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Hamtramck is a 2.2-square-mile city within the city, packed with a population that is one of the region's most diverse and culturally unique, with strong influences from people with Polish, Bangladeshi, Arab, Bosnian and African American backgrounds. Add to that ethnic mix a growing population of artists, hipsters, students and Midtown and downtown professionals who appreciate living in a vibrant, walkable neighborhood minutes away from anywhere by car or bicycle.



A cultural history of Metro Detroit, Chapter One: Native Americans

Our new series on Metro Detroit's ethnic and cultural history, written by local writer and historian Mickey Lyons, begins with the first Detroiters, Native Americans.


Greenhouse to grocery: Stocking stores with year-round Michigan produce

You can find a little bit of summer in Michigan tomatoes grown in the winter.

Bradford Frost

In memory of Bradford Frost: It's time to rekindle our romance with the Detroit idea

Bradford Frost, director of Capital Impact Partners' Detroit program and all around great person, passed away this week. Model D is republishing an essay he wrote in 2015 to honor his memory. 

LaToya Morgan, CDAD's Public Housing manager

A better mix: Detroiters work to expand affordable housing options

There are many common misconceptions about who lives in affordable housing and what impact those communities have on neighborhoods. But the reality is that affordable housing increases stability, support, and mobility to a neighborhood and city.

Maurice Cox, Director of the City of Detroit's Planning Department

Lessons from Planning Director Maurice Cox on spreading bike culture across Detroit

In a conversation with Model D, Maurice Cox, Director of the City of Detroit's Planning Department, says he'll put extra emphasis on bike infrastructure across the city. 
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