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Rummaging through Metro Detroit: 5 great places to upcycle

Throw a stone in the air and you're bound to hit a resale, recycling, reuse or junk shop. But which places offer the best trash-to-treasure odds? Metromode takes you on the nickel tour of the region's top upcycling destinations.

PoorManProps: Halloween the DIY way

No one bats an eye at year-round Christmas shops and houses covered in twinkly lights. But deck your yard out with tombstones and zombies and the neighbors look twice. That doesn't stop the members of PoorManProps, a group of DIY Halloween makers who know how to get their spook on.

Powering the Mitten: Making southeast Michigan's electricity grid more resilient

Power outages in metro Detroit have become a fact of life for many. How can we make our electric grid more resilient to severe storms and hot days?

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Detroit. The D. Motown. The Motor City. Michigan's biggest city has had some rough times, but in many ways, is on the rise. Detroit is where Art Deco skyscrapers rise blocks from restored Victorian cottages and where hip new art collectives belly-up next-door to neighborhood dive bars. With Wayne State University, University of Detroit Mercy and Marygrove College providing the brain power, exciting incubators like TechTown providing an economic catalyst, and sharp new lofts selling like hotcakes, Detroit is making some major moves in the 21st century.

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