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Ronald Ahrens

Le Mans

Speed Racer

Hollywood portrays Ford’s winning ways in a lavish new film.
cannabis plant

The Next Gold Rush?

Complexity, risk, and frustration abound as the recreational cannabis industry in Michigan moves out of the shadows.
Russel Wheel and Foundry Co

Heavy Metal

Russel Wheel and Foundry Co. in Detroit produced rail cars, logging equipment, and structural steel until being wiped out by the Great Depression.
Ellen Browning Scripps

United Press

Ellen Browning Scripps helped her brothers build a national newspaper empire from Detroit.
The Jam Handy

Handy Man

Olympian, ad genius, and tech innovator Jam Handy made Detroit industry his cinematic subject.
James Witherell

Frontier Justice

Detroit faced indistinct prospects when James Witherell became a territorial Supreme Court judge in 1808.

Talent Drive

As the Motor City faces the era of autonomous mobility, spiritual heirs of Charles Brady King and Henry Ford will write code, tune a robot, and design a vehicle. But how will Detroit create and attract the multidisciplinary talent to expand on its standing as the automotive capital of the world?

Sprocket City

The first American ‘superbike’ came from Detroit; today, few motorcycles are more collectible.

The Future is Here

Global automakers will roll out autonomous vehicles in the new year. After the self-driving shakeout, which OEMs and auto suppliers will stay in the game, and which new players will join the fray?

Arc of Progress

The early days of electric power in Detroit saw the launch of startup companies and created a ruckus not unlike events of the digital age.