1. Student Tepfirah “Tee” Rushdan grows the farming movement in Detroit

    Tee Rushdan arranged private meetings with the mayor and his staff to craft an exemption for farmers, as well as addressing questions about water and land access. “I said, ‘A lot of cities – Philly, New York – have installed directors of urban agriculture,” Rushdan explains. “’Let’s get somebody in the city that’s focused on that.’ I didn’t know it was going to be me.”

  2. Electric vs. gasoline vehicles: Is EV ownership competitive in your area?

    Is it actually cheaper to own an electric vehicle instead of a gas vehicle? It depends. University of Michigan researchers say that where you live matters. For instance, a midsize SUV costs more to own in Detroit than in San Francisco—one of the most expensive cities in the country.

  3. Pluck.eco and Veggie Express bridges the distance from urban farms to consumers

    “The mission with Pluck is to replace grocery stores with farms. What that actually means is that we want to make it as easy for a farm or a small business to reach all the people in their community as it is for the people to get fresh produce.”
    ~ Chening Duker, Pluck.eco

  4. Egalitarian Metropolis: Towards an inclusive recovery for Detroit

    For nearly a decade the Michigan–Mellon Project on the Egalitarian Metropolis has supported impactful programs and initiatives.

  5. UMCI breaks ground: Center to spur economic growth, educational enrichment in Detroit

    The University of Michigan Center for Innovation in Detroit broke ground Thursday with high-energy musical performances and 13 shovels held by leaders of the partners bringing the project to fruition. “Today’s groundbreaking is far more than the promise of a new building. It is a profound expression of our sustained and lasting commitment to the city of Detroit, and of our faith in a shining future for the State of Michigan,” said U-M President Santa J. Ono.

  6. LEAPS bachelor’s degree targets problem‑solvers, learning leaders

    An interprofessional liberal arts major, “Learning, Equity, and Problem Solving for the Public Good” will create learning leaders equipped to tackle complex issues that exist across all areas of society. LEAPS is a four-year program leading to a bachelor’s degree in education.

  7. U-M team researches access to mortgage financing and homeownership in Detroit 

    The research project was one of only three nationwide to receive funding as part of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development initiative aimed at addressing the disparities that exist for borrowers of color and other underserved groups.

  8. U-M surveys show where Detroiters get their news

    A series of three surveys from the University of Michigan’s Detroit Metro Area Communities Study sheds new light on which media platforms are shaping Detroiters’ views. Television is by far the most commonly relied upon source of news, with 74% of Detroit residents saying they typically get news from TV.

  9. Graduate student and alum AliReda Jeafar works his dream job by day

    As AliReda Jeafar approaches graduation at UM-Dearborn, he has a full-time job with the City of Detroit that he loves. But it took a reassessment of goals and a life detour to find a career path he’s passionate about.