Friends School asks, why vs? Why do we have to be against everything? How bout we add just a little L-O-V-E? YEAH!

Tee's are on sale now with 100% of the proceeds going to Friends School. Friends began 49 years ago with a vision of a more inclusive, compassionate and smart Detroit. Over the past 49 years they have educated a ton of great kids who grew up to be great adults.

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We've found the 15 hottest US cities for 2015, all of which will be booming next year thanks to new jobs, growing industries, burgeoning art and food scenes, and affordable real estate.

Rising prices in San Francisco will continue to push young hipsters out to Oakland. Queens will become the hot borough in New York City because of its affordable real estate and rich culinary scene. And Colorado's legalization of marijuana will bring a wave of tourism to Denver.

To compile this list we looked at job growth, population growth, affordability, livability, and the health and well-being of the residents. We also considered how innovative and "cool" the city is — an important factor in attracting the young, creative types who will make each city hot.

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#7 DETROIT, MICHIGAN, IS ON ITS WAY UP, THANKS TO A GROUP OF YOUNG, MOTIVATED LOCALS.

Detroit has been slowly decaying over the past several years, but things are starting to look better for the Motor City.

The city has been trying to turn its economy around by attracting well-educated and talented workers.

But a group of young, motivated Detroiters have also been influential in turning the city around: They've been revitalizing the real-estate market, boosting tourism, and investing in local companies.

Certain industries have been growing strong in Detroit. The bike industry, for one, has been booming.

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The building at 1201 Woodward Ave., which previously housed The Detroit Shoppe, could become home to a new Detroit location for Restoration Hardware.

Restoration Hardware is planning to open a flagship store in downtown Detroit, my sources tell me.

The new location is expected to open on the 1200 block of Woodward Avenue, though in which building is unclear. Sources say it will open either in 1201 Woodward Ave., which previously housed The Detroit Shoppe, or in 1261 Woodward Ave., the space where the Somerset Collection’s CityLoft popped up during the holidays until being moved to the First National building this year.

Representatives of Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services LLC, which owns 1201 Woodward and controls the master lease at 1261 Woodward, said they don't comment on rumors or speculation. A spokeswoman for Restoration Hardware also had no comment.

Corte Madera, Calif.-based Restoration Hardware is a luxury home-furnishings retailer, selling furniture, fixtures, textiles and knick knacks you didn’t know you needed. It reported $19.4 million in revenue last quarter, which was announced Wednesday, and said it “sees a clear path toward $4 billion to $5 billion in North American sales.”

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Galapagos Art Space Will Make Detroit Its Home


A building that will be part of Galapagos Art Space’s new base in Detroit, a city considered affordable for performance art centers.Credit Robert Elmes

The Galapagos Art Space, a performance center and cultural staple in Brooklyn for nearly 20 years, will close this month, another casualty of rising rental prices that its founder says are making it difficult for independent arts organizations to survive in New York.

“A white-hot real estate market is burning through the affordable cultural habitat,” said Robert Elmes, the space’s executive director. “And it’s no longer a crisis, it’s a conclusion.”

Galapagos helped put Williamsburg on the art map when it opened there in 1995 as a bar and performance venue; it moved to Dumbo in 2007, occupying a former stable equipped with an interior 1,600-square-foot lake surrounded by what its organizers called an “operatic-style mezzanine.”

Although the last night of programming is likely to be Dec. 18, the center will have a second life — more than 600 miles away, in Detroit. Over the past year, Mr. Elmes and his wife, Philippa Kaye, have bought nine buildings totaling about 600,000 square feet in that city’s Corktown neighborhood and in neighboring Highland Park, paying what he described as the price of “a small apartment in New York City” for the properties.

Among the buildings is “an old power plant that looks like a little Tate Modern,” Mr. Elmes said. The centerpiece of the new Galapagos will be a 10,000-square-foot lake, he said, and he is planning about 16 months of renovation work before opening. Michigan’s governor, Rick Snyder; the state’s Economic Development Corporation; and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation have been supportive of the project, Mr. Elmes said, adding that Galapagos is planning to start a Detroit Biennial in 2016.

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10 Forward-Thinking Entrepreneurs Based in Detroit



From Henry Ford to Motown’s Barry Gordy, Thomas Edison to Jerry Bruckheimer, the Detroit area has long been home to big thinkers, game changers, and rebels with a cause. Maybe it’s something in the lake water, or maybe it’s a reaction to the harsh winters and harsher realities—either way, Detroit has produced more than it’s share of entrepreneurs. There is something about the city (and its very public problems) that creates people who are able to step up and come up with solutions. From small business creators, artists, and community builders, Detroit has a whole new breed of innovators ready to lead the way.


Amy Kaherl

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Soup is a simple dish with almost magical qualities. Throw a bunch of random scraps and ingredients together and the next thing you know you've got a delicious meal. That’s just what Amy Kaherl is trying to do with the people of Detroit, bringing them all together to see what magical things transpire. She’ll even feed them some soup. Amy is an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur. Her project, Detroit SOUP, has a simple mission: throw a monthly dinner party, invite four groups to come present their business plans, then have the diners vote, with the winner getting the donation money to start making their dreams into realities.

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America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van, one of the country’s oldest and most celebrated Parades, will step off at 8:50 a.m. on Woodward Avenue and Kirby and end at Woodward Avenue and Congress in downtown Detroit on Thursday, November 27, 2014.

Hundreds of thousands of parade-goers will be watching as the Parade makes its way down Woodward Avenue. The parade will be broadcast LIVE on WDIV Local 4 from 10 am until Noon and on WJR 760 AM.

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Garlin Gilchrist is exactly the kind of talent that Detroit needed after the economic collapse crippled this once-powerful city. But after the skilled software developer graduated from the University of Michigan, he left the state.

Who could blame him? The engineering student had a job offer with Microsoft in Seattle, offering him a healthy paycheck, an attractive lifestyle, and technical skills that would lead to future top jobs in Washington, with activist groups such as MoveOn.org. Michigan, beginning a slump that would last for the better part of a decade, couldn't offer him that.

Gilchrist is far from alone in taking this path. It's fitting that he left Michigan in 2004. It's the year young people started fleeing for jobs elsewhere. After 2004, more people ages 22 to 34 left Michigan than came in, according to census data. At its lowest moment in 2006, 68,000 young people moved away from Michigan. And while those numbers have improved gradually in recent years, the state was still losing millennials as of 2012. And worse, the millennials who were leaving Michigan at a highest rate were those with a bachelor's degree or more.

Michigan is in the midst of a brain drain. Young people leave their home state for better career opportunities, more efficient and widespread public transportation, and an attractive urban routine. But there are some native Michiganders who have decided to make the move back home despite the state's stigma, bucking the decade-old trend. Gilchrist is one of them.

After nine years, he finally decided to come home in July. Gilchrist always planned on returning to Michigan, it was just a matter of time. Like many people from the area, he never really lost his pride in Detroit. He speaks fondly of his younger years growing up on the east side of town. And despite moving to the suburb of Farmington when he was 8, he still went to the city several times of week to visit his grandparents, participate in after-school programs, and compete in basketball leagues. As he jokes, "I probably played on every basketball hoop in the city of Detroit."

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