Meade Lexus of Southfield is once again lending a hand (and some luxury wheels) to raise money for the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

For the fifth year in a row, Meade Lexus of Southfield will be sponsoring the ADA’s Swing Away Fore a Cure Golf Classic on June 28th at Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak. Proceeds from the event go toward diabetes research, advocacy, and programs.

The mission of the ADA is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. According to its website, diabetes ranked seventh as a cause of death in the U.S. in 2006.  More than 23 million people have diabetes in the U.S. alone, with an additional 57 million having pre-diabetes--affecting approximately 8% of the population.

In the past five years, Meade Lexus of Southfield has helped the ADA raise more than $50,000.

“Every year, we see a great turnout of support from local golfers,” says Ken Meade, Owner of Meade Lexus of Southfield and Meade Lexus of Lakeside in Utica. “To know we can make a difference for a noteworthy organization such as the American Diabetes Association is incredibly rewarding and we’re honored to be a part of this.”

Something for golfers to look forward to is their chance to win the opportunity to enjoy a year of cruising around in luxury. Lexus will be offering a 12-month lease on its GX 460 as a hole-in-one prize at the event, in addition to inviting two players to participate in the 2010 Lexus Champions for Charity National Championship by auction. The National Championship will take place December 8th-12th at Pebble Beach Resorts in Pebble Beach, CA, where a $100,000 purse will be given to the winning participant’s charity. Golfers who fall short of sinking a hole-in-one or winning the auction item can instead get a complimentary Odyssey White Putter to practice their hole-in-ones for next year. Lexus will be giving away the putters upon completion of a test drive.

"Meade Lexus has been a huge contributor to the success of the ADA's Swing Away Fore A Cure Golf Classic, providing a unique experience to our guests and value that cannot be matched," says Nicki Regner, ADA's Manager of Special Events.

Diabetes is a disease that has no cure. Meade Lexus hopes others will join them in assisting the ADA in its pursuit of finding one.

For additional information, or to arrange an interview, please contact Kristina Reid at or (586) 803-6232.

Event at a Glance
Date: Monday, June 28th, 2010
Location: Red Run Golf Club, 2036 Rochester Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48073
Time: 10am-7:30pm
Registration: You can purchase tickets online HERE 

President Obama will hold a White House gay pride reception on June 22.

Invitations for the event were mailed last week. They say: “The President requests the pleasure of your company at a reception in celebration of LGBT Pride Month to be held at The White House.”
The reception begins at 5PM.

Among those invited is openly gay Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh.

“Who gets an invitation to the White House,” Pugh said in a video posted Tuesday on Facebook. “I'm just saying, that's pretty good.”

“It's an honor, really, to represent the people of the City of Detroit who were not bigots, who accepted my candidacy for the qualifications I brought to the table and did not in any way judge or reject me because of who I am,” he added.

Earlier Obama declared June gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender pride month.

The president used the opportunity to cheer on lawmakers as they considered repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the 1993 law that forbids gay troops from serving openly, and highlight some of the gay rights initiatives advanced by his administration.

Saying that “our Nation draws its strength from our diversity,” Obama called upon Americans to “observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exits.”

For the THIRD consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy took home the top prize at the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, held June 4-7 in Rochester, Michigan.

The Advanced Mobile Robotics Laboratory (AMRL) at the University of Detroit Mercy is a facility dedicated to graduate and undergraduate research in intelligent mobile robotics and unmanned vehicles. Areas explored include: localization, navigation, vision/perception, motion control, advanced communication networks and wireless sensor networks. It is a goal of this laboratory to translate innovative research into practical real-world problem solutions.

Garden Court Condominiums will be hosting a “Wrap Party” to reveal the winner of their “I Love Detroit!” video contest.

The event will take place at the penthouse rooftop of Garden Court Condominiums in Detroit on Tuesday, June 29, from 6-9 p.m.

The event will feature all locally produced food and beverages and will be offered to attendees from a variety of Michigan-based entities, including:

Mae’s, a neighborhood café located in Pleasant Ridge, that will provide a positive Detroit salad, a build-it-your-self slider bar, a variety of hors d’oeuvres and dessert made from locally produced materials.

Atwater Block Brewery, a brewery located in the heart of Detroit’s Rivertown that will provide locally crafted beer.

B. Nektar Meadery, an award winning meadery located in Ferndale, that will provide a variety of flavors of wine produced from honey.

Valentine Handcrafted Vodka, one of Detroit’s supreme vodka distilleries that will provide locally distilled ultra vodka and mix custom cocktails.

The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, a Bloomfield Hills-based artisan roaster focused on fair-trade organic coffees that will provide iced coffee.

OnGo Energy Shot, a Birmingham-based energy drink company that will provide energy drinks.

“From Motown to automotives, the people of Detroit have always made their presence known worldwide,” said Cohen. “That is why we are excited about hosting this event and honoring the participants of our ‘I Love Detroit!’ video contest with an enjoyable evening featuring food and drinks that are all locally produced. Garden Court is committed to supporting our local Metro Detroit community and its businesses and this event will help spread awareness about the wonderful things Detroit has to offer.”

A panel of notable Detroit-based personalities, including Jay Towers, weekend anchor on WJBK FOX 2 News Detroit, Shannon Murphy, personality on Channel 955’s morning show, “Mojo in the Morning,” well-known Detroit bloggers Erin Rose, founder of Positive Detroit, Becks Davis founder of Detroit Moxie and Carol Gist, the first African American Miss USA, who resides in Detroit, will choose the winning video.

The winner of the “I Love Detroit!” video contest will be announced at 7:30 p.m. during the event and will win a luxury condo rent-free for one year. Along with this prize, the winner will share their experiences with the world through a blog as they enjoy living in downtown Detroit in their new home, up close and personal with the city’s many dining and cultural establishments. Garden Court Condominiums is located at 2900 East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit.

Designed by famed architect Albert Kahn in 1915, Garden Court Condominiums is a mid-rise condominium complex located in the East RiverWalk District of Detroit with spectacular views of the City and the River. It features 65 superbly renovated residences that seamlessly blend the beauty of the historic architecture with today’s modern amenities. For more information, please visit:

Metro Detroit: Bulletproof Vest NOT Required

Lisa Singh

Tell anyone you’re going to Detroit for vacation, and they’ll look at you with some serious respect. Or like you need your head examined.

This is the same city, after all, that’s inspired its share of late-night comedians and now ranks right up there with Karachi as one of the least safe cities in the world. But, these days, something odd is in the air: a sense of optimism.

Yes, for all the barbs traded about Detroit, something improbable is happening: Travelers are starting to give the city, and its suburbs, another look. Maybe it has something to do with good news on the “Big Three” front — GM recently posted its first profits in three years.

Meanwhile, it’s Toyota, not Detroit, that’s been worrying people lately. But the crowning moment may have been when the metro area’s own Rima Fakih was crowned Miss America in May.

Take that, Detroit bashers!

The glory days may indeed be over for Motown and motors, but at least one thing hasn’t been entirely exhausted: the passion of those who live around here for the city and its history.

Because, after everything else has gone to seed, it’s the people who are this city’s last best brand. And, like some last man standing, they’re eager to rebuild. And let you in on what you’re missing.

Detroit: From the ashes

To really understand Detroit, you have to go back to 1805. That’s when a fire nearly destroyed the city — but not its spirit, earning it the motto, “From the ashes.” Ever since then, Detroit has gone through, oh, just a few fiery reinventions.

Walk around downtown Detroit, and you’ll find no national restaurant chains, except one lone Hard Rock Café. But while nearly everyone else seems to have given up on the city, the locals sure haven’t. Within one square mile of downtown, you’ll find about 125 locally-owned bars and restaurants. Each carries its own lively energy.

Among them is Good Girls Go to Paris Crepes. Inside, the owner, Torya Blanchard, works the griddle in a snood and black dress, making crepes. She offers 50 varieties in all, some sweet, others savory — from a “Heath bar-ricotta cheese-chocolate” ensemble to a “bacon-boursin cheese-spinach” mix.

It was just two years ago that Blanchard, a Detroit native (and former French teacher), was looking for a way to combine her two great loves: French culture and her hometown. So, she opened this creperie, in the heart of the city. It’s since grown from an itty-bitty kiosk into a bustling business, with eight employees and two more locations on the way.

“What people don’t get is the resilience of Detroit and the surrounding metro area — we’re a very resilient people,” says Blanchard.

Tim Tharp is another Detroiter who knows all about resilience. And good beer. Several years ago, when Detroit’s economy had already tanked, well ahead of the nation — and his own father had just passed away — Tharp faced two choices: Stay or leave.

He soon stumbled upon a rundown old pub for sale. Not just any pub, though. It had once served as a railway ticket office, and was located on historic Woodward Avenue — the first thoroughfare of America. For Tharp, the choice was easy. He stayed. These days, his business, Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub, serves up nearly 15 varieties of local Michigan brews (the Scotty Karate Scotch Ale for serious beer lovers, only).

Purchasing the pub “just felt right,” Tharp, 37, tells me. “There’s a lot of us that have such a strong love for this city because it’s our heritage … and it’s given so much.”

Detroit’s auto heritage

Detroiters are proudest of their auto heritage, no surprise there. Sure, you meet your share of Gran Torino types here, still stuck in the ‘50s. But at a time of bailouts and busts, there’s something kind of invigorating about revisiting a time when Detroit, and America, were riding high.

It’s a heritage that Motorin’ Marianne Maisano preserves in her own small way. Like today. As she waxes poetic about the day she got her driver’s license — Detroiters do that sort of thing — Maisano cruises down Michigan Avenue in her 1961 Thunderbird Convertible, what she calls her “bonding car.” Sure enough, passersby wave and shout out, “woo-hoo!”

Our first stop is the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. “This is the place that put the world on wheels,” says the factory’s guide, Dick Rubens.

The 65,000 square feet of space, which spans three levels, served as the first assembly factory for Ford Motor Company and went on to set the world record for car production by 1907.

But perhaps no facility is more exhilarating than Ford’s Rouge Factory. Yes, despite last year’s country hit, “They’re Shuttin’ Down Detroit,” manufacturing still goes on in the Motor City.

These days, the Rouge Factory still stands as the maker of the number one truck in America: the F-150. The self-guided tour includes a multi-sensory theater experience where you literally see, hear, feel, and smell how every Ford is made.

Detroit’s living history

The man who made Detroit’s manufacturing might possible was, of course, Henry Ford. His big motto was “learning by doing,” and you can experience that first-hand at Greenfield Village, in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn. In 1929, Ford created this expansive living history museum, covering 300 years of the American experience. Today, you’ll see snapshots in time along the grounds: farmers, artisans, inventors, writers, railroad workers, and more in period pieces.

The village even includes historical food — slow cooked, and most of it locally grown. It’s all at Eagle Tavern, a wood-frame structure built in 1831, in nearby Clinton, Michigan, and later relocated here. A certain Calvin Wood ran the tavern from 1849 to 1854; he’s faithfully recreated here today.

In between servings of chicken fricassee — supposedly, Abraham Lincoln’s favorite dish — “Wood” comes up, and fills me in on the day’s president, Zachary Taylor: “He died two weeks ago,” says the re-enactor, dead pan.

Less than a mile away, the Henry Ford Museum offers an astonishingly intimate view not only of Detroit but American history. Everything from pop culture — the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile — to the bus in which Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. You can even sit inside. (But prepare to get goose bumps.)

Detroit’s lively ‘burbs

The past isn’t just housed in museums. It’s alive, kicking … and singing, as I find out the next day, with “Big Daddy” Marshall Lackowski, an accordion player making his way through the streets of Hamtramck, a suburb of Detroit.

Workers cleaning up a statue by Marshall Fredericks titled 'The Spirit of Detroit.' Click on photo to enlarge.

Decked in a star-studded black suit, he twirls his index finger: “Take your finger and go ‘Purrrrrrr-hey!’”

And, off he goes: “Everybody do the la-dee-da …”

In the years following Detroit’s explosion as the auto capital of the world, immigrants poured into this suburb from all over the world. Including Poland.

That presence remains strong. Your stomach will feel it first-hand at Polonia, a local restaurant where you’ll find Polish-style comfort food including stuffed cabbage, pierogies, and veal on a stick. The place is pretty popular.

“My secret?” says Polonia’s owner, Janusz Zurowski. “Beautiful waitresses!”

On the other side of town, over in Dearborn, you’ll get a feel for an equally rich heritage: that of Arab Americans. Around the turn of the 20th century, some 200,000 immigrants came to the United States from what was then known as Greater Syria. Lured by work in the auto industry, many settled in Dearborn, which has since become home to the largest Arab community in the United States.

That story, and others like it, are showcased at The Arab American National Museum, which opened five years ago and remains the first (and to date, only) museum of its kind in the United States.

The day I stop by, one of its guides, Nadia Bazzy, fills me in on the fascinating story of her own family’s deep roots in Metro Detroit, including a great-uncle, Hoover, who was named after, you guessed it, America’s 31st president.

By late afternoon, the museum’s manager, Ron Amen, shares a cup of Turkish coffee up on the roof. Then we’re off for a spacious meal at Al Ameer Restaurant, the Lebanese cuisine of which reflects the large number of locals whose families hail from the country.

By evening, it occurs to me: how starkly different the last few days’ experiences have been from the news reports I brushed up on before coming here. If anything, Metro Detroit is kind of like Zen: to really appreciate it, you have to be in the moment. That means pulling up a chair and enjoying, simply, a local beer or crepe, pierogi or plate of hummus. Whatever your choice, you may just meet a Detroiter with a story to share about this fair city making its way up, slowly, yet again — from the ashes.
Something fun from Goodwill - Ben & Jerry's corporate office is running a contest among all the Scoop Shops in the country. The video with the most views will win $5,000 -- Goodwill will use that money to train more Metro Detroiters for jobs if they win. The contest runs through June 30.

The PartnerShop is a rare model, as it provides paid work experiences for Southeast Michigan youth with barriers to employment. If the Ben & Jerry’s video wins, 100% of the prize money will be put directly back into the store’s job training efforts.

Help us win by visiting and watch our video titled “Ice cream So Cold In the D: A Ben & Jerry's Detroit Top Ten List.” Share the link with all your friends and family via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and more to help us get more views!
Jackie Headapohl

More than half of the inaugural class of film students at Unity Studios and the Lifton Institute for Media Skills in Allen Park, Michigan, reported finding work on at least one film, TV or music video production within 90 days of their January 2010 graduation, according to a press release.

"We are committed to leading the growth of Michigan's burgeoning film industry by training the next generation of movie and television workers in southeast Michigan," said Jimmy Lifton, president of Unity Studios and founder of LIMS. "It speaks to the quality of our programming and the talents of our 105 graduates that 53 have already found work in the film and television production industry."

According to the press release:

A local West Bloomfield film producer hired 15 grads as crew members for an upcoming film.

Unity Studios and its affiliate companies have also hired 36 graduates for positions in administration, film production/post production and the construction of two sound stages.

Two graduates are now on staff at Lifton's Oracle Post, one of Los Angeles' largest independent post-production audio studios.

Five students formed their own film production company, Poison Apple Entertainment, LLC, which is now producing short films in the horror genre.

Twelve sound editing graduates were hired by Unity to do post-production work for the feature-length documentary film, 'The Rescuers.'

The second glass of 93 students will be graduating next month. Classes are now forming at the Lifton Institute for Media Skills. Some students may qualify for tuition help from Michigan Works.

Pure Michigan's digital marketing efforts continue to push the travel agency to the forefront of marketing success.

Pure Michigan Facebook fans doubled in count since January 2010 -- as of May 31, the number of Facebook fans has risen to 50,000, continuing to make the Great Lakes State one of the nation's tourism leaders on the social media outlet.

Additionally, Pure Michigan now has more than 5,000 followers at @PureMichigan on Twitter. On both Facebook and Twitter, fans find up-to-date information on travel across both peninsulas, share their Michigan favorites, experiences, and recommendations, and view Pure Michigan tourism campaign ads.

"We could not be more pleased with the increase of Facebook fans and Twitter followers for Pure Michigan," said George Zimmermann, Vice President of Travel Michigan, a business unit of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. "As summer travel takes wing, our fans are sharing their favorite vacation spots and experiences, which we believe helps influence interest and travel decision making in Michigan's favor."
Zimmermann also noted that through May 2010 visits to, the official Michigan tourism Web site, increased by 26 percent over the same time period last year, and click-thrus to Michigan business tourism web sites increased 15 percent over the first five months of May 2009.

Based on recent a customer satisfaction survey conducted by ForeSee Results, nearly three quarters of the Pure Michigan Facebook fans learned about places and activities in Michigan they did not know about. In addition, a third of those fans were inspired to travel to or within Michigan after reading the posts.

Travel Michigan is partnering with Fluency Media for on-going strategy and execution for the Pure Michigan online marketing and social media program. Ann Arbor-based Fluency Media develops integrated marketing solutions which include social media strategy and execution, email marketing, online publishing, search engine optimization, pay-per-click advertising, and Web site sales flow optimization programs.

The inside scoop on where the fish are biting, what greens are running fast and how you can make your visit Pure Michigan are at the blog Pure Michigan Connect. Take a minute to comment on the blog posts, or submit your own Pure Michigan story as a guest blogger.

In addition, visitors can now enjoy all the photos from the Pure Michigan Photo Contest on Flickr, or watch all of the Pure Michigan commercials on YouTube or The official state travel and tourism Web site,, continues to be a source for Michigan travel information, featuring more than 12,000 attractions, events, hotels, resorts, restaurants and other tourism-related businesses.

Travel Michigan, a division of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., is the state of Michigan's official agency for the promotion of tourism. Travel Michigan markets the state's tourism industry and provides valuable visitor information services. For Michigan travel information and updates go to
Abby Wilcox

Excerpt from "The Etsy Marketplace: A Thriving Artistic Outlet"

If you haven't yet hopped on Etsy, you are missing out.

Etsy has burgeoned recently as an online marketplace for creatives to vend their handmade items...

Like a virtual flea market, on Etsy, you can find anything from vinyl wall decals to furniture made from cow hide to air plants! In fact, some venders make a solid living (more than 100k) selling their creations. Not a bad gig, huh?

We spent a little tlme selecting a few retro peices here to help appease your inner fashion guru:

Tired of the boring daily grind necktie? The detailed graphics on the neckties by Cyberoptix Tielab from Detroit are silkscreened to perfection and sent in a gift box, no matter what the occasion.
In conjunction with its 107th anniversary, Pewabic Pottery (Pewabic) is holding its annual “For the House & Garden” benefit show and sale June 4-6. During the special weekend, Pewabic will feature its newest tile and vase releases as well as the work of more than 70 ceramic artists.

New this year, three metro Detroit designers will feature fireplace vignettes highlighting custom Pewabic tile. Designers include Maddalena Design, Jones-Keena & Company and Rariden Schumacher Mio & Co. All designers are based in Birmingham, Mich.

The three-day event begins with the ticketed Preview Party on Thursday, June 3 from 6-9 p.m. Proceeds from the preview party will benefit Pewabic’s education and museum departments. For tickets, call Pewabic at (313) 822-0954, ext. 111. Tickets start at $75 per person.

Following the Preview Party, the weekend celebration continues with a show and sale that is free and open to the public 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Shoppers can enjoy facility tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., tilemaking demonstrations, museum and gallery exhibitions and talk to Pewabic designers. Additionally, door prizes will be given away each hour.

Pewabic Pottery is a non-profit arts ceramic education center, working pottery and National Historic Landmark; its mission is to engage people in learning experiences with contemporary ceramic art and artists while preserving its historic legacy.

Pewabic Pottery is open to the public year round and offers classes, workshops, lectures and tours to children and adults. Pewabic continues to create giftware and architectural tile and offers galleries that showcase over 70 ceramic artists and a museum store for purchasing ceramic giftware handmade at Pewabic.

Visitors are welcome, free of charge, during regular business hours Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. To learn more about Pewabic Pottery, call (313) 822-0954 or visit Pewabic Pottery can be found at 10125 E. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit across the street from Waterworks Park.

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National Geographic Travel Magazine is singing the praises of one Oakland County Community.   Ferndale is one of just five communities from across the nation chosen for a "Great American Main Street Award."

The award is given to towns who create jobs, get the community involved and demonstrate an authentic American Culture.

In an article titled, "Take A Stroll Down Main Street," the magazine notes that the city has managed to cut its downtown business vacancy rate from 30-percent to six-percent over the past ten years, despite Southeast Michigan's economic decline.

But Mayor Craig Covey says there's one thing in particular he loves about his town. "My favorite thing about downtown is the walk-ability. I don't have to drive my car," Covey told WWJ.

"You know, I've had a car all my life, and I can drive it if I need to. But, at this point in Ferndale's history and in my own history, I can leave my car in my driveway and I can walk to the bank, I can walk to the drug store, I can walk to the gym, and I can walk to the bar or the nightclub or the restaurant, and I just love doing that," Covey said.

Coveys says such national distinction is great for Ferndale.

"We're now seeing and hearing from people in cities like New York and Los Angeles that have heard of Ferndale -- that  blows my mind!   And we have people moving here, that are coming to the Metro Detroit area, and when they select a place to live, they're picking Ferndale," he said.

Over the past decade, Ferndale has seen $35 million in private investment and created 700 new jobs.

Other winning towns were Columbus, Mississippi; Fairmont, West Virginia; Lee's Summit, Missouri and Paducah, Kentucky.
Eur Web

Spike Lee, Magic Johnson and Kimberly Locke will join first lady Michelle Obama in Detroit on Wednesday to stress the importance of being a mentor, the White House announced Monday.

The forum will be held tomorrow morning at Wayne State University. A limited number of tickets were made available to the public until 8 p.m. last night.

Also joining the first lady will be Michigan dignitaries Gov. Jennifer Granholm and first gentleman Dan Mulhern; Detroit Mayor Dave Bing; Detroit Democratic Reps. John Conyers and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick; Denise Ilitch, whose family owns the Detroit Red Wings; and former University of Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr.

A special lunch with young people will be held after Mrs. Obama’s speech, which is “designed to engage, encourage and inspire,” the White House stated.

The Detroit trip is part of the first lady’s mentoring outreach. In March 2009, during Women’s History Month, she paired high school girls in the D.C. area with female staff in the White House. Obama went to Denver last November on a similar trip.

Featured in this month's issue of Imbibe Magazine is a list of the 25 Most Influential Cocktails Over The Past Century.  Making the cut is "The Last Word," it's origin straight out of the Motor City during the Prohibition Era from the Detroit Athletic Club.

While the drink eventually fell out of use, it has recently enjoyed renewed popularity after being rediscovered as a cult hit in the Seattle area by Murray Stenson, a bartender at the Zig Zag Café.

How to Make The Last Word

1 oz gin

1 oz maraschino liqueur
1 oz Chartreuse
1 oz fresh lime juice

Shake well with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Shut up and drink.
As a way to bring attention to the exciting, unique, creative and often unnoticed places and events in the city of Detroit, Garden Court Condominiums, Detroit’s premier high-rise living complex, is launching the first-ever “I Love Detroit!” video contest—asking the community to show their love for Detroit by capturing a video of themselves doing what they love most in the city. The announcement was made by Carrie Cohen, Sales Director for Garden Court Condominiums.

“Detroit is a place that offers its residents the living experience of an exciting urban lifestyle—built upon the city’s long-lasting history of thriving on a creative spirit,” said Cohen. “From Motown to the automotive industry, the people of Detroit have always made their presence known worldwide. However, through this initiative, we want to raise local visibility of all the ongoing things that make Detroit great—the people, the sights, the sounds, the hidden gems that often go unnoticed—all while providing the community with a unique platform to share their love for the city and live rent-free for one year at Garden Court Condominiums.”

Beginning May 23, participants can upload their 2-minute video submission to First, participants must create an account, then click “submit video” to upload their submission. The contest will conclude on Monday, June 21, with the winner of the contest being announced at a “Wrap Party” happening from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29 at the luxury rooftop at Garden Court Condominiums overlooking the Detroit River.

At the event, the winner will be announced and awarded the grand prize to live rent-free at Garden Court Condominiums for one year. During the year, this individual will subsequently chronicle their day-to-day experiences participating in Detroit’s culture, dining and sporting events through a blog. The blog will offer those considering a move to the city an unprecedented birds-eye view into the amenities that living in the city of Detroit can offer. A panel of notable southeastern Michigan-based personalities will select the winning video.

Participants can submit their videos and view contest rules at between May 23 and June 21. FOX 2 News is serving as the “I Love Detroit!” video contest’s promotional partner and will showcase video submissions on-air during the duration of the contest.

Designed by famed architect Albert Kahn in 1915, Garden Court Condominiums is a mid-rise condominium complex located in the East RiverWalk District of Detroit with spectacular views of the City and the River. It features 65 superbly renovated residences that seamlessly blend the beauty of the historic architecture with today’s modern amenities. For more information, please visit:

There are over 125 Bars and Restaurants in Downtown Detroit and many of them are dog friendly. This tour will take you to 3 of them.

Below is the itinerary for the night. All of the bars are located Downtown within just a few blocks of each other. Brought to you by Canine to Five and Inside Detroit this special Drinking with Dogs will include:

Drink specials at each location.

Introductions to owners, bartenders and others.

Personal guide who leads the group and makes sure everyone has a good time!

The Well  - 6:00 – 7:00
1228 Randolph
A funky, friendly pub that has a unique outdoor patio and the owners bartending. A 100-inch projection screen TV and great drink specials make it a favorite neighborhood spot and a great place to catch the game!

Pulse Lounge – 7:00 – 8:00
156 Monroe
One of Downtown’s cooler spots this simple yet sophisticated cocktail lounge has a great environment, an amazing martini menu and some of the best DJ’s in town.

Beaubien Street Saloon – 8:00 – 9:00
641 Beaubien.
More than just a great sports bar. The Beaubien is Detroit’s version of “Cheers”. Cheap beer, free popcorn, pool, darts and by your second visit everyone knows your name.

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Reel Chicago

After a comparatively quiet first quarter, Michigan is looking forward to a tremendous amount of spring and summer activity.

It gets off to a high octane start April 18 in Detroit with Sony Pictures’ action-adventure “S.W.A.T.: Fire Fight,” based on the 1970s TV series, directed by Benny Boom (“Next Day Air”) and starring Robert Patrick.

“Salvation Boulevard,” the Pierce Brosnan comedic thriller will get underway in May. Horror comedy “Vamps,” starring Alicia Silverstone, commences in June. Wes Craven’s “Scream 4” comes to film in Ann Arbor in mid-June.

Also scheduled for Detroit principal photography are “A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas,” “30 Minutes or Less,” “The Double,” “Transformers 3” and “Northern Lights.”

The biggest-budget production will be DreamWorks' “Real Steel,” an action boxing drama starring Hugh Jackman, set in the near-future where 2,000 pound robots that look like humans do battle. Filming will start June 15 for 70 days in the Detroit area.

Last year, Michigan was host to a total of 49 projects, mostly features, but also a TV series and several feature-length docs. (See list below.)

But in order for Michigan to keep pace with the increasing flow of entertainment projects it needs to build a sustainable infrastructure.

Towards this end, the Michigan Film Office in late 2009 hired Richard Jewell as its workforce development director.

His main task it is to standardize and organize the many different skills needed to support a new creative economy.

Jewell, who is developing a basic competencies document, is leading a skills’ alliance of educational institutions and other stakeholders.

An example of this alliance is a very promising educational opportunity: the partnering of Wayne County Community College and IATSE.

This partnership provides for Detroit residents to receive grants for classroom training by IATSE members. They are then embedded into working film sets where they are paid to work alongside union workers, as a fast track to union membership and more feature film opportunities.

This model may be duplicated in other parts of the state.

The goal of the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council (MFOAC) is to increase the film labor pool in a short time. The current number of ready local crew available depends on who you speak to, but seems to be in the range of two to four films.

Through the recently unveiled MFOAC multi-university program, students would be trained in above- and below-the-line skills. Students in this pilot program, which is a collaboration among Wayne State, Michigan State and the University of Michigan, would work together to develop, script, shoot and edit a film.

Organizations such as the Michigan Production Alliance (MPA) have taken it upon themselves to fast track an indigenous creative community. Incentives have kick-started the industry here, although Michigan has been a commercial production center for over 50 years. Now it’s up to the local industry to make it all stick.

On April 22, non-profit MPA sponsored a summit for investors and their agents to understand what to look for in pitches from filmmakers. Until now, Michigan hasn’t had enough reason or interest to support a financial/legal community with expertise in film financing.

Like the entire landscape, this is changing. The hope is to create foundations that will allow the community to grow and maintain Michigan as a viable production center in the United States.

For more about the Michigan Production Alliance, see

Completed 2009 Michigan-made Productions

“Up in the Air” - Paramount Pictures

“Betty Ann Waters” - Innocence Productions, Inc.

“Hopeful Notes” - Red Future Entertainment, LLC

“Oogie Loves in the Big Balloon Adventure” - Big Balloon Adventure Movie, LLC

“Caught in the Crossfire” - Caught in Crossfire, LLC

“Stone” - Stone Productions, Inc.

“The Irishman” - Sweet William Productions, LLC

“Hung” TV series - Hangman Films Inc. / HBO

“What If” - What If Productions, LLC

“The Lake Effect” - Growing Up, LLC

“Crash Course” - Crash Course Productions, Inc.

“Meltdown” - Meltdown Productions, LLC

“Clark Family Christmas” - Karew Records, LLC

“Capitalism: A Love Story” - Front Street Productions, LLC

“Flipped” - East of Doheny

“Jump Shipp” - Dot&Cross, LLC

“The Genesis Code” - American Saga Productions, LLC

“Trivial Pursuits” - 3,4 Women Productions

“The Next Great Mission” - 45 North Productions, Inc.

“Little Murder” - Cine Grande Films

“Fitful” - Fitful Film Associates, Inc.

“Daisy Tells a Secret” - One of Us Films, LLC

“Annabelle and Bear” - Radish Creative Group

“John, The Revelator” - Revelator Movie, LLC

“Alleged” - Dean River Productions

“You Don't Know Jack” - Royal Oak Films, Inc.

“Grey Skies” - Grey Skies, LLC

“The Domino Effect” - Detroit Film Production Services, Inc.

“Highland Park” - Highland Park Productions, LLC

“What's Wrong With Virginia?” - Tic Tock Studios

“Vanishing on 7th Street” - Vanishing Film LLC

Game of Death - Game of Death Productions, LLC

Mooz-Lum - Peace Film, LLC

Secrets In The Walls - Prospect Park Productions, LLC —Ruth L Ratny

On Saturday, May 22 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., American Express will work with United Way for Southeastern Michigan, an affiliate of HandsOn Network, City Year Detroit and The Greening of Detroit to plant an urban garden designed to expose Osborn High School students and the community to international and locally-grown foods.

Volunteers will also build benches, a rain-catching gazebo and decorate flower pots to create a welcoming space surrounding the garden. Students will continue to care for the garden throughout the school year and the community will benefit from the foods harvested.

Following the garden planting, Chef Edward Bailey, executive chef of Andiamo Detroit and 1998 Osborn alum, will provide a cooking demo for students.

American Express and Delta employees will work hand-in-hand with students, parents, teachers and community members on each project element. The spring gardening event is the third in a series of “Travel with Your Mind” volunteer events that kicked off in fall 2009. The “Travel with Your Mind” program was designed to help revitalize a local school through a series of transformational projects and multi-cultural initiatives. The projects have all been travel-themed and aim to expose students to the new possibilities travel creates without leaving their own backyard.

*Note: Due to the possibility of Osborn closing in the fall, the urban garden will be planted between Osborn and Brenda Scott Middle School, where the students will be placed at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year.

Volunteers interested in participating should register at Volunteers must be at least 10 years of age and be accompanied by a parent.

Volunteers will meet at Brenda Scott Middle School located at 18440 Hoover in Detroit.

Elaine LeBalme
Pop City

I know, I know – what could we possibly want from Detroit?  They have a 30% unemployment rate, entire neighborhoods filled with abandoned houses, and the Detroit Lions.

But. This desperation is fostering creation, not only from the artist class that tends to gravitate toward seemingly hopeless situations (hey, cheap studio space!) but from local officials, the business community and universities which have banded together with a can-do spirit borne from the realization that there's nowhere to go but up.  'Burghers would be wise to adopt a similar "we can't wait!" attitude.

The Greening of Detroit
The Greening of Detroit is an organization that has teamed up with Michigan State, the Detroit Agriculture Network and EarthWorks Urban Farm to facilitate urban agriculture.  Created to counteract the "food desert" that city-center Detroit had become, the program currently supports 877 urban gardens manned by individuals, families or community cooperatives.  For a minimal annual buy-in ($10/families, $20/communities), farmers are provided training and materials (tools, seeds, organically-grown trans-plants) so they can grow food on their own land or on the many parcels of vacant land throughout the city (permitting arranged, though the group is not beyond guerrilla gardening).

"Local is the new organic," enthuses Rebecca Salminen Witt, president of The Greening of Detroit.  "This movement is exploding, making it easier to raise money from corporate donors and foundations.  We might not be doing this if the auto companies were still cranking out cars, but there's a pioneering spirit now.  There's also an agricultural heritage in this state and with improved growing techniques, we can now grow 51 weeks a year.  This can change people's lives and already, it's making us all feel better."  A fertile idea for Slow Food Pittsburgh?

Tech Town
Putting people to work indoors is TechTown, a research and technology park at Wayne State University in downtown Detroit.  Acting on its plan to re-engineer Detroit's economy, this business incubator has taken $5 million in funding from ten foundations and placed roughly 40% of its bets in the hi-tech sector (alternative energy, life sciences, homeland security and advanced engineering), with the remainder going to services and lifestyle companies that are putting Detroiters back to work.

There are over 200 companies on the TechTown campus, a 1,200-acre spread that is an amalgam of repurposed auto industry buildings.  The program provides a full spectrum of services, including funding, to these nascent ventures.  "There's a culture of innovation here," says Randal Charlton, executive director of Tech Town, "and we figure if you keep them close, they'll help others.  The plan is the cavalry ain't coming and while (Detroit) may get help from the Feds, we have to provide our own solutions.  It's time to put aside old tribalism and get to work."  Charlton hopes to have 1,200 companies up and running in the next three years and early successes include Asterand, a human tissue bank that went public in 2007 and whose shares were the top performer on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in 2008.  Hmm, if CMU could get an old plant from U.S. Steel...

M-1 Rail Project
Yet another example of the community coming together is a novel public/private partnership that's spearheading a light rail system in Detroit.  As the only major city in the U.S. without  a rapid transit system, Detroit finally approved the M-1 Rail project, only to find itself without funding.  With the facts on their side, e.g. every dollar spent on transit yields $4-8 of new development around it, city officials approached the business community and found them eager to plead their case.

Local mega-millionaires Roger Penske (racing) and Dan Gilbert (Quicken Loans) took the lead and soon brought in Mike Illich (Little Caesar's Pizza, Detroit Tigers) and Peter Karmanos (CompuWare), all of whom made personal contributions in the millions of dollars, along with the Kresge Foundation, which contributed $35 million.  The consortium raised over $100 million, which generated a match of $400 million from the Federal government.  The initial 3.4 mile line will run along Woodward Avenue, the city's grand boulevard and site of many of its cultural institutions, sports venues, the Henry Ford Hospital and Wayne State University, with planned spurs that reach the 8-mile city limit and beyond.  This approach gives me hope for rapid transit from downtown Pittsburgh to Squirrel Hill and I'm fine with plastering the names of benefactors at every T station. First stop:  Super Mario station at Consol Energy Center?

Saved by Art
Equally novel yet inspirational are the urban canvasses created by Detroit artists from the blight and desolation of their city.  This guerrilla art is at its best at The Heidelberg Project, a blocks-long installation by artist Tyree Guyton that runs primarily along Heidelberg Street, part of a once-thriving middle-class neighborhood where the artist grew up and that was home to musician Wilson Pickett, Motown founder Berry Gordy and longtime UPI reporter Helen Thomas.

Now one of the three poorest ZIP codes in the country, the project is all about healing and in the hands of Guyton, it is a colorful pastiche of found objects ("faces in the hood" painted on rusting car hoods, shopping carts perched precariously from battered tree limbs) on and around empty, dilapidated houses.  The artist's penchant for polka dots serves to illustrate that we're all shapes and colors and the poignancy of his vision attracts 275,000 visitors from a hundred countries every year.  On a more modest scale is Hamtramck Disneyland, where a visionary artist from a once-Polish enclave has plastered a series of handmade whirligigs on the roof of his house.  It's whimsical and hopeful at the same time.

More somber in tone is Project Orange, where a group of artists has painted some of the city's most barren houses a bright orange hue as a stark reminder of work to be done.  New mayor Dave Bing is listening, selectively razing structures that will never again be useful to a city whose population has declined from two million residents to 900,000.  Many of the city's edgier artists create, and collaborate, at the Russell Industrial Center, a sprawling former auto parts plant where artists once squatted an entire floor.  Oneita Porter, principal of grrlDog Design, revels in the wall of gaslight windows that brighten her space and supports the building owners' vow to never gentrify.

The Food Scene
Flashier and far more mainstream are the celebrity chefs seizing on Detroit as the new frontier.  Iron Chef Michael Symon of Lola fame in Cleveland has opened Roast in the lobby of the Westin Book Cadillac, a hotel which has undergone a $200 million historical re-creation that is as sumptuous as Symon's food.  The "roast beast of the day" is muscular in size and pairs beautifully with many sides and there's no denying that young sommelier Joseph Allerton is the toast of the town.  Across town, chef, restauranteur and cookbook author Michael Mina has opened SaltWater and Bourbon Steak at the MGM Grand Detroit and his buzzy, beautiful rooms are equal to the food.  Down-market eats are also popular in The D as seen in Greektown and Mexicantown, ethnic neighborhoods chock-full of mom-and-pop eateries serving delectable meals (the Astoria Pastry Shop in Greektown and Panaderia La Gloria in Mexicantown are confectioners without peer).  Somewhere in the middle is Slow's Bar-B-Q, a five-year-old establishment that's already a Corktown institution thanks to heaping plates of 'cue served in a hipster-laden room.

Despite its many challenges, Detroit still glitters at night and the twinkling lights that extend across the Detroit River into Windsor, Ontario are only part of it.  All three of the city's casinos have built 400-room hotels atop their gaming halls as permitted by the state of Michigan and nowhere is the result more impressive than at the MGM Grand.  "Absolutely, the hotel has improved our bottom line," proclaims Chris McClain, Hotel Director, who is delighted that MGM has built an entirely new facility from the ground up to replace its previous casino.  "Across the street, it was a gambling hall.  Here, it's a resort with everything you need."  Could this be a winner of an idea for the Rivers Casino and a way to maximize the North Shore Connector that will soon stop at its door?

Speaking of winners, here's hoping the Penguins and Red Wings face off again next season.

Photographs courtesy Marvin Shaouni
Meg Mott
Brattleboro Reformer

Along with the drifting pollen and darting swallows, the other airborne substance in these May breezes is the question, "Where are you going after graduation?" In years past the answer might have been, "I've got an internship with an NGO in Guatemala," or "I'm off to Brooklyn to write music reviews for the Huffington Post," or "I'm going to Japan to teach English." Not that all our seniors go far and wide. Indeed, a reliable number of our graduates settle down on Green Street or in the woods of West Halifax. Their college education may have introduced them to canonical texts and historical methods of research but their hearts and eyes fell in love with the hills and seasons of Windham County. To the question, "where are you going after graduation?" many answer with a knowing smile, "Go? Why do I have to leave?"

And indeed, compared with the over-development and unemployment of much of the United States, this corner of Vermont has much to commend it. Unlike California and Nevada, Vermont's economy is relatively stable. Unlike other small cities, Brattleboro hasn't been taken over by big box stores. We've got farmers' markets and gallery walks, street music and CSAs. The eateries up and down Main Street provide enough shifts to keep a recent graduate in rent and Frisbee games for the foreseeable future.

Lately, however, Detroit is showing up on the short list of places to go after graduation. For one thing, housing is cheap -- one student claimed he found a house for sale for under $15,000. But the big draw to the Motor City isn't just the squatting opportunities, it's the farming possibilities. Detroit is quickly becoming the model city for urban agriculture.

Fifteen years ago, Detroit had very few vitals signs. Manufacturing plants had closed and people who could flee did. As in other post-industrial cities, arson was rampant and dumping was routine. As the population plummeted, more and more buildings were abandoned, leading to a dangerous cycle of fewer firefighters and police to serve the needs of increasingly depopulated neighborhoods. It reached the point in certain parts of the city where firemen never knew if the building in flames was inhabited or what was being stored inside. Detroit firemen were more likely to be killed in the line of duty than their counterparts in any other American city. By 2005, it was estimated that 40,000 lots stood vacant in Detroit.

In the past, those neighborhoods would have been bulldozed to make way for freeways or public housing or industrial parks. The city would have condemned a district on the grounds that a brand new industrial park would bring more jobs to Detroit. That argument might still work in those parts of the country that only recently saw a drop in employment, but Detroit has been living in economic distress since the 1980s. Now, rather than putting their hopes in some multinational corporation or public works project, the residents, themselves, are putting those vacant lots to use.

The growth in agricultural production within the city limits has been astounding. The 2009 growing season provided enough produce to keep six farmers markets operating year round. During that same season, the Grown in Detroit Cooperative sold over 23,000 pounds of fresh produce and donated 1,100 pounds to the local soup kitchen. Besides providing residents with fresh food, these farming endeavors are providing employment opportunities for the city's young people and restoring dignity to some of its elders. 

Grandmothers teach techniques in canning and preserving. Domestic arts that were almost lost during the heyday of industrialization now add value to the garden produce.

The sound of urban renewal in post-industrial Detroit is the sound of roosters crowing and bees buzzing. The city is in the process of changing its ordinances to allow for more community and institutional gardens -- already 600 and counting -- easier permitting for livestock, and fewer obstacles to the distribution of local agricultural products to schools, residential facilities, and hospitals. The Detroit Urban Garden Education Series offers over 50 workshops each year for both novice and seasoned gardeners. Want to know how to compost? There's a workshop nearby. Interested in how you can extend your growing season? There's a Web site with useful information.

The proposal for an Urban Agricultural Policy, filed with the City Council this past spring, uses a "triple bottom line" to make its case. Not only do urban gardens provide jobs and economic stability, they also improve the environment and the community. As young people learn the joy of growing their own food, soil is improved and the neighborhood becomes safer. Growing tomatoes in a vacant lot doesn't just benefit the pantry, it also benefits the city. The agricultural use of vacant land means that Detroit firefighters won't be killed because a meth lab exploded.

The effect of all this hoeing and planting and weeding and herding is that the citizens of Detroit are building a city worth living in. By engaging in a community development program that builds soil, food security, and neighborhood stability, the triple bottom line, Detroit is showing the rest of the nation how to rise out of the rubble. For a young college graduate trying to implement the values of a liberal arts education in an uncertain world, the post-motor city seems like a good place to go.

Even during the most tedious moments of weeding, Detroit's road to recovery gives our future leaders much to think about.

Todd Scott
Momentum Planet
With its humble beginnings as a French outpost in 1701, the city of Detroit, Michigan has seen more than its share of booms and busts. A century of modest growth ended with the great fire of 1805, which gave the city its motto: ‘We hope for better things; it shall rise from the ashes’, a motto that remains valid more than two centuries later.

But while Detroit looks to move forward, it’s also looking back. Certainly, alternative energy, new vehicles and medicine are the future, as are urban agriculture, streetcars and bicycling.

And for most residents outside the city’s boundaries, it’s a tough sell to imagine Detroit – a metonym for the American auto industry – as a great bicycle city rather than just the “Motor City.” For those living within the city limits, there’s a growing recognition that this is one of America’s best urban biking environments. Even David Byrne lists Detroit among his top eight favorite biking cities in the “Great rides where you least expect it” category.

Wide Open Roads
Detroit has the basic ingredients for bike-friendliness. The terrain is flat and the streets are in well-formed grids. From here, though, Detroit’s path to bike-friendliness doesn’t follow the commonly accepted route.
This is a city with a road network built for nearly two million residents. It later invested heavily in a well-connected urban expressway system that pulled vehicles from the main arterials. Then a million residents left the city to sprawl across the suburbs.

Unlike most other cities where traffic engineers struggle to carve separated biking areas from busy roads, Detroit’s streets have excess travel lanes. Motown cyclists may not always have their own four-foot bike lane, but they often have their own 10-foot vehicle lane – or two. With the same amount of car traffic, a five-lane road in many cities is a seven- or nine-lane road in Detroit.

Still, Detroit is investing in bike facilities to encourage more riding. In 2008, the city council passed an ambitious non-motorized transportation plan that called for nearly 400 miles (643.7 kilometers) of bike lanes, nearly all of which were to be created through road diets. That plan’s implementation is underway with 30-some miles of new bike lanes planned for 2010 alone.

Cassandra Spratling, a newspaper reporter who enjoys riding to work and to Belle Isle, says “there’s a misconception that these city streets are bad for biking. The opposite is true. The key is knowing the streets with the least traffic.”

Growing Trail Network
There has been a substantial public and private investment in off-road bicycle facilities too. There are a dozen non-profit organizations planning, developing and maintaining trails within Detroit. These organizations – along with government officials and other stakeholders – meet on a regular basis as the Detroit Greenways Coalition. The Coalition has developed a 70-plus mile (112.6 kilometer) interconnected greenway network vision. A couple of the highlights are the existing RiverWalk and Dequindre Cut trails. There are also plans to run a trail from the river to Eight Mile and an ambitious greenway that would loop around the entire city.

Detroit also has singletrack! Rouge Park on the west side has a modest 1.5 mile (2.4 kilometer) hiking and mountain biking trail. The plans are to expand that to a three mile loop in the near future.

Metro Detroit Cycling
It should be noted that while the city of Detroit offers great bicycling infrastructure, the surrounding suburbs typically don’t. The inner ring suburbs – those designed and developed during Metro Detroit’s streetcar era – offer decent cycling opportunities. These older suburbs also offer many weekly rides for the go-fast Lycra crowd.

Unfortunately, as is too common across America, the metro area’s newer suburban communities are auto-centric. Rides there often begin by loading the bike onto the car. The unfriendly roads keep cyclists mainly on rail-trails and at Metro parks.

Community Challenges
Detroit faces many challenges. Bicycles are often pegged as a last choice mode of transportation, i.e. riding a bicycle means one cannot afford a car.

Nationwide, bicycling advocacy is not very diverse. Detroit’s large African-American, Hispanic, Arabic and Muslim populations are all too often under-represented and under-served in the cycling world. Detroit bicycling advocates look to be leaders in diversifying the cycling movement.

While on the subject of “under-served,” Detroit is nearly 140 square miles (363 square kilometers) yet one cannot buy a Trek, Giant or Specialized within the city. In fact, no city shop fully stocks new bicycles. Filling that gap are bicycle co-ops like The Hub of Detroit – Michigan’s First Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Business. Their popular Earn-A-Bike program and bike shop are helping get a lot of Detroiters on the saddle.

Joey Rodriguez-Tanner, The Hub administrator added, “There’s still a lot of room to grow.” As a positive sign, during a recent ride into work, Rodriguez-Tanner noticed many other riders on the road – and he didn’t recognize any of them.

A related challenge is improving access to healthier food within the city. One result has been a major push into urban agriculture. According to Ashley Atkinson with the Greening of Detroit, there were 11,000 Detroiters engaged in urban agriculture in 2009. “Detroit has the highest participation rate for any major urban area,” said Atkinson. During the summer, cyclists can see this “growing” movement through farm-to-fork bike tours or the Detroit Agriculture Network Tour scheduled for August 4, 2010.

Looking Ahead
Bikes Belong and REI have recently awarded a $15,000 grant to the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. This grant will be used to help Detroit gain recognition as an official Bicycle Friendly Community in the League of American Bicyclists program. Applying for Bicycle Friendly status may be illuminating since the current process isn’t geared towards cities that have become bike-friendly by reverting to their pre-WWI population levels.

Detroit is not Portland. Or even Los Angeles.

LA artist Alex Aranda, who now lives in Detroit, added, “Compared with Los Angeles, the Detroit biking scene is a smaller community where you tend to know most everyone. Also, riding here is not just a fashion statement. People often ride out of need rather than to be seen.”

The city of Detroit is also continuing their Safe Routes to School efforts and is exploring a possible Complete Streets ordinance.

All told, Detroit is clearly more than just the Motor City.

Photos by AJ Manoulian Vanessa Miller Geronimo Patton/Heidelberg Project Archives

Free Is My Life

Java and Jazz at the Library- Thornetta Davis

Tuesday, May 18, 6:00 p.m.

Thornetta has opened for legendary blues and R&B greats such as Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, and Smokey Robinson. It's clear that the Motor City knows just who Thornetta is and now it is time the rest of the world discovered it as well.

Join us for a magical evening, we like to call Thornetta Live! At Main Library, 3rd floor, Old Fine Arts Room, free and open to the public. 6:00 - 7:45 pm. Comerica Java and Jazz at the Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward, North of Warren in Midtown Detroit. 313-481-1339.