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  1. Wayne State, U-M teams win honors in DIA Plaza Student Design Summit

    Talk about a winning team: A group of Wayne State University students were the grand-prize winners of two prizes in the Student Design Summit, a competition to find the “voices of young people” on a once-in-a-lifetime project to design a plaza that connects the Detroit Institute of Arts and its neighboring Midtown cultural institutions.

  2. Thinking on their feet: In-class exercise helps fight childhood obesity while kids learn

    Among the many things that years of teaching elementary school students has taught Cesar Reyes, is that kids sit too much during school and should move more.

  3. Building robots and a better future in Detroit

    Located at the U-M Detroit Center on Woodward Avenue, MEZ mainly offers space, help and machine tools to young people who want to take part in the national FIRST Robotics competition, but whose schools don’t have the resources to help them on their own.

  4. Detroit School series: housing insecurity in Detroit

    The American Dream of owning a home isn’t dead in Detroit – but it struggles under the weight of predatory lending practices, complicit landlords, real estate speculators and public officials whose interventions and policies can make the city’s complicated housing challenges even worse.

  5. Better implementation of state law could improve housing stability for Detroit homeowners

    Increasing awareness of a program designed to prevent foreclosure among low-income homeowners in Detroit and making the application process easier are among the recommendations to help residents stay in their homes.

  6. HAILed it: Tuition-free promise effectively recruits low-income students to University of Michigan

    High-achieving, low-income students who received personalized commitment of financial aid are more than twice as likely to apply, be admitted to and enroll in a top-tier university, according to a new University of Michigan study.

  7. U-M alum Jessica Brooke Williams boosts Heidelberg Project

    Three decades ago, an artist named Tyree Guyton turned two abandoned blocks around his grandfather’s house on Detroit’s east side into a landmark incorporating his signature polka dots along with found objects such as clocks, records and stuffed animals.

  8. Q&A – Reynolds Farley: A long view on Detroit

    Reynolds Farley started teaching urban sociology in 1967, the same year of the Detroit riots.

  9. Sense of home inspires Taubman lecturer to help revitalize Detroit

    In an effort to preserve other Detroiters’ memories and neighborhoods, Dowdell — a Detroit Native — is a partner at Century Partners, a Detroit-based real estate development firm that aims to revitalize city neighborhoods while connecting residents to investment opportunities.