detroit Flyhouse Circus School teaches kids (and adults) to channel their inner acrobat

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An Hour With... Dr. Abdul El-Sayed

Executive Director and Health Officer of the Detroit Health Department

Back on Track?

A mass transit plan was almost derailed by the usual political potholes. But regional cooperation is finally in the hands of the voters.

Art House

How one architect is attempting to reimagine Detroit’s blight

Worthy Setting

Elegant dining in Rochester’s century-old Chapman House

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

Hallowed Ground

Fifty years ago this October, The Grande Ballroom became Detroit’s brick-and-mortar embodiment of the sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll era

Designs on Detroit

Annual festival looks to the future

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

After Aaliyah

Fifteen years after her untimely death the Detroit star still matters, but her legacy is in question

Fashionably Philanthropic

The Founders Junior Council’s longstanding Fash Bash has become one of the DIA’s most anticipated events

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

Sunday Dinner, Five Days a Week

Supino Pizza owner pays homage to his family through La Rondinella’s authentic Italian regional dishes

Northern Light

The Rev. Joan Ross keeps the faith, fighting for families and residents in one of Detroit’s oft-neglected neighborhoods

A Different Dog

A wizened look beyond the coney to metro Detroit’s alternative hot dog offerings

No-Frills, Fine Food

A small but mighty Spencer is making an impression on the Ann Arbor restaurant scene

An Hour With... Michael Poris

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

Old School Meets New School

Old school meets new school

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

Finding a Better World

Psychedelic Healing Shack of Detroit aims to help others heal themselves and the community

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

A Grand Balance

The Belle Isle Grand Prix brings money, commerce, and exposure to Detroit, but some parkgoers think reduced accessibility to the island doesn’t add up to a victory

Classical Rock

DSO to honor David Bowie with symphonic covers concert

Eyes on the Road

Detroit Institute of Arts exhibition goes on a photographic tour of the United States of America

Pet Project

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

‘Thank you for my horrible life’

On gratitude—and figuring out what holds us back

Le Rouge Life

A from-the-bleachers look at Detroit City Football Club’s loud, proud fans

Model Citizen

A maritime history collector is preserving the lore and legend of Downriver’s commercial shipping history, one replica at a time

Jam-Packed Piety

Operated by a community of monks, the Jampot sells organic confections in Michigan’s Upper (upper) Peninsula

An Hour With... Tunde Olaniran

Musician and activist talks Flint water crisis

Rooftop Retreat

How a turn-of-the-century Midtown castle became a lesson in sustainable living — and an urban guest lodge

Taking a Stand

Paddleboarding gains popularity on Michigan’s lakes and rivers

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

Eat Globally, Act Locally

Get the authentic flavor of favorite ethnic foods right in your kitchen with these Michigan-made products.

Bright Idea

The Brightmoor Maker Space seeks to build a community of craftsmen in one of Detroit’s most blighted neighborhoods.

The Artists Within

Community-based project helps Detroit students learn about literacy while creating art for public library.

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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.

Great Expectations

Detroit’s internationally celebrated Mosaic Youth Theatre troupe approaches its 25th year of helping students excel in the arts — and beyond