The Changing Gears project is looking at the challenges of the region’s empty places this month. For many people, the most threatening emptiness isn’t a shuttered factory: It’s the abandoned property next door.
Detroit is the latest metro area vying to become a medical destination. The hope is that its hospital systems can draw patients from outside its region, helping the local economy. In short, Detroit wants to be more like Cleveland.
In the Great Lakes region, it’s easy to take abundant, fresh water for granted.But in the Detroit metropolitan area, near Lake Huron, water has been at the heart of a decades-long battle pitting city against suburbs.
Grace Lee Boggs has been an activist for over half a century so she knows a thing or two about picking your battles. Boggs has worked on a variety of social issues: civil rights, labor, and environmental justice.
There’s a shop on Michigan Avenue in Chicago that has exclusive designs and it’s only open until Saturday. But you might not have heard of any of the designers. That’s because they’re getting their start through a fashion incubator.
The U.S. Census Bureau this week is out with the latest population count for Michigan. Michigan's biggest cities lost people, like lots of places in the Midwest.Chicago's population declined by almost seven percent in the 2010 census numbers, and Cleveland's dropped by about 17 percent.
The municipal election is giving Chicagoans the chance to ponder how a new Mayor might shape the future of their city. To provide some food for thought, Changing Gears is looking at the role leaders are playing in the transformation of this region.