Anthony Brooks of National Public Radio (NPR) interviewed the following Detroiter's for a segment about The Detroit Suburbs:
Matt Rafferty, Owner of the WhistleStop Restaurant and Diner in Birmingham
Steve Trachsel, Owner of the Barber Pole in Birmingham
Professor Margaret Dewar, Urban and Regional Planning Program, University of Michigan
L. Brooks Patterson, Executive, Oakland County, Michigan
Mr. Lou Glazer, President, Michigan Future Inc.
Carrie Zarotney, President, Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham
The samples given away throughout the day will include bite-sized portions of the new BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad, Napa Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich, Breakfast Power Sandwich, Fudge Brownies and Macadamia Nut Blondies.
In addition to the samples, Panera Bread will donate a portion of proceeds from all loaves of bread and half dozen or more bagels purchased to Children’s Hospital of Michigan, its local Operation Dough-Nation partner.
This is one way Panera Bread joins with its customers to support local communities. In 2008, Panera Bread bakery-cafes collectively donated a retail value of more than $50 million worth of bread and baked goods to charitable organizations helping to address the need for food distribution in its local communities.
“We encourage all customers to stop by their local bakery-cafe, sample our new products and join us in supporting Children’s Hospital of Michigan,” said Lee Carmona, area director of Panera Bread of the Great Lakes Region.
To find the Panera Bread bakery-cafe nearest you, visit www.panerabread.com
Drew Barrymore wants all movie and/or roller skating fans to join her in suburban Detroit next week for a get-together in support of her new movie.
Barrymore is making her directorial debut with next month's "Whip It," which filmed scenes in Michigan and is centered around the world of roller derby.
The 34-year-old actress and filmmaker will walk the red carpet and host the skating event Sept. 11 at Bonaventure Skating Center in Farmington Hills.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own skates, or they can rent them for a fee.
Barrymore also produced and appears in "Whip It," which stars Ellen Page as a small-town Texas teenager who becomes a roller derby star.
To celebrate Labor Day and to salute workers who support our Michigan-based automotive brands, participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants statewide are offering these employees a free cup of fresh coffee all day on Monday, September 7.
The offer for a free medium hot or iced coffee is good for any worker employed by the three domestic automakers, their vehicle dealerships and their automotive suppliers. Individuals must present a valid company ID, business card or other form of proof of employment at point of purchase to receive the free cup of coffee. No additional purchase is necessary.
Born in Winnipeg, Canada, guitarist, songwriter, performer and producer Randy Bachman has become a legendary figure in rock and roll, earning more than 120 gold and platinum albums/singles worldwide for performing and producing.
Bachman first scored Billboard success with his band, The Guess Who, in 1965 with the song, “Shakin' All Over”. By 1970, The Guess Who had sold more records than the entire Canadian recording industry with their hits, “These Eyes”, “Laughing”, “Undun”, “No Sugar Tonight” and “American Woman”.
In 1970, Bachman formed Brave Belt – a country rock group experimenting with new musical styles, which eventually evolved into Bachman-Turner Overdrive, known for their hits such as “Let it Ride”, “Roll on Down The Highway”, “Takin' Care of Business” and “You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet”.
Bachman will perform from approximately 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Backstage Pass will open the show at 8 p.m. Edgar Winter will play in a rescheduled concert on Sept. 11 to officially conclude the series.
Admission to the concerts is free and no advance tickets are necessary. Viewing space will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and people are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. In addition, boaters on the Detroit River are invited to anchor near the riverfront and enjoy the view of the stage from the water.
Food and refreshment concessions from Andiamo Detroit Riverfront will be available at several locations on the plaza. Outside food, beverages or coolers will not be permitted. Andiamo Detroit Riverfront will accept dinner reservations before and after the concert and invites guests to take advantage of its gorgeous outdoor patio overlooking the Detroit River.
Convenient parking is available for $5 per vehicle at the GM surface lot at the intersection of St. Antoine and Atwater, adjacent to the GM Renaissance Center.
Ferndale is identified through the Michigan Film Incentives as a core community and has served as locations for several films over the past year including "Youth in Revolt" and "Prayers for Bobby"
Drive Ins, Classes and of course Movies can be found in Ferndale over the labor day festival.
For a complete list of movies and classes check out the movies page.
Tickets are $5 and proceeds from the festival go to local charities, Michigan Aids Coalition, MDA, D-Pan, and Ferndale Youth Association.
Movies under the Stars
"Monsters, Inc" at Martin Road Park on Saturday, September 5th, starting at dusk. Click here to register for free
"Army of Darkness" in the Ferndale Public Libraries west parking lot, right off the corner of Nine and Woodward on Saturday, September 5th, starting at dusk, Click here for free registration.
Featured in the Fall issue of Next American City
Karen Gage says the best way to travel Detroit is by bike. The entrepreneur and community development star isn't just saying that because she started the city's first bike rental business a year ago. Karen's bike is her main mode of transportation. She says the city's flat, wide streets and sparse traffic make for great conditions for those who prefer two wheels to four.
"People ask me all the time if I feel safe, and I just want to be like, 'No. No I don't. And it sucks. That's why I ride my bike every day,'" Karen says, with an ironic deadpan.
So where does the biking businesswoman and urbanist pedal to in Detroit?
Everywhere. By day, she uses her urban planning background in her role as vice president of the New Center Council, a community development corporation in a busy neighborhood at the northern edge of Detroit's downtown. By evening and weekend, she is co-owner of Wheelhouse Detroit, the bike shop that opened last year on the city's recently developed RiverWalk along the Detroit River. A day in Detroit for Karen is never the same, but wild variety and randomness are why she loves this city.
Karen's day in Detroit:
9:30 a.m. Coffee for breakfast at Stella International Café in the Fisher Building lobby. The small but chic coffee shop serves Illy brand brews and makes a mean Americano, Karen's favorite. It's owned by the same people behind the Pure Detroit t-shirt shop, which is also in the same, glorious, art deco, iconic Albert Kahn building, along with her New Center Council headquarters.
10 a.m. Meetings and phone calls at New Center Council. She and the team are working on big projects, including revamping an old, admittedly creepy viaduct with new lighting and public art. The project "is going to be a nightmare, but I love it," Karen says. Then there's the massive rehabilitation of the Argonaut Building, a coup for New Center. The city's art and design school -- College for Creative Studies -- is putting $145 million into the redevelopment of the 760,000-square-foot, 11-story Argonaut. The former General Motors '20s office building once was home to the auto company's designers but has been vacant for five years. Starting this fall, it will house a new generation of creatives in the art school's dorms and classrooms, plus a new charter school for the city's youth. The neighborhood is already feeling the impact from the project, even before the kids move in. "All the construction guys are coming in. They shop at our stores. They eat at our restaurants. And when it actually opens, it'll be more," Karen says.
Noon: A slice at Supino Pizzeria in Eastern Market. If she can squeeze it in, she loves to grab lunch at this relatively new spot next to the region's premier farmers market. "It is hands down the best pizza I've ever had," she says. The Wheelhouse crew often bikes there on the Dequindre Cut bike path, which opened this year. With graffiti encouraged, the $3 million, 1.2 mile greenway replaced a former depressed rail corridor. And now Karen and the bike shop crew call it their "pizza super highway."
5 p.m.: Karen takes her turn minding the Wheelhouse. In its second year, sales are up. She and biz partner Kelli Kavanaugh offer guided rides that are often sold out, attracting both out-of-town tourists and metro Detroiters wanting to know their city better.
8 p.m.: Drinks at Park Bar. After work, Karen heads over to a favorite spot for Detroit urbanites: The Park Bar. Owner Jerry Belanger opened the bar two years ago, and it's where the "Who's Who" of Detroit downtown dwellers come to gossip and drink the local brews on tap. "You can go there by yourself, and you always run into someone you know. And even if you don't see someone ... no, you always do," Karen says.
9 p.m. Party at MOCAD ... or some other random act of fun. If something is going on, and there's almost always something, the MOCAD -- Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit -- has cool, funky and enlightening programs. Plus they throw the best parties, attracting the art-collecting elite and art school kids alike. The Museum has brought in the "Shrinking Cities" exhibit from Berlin and showcased plans for a "container house" development dreamed up by Detroit architects. A talk this summer was entitled, "Is Detroit Really The New Berlin?" If nothing is going on at MOCAD, there's always something else odd or enticing, or both. One night, it was an Alley Cat Bike Race: Think chopped bikes put back together in some creative way and then raced like hell through the city streets. On another night, a friend put together performance art in a vacant lot that involved cooking with power tools. Another night friends rented a boat and threw a huge dance party on the river.
Midnight: Bedtime, or perhaps a visit to a local bar. A Friday favorite is Café D'Mongo's Speakeasy, a late-night jazz hangout whose decor prompted one writer to call it "Liberace's living room." "David Lynch's lounge" would also work. If it's a Thursday night, she enjoys the dive bar goodness of a place like L.J.'s in Corktown, where neighborhood residents and hipsters mingle, sing karaoke, and soak in the low-key atmosphere. If she opts for sleep, it'd be hard to blame her. The next day in Detroit could mean more bikes, buildings or trips on the pizza superhighway. She just never knows.
Nearly 2,700 Wayne State University incoming freshmen will participate in Warrior Service Day, a daylong community service initiative benefiting several Detroit civic organizations including, ARISE! Detroit, Coalition on Temporary Shelter Detroit, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Gleaners Community Food Bank and more.
Students will convene at Wayne State’s Matthaei Athletic Complex at 8 a.m.Wednesday, September 2 before dispersing to project sites throughout the city of Detroit. A full Warrior Service Day schedule is available through the contact below.
This year's projects include youth mentoring, urban farming and several community clean-up initiatives. Warrior Service Day is a function of iStart: New Student Days, a program designed to jump-start the academic careers of first-year students.
Sir John Herschel made important contributions to the nascent field of photography more than a century and a half ago, inventing a chemical process that allowed an image to be fixed onto photosensitive paper.
So it's fitting that the first work attendees will see at a new photo exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts is an 1867 portrait of the British scientist.
"People still feel that because a photograph's made with a machine, a camera, it's not like painting, it's not like sculpture," said museum associate curator Nancy Barr, who put together the exhibition. "It started out on an unsure footing. But people like (Julia Margaret) Cameron pushed for it to be an art, and other people did as well."
It was Cameron who took the famous Herschel portrait that kicks off the exhibit in Detroit that opens Wednesday.
She was a friend of the astronomer and chemist and requested he pose with his hair freshly washed but uncombed and him staring off-camera. She hoped to create a slightly unruly look that played up Herschel's intellectual genius. Cameron also used a long exposure time and left the lens out of focus to produce a soft, hazy effect.
"(Photography) was kind of an upper-class hobby for some," Barr said. "But (Cameron) took it very seriously. She got involved in exhibitions. She sold her work. She really felt photography was a new art form."
More than half a century after Cameron created her most notable works, Walker Evans emerged on the scene, and his work is given its own wall at the exhibit. Evans, a St. Louis native and self-proclaimed "maverick outsider," was the first photographer to have a solo exhibition at a major U.S. institution — the
Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Detroit museum said.
On display in Detroit are some of Evans' works that depict commonplace subjects such as crumbling buildings, advertisements and workers. One of his best-known images and more rare photos in the collection, "The Breakfast Room, Belle Grove Plantation, Louisiana" depicts the decayed interior of a plantation home.
The exhibition is organized chronologically and presents views of the many uses of early photography, including scientific and artistic study, documentation, portraits, landscape and still life. The images span the early 1840s to the 1940s.
Other highlights include classic works by photographic greats Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Dorothea Lange, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand and Edward Weston.
The exhibition is free with museum admission and also includes a few extras.
Visitors can stop by the museum's art studio for a cyanotype (blueprint) workshop, where they will be able to create their own blue, ultraviolet-light-developed images. They also will be given the opportunity to gaze through a stereoviewer (think of it as a 19th century View-Master) and see a rare daguerreotype stereoview.
And in a first for a photographic exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts, attendees will be invited to fill out a comment card and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on what they've seen.
"We've never done this. It's kind of an experiment," Barr said. "There's a certain component who really don't feel that photography's legitimate as an art form. ... Some people may struggle with it."
Sometimes companies do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. Sometimes expediency rules the day. Not infrequently, legal compulsion provides the motivation.
Whatevs. The Detroit News reports that New Chrysler has donated Old Chrysler’s Political Action Committee (PAC) lobbying fund to the United Way. The semi-nationalized automaker will write checks to local chapters totaling $525,000. This also means that New ChryCo will not use union/taxpayer money to support/reward the election/re-election campaigns of politicians friendly to the unions/federal bailouts.
Chrysler gets props for avoiding an obvious conflict of interest. Or it that confluence The ball’s now in their fully nationalized cross-town rival’s court.
“GM transferred its PAC from the bankrupt Motors Liquidation Co. — the GM entity that remains in bankruptcy — to the new GM. The fund had $418,000 in cash through May 31. GM has said political contributions will not resume until next year at the earliest.”
I’ve got an idea: how about never?
I am a Detroiter through and through. I love this city. So it should come as no surprise that I get a little ticked off when I hear people "bad mouthing" the city.
It seems to me that Detroit gets a disproportionate share of criticism and "bad mouthing." Comparatively speaking, Detroit is no worse off than any other city.
Recently, I spent a few days in Memphis TN for a family reunion. During those days, I heard news reports of carjackings, bank robberies, shootings and muggings. While driving through some of the neighborhoods, I witnessed drug activity. All of this revelation begs the question, Why does Detroit receive so much more bad press than Memphis?
If the casual observer digs a little deeper, it seems that Detroiters are an all or nothing, extremists sect. We are either the Motor City or a failure. There are plenty of names that have stuck be we allowed them to: The Murder Capital, Devils Night, Crime City and even MoTown and the Motor City. I added the last two because even though thy were supposed to be positive connotations, they pigeon-held the city. There was no room for diversification.
It seems that if Detroiters want a better Detroit, they first have to take a good long look in the mirror and ask themselves what kind of Detroiter are they? Do they sit idly by and allow crime to happen? Do they over look trash blowing down the street? Do they accept substandard government because it is what they are used to having?
For anyone who reads this, I have an assignment for you. I need to you spark a discussion with at least 5 people you know who would not read a blog or research local government politicians. Engage these people to find out what kind of Detroit in which they want to live. Find out how much are they willing to do to make their Detroit a reality.
The thing that really gets me about the news paper articles, talk shows and blogs that talk about how to accomplish a better Detroit never once mentions those who don't read the paper, listen to or watch talk show or read blogs. It is that very demographic that needs to be engaged to change this city. As I often say, the suburbanites evacuated the city and left it to Bay Bay and Ray Ray 'nem and expects the city to function properly.
If we really want a better Detroit, we'll have to demand better Detroiters. Detroiters who care about their city as well as the image it portrays. Detroiters who a willing to work for utopia and not just hope for it.
Travel Michigan is pleased to announce it has earned the top-ranking amongst the 50 official US tourism office Websites in the use of social media. In a recent study, "How Social is Your State
DMO" conducted by Gammet Interactive, Michigan takes the top spot for the use of popular social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and others.
"We've extended our efforts to stay connected with travelers. Social media allows us to get the Pure Michigan message out to potential visitors on other platforms," commented George Zimmermann, Vice President of Travel Michigan, a business unit of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. "It opens another line of communication with travelers."
In addition to the most popular state tourism Web site, michigan.org, visitors now have other means to stay up-to-date on Michigan tourism deals, discounts and events.
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We will be departing early on Sunday, September 6, and riding over to the Ambassador Bridge as a group.
We will then proceed along Riverside Drive to Lansperry Park along the Detroit River for a breakfast provided by Tres Beans Coffee House of Windsor, and enjoy the waterfront and the morning.
After being able to lock your bike up in a controlled environment, it's a short walk to one of the Biggest Bicycle Races in Canada, in Windsor's own Little Italy. At 3 p.m., we will make the return trip to the USA.
The ride will be less than 20 miles. Any funds after all expenses are paid by the Tour will be donated to Detroit Trails. Hopefully, we will have great weather and a great time for all!
By Mike Householder
During a visit here on Tuesday, Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced the launch of a pilot food service program that would provide fresh produce to city neighborhoods.
The program, which will be funded by a $75,000 low-interest loan from the state, will deliver fruits and vegetables to residents with a vendor-style truck, according to the Detroit Free Press. When the produce truck, which will bear a MI Neighborhood Food Movers logo, rolls through neighborhoods on a fixed route and schedule, residents in Michigan’s largest city will have the option of buying some fresh and reasonably priced fruit and veggies for the dinner table.
Detroit has been identified as a “food desert” or a place where groceries and produce are not readily available. Many Detroit residents are forced to shop for groceries at convenience stores and gas stations because there are few real grocery stores inside the city limits. Many of those have limited operating hours and inflated prices.
Ryan Cooley, a Detroit native, thinks he's at the beginning of the city's renaissance.
An Urban Renaissance
Cooley grew up in Detroit but left to become a Chicago banker. Four years ago, though, he decided to come home and take a chance on Detroit real estate, and he bought three modest brick buildings in the Corktown neighborhood. Cooley, 33, said it cost only a couple hundred thousand dollars for all three buildings. Something similar in Chicago would have been four times as much.
He is so bullish on the city that he set up a real estate business in one of the buildings. In another he helped open a popular new restaurant. Slows Bar-B-Q has become the anchor of this mini-one block urban renewal.
A Family Affair
Cooley has partnered with his 31-year-old brother, Phil. Until recently, the younger Cooley was a fashion model working in cities throughout the world, but he says there is no place he'd rather live now than Detroit.
Phil Cooley says the city is wide open for new ventures and is tolerant of his mistakes and successes. "It's lovely to be able to afford to do that here, one, because the community is so forgiving. And two, because it's less expensive than other places. So it's affordable," he says.
Artists and Families
Music producer Chris Koltay was drawn to Detroit from Cincinnati by the vibrant music scene and the cheap real estate. He says he knew he could afford a whole building. He found one across the street from Slows for just $38,000. The recording studio is packed with guitars, keyboards and microphones.
Koltay has made a loft in the back of the building and for a year lived there without hot water. "It was gnarly, but whatever. Now I'm golden. And it's so wide open, and I think that's beautiful. I've never seen a city that has this kind of opportunity for growth, and I think that's beautiful," he says.
Stories of cheap real estate are becoming legend in Detroit. Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert bought a solid three-bedroom house in East Detroit for just $78,000.
And they didn't stop there.
They bought another house down the street for just $1,900. They're converting that one into a solar-powered artists retreat. Then, the self-proclaimed capitalists bought the house next door for just $500 — and sold it to fellow artists for a tidy profit of $50.
They've persuaded other friends to buy the house across the street for just $100. Together they are all hoping to build a budding artist community and revitalize their neighborhood.
But while others are moving in and taking advantage of fire sale real estate prices, many more people are leaving. Only post-Katrina New Orleans shed residents faster than Detroit.
Karen Edelson, a stepmother to four kids, says she loves the city for its art, music and culture but she just can't live there. "The schools are a mess. And I've had friends who moved to the city of Detroit and everything was out of bounds. If you don't go grocery shopping before the sun goes down, then you can't go out at night," Edelson says. She adds that friends who have moved into the city end up driving back to the suburbs on the weekends to do their shopping.
Renewal Gives Hope
Meghan McEwen, a magazine editor and mother of two small children, says you can find a family-friendly life inside the city of Detroit. Her husband is Ryan Cooley, the developer. She admits that the city lacks basic urban conveniences, but because she and her husband were able to find real estate so cheap, she's able to work part time.
And she says it's exciting to be part of an effort to rebuild a city.
That enthusiasm gives Lou Glazer, president of Michigan Future Inc., hope. He says the city will never return to its past vibrancy without young, talented professionals. Glazer says the brain drain from the city has been devastating.
It may not be a flood of artists, business owners and young professionals coming back to Detroit, but many in the Motor City say those trickling back in are giving many during these tough times something they haven't had for a long time ... hope.