When Copenhagen started building a new network of separated bike lanes in the early 1980s, it quickly became a model of how to take a city back from cars. Now, more people bike than drive in the city center, and in the city as a whole, more people commute to work by bike than in the entire U.S. combined.

But the city is aiming for even more bike commuters, and keeps building new infrastructure to make cycling as easy as possible. The latest: An elevated roadway that speeds cyclists over an area that's usually crowded with pedestrians.

The Cykelslangen, or Cycle Snake, designed by architects at Dissing and Weitling and completed earlier this summer, winds through buildings a single story above a busy waterfront shopping area.

"There was a missing link that forced bicycle users to use the stairs or make a huge detour around a shopping center," says Mikael Colville-Anderson, Copenhagen-based urban design expert and CEO of Copenhagenize Design Company. "This solution provided a fast A-to-B from a bridge to a bicycle bridge on the harbor, while freeing up the harbor front for meandering pedestrians."

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Photo via Apple

Apple's newest iPad commercial turns the spotlight on Detroit community activist Jason Hall, co-founder of a massive weekly group bike ride through the city.

The 30- and 60-second spots — part of the "Your Verse" campaign that focuses on how creative folks use the iPad — shine a lyrical light on Detroit too, where Hall's Slow Roll bike ride is attracting upwards of 3,000 riders each Monday for a long, leisurely ride that begins and ends at a local bar or restaurant.

"The first time I saw (the spots) I was speechless," Hall said in an interview with USA TODAY, describing it as like "a gift that had been wrapped for the city of Detroit."

The ad launches today and focuses on the apps and social media tools that Hall uses to organize and promote the ride (poster-making app Phoster, Instagram and Facebook are instrumental). You see him cycling through a day of planning and mapping a ride. The spot culminates in a shot of scores of bicyclists pedaling with the city as a backdrop. There's also a page on Apple's web site that delves into Hall's story.

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Tomorrow! Once Around Belle Isle Beach Fest

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Event Details The second event of our summer series will take place on the Dequindre Cut Greenway featuring food trucks, beer &  wine bar, live entertainment, and the chance to contribute to a community art project on this former Grand Trunk Railroad line.

Now the 1.35-mile Dequindre Cut greenway offers a pedestrian link between the Riverfront, Eastern Market and many of the residential neighborhoods in between.

Phase 2 of the Dequindre Cut is currently under construction, which will take the greenway northbound to Mack Ave. Come join us to enjoy this unique urban treasure!

Parking is available off of Gratiot Ave. just before E. Vernor Hwy.

Arriving by bike? Wheelhouse Detroit will be hosting a bike valet. 2

Ticket Options:

$30 Advance / $35 After August 1 - Includes entertainment, food, 2 drink tickets + cash bar $55 Advance / $60 After August1 - Includes entertainment, food, open bar Net proceeds benefit the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy

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The Rays traded David Price to the Tigers yesterday. Price handled the situation well, tweeting a message of thanks to the Tampa fans. The Tampa FOX affiliate was not nearly as gracious, though:


Ha! Poverty! Hilarious! Good thing Florida is such a pristine tropical paradise.

The FOX affiliate in Detroit had spectacular comeback, though:


Detroit, 1.  Tampa, 0.

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And then following the text is this totally amazing wedding photo.

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This infamous Sautéed Sea Scallops 

I have never written a food or restaurant review on my blog, just something I never felt compelled to do. Plus, I think most restaurant reviews are meh and really do not enjoy partaking in what everyone else is doing. With that said, the reason I am writing this post is NOT to discuss the food or the drinks.  Quickly, though, everything we ordered from the menus received rave reviews from the table.  Not to mention that the ambiance is super sexxxxxxxxxy. I also like that you can see everything that is going on in the kitchen and not hidden from the dining/bar area.

Now that we got that out of the way, the real reason I am writing this post is because of their outstanding service and handling a common restaurant situation in a way that unfortunately most dining establishments (from any price point), do not partake in.

Just to bring you up to speed, Wright & Co.  is one of (if not solely) the most anticipated Detroit restaurants to open in 2014, and we are all thankful they did this past Monday. When you combine the craft cocktail mixology talents of Sugar House owner Dave K and the culinary genius of former Wolfgang Puck Executive Chef Marc Djozlija, the expectations are very, very high.

So for the fun part:

Last night, I went to Wright & Co. for an impromptu first round of going away parties for a good friend.  I was a little late to the festivities, and upon my arrival, met with a wait list and not one empty chair at the the bar. Fortunately my friends secured a booth at the front of restaurant.  Our waitress came over (who was super friendly) and I ordered The Room Key off the drink menu and The Sautéed Sea Scallops from the dinner menu (everything is Tapas). The drink came out quickly, the food on the other hand, took almost an hour.  I asked the waitress to check on it, she was great and ran right over to the kitchen.  10 minutes later, still was not out.  She sent over a manager (I did not request for him), who apologized, asked if I still wanted my meal, and let me know it was almost on its way and would be comped from my bill.  He asked me if he could bring me anything and I said, "a glass of Rosé."  He turned right around, headed to the bar, and quickly brought back my glass of wine.

This level of service is scarce in Detroit, which is unfortunate.  I spend a lot of my meals out opposed to my own dining room.  Do I know my way around a kitchen, yes.  I just tend to be out a lot because the food in Detroit is awesome and its summer. I also worked in the food industry in college, so I have sat on both sides of the table.

The point of me writing this is not to tell you that I got a free meal and beverage.  The point is how they handled the situation nicely, quickly acknowledged and  took care of the problem, and provided a high level of customer service.  They made me feel like I mattered as a patron, not just some customer in their bustling dining establishment.

So for $20, Wright & Co. got repeat customers out of the 10 of us (most of us living within walking/biking distance) and free publicity on this sweet blog.  That's pretty amazing ROI for a new restaurant in town.

I noticed they don't have a tagline yet, so maybe it should go a little something like, "Raising the Dining Standards In Detroit Since 2014."  It needs some polishing, but you get my point.

$50K is on the line for 4 competing entrepreneurs.

Are you ready to watch the next retail business HATCH in Detroit?

Tickets are now available for the 2014 HATCH OFF on AUG 20! Watch as our Top 4 Finalists pitch their business to a panel of judges, business and community leaders — the winner of the $50,000 grant will be announced that same night!

Enjoy a strolling dinner and cocktails in the glass atrium at Ford Field as you watch the competition unfold and the 2014 winner crowned. Reserve your ticket here!

There have been so many stories written about the demise and downfall of Detroit. The government is corrupt. The auto manufacturers are falling behind. The city is desolate and homes can be purchased for one dollar. I have spent a total of two days in Detroit, far too little time to assess whether or not any or all of those things are entirely accurate, but I can say without a doubt that I am excited to go back.

Unlike European cities with their centuries of history, American cities have so much opportunity for change and growth because they are still so very young. That said, in my opinion, it's far too early to write off an entire city as being too down-in-the-dumps to save. Detroit, perhaps more than any city other than New Orleans, has a tremendous amount of opportunity in front of it.

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The Guardian: Detroit Gets Growing


Strolling around his inner-city Detroit neighborhood, Mark Covington pauses to take in the view. The houses and shops that existed when he was a child are gone, replaced by empty lots, the buildings either burned down or demolished. In their place is wilderness. Tall grass, wild flowers and trees. "Just look at that," he says. "It could be a country road."

Such views are increasingly common all over Detroit, the forlorn former capital of America's car industry and now a by-word for calamitous urban decline. Once the fourth largest city in America, its population has shrunk from about 1.8 million at its peak in the 1950s to fewer than 900,000 now. Its streets are lined with an incredible 33,000 empty lots and vacant houses. City government is broke. The shells of dilapidated factories look out over an urban landscape that has been likened to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina – except Detroit's disaster was man-made and took decades to unfold.

Now the seeds of a remarkable rebirth are being planted – literally. Across Detroit, land is being turned over to agriculture. Furrows are being tilled, soil fertilized and crops planted and harvested. Like in no other city in the world, urban farming has taken root in Detroit, not just as a hobby or a sideline but as part of a model for a wholesale revitalization of a major city. Some farms are the product of hardy individualists or non-profit community groups. Others, like Hantz Farms, are backed by millions of dollars and aim to build the world's biggest urban farm right in the middle of the city.

Mark Covington, 38, is one of those 21st-century pioneers, though he stumbled on his role almost by accident. Finding himself unemployed after losing his job as an environmental engineer and living back with his mother two years ago, he started tidying up an empty lot near his Georgia Street home, planting vegetables and allowing local people to harvest them for free. An orchard of fruit trees followed, as did a community centre – made by converting a pair of empty buildings – which keeps local youths off the streets. The result is a transformation of the area around his childhood home. Local kids come to movie nights held amid the crops. Residents love the free, fresh food in an area where no major supermarkets exist. The Georgia Street Community Garden is never vandalized.

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