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Making Food Stamps More Effective at Regular Grocery Stores, Not Just Farmers' Markets

An innovative program aimed at getting more fruits and veggies to the poor is set to debut this summer in Detroit.

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Why the Feds Agreed to Spend TARP Money on Demolishing Michigan's Empty Buildings

There's admittedly a certain irony in tearing down houses with funds marked to keep people in houses.

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Could Detroit Become America's Design Capital?

The century-old College for Creative Studies is helping to make that vision a reality.

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Detroit's Famously Decaying Old Train Station Has 5 New Windows and No One Knows Why

You have to start somewhere, we guess?

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Under Threat of Municipal Bankruptcy, the Detroit Institute of Arts Readies for a Fight

The museum is threatening to play hardball if it's ordered to auction off its assets to help the city pay off its massive debt.

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A Puzzling Relationship Between Same-Sex Parents and Gay Marriage?

Many of the highest percentages of gay couples raising children are found in states that ban gay marriage.

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A Visual History of Michigan's Outsize Influence on American Modernism

The state that helped bring design to the masses reflects on its legacy with an upcoming symposium and exhibit.

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How Congress Can Help Rust Belt Cities Attract (and Keep) High-Skill Immigrants

Shrinking cities are hoping immigrants will rebuild our their communities. Washington should gear policy to helping them.

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Does Michigan's Emergency-Manager Law Hurt Black Citizens Disproportionately?

"It totally decimates democracy."

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Why Segregation Is Bad for Everyone

Even wealthy people in the suburbs.

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The Case for (Selective) Squatting

Sometimes, it can be in a city's best interest to encourage the people who do it.

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The Problem With Calling Cities 'Post-Industrial'

It's time to come up with a new way of thinking and talking about places like Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland.

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Class-Divided Cities: Detroit Edition

The final installment of our series exploring the economic divides across America's largest cities and metros.

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After the School Closings, the Real Estate Mess

As school districts downsize, they leave behind shuttered buildings. Finding new uses for them can be difficult, to say the least.

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Symbols Worth Saving: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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12 Fresh Ideas for Transforming the Places We Live With Open Data

A few of the 886 proposals from the Knight Foundation's latest open government news challenge.

Metros Clobbered by the Housing Crisis Are Growing Again

Populations in markets hit hard by the 2008 crisis – like Phoenix, Orlando, and Las Vegas – grew faster than others.

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Before Cities Had Street Lights, They Had Giant Towers That Mimicked the Moon

When electricity was new, town leaders looked to "moonlight towers" to provide mass illumination.

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'Detroit Isn't Some Kind of Abstract Art Project'

A new book provides some crucial perspective on Michigan's most embattled municipality.