Detroit RiverWalk Makes USA Today's Top Ten List!

Photo: Detroit RiverFront Conservancy 

#9 - Detroit

The riverfront redevelopment in Detroit, a city with 14 miles of shoreline along the Detroit River, is one of the city's most exciting initiatives. Stretching for 5.5 miles from the Ambassador Bridge to the Bell Isle Bridge, the Detroit International RiverWalk includes a cruise terminal, marina, several parks, restaurants, shops and hotels. In warmer months, the riverfront parks play host to festivals and community literacy and fitness programs.


The full list of winners for Best American Riverfront is as follows:


  1. Wilmington, N.C.
  2. Spokane, Wash.
  3. Davenport, Iowa
  4. Dubuque, Iowa
  5. Pittsburgh
  6. Louisville, Ky.
  7. Chattanooga, Tenn.
  8. Savannah, Ga.
  9. Detroit
  10. Richmond, Va.


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Detroit was built on the backs of Henry Ford and his automotive brethren. But this time, when Detroit rises, it may well be built by young women.

Detroit may struggle to attract supermarkets and national retailers, but it is enticing one unlikely group in scores. The Motor City is the new, surprising face of female entrepreneurship—and women in their 20s and 30s are leading the city’s revival through new ventures.

Within the past five years, Detroit has become known both as the Wild West and the land of opportunity for business founders, a significant proportion of them female. Lax regulation, low barriers to entry and a surging demand for products and services make the city, which is emerging from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, the ideal place to start a business. Add to the mix the legions of incubators, accelerators and resources available to all entrepreneurs sprouting up Downtown and in Midtown, and it’s clear why women are choosing en masse to locate their startups in Detroit.

“Detroit is in a period of reinvention and growth,” said Rachel Schostak, the 27-year-old founder of Styleshack, an e-commerce platform aggregating independent boutiques and designers. “While there are some challenges in a smaller market, the Detroit business community and leaders are looking for fresh minds and talent, and I've used that to my advantage.”

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Ben Afflect and Detroit's Resident Tour Guide Extraordinaire Jeanette Pierce 

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara just dropped a bunch of news about their upcoming DC Comics movies on a shareholder call. The Wall Street Journal’s Ben Fritz has been live tweeting it, so there may be more details released later.

Suicide Squad is scheduled for a 2016 release. 2017 will have two movies, Wonder Woman and Justice League Part One (directed by Zack Snyder). WB will release two more movies in 2018, The Flash starring Ezra Miller and Aquaman starring Jason Momoa. In 2019 we’re getting Shazam (with Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam) and Justice League Part 2 (directed by Zack Snyder). In 2020 Cyborg starring Ray Fisher will be released, as well as a Green Lantern reboot. New stand-alone Batman and Superman movies are also in the works!

Here’s the updated Warner Bros./DC Comics movie roadmap:

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
“Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (2016)
“Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017)
“Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
“The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018)
“Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018)
“Shazam” (2019)
“Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
“Cyborg,” starring Ray Fisher (2020)
“Green Lantern” (2020)

Click HERE for the full article and official press release! 
Photo: ABC News
Talking Pints With Jason Momoa (aka Khal Drogo)
The actor, best known for his role on Game of Thrones, talks hops, farmhouse ales and pales.

Excerpt:

Momoa was in town on Labor Day for 24 hours to promote Road to Paloma, which he produced, wrote, directed and starred in as Robert Wolf, a Native American on the run from the law after revenging the rape and murder of his mother. I managed to catch him at New Old Lompoc’s Northwest 23rd Avenue location in between screenings, as he and his friends refueled on nachos and beers.

It’s clear from this project and his work on SundanceTV’s The Red Road, another contemporary drama that focuses on the conflict between Native American communities and the outside world, that Momoa is venturing beyond the roles in which his impressive physique plays almost as big as role as the actor himself. “I get to wear clothes and speak English!” he crowed about Road to Paloma, at a Q&A following a screening at the Portland Film Festival.

But here on the patio—interrupted only a few times by the occasional starstruck fan—Momoa and I have a few minutes to talk climbing, surfing, babies, hand callouses and, most importantly, beer. Right as I sit down, he raises a pint of C-Note, quirks a scarred eyebrow and says, “I like it. You can call it the Drogo.” Because the Khal loves beer. Not just in a perfunctory “I have a six-pack of Sierra Nevada in the fridge” kind of way, but to the point where he recently purchased a 100-year-old former General Motors building in Detroit and intends to devote about 9,000 square feet of it to his own brewery.

His production company, Pride of Gypsies, also produced the commercial for a collaboration beer between Carhartt and New Holland Brewing that will be tapped this fall called The Woodsman. An American pale ale aged in whiskey barrels and called the Carhartt Woodsman in celebration of Carhartt’s 125th anniversary, it will be served on a road trip from Detroit to Denver in time for the Great American Beer Festival this October. 

Here are some other beer-related facts about Momoa, scrounged up in between highly entertaining narrations of climbing in Joshua Tree, watching videos of Momoa straining his 6-foot-5, 240-pound frame beyond the limits of disbelief on some tiny crimpers at his local climbing gym, and getting towed into his first big wave at 19 by his legendary surfing uncles, Brian and Rusty Keaulana.

Favorite beer: Guinness.

What other kinds of beer does he like: Is the Khal a hophead? Not so, as it turns out. “I like farmhouse ales, some pales,” he said. “A lot of wheat beers, but not Blue Moon. When New Belgium announced they were going to stop selling Mothership Wit, I bought every case in California.”

Favorite brewery: “I’ve never been to a brewery where I liked every single beer, except for New Holland Brewing. Dragon’s Milk, Mad Hatter, Monkey King. Everything works.”

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innovative cities detroit

The most innovative cities in America
From technology and infrastructure, to job creation and sustainability, these 10 cities are leading the pack when it comes to creatively solving urban issues.

Need is often a prime driver of innovation -- and Detroit needs a lot.

There's a new land bank charged with helping get people back into the city's thousands of abandoned homes. The land bank itself is part of a broader plan to reimagine all of Detroit's unused space -- a plan that's won points from experts.

Start-up incubators abound, with a vibrant technology district downtown. In the city's Midtown section, light manufacturing is making a comeback and other high-tech industries are taking hold, helped by funding from regional and national foundations. The two neighborhoods will soon be connected by a new light rail line -- a collaborative work between the public and private sectors. (Photo: Shutterstock) --S.H.

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1. Sister Pie
Photograph by Valerie Zelin / Courtesy of Sister Pie / sisterpie.com / Facebook: sisterpie /Instagram: @sisterpiedetroit
Photograph by Valerie Zelin / Courtesy of Sister Pie / sisterpie.com / Facebook: sisterpie /Instagram: @sisterpiedetroit
 
Started in 2012 by Lisa Ludwinski, Sister Pie is bringing authentic baked goods back to the Motor City. Each creation uses locally sourced, seasonal products to create one-of-a-kind pies such as Grapefruit Black Pepper Meringue, Salted Maple, and a savory Black Bean & Green Chile. And after winning the 2014 Hatch Detroit competition, Sister Pie will go from an order-by-email food business to opening their first shop in the West Village in April 2015!

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Tonight! Detroit Passport To The Arts Season 6 Launch Party!



DP2A is proudly presented by Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, Eisenhower Dance 
and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.

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DETROIT PASSPORT 
TO THE ARTS

YOU'RE INVITED!


Season 6 Launch Party
Thursday, September 11th
6 pm to 9:30 pm
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Join DP2A on the third floor of Bookies for an evening of mixing and mingling to celebrate the 2014 - 15 Passport Season!

Enjoy this free event with complimentary appetizers, cash bar, and details about upcoming DP2A events. 


Special thanks to Bookies Bar & Grille for sponsoring the Launch Party.

PASSPORTS ON SALE



Passports for the 2014-15 season are selling quickly!
 The first 50 passports purchased will be discounted by $10 and 
over half have already been sold.


Click HERE to get your tickets!  

PS This is a fundraiser to well equip Belle Isle with bike racks! 


Picture of Guangzhou's Canton Tower
In China, rotating pods atop Guangzhou's Canton Tower overlook one of the world's most populous cities.
PHOTOGRAPH BY PAUL LANGROCK, ZENIT/LAIF/REDUX
Except from "The 2014 Traveler 50: World's Smartest Cities"

Essential places, people, trends, and ideas that have turned the world’s most intelligent cities into travelers’ hottest tickets.


From the October 2014 issue of Traveler magazine

We all know our world is increasingly urbanized, but what makes a city smart? A sense of place, for starters, says Ian MacFarlane, consultant for National Geographic Channel’s Smart Cities program. “A city needs a heart and soul—typically the center, where people congregate for work and leisure. Smart cities are well-connected locally and internationally, have a sustainable lifestyle, and are places where people come first,” he says. Here’s our essential list of things we love in the world’s most exciting cities.

20 Droning On

A Detroit company is designing lightweight autonomous aircraft capable of carrying 12 pounds of goods—capacity enough for a Chicago pizza party or a Brooklyn bagel breakfast.

26 Detroit, 
Michigan: population 689,000: A start-up culture powers Motown’s struggle to rise from the ashes of economic disaster. Artists fill any open spaces with color. The creative class gathers in Corktown, and the tech set dines near downtown’s M@dison office building.

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37th Dally In The Alley Is This Saturday!




The Dally in the Alley festival celebrates its 37th anniversary Saturday, September 6, 2014. Held in Detroit’s storied Cass Corridor, the annual event attracts thousands of attendees to the live music, DJs, art, vendors, food, reunions with old friends, and the making new friends, too. The festival-goers, a colorful and diverse cross-section of Detroiters, experience a unique party that has become one of the most-loved festivals in Detroit.

Since it began as an inner city art fair in 1977, the Dally has evolved into a culturally significant affair. In 1982, the fair moved a few blocks to the alley between Forest Avenue & Hancock, Third and Second and evolved into a performing arts festival. While in recent years the celebration has expanded in both size and attendance, the Dally in the Alley remains a one-day festival that is not to be missed. Four music stages, a community stage, kids fair, art installations, more than 150 local food and retail vendors provide attendees with activities and entertainment all day long.

The festival, a fundraiser for the North Cass Community Union, prides itself in staying true to its core mission of celebrating the area that it takes place in. In 2013 in a poll among MetroMix readers, Dally in the Alley was awarded with the honor of “Best Festival in Detroit”. In 2014 the festival was named “Best Summer Festival in Detroit” by Metro Times staff.

Dally Chair Adriel Thornton says “This year’s Dally is expected to be the most well-attended yet. Our team is excited about all of the vendors, the great entertainment and all of the amazing people that come to Dally.”

This year's event features several key elements that make it better than ever, including:

Dally In The Alley Installation Project: Continuing the tradition of showcasing cutting edge art, Dally Art Director Andy Durkas has put together an exciting presentation featuring art installations by local artists, including sculpture artist Thomas Pyrzewski. Pyrzewski will be doing a special live build amidst festivalgoers throughout the day. Installations also include community-curated art and will be in various locations throughout the festival.

More local goods than ever before: We’re excited to announce the growing interest from local businesses to bring a wide variety of goods to showcase at Dally in the Alley. Vendors include: Common Threads Clothing, Human Detroit, Slows BBQ, Jacques Tacos, Respect Detroit apparel, among many others. There will be over 160 vendors will be in attendance in 2014, a new record for the festival.

Ann Kennedy Community Stage & Fashion Show: Dedicated to long-time supporters Ann Kennedy and Dylan Bailey, Dally in the Alley’s fifth stage is an eclectic interactive performance space that pays homage to Dally's community roots. It will feature soapbox forums, performances, contests and other activities. A fashion show is also planned for 7pm at the Ann Kennedy community stage; the show will feature runway models and clothing from local retailers that can be found for sale around the festival. For the first time ever Dally and Pop-Up Yoga Detroit will also be hosting Yoga and Crossfit workouts throughout the afternoon.

Continued Focus on Environmental Impact: The North Cass Community Union is working with Recycle Here to make the Dally in the Alley the greenest festival in Detroit. By requiring all food and drink to be served in compostable wares and staffing volunteers to ensure the right waste gets into the right can, Dally has reduced the amount of garbage by over 60 yards. This year, Dally will bring in over 150 new trash receptacles to be placed inside the alleyway to keep the Corridor Cass clean and kept up.

Poster Artist: Ron Zakrin. This year’s poster art comes from redounded Detroit artist, Ron Zakrin. Ron Zakrin has been an ever-present creative force in Detroit since the mid nineties, when he emerged on to the underground electronic music set with paintings that provided a visual counterpart to the Detroit sound that was taking the world by storm. Zakrin lives in Detroit Michigan, where he was born and works daily.

Dally in the Alley takes place in Detroit's North Cass neighborhood, between Forest and Hancock, Second and Third on Saturday, September 6, 2014 (rain date is Sunday, September 7, 2014).

The event runs from 11AM to 11PM.

Please visit www.dallyinthealley.com for map, music lineup and additional information.

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