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Soon two more will be appear in Brooklyn's Bushwick. It's courtesy of yet another New York entrepreneur, who teamed up with locals Courtney Henriette and Brad Greenhill, that is finding opportunity in Motor City.

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TaNisha Prater's clothing store is one of 37 businesses that opened last year in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood.
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When Christopher Prater and his wife, TaNisha — Detroit natives who returned home after 12 years in Atlanta — went scouting for a location for the clothing boutique they planned to open, he was horrified by the address of a spot she suggested. It was on Cass Avenue, a once-blighted strip with a sordid history of drugs and prostitution.

“I told her very adamantly and vehemently that there is no way in the world I’m taking my sons to Cass,” he said. “To my mind, that was no place to be at 12 noon, much less 12 midnight.”

The neighborhood Mr. Prater found, when he was finally lured out to look, bore few traces of the one he remembered.

Now called Midtown, the area is one of Detroit’s most striking economic-revival success stories and a veritable haven for small businesses, which had been among the biggest casualties of the city’s urban decay. Coffee shops, yoga studios, restaurants and clothing boutiques now fill spaces that sat empty for decades. The district’s retail vacancy rate has fallen to 10 percent, down from 22 percent six years ago, and its residential occupancy rate tops 97 percent.

Nearly every business is locally owned, though a few national chains are creeping in. Whole Foods arrived two years ago, and Carhartt, the Michigan retailer known for its rugged work clothes, is preparing to open its first Detroit store.

Years of dogged, incremental work went into the district’s renaissance, much of it led by the nonprofit development group Midtown Detroit Inc. But those who live and work in the area also point to a more unusual catalyst: the Wayne State University police department, which has become the primary security force in Midtown.

This is no ordinary campus police squad. The department, which spends most of its time operating beyond the university, has invested in high-tech security equipment that looks as if it came straight from the set of “C.S.I.” Since most small businesses operate on razor-thin margins and cannot afford the financial toll of even petty crime, the force has been one of the area’s biggest assets, residents and owners say.

“We couldn’t operate here without them,” said Christina Lovio-George, who has run a public relations firm in the neighborhood for 33 years.

All of Wayne State’s officers are commissioned by the Detroit Police Department, with the same enforcement powers as the city’s force. The department’s hiring standards, though, are stricter: Wayne State requires its officers to have a bachelor’s degree, while city officers need only a high school diploma. The two departments collaborate closely, and of the 1,362 arrests made in Midtown last year, 61 percent were made by Wayne State’s officers.

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In 1988, Sue Marx won an Oscar for her documentary, "Young at Heart," about her widower father's romance with a widow in her mid-80s. But before she was hitting the red carpet, she was in charge of putting Detroit in its best light. 

Thirty years ago this week, the filmmaker was awarded a contract to produce "Detroit Means Business" as a way to sell the city. Such well-known Detroiters as Lee Iacocca, Walter McCarthy, Esther Edwards and Dave Bing all made appearances.

Crain's called Marx to catch up with changes in the film industry and changes in the city. When we reached her, she was deep into an archival review of her professional life. She was a prolific filmmaker, starting her career in the early 1970s at WDIV-TV (then WWJ-TV), where she created the "Profiles in Black" series that featured Stevie Wonder, Rosa Parks, Marvin Gaye and others inside their homes and workspaces. 

That work has all disappeared over the years, but she's sifting through her more than two-dozen Emmys for such projects as a series on the Detroit Zoo that featured narration by James Earl Jones, Jeff Daniels, Tim Allen and more. She's also reflecting on more than five decades in Detroit, having followed her husband from Lake County, Ind.

You've done so many high-profile films; do you remember "Detroit Means Business"? 

I remember it very well. That film and another one we did about a year later, both of them were done during Coleman Young's early years and they both won awards. It's been buried for so many years, so I called someone at the Free Press because of their film festival. Maybe it's time to show them again.

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 Dan Gilbert is determined to get his beloved Detroit up to speed, and making sure the city has fast internet is one way to do it.

The entrepreneur and owner of Rocket Ventures announced on Twitter on February 23rd the introduction of Rocket Fiber to downtown Detroit. He wrote on the social media platform, according to Detroit cbslocal, “Yes, it’s true. Rocket Fiber coming to downtown Detroit in near future. Fast as Google or faster. Details in a few weeks.”

Rocket Fiber should provide internet to downtown Detroit that is 100 times faster than what exists in the average home. The advanced fiber-optic network will be in the downtown benefiting government offices and businesses and will grow to other neighborhoods. President and CEO of Rock Ventures, Matt Cullen, said told Crains Detroit that it is a “generational leap forward.”

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In February 2015, Bridge Magazine announced its first-ever rankings for thousands of Michigan schools as the 2014 Academic State Champs. More than 3,200 schools (traditional public schools and charters) were judged on state and national test scores over three years, with student income levels factored in for each school.

Four DPS elementary schools and three middle schools were ranked on the list of Bridge Magazine’s Academic State Champs:

Elementary Schools
Thirkell Elementary-Middle School*
Chrylser Elementary School
Davison Elementary-Middle School*
Dixon Educational Learning Academy
*Ranked among the Top 10 Michigan Elementary Schools

Middle Schools
*Davison Elementary-Middle School
Burton International Academy
Clippert Academy
*Ranked among the Top 10 Michigan Middle Schools

Martin Luther King, Jr. Education Center, a DPS-authorized charter school, was also ranked as one of the Top Schools in Michigan by Bridge Magazine.

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Jude Angelini, better know as Rude Jude, is a 37-year-old Pontiac native who first met Eminem at a rave in Detroit back in 2000. Now he's working for Slim Shady on the rapper's Shade 45 SiriusXM station. (Courtesy photo)

First it was "Entourage," now Mark Wahlberg reportedly has plans for another HBO comedy series.

This one, according to Yahoo! News, has some Metro Detroit flair.

Wahlberg will reportedly produce "Hyena," a series adapted from the autobiography of Jude Angelini.

Angelini, a Pontiac native, is better known as Rude Jude on the SiriusXM hip hop program "The All Out Show."

It airs weekdays on Shade45, Eminem's station.

The title of Angelini's book represents what Angelini believes is his identity, one that's hard to relate to other species or classes.

Angelini told last year he felt like an outsider his whole life, and filed 219 pages illustrating that.

"It's autobiographical short stories, and it goes from me growing up out there in Michigan to me living here in LA," Angelini said. "Just the wild stuff that I did and how I became what I am basically."

This 37-year-old rose from a collector of odd jobs like gay bar bathroom attendant and stripper pole cleaner at an 8 Mile club in Detroit to a Los Angeles-based author on the rise.

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