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  1. Detroit’s expansive urban vegetation studied via satellite

    University of Michigan researchers are monitoring Detroit’s vegetation from space to understand its connection to urban decline — and gaining insights into a public health threat emanating from the city’s vacant lots.


  2. Q&A – Jerry Davis on how Free Accounting Fridays and other programs help Detroit business owners and nonprofits thrive

    Jerry Davis is the associate dean at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and leads the Business + Impact initiative. Davis’ research at the University of Michigan is broadly…

  3. How U-M art professor Nick Tobier stays looped into Detroit

    Nick Tobier has spent a lot of time on the Detroit People Mover. Teaching, exploring, observing, escaping.
    On a rare sunny day in February, sandwiched between snow and ice storms, we boarded the city’s iconic monorail together at the Grand Circus Park station, just outside the David Whitney building. Tobier happily paid my 75 cent fare (he prefers buying the tokens — “I feel good when I have them in my pocket,” he says) and led me up the escalator to the platform.

    1. Semester in Detroit to celebrate 10th anniversary April 5-7

      SiD.10 will be a re-immersion in Detroit, featuring communal dinners, music and dancing, and community conversations about the city’s past, present, and future. Registration is open for the weekend event now.

    2. U-M’s new Daring Dances project explores social justice through movement in Detroit, Ann Arbor

      Daring Dances, a curatorial program created by Clare Croft, an associate professor of dance and American culture at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, announces its first public events: three upcoming performances in Detroit and Ann Arbor.

    3. Detroit is a textbook example of informal urbanism, says U-M alum and author

      Informal urbanism – generally characterized by unregulated or Illegal economic and social interaction driven by marginalized populations – has long been seen as a distinguishing feature of day-to-day life in burgeoning cities in the global South.

    4. Cat Johnson makes her mark in Detroit through Business+Impact

      Cat Johnson, in her new role as managing director of the Business+Impact initiative at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, has a global vision that often starts with local action in Detroit.

    5. New digital archive at U-M highlights history of Detroit’s Jewish community

      The free, searchable database contains more than 100 years of digital copies of the Detroit Jewish Chronicle and the Detroit Jewish News.

    6. U-M’s Marc Norman: Leveraging equitable development

      Marc Norman, associate professor of practice in urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, is an internationally recognized expert on policy and finance for affordable housing and community development.