He's the social entrepreneur behind the Detroit Bus Company, a tech-savvy, biofuel-powered neighborhood transit revolution. Andy Didorosi tells us how he sees big changes happening in Detroit in this video by DETROIT LIVES!
Finding places to park cars, lots of cars, is crazy-serious business for most Detroiters. Chene Park and Minock Park have your back. They believe, and they want Francis Grunow, and you, dear reader, to believe in the ugly-beauty of parking your vehicle(s).
El Grito takes place at Freedom House, the former convent of Ste. Anne de Detroit Catholic Church, on the Mexican celebration of El Día de los Muertos. Timothy Boscarino reports for our media partner, Mode Shift: Move Together.
Ideas for a non-motorized future are rolling forward, cycling businesses are forming and improving the quality of life. This looks like another "wow" Detroit enterprise trend gaining traction. Dennis Archambault reports from the fast lane.
Kelli Kavanaugh is co-director of the annual Tour de Troit and co-owner of retail bicycle shop, Wheelhouse Detroit. She believes that non-motorized transportation is the future of the Motor City. So do we.
Both rooms at Great Lakes Coffee were standing room only for last week's panel discussion on transportation and business development. Walter Wasacz found a spot against the wall, where he took in one smart, dandy conversation.
At Thursday's Model D Speaker Series, representatives of the small business community, local anchor institutions, economic development experts, and transit advocates will lead the discussion on transportation. Register now.
Shayne O'Keefe is owner of Hot Spokes, a lunch delivery service serving greater downtown by bicycle, and shop manager at the Hub of Detroit. He is also a musician and part owner of Woodbridge Records. Tunde Wey reports for the Urban Innovation Exchange.
Starting with five of her friends as customers, today Mistry has a client roster of 37 households for her curbside recycling business. And hold on: she does it by bicycle. Tunde Wey catches up to tell her story.
Detroit may seem like the last urban stronghold for the car-in-every-driveway ideal, but less than a year after Wayne State introduced a car sharing program, Detroiters are proving that car ownership is not the only way to get around. Francis Grunow steers the conversation.
Detroit was the first major city to have a publicly owned transit system. If the Detroit Bus Company succeeds, it may also be the first to offer a viable privately owned alternative.
Meet our subjects, three Detroiters who choose to travel with no motor in the Motor City. Their stories and perspectives are distinct, but united by the shared conviction that when it comes to going the distance, bicycling is often best. Matt Piper goes along for the ride.
Last week at downtown's Atheneum Suite Hotel, Transportation Riders United held the Regional Transit Awards to honor some of Southeast Michigan’s most venerable transportation advocates. K.G. Wassus was in the audience.
William Rustem says everybody who believes in a better future for Michigan agrees that we’ve got to both take care of our roads and bridges as well as address public transit. We concur. Tom Clynes asks the questions.
In this two-part story, our Green City diarist Matthew Piper examines transportation options that don't include getting behind the wheel of a car. This week: bus transit and walking the walk in the post-motorized city.
A trek around Michigan without the help of a car can be a challenge, as the folks who embarked on the Michigan Transportation Odyssey found out. Our own Tom Clynes reports from the road.
Recently, the Michigan Environmental Council conducted a study with two focus groups. The results showed that state residents are more interested in seeing sidewalks and bike lanes--not just more roads. Amen to that, we say.
There seems to be growing understanding that the state will not improve until the state’s most important city and region improves. We're talking about Detroit, of course, a critical spoke in the public transit wheel. Francis Grunow takes on the issue with a carrot and stick.
We know Michigan needs to invest in all forms of transportation infrastructure, including train, transit, and non-motorized bike and trail networks to keep and attract young people. Let's get cracking and all get on board. James Bruckbauer reports from the road.
The Michigan Transportation Odyssey sets off on a three-day voyage from Detroit Metro Airport to Traverse City using only public transit. Sister publication Metromode kicks things off with a speaker series event March 21 at The Reserve in Birmingham.
Rapid Growth and a bus full of local doers and makers rolled out of Grand Rapids on their second cross-state trip to Detroit on earlier this month. Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen once again discovered cross-cultural city joy using the powers of three.
Our first new series of 2012 is going to be a good one. The Green Garage and Model D combine forces each month to talk about sustainability, one story at a time. Matthew Piper reports from a bike lane near you.
Claire Nelson finds the wisdom in seeking "a common destiny in which we all play different but valuable parts" in Detroit. This is just part of her resolution for 2012. The rest is just as good. Read on and get inspired to shape the future now.
Neil Greenberg's Freshwater Railway project, a work of fabulous and meticulous imagination, presents high-quality transit "as a living, breathing slice of reality" that changes the question from "why can't we" to "how can we." This is the way forward, we suggest, passion, desire and vision leading the way.
It was a tough topic handled from all angles with vigor and "emotional intelligence." Not everyone agreed Detroit is experiencing gentrification but it's a good bet all can agree it's a subject worth the deep dive. Well done, everyone.
Jim Boyle is an optimist who regularly doses himself with reality. He's not really afflicted with the acute Detroit schizophrenia blues, but a keen observer of the changing cultural landscape. Follow the bouncing ball as he puts the year behind in perspective.
On the eve of its local launch, Huffington Post editor Simone Landon talks about her Hubbard Farms roots, and a trajectory that led her from Detroit to the east coast and back again. Walter Wasacz gets a sneak peak on what's coming.
Our October Speaker Series featured a conversation with national land-use strategist, developer and Brookings Institution fellow, Christopher Leinberger. Was it good? Better than that. Walter Wasacz taps out notes on his iPad.
This month's Model D Speaker Series took on the topic of Detroit music and, for a solid two hours, the conversation was turned up to 11. Audrey Armitage reports from the dance floor.
It's mid-summer in the city and J. Anton Blatz and Rene Wymer are staying hot by hanging out with the Roosevelt Park Conservancy, Single Barrel Detroit, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and other DIY movers, shakers and crowdfunders. Go on, we dare you to read this month's amped-up adventures and try to keep up.
Startup editor Jon Zemke jumps on what could be the story of the summer: the rapid-fire redevelopment of lower Woodward Corridor skyscrapers and other prime real estate. News is breaking seemingly every day off the desk of point person Dan Mullen, who sits down with Model D to tell us what could be next.
Getting around the city by cycling is not just fun or exercise. It's a practical transportation option that is gaining traction in the erstwhile Motor City. We had a great discussion about it with a number of experts. Ashley Woods reports from curbside.
Hello 2011, we're ready for you with stories that explore a city that works and plays hard. Tales about people planting ideas, growing, innovating and building in one of the most dynamic places on the planet. Get ready, Detroit, here we come again.
A series of public forums earlier this fall showed community engagement in passionate action. Mayor Dave Bing's Detroit Works Projects is an ambitious attempt to get city residents and leaders to buy into the city's future. Maureen McDonald reports.
The cards are falling into place to bring light rail all the way down Woodward from downtown Detroit to 8 Mile Road, thanks to a big federal push. If it works as planned, you could be riding the line by 2016.
Director Aaron Woolf made a documentary on Detroit and transit, only through his lens, this isn't merely a Detroit story. It's a story about laying the foundation for a new national economy, and we're the stars.
Oooh, look at all the pretty tensile structures. The stunning Rosa Parks Transit Center is the subject of this week's Model D TV. Producer/director Tom Hendrickson talks with one of the project's architects about the look and function of the new transit hub.
Monday morning's big light rail announcement would mean great things for Detroiters yearning for a transit alternative. If the plan comes to fruition, it would be boom time for the Woodward Corridor.