Things to do in Detroit this fall | New Mexican restaurant coming to North End | Summer rewind

Happy first (official) day of fall! To celebrate the September Equinox, we're sharing a few ideas on how you can make the most of the season with our round-up of things to do, plus we have a preview of a new Mexican comfort food restaurant coming to the North End and we visit with some of the vendors of Eastern Market's Sunday Markets.

We're also taking a minute to reflect on some of our favorite stories from the summer highlighting the strength and resilience of our community, with countless Detroiters stepping up to the moment amid the pandemic and protests in response to systemic racism.

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-Dorothy Hernandez
Model D managing editor

Looking back at our favorite stories of innovation and resilience


Reflecting on the past to move forward: 5 key places, moments in Detroit's history of racial tension
By exploring the past, this faith-based tour aims to help people understand modern-day racism.
Musician Alexander Vlachos aims to bring more established artists to Detroit with residency program

Alexander Vlachos of Greater Alexander overcame a lifelong struggle with mental health and substance use. Now, he’s working to establish a new artist residency in Detroit’s Petoskey-Otsego neighborhood where musicians and artists can focus on creativity and personal growth without the use of drugs or alcohol.


Meet the small tech companies that are transforming the Motor City into an innovative technology hub

Over the last decade, Detroit’s emerging technology industry has created thousands of new jobs and contributed over $24 billion to the area’s economy. But as Big Tech continues to expand into the city, a small but mighty sector of Detroit-based companies is giving Silicon Valley a run for its money.

5 youth-oriented nonprofits selected for inaugural phase of Marygrove Conservancy’s incubator
Marygrove Conservancy's Community Impact Incubator aims to help organizations build capacity but also provide support to leaders of color during these uncertain and challenging times.
Q&A with Fel3000ft: The story behind Detroit artist's latest mural, 'The Justice Wall'
Fel3000ft talks with Model D about his new piece, about coming up as a street artist in Detroit, and how public art that challenges the viewer and sparks meaningful conversation between people is needed now more than ever.
Q&A with Asia Hamilton, owner of Norwest Gallery, on why Detroit needs art more than ever
"A lot of art spaces aren’t welcoming spaces. It’s such a prestigious, bougie industry that you can feel like you don’t belong. I want people to experience high-end, fabulous art, to come in and feel like they're supposed to be there. That’s why I opened up this space."
‘A touchstone for neighborhoods:’ How community-based initiatives are reimagining public spaces
From transforming a corner store into a gathering space to a farmers market that showcases local businesses, here's how some neighborhoods are enhancing experiences for community residents.
Coaching Detroit Forward: If it wasn’t for you, what would I see? Covering BLM protests in Detroit
What it’s like documenting Black Lives Matter protests from the lens of young photographers.

This week's stories

10 things to do in person or online this fall in Detroit
From inspirational talks to outdoor karaoke, there's still plenty to do, online and safely in person, in Detroit this fall.
Detroit Loves Tacos bringing taste of Guanajuato region of Mexico to North End
Catering business Detroit Loves Tacos, founded by Southwest Detroiters Jason and Julie Stevens, eyes grand opening of restaurant in North End later this year.
Partner Content
Eastern Market Sunday vendors: ‘We’re going to make it work because we live for this’

Meet some of the women behind the Sunday market who share how they started their business, how they found opportunity during a dark time, and why they’re optimistic about the future.

Guest column: Representation in media matters

In the United States, our society is rife with generalizations and judgments of too many kinds towards Black queer women.


Across our network

Reaching girls where COVID-19 placed them
When the pandemic closed schools and businesses in March, it also closed the door on our access to the hundreds of girls we were serving and were scheduled to serve in southeast Michigan.  
Michigan health care workers grapple with stress and trauma during pandemic
Medical professionals are certainly not immune to a widespread spike in mental health challenges, and several new initiatives have sought to provide them much-needed support.