The vital waterway connecting Lakes Huron and Erie, once a poisoned stew of industrial and civic runoff, has made a comeback. Author Dave Dempsey explores the areas past, present and possible future in his latest work.
A veterinarian in training, Khalilah Smith is blazing her own trail.
How UM is helping Detroit students build a passion for robotics.
Kevin Ryan is helming the Ford Foundation's efforts to revitalize the Motor City
Learning about life on the banks of the old St. Clair.
In the Motor City, young minds rethink urban planning.
As a captain and guard on the Wolverines basketball team, David Merritt was the kind of selfless team player who helped others look good. And today, this 26-year-old University of Michigan alumnus is still helping others look good — and positively impacting young people’s lives in the process. Merritt is the founder of a new clothing line called Merit, which produces apparel with an understated tone. Many of Merit’s offerings have themes relating to his home city of Detroit — appropriate given that the company’s sales go toward helping underprivileged students in that city. Twenty percent of Merit’s proceeds go
Most aspiring journalists cut their teeth reporting small-time stories at their high school papers. Typical headlines may include things like “Exposed! What’s Really in the Cafeteria Meatloaf” or “New Student Body Prez Wins Campaign on Pledge to Add Parking Spaces to School Lot.” But a program from Michigan State University and partner Crain Communications Inc. is giving high schoolers in the Detroit area the chance to report real, meaningful stories before they’ve even started college. Crain Communications is headquartered in Detroit, and Michigan State’s East Lansing campus is only 90 miles from the city, so it’s a cause that is
The long, steady economic decline throughout the city of Detroit created vast swaths of blight and desertion in what were once thriving neighborhoods. It’s gotten so bad that documenting the urban decay there has almost become an artistic subgenre unto itself. But there’s no shortage of efforts to bring one of America’s great cities back to its former glory, and these range from urban farming to music education. One of the most recent examples is a real estate course designed to give local residents the tools to both take advantage of Detroit’s depressed housing market and revitalize their communities. Peter Allen, an
Inspired by their experiences in college and elsewhere, these Pathfinders are passing by the typical, well-trod career paths and blazing their own trails. We’ll explore the unconventional approaches these Big Ten alums are taking to work. One majored in social sciences and Middle Eastern/North African studies. The other graduated with a degree in English. But when University of Michigan alums Noah Link and Alex Bryan went “out there” to find their future, they took an unexpected path. “‘Let’s start a farm,’” Link recalled saying. “I think I’m the one who said it first, but it seemed like a natural idea.”