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Ronald Ahrens

Western Market

Market Play

Before grocery stores, open-air markets were the major source of food in Detroit.
Detroit Photo Engraving Co. workshop

The Daily Beat

From tearsheets to broadsheets to tabloids, Detroit’s early newspapers covered daily life, business, politics, sports, and, over time, national and global news. But now, as print gives way to digital, how will the papers thrive?
Albert Kahn

Master of Modernism

Albert Kahn revolutionized industry, yet never lost sight of classical architecture.
Nankin Mills

Majestic Byways

Wayne County’s Jesse Merle Bennett showed the nation how to develop well-designed vistas along its burgeoning motorways.
Mat Ishbia

Shore Up

Mat Ishbia transformed United Wholesale Mortgage from a local player in metro Detroit to the nation's second-largest mortgage lender. Then the COVID-19 crisis hit.
Helene Rother

Open Design

Helene Rother may be best-known for her pioneering work in automotive interiors, but her creative talents spanned stained glass to silverware.
GĂ©rard Mourou receiving Nobel Prize from King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf

Laser Vision

GĂ©rard Mourou and Donna Strickland from the University of Michigan developed a technique for lasers that led to improved eye surgeries and earned the 2018 Nobel Prize for physics.
Volvo autonomous vehicle concept

Automation Revolution

For more than 100 years, people have driven cars and trucks to get to work, move freight, or enjoy a vacation. In the next few years, autonomous vehicles will be doing all of the work.
C.S. Mott speaking with child

Wheel Man

For decades, C.S. Mott was the single largest individual shareholder at General Motors Co. His agile and prudent management remain an example for the auto industry.
Ringling Bros. circus parade on Woodward Avenue

Caesar of Showmen

James A. Bailey helped create the modern circus by distilling Detroit’s spirit of innovation and promotion.