Month: October 2015

When the plan leaves the page

When I began working at the El Moore last March, its sustainable renovation was nearly 90 percent complete. Its three floors of annual residential apartments were already beginning to receive many of their finishing touches. I began by participating in early policy building, aesthetic group design sessions and happily helping out with decisions on things as varied as: What …

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Voices of Detroit: Janet Webster Jones, Owner, Source Booksellers

With all of the recent discussions about the “new” businesses and residents now populating Detroit, often overlooked are the “old” businesses and business people that have been here in Detroit for decades, fighting, striving, surviving, and even thriving against great odds. Some of those odds have very little to do with Detroit per se, but …

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“In Detroit, Cheap Eats, D.I.Y. Art and the Charm of Locals”

Last week, the travel section of the New York Times ran this “two days in Detroit” feature that includes mention of the El Moore (among other neighborhood things we love, like the Dally in the Alley and Robert Sestok’s new sculpture park). The Grey Lady concisely describes us as a “gorgeous 1898 building recently reopened as sustainable, community-oriented apartment building …

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