There’s Nowhere like Hamtramck, USA

There’s Nowhere like Hamtramck, USA

As anti-immigrant sentiments take root in our culture and political discourse, the complex realities of life in an immigrant community are often sidelined for more sensational stories. Documentary filmmakers Razi Jafri of Detroit and Justin Feltman of Washington, D.C., have tackled those complexities head-on in their new project, “Hamtramck, USA.”

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Detroit Cities Ready for Redevelopment

Detroit Cities Ready for Redevelopment

Michigan's older suburbs are getting smarter about redevelopment with a program that hones in on attracting quality projects and easing the process. Here's how.

When it comes to development, local governments have not always gotten it right. Lack of a clear vision, inconsistent or absent development standards, and a reactive approach have sometimes hindered projects or resulted in development of a lesser quality than a community might have hoped for.

But many cities in Metro Detroit have been making a concerted effort to change that. One way is by enrolling in Michigan Economic Development Corporation's Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification program.

This featured article is was originally written for Metromode, a Detroit-based digital publication that produces stories about what’s happening in the Metro-Detroit region.

Profiles in Transit

Profiles in Transit

Starting out in Ferndale, Laura Joseph Lyons shows up at the 9 Mile and Woodward bus stop religiously every morning and takes the SMART bus down the Woodward corridor. She gets off at New Center where she walks the rest of the way to her job as a GIS analyst for Data Driven Detroit.

Lyons, a petite woman with long, brown hair, started riding the bus because she felt it was better for the environment, was cheaper, and it gave her some time back that she used to spend sitting in traffic.

“It gives me time to read while I'm commuting,” she says. “I think that mass transit is hugely important.”

This featured article is was originally written for Metromode, a Detroit-based digital publication that produces stories about what’s happening in the Metro-Detroit region.

Why Independent Bookstores Matter

Why Independent Bookstores Matter

By their very nature, indie bookstores are the perfect breeding grounds for sincere, authentic encounters. They are a place that draws people from all walks of life together and encourages face-to-face interactions. They are modern-day community incubators. Detroit is lucky to have several, diverse bookstores within its limits. 

However, contrary to what their well-stocked shelves and pleasant atmosphere might lead you to believe, owning and operating a bookstore is no cakewalk. While indie bookstores across the country have survived the coming of Amazon in a way chain bookstores did not, their existence should not be taken for granted.

This featured article is was originally written for Model D, a Detroit-based digital publication that produces stories about what's next for Detroit.

The Quest for Eldorado

The Quest for Eldorado

This featured article profiling small business owner, Erin Gavle, was originally written for TBD Magazine, a Detroit based print and digital publication that produces stories about the good, positive and exciting things happening in this city. This piece was published in their fall quarterly magazine. 

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Wolf Moon Mixers

Wolf Moon Mixers

This featured article is about a husband and wife entrepreneur duo and their love for fresh juice, was originally written for TBD Magazine, a Detroit based print, and digital publication that produces stories about the good, positive and exciting things happening in this city. This piece was published in their fall quarterly magazine. 

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Truth North, Detroit

Truth North, Detroit

This featured article on the True North development, was originally written for TBD Magazine, a Detroit-based print, and digital publication that produces stories about the good, positive and exciting things happening in this city. This piece was published in their fall quarterly magazine. 

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G.A.R. Building

G.A.R. Building

This featured article on the historical G.A.R. Building, was originally written for TBD Magazine, a Detroit-based print, and digital publication that produces stories about the good, positive and exciting things happening in this city. 

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An Interview with Guadalupe

An Interview with Guadalupe

This is blog post was created for the Nashville-based non-profit, Picture Change. They work around the world to empower youth to discover their innate creativity and picture change in their lives through photography. For this project, I collaborated with nine students on a coffee farm in Matagalpa, Nicaragua for a week, teaching them the art of interviewing and finding a story. It was the second installment of a three part mini-series.  

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