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  1. When creating more equitable urban green spaces in Michigan, the shape of green space matters

    Counterintuitively, the researchers found that the total area of urban green space was not an important indicator of equality. Instead, the shape of urban green space, the size of the largest green space in a census tract and the density of green space played more important roles in urban green space equality.


  2. U-M forecast: Detroit economy likely to avoid worst effects of national slowdown, see overall growth

    As the city’s economy approaches full employment and inflation subsides, the economists expect wage gains to outpace inflation from 2024 to 2027.

  3. Community-builder Leon Pryor takes Detroit’s FIRST Robotics program to new heights

    Alumnus Leon Pryor excelled in careers at Microsoft, Amazon, and now Meta. The he renowned video game engineer co-founded The Motor City Alliance to make Detroit a powerhouse for FIRST Robotics teams. And it’s working.

    1. Partner Profile: CHASS provides comprehensive primary care services to the southwest Detroit community

      “Working with good researchers who aren’t only here for the research but engage with the community and understand participants’ culture and language to help achieve meaningful data is really important to us.”

      ~ Dr. Richard Bryce

    2. Making change through making art

      Led by Victoria Shaw, “Making Change through Making Art” will bring together Detroit-based visual artists with students from Detroit Public Schools Community District in a new art-making elective class to explore how engaging with visual arts can promote social justice activism.

    3. U-M Alum Manny Martinez says it’s “breathtaking” to be a part of the Michigan Central Station transformation

      Manuel Martinez has been working at the Michigan Central Station for the past three-and-a-half years, leading a 23-person project team that manages hundreds of construction workers. The project, which Ford announced in 2018, is expected to be finished next year.

    4. A new scholarship helps students from Detroit pursue the Detroit teaching school pathway

      The Bell Family Scholarship Fund is intended to assist students who hail from Detroit and who plan to pursue the Detroit teaching school pathway. It was started by Stacy and Joseph Giles to honor Stacy’s parents and sister, who were educators.

    5. Latest round of Pressing Matters grants includes Black Bottom reconstruction

      Five projects will receive funding in the latest round of Pressing Matters grants, a research incentive funding program that supports research advancing the state of practice in Taubman College’s various disciplines and forges new interdisciplinary opportunities. The projects include one that aims to reconstruct Black Bottom, a thriving Afro-American community sacrificed for urban renewal projects in the 1950s and 1960s.

    6. Including the patient voice when addressing racial disparities in maternal health

      The data is alarming: Black and low-income people are two to five times more likely to die in childbirth or experience severe maternal morbidity than those who are white. But one important voice has largely been missing from the conversation: the patients themselves.