Rebel Nell/Jacob Lewkow Photography

The Detroit Start-Up Helping Women Craft a Path Out of Homelessness

How a nonprofit and a small jewelry company team up to help homeless women get back on their feet.

Paxson Woelber/Flickr

Giving Cities Room to Experiment and Innovate

The latest round of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Teams program encourages cities to find solutions based on data analysis and a human-centered approach.

Courtesy Erik Paul Howard

When Cycling and Storytelling Mingle

Detroit’s Pedal to Porch project hopes neighbors will slow down and meet each other.

Scott Hocking

To Understand Detroit, Look in at Night

A new exhibition uses darkness to highlight the nuances of blight and revitalization—and the culture that has stayed rooted all along.


Turning Detroit's Abandoned Homes Into Greenhouses

A design collaborative is putting down roots on a blighted lot.

Jamie Grill/Getty/Katie Martin/CityLab

In Cider Season, Detroit's Donuts Reign Supreme

The perfect autumnal snack salutes Michigan’s other big industry.

Jessica Leigh Hester/CityLab

Federal Dollars for Urban Farms

A new agriculture bill could help city growers expand their operations.

Yusuf Ahmad/Reuters

The Great Lakes Should Be on the Lookout for Waterspouts

There’s a decent chance these ghostly spinners will pop up Thursday on Lake Erie.

Danielle Walquist Lynch/Flickr

The Fight to Feed Detroit

To mend the city’s food system, urban farmers and entrepreneurs are working to funnel fresh produce and artisanal goods to local tables.

Jessica Leigh Hester/CityLab

Growing Pains for Detroit's Urban Farms

Agriculture flourishes in the city’s vacant lots—but can it survive the push toward revitalization?

Jessica Leigh Hester/CityLab

Farming for Their Lives

Detroit’s urban growers are cultivating the land to pick up where they feel the city has let them down.

Claire Nelson

A Real-Life Forum for Real Urban Issues

Urban Consulate aims to encourage uncomfortable—and inspiring—conversations in Detroit, Philly, and NOLA.

REUTERS/ Rebecca Cook

Do Parts of the Rust Belt 'Need to Die Off'?

Texas A&M's Galen Newman argues that some of America's struggling cities should embrace—and plan around—their decline.

AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

Where Books Are All But Nonexistent

In many high-poverty urban neighborhoods, it’s nearly impossible for a poor child to find something to read in the summer.


A New Life for Urban Alleys

Once blighted and overlooked, these small streets are transforming into community and sustainability hotspots.

City of Detroit/Esri

Browse Thousands of Tear-Downs on the 'Detroit Demolition Tracker'

The city released this map amid talk that there’s something fishy about its demolition program.


Mapping the Hidden Patterns of Urban Life

Terrapattern collects visually similar features from satellite images into one searchable platform. 

Courtesy of Megan Heeres

Turning Detroit's Invasive Plants Into Community-Building Art

Megan Heeres invites locals to pitch in to transform unwanted shrubs and grasses into paper.