On July 9th, 2011, Detroit, MI. will host the inaugural CRITERIUM DETROITCITY RACE EVENT. The start and finish line of the race will be in front of the Boll Family
YMCA on Broadway in Detroit.

Offering all of the drama and excitement of a NASCAR race paired with the Tour de France. A Criterium bicycle race is a closed circuit race course made on city streets, where cyclists hurtle around at speeds up to 40 MPH. It offers the opportunity to view the whole fast-paced and exciting race while standing a hand’s breath away from the competitors as they battle it out for first place.

A USACYCLING sanctioned bike race that hasn't been seen in Downtown Detroit in over 20 years.

CRITERIUM DETROIT CITY will feature several different race categories. 12 individual races will be held with categories ranging from youth, to beginners, to professionals, as well as a kids race and a fun Detroit themed relay race.

**We are proud to announce the addition of the Boll Family YMCA Kids Race to the CRITERIUM DETROIT CITY race! We can't wait to watch all the kids aged 4-9 battle it out as they take over the roads! The Tigers mascot PAWS will lead the kids as they race. This race demonstrates and supports the Y's three major initiatives of Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility as we work towards strengthening our community. In addition to having a day filled with high-speed bike races, a relay race and a children's race, there will be a marketplace showcasing Detroit's creative talent set up in the Opera House parking lot, Additionally, the course has a wide array of dining establishments on it, all of which have outdoor seating, a perfect place to grab a bite to eat and not miss any of the action.

Registration is available online at www.USAC.org until Thursday July 7th at midnight. 
Day of registration is available at the event for an additional $10 late fee.

Race Begins: at 8:00am July 9th.

For more information and to register visit: www.criteriumdetroitcity.com
The 2011 Chevy Rockin’ on the Riverfront summer concert series is ready to rock the ‘D’ for the sixth year by setting Riverfront Plaza’s scenic stage with some of classic rock’s most unforgettable bands and the latest lineup of cool Chevy vehicles. The concert series kicks off July 8 and will make the spectacular GM Riverfront Plaza THE Friday night destination for food, fun and FREE concerts.

In partnership with Detroit’s Classic Rock Station 94.7 WCSX-FM, Rockin’ on the Riverfront will feature six sizzling Friday night shows from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 8 through August 12.

“Rockin’ on The Riverfront has now become one of the premier events in downtown Detroit,” said Doug Podell, afternoon personality at WCSX. “The event continues to make a positive impact on the community by offering high quality free talent, an outstanding staging area behind the Ren Cen with the Detroit River as the backdrop and room for over 5,000 people. Rockin’ on the Riverfront proves that great things are still happening in the Motor City.”

Leading the line-up of hot acts will be Three Dog Night, who will perform hits such as "Mama Told Me Not to Come", "Joy to the World" and "Black and White" at the July 8 kickoff concert.
Other bands performing throughout the summer on the scenic Riverfront include:

July 15: The Guess Who

July 22: REO Speedwagon

July 29: Grand Funk Railroad

August 5: Leon Russell and Mitch Ryder

August 12: Bachman & Turner 


“Detroit comes alive in the summer with Rockin’ on the Riverfront, and Chevrolet is excited to be part of it,” said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “The riverfront creates the perfect atmosphere to enjoy music and food with friends and family on a warm summer night. We invite everyone to join us for a fantastic and memorable experience.”

Admission to the concerts is free and no advance tickets are necessary. Viewing space will be on a first-come, first-served 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.

Andiamo Detroit Riverfront will provide refreshment and food concessions 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 invite guests to take advantage of its 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.

A viewing package is available at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center including a BBQ dinner and overnight accommodations. For reservations, call 1-800-352-0831 or visit detroitmarriott.com. Use promotional code L9Z for the viewing package.
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Saturday, July 23rd from 7:00 pm -9:00 pm!!!
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100 Great Things About America
Fortune Magazine

1. Opportunity
We live in the land of it. It's knocking. And all the other adages -- all true.

2. The Interstate Highway System.
Road trip! Jack Kerouac, Hunter S. Thompson, Chevy Chase -- and you.

3. The Sears Tower
Naming rights are well and good, but the Willis Tower is still Sears (SHLD) to us -- and still the nation's tallest building.

4. Wal-Mart employees in Joplin, Mo.
Store employees saved lives during the tornado. Now that's service.

5. Navy Seals
They get the big jobs done, and they don't talk about it.

6. ESPN
More than sports, it's a cradle of pop culture, coming from an unlikely-ville: Bristol, Conn.

7. FedEx
The iconic trucks with their orange-and-purple trim always come through.

8. Steve Jobs
The brain behind the iPhone, iPad, and iEverything finally managed to get the Beatles onto iTunes. What can't this guy do?

9. Whole Foods
It's a locavore market, it's a scene -- and if you bring your own reusable bag, most stores will knock a dime off the bill.

10. Microsoft Word
RTF, PDF -- these mean little to us. The doc is king.

11. Ford F-150
The bestselling pickup truck of all time.


12. The Rockefeller Family
The towering bloodline is synonymous with oil, power, and New York City, but its legacy includes Colonial Williamsburg, MoMA, Acadia and Grand Teton National Parks -- and much more.

13. Caterpillar
When you stick your neck out to gawk at a construction site on the highway, notice it's always Cat (CAT) machinery?

14. Detroit
Motown's rise, fall, and -- we hope -- rise again.


15. The Kindle
Savior to trees and book publishing alike.

Click HERE to see the rest of the items that made the list!
Megan Gibson
Time Magazine

Readers submitted their favorite beers to Zymurgy magazine, the official publication of the American Homebrewers Association, who then put together a list of the top 50 ranked by popularity (though there's an extraordinary number of ties). Who got top spot? Well, the winner is...

Russian River Pliny the Elder. Not familiar? Well, it should be as it's won this contest for the third year in a row. Maybe you should check it out. Though it's reportedly hard to come across on the east coast — not very fair to be included on America's list, then, some East Coasters are probably saying right now — but if you live out west, give it a whirl. Or give one of the other 49 beers a try.

(VIDEO: 5 Beers to Try This Summer)

Here's this year's top 10:

1. Russian River Pliny the Elder
2. Bell's Two Hearted Ale
3 (tie). Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
3 (tie). Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
5. Bell's Hopslam
6. Stone Arrogant Bastard
7. Sierra Nevada Celebration
8 (tie). Sierra Nevada Torpedo
8 (tie). Stone Ruination
10. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

For the full list, head to the Homebrewers Association's site.
Photo by Ara Howra
Jennifer Conlin
The New York Times

The rooftop party was in full swing when midnight approached on a warm Friday evening. Kerry Doman, 29, founder of an event planning business; Justin Jacobs, 28, head of a citywide recreational sports league, and Ara Howrani, 29, a photographer who runs a commercial studio, knocked back beers, while a group of office friends from a nearby dot-com chatted about the scratch-and-sniff wallpaper in their colorful new headquarters.

In another circle, a group of real estate brokers excitedly discussed the renovation of a 1920s office tower called the Broderick into a 127-unit apartment building with a restaurant, lounge and retail stores.

“I want the penthouse,” Jeffrey Hillman, 37, said jokingly as he pointed to the building’s ornate Baroque-style top in the distance. “I’ll fight you for it,” retorted Hank Winchester, 37, a local TV reporter.

The scene might have been run of the mill in Seattle or Williamsburg, Brooklyn, or other urban enclaves that draw the young, the entrepreneurial and the hip. But this was downtown Detroit, far better known in recent years for crime, blight and economic decline.

Recent census figures show that Detroit’s overall population shrank by 25 percent in the last 10 years. But another figure tells a different and more intriguing story: During the same time period, downtown Detroit experienced a 59 percent increase in the number of college-educated residents under the age of 35, nearly 30 percent more than two-thirds of the nation’s 51 largest cities.

These days the word “movement” is often heard to describe the influx of socially aware hipsters and artists now roaming the streets of Detroit. Not unlike Berlin, which was revitalized in the 1990s by young artists migrating there for the cheap studio space, Detroit may have this new generation of what city leaders are calling “creatives” to thank if it comes through its transition from a one-industry.

With these new residents have come the trappings of a thriving youth culture: trendy bars and restaurants that have brought pedestrians back to once-empty streets. Places like the Grand Trunk pub, Raw Cafe, Le Petit Zinc and Avalon Bakery mingle with shops with names like City Bird, Sole Sisters and the Bureau of Urban Living.

Those familiar with past neighborhoods-of-the-moment recognize the mood. “It feels like TriBeCa back in the early days, before double strollers, sidewalk cafes and Whole Foods,” said Amy Moore, 50, a film producer working on three Detroit projects. “There is a buzz here that is real, and the kids drip with talent and commitment, and aren’t spoiled.”

The rooftop party was hosted by a group called Move Detroit 11/11/11, started with the aim of getting 1,100 new people to move to Detroit by November.

“The Broderick project is huge because, believe it or not, there is not enough housing in the greater downtown area for all the young people moving to Detroit,” said Kevin Wobbe, 37, a founder of the group.

Kendyll Myles, 24, is one example of a new arrival. “I am mentoring young schoolgirls after work, modeling for a new fashion design company, and if I wanted, could be out every night at a different launch party or cultural event,” she said.

After finishing her master’s degree in public health last year, Ms. Myles had job offers from hospitals all over the country, including in Washington. Her family urged her to go anywhere but Detroit. “They thought I would be robbed and shot here,” she said.

But when she saw IAmYoungDetroit.com, a Web site profiling residents under age 40, she decided Detroit was the city for her. Those featured on the site (which she found after typing into Google “anything positive about Detroit?”) included Emily Doerr, 26, an M.B.A. candidate who recently opened Hostel Detroit, where guests pay as little as $18 a night for a bed; and Sean Gray, 29, who reimaged a British slogan, “Keep calm and carry on,” into posters and T-shirts for Detroiters. The site’s publisher, Margarita Barry, 26, this month will open “71 POP,” a retail gallery showcasing the work of 71 emerging artists and designers on the ground floor of a previously abandoned building that now has 30 environmentally friendly lofts and artists’ studios. (Rents start at $710 a month.)

Click HERE to read the rest of this article!
Detroit’s Fix-It Men: In Their Own Words
Joanne Muller
Forbes

When we made the unorthodox decision to feature Detroit on the cover of Forbes’ list of the Best Places for Business, we knew there’d be some snickering and catcalls. This is a city, after all, that’s been beaten down for so long we’ve come to expect the insults.

But anybody who takes a moment to stop spewing outdated cliches about the city would see that Detroit right now really is a land of opportunity. The barriers to entry for business are fairly low, and getting lower. Real estate is cheap, there’s an abundance of skilled workers seeking jobs, and the business tax structure has improved dramatically under new Gov. Rick Snyder.

Tim Bryan, chief executive of GalaxE Solutions, a New Jersey health care software company that’s opening a 500-person outpost here, told me he thinks Detroit is “the most affordable city in America.” Dan Gilbert, chairman of online mortgage company Quicken Loans, is so bullish on the city he not only moved his company’s headquarters downtown from the suburbs, he’s buying up downtown office buildings left and right and filling them with new tenants with the aim of creating a digital hub in downtown Detroit. “There’s the smell of something special happening,” Gilbert told me. “Detroit’s going to be a big story here in the next several years for America, and I think (businesses should) want to be part of it.”

Boosterism aside, Detroit is still facing some really serious problems: failing schools, high unemployment, urban blight. And Mayor Dave Bing has his hands full trying to revitalize the city while saddled with a $185 million budget deficit and a shriveling tax base resulting from the exodus of 25% of the city’s population over the past decade.

Click HERE for the rest of the article and to watch videos with Bill Ford, Jr., Mayor Bing, Roy Roberts, and more!
Detroit-based Franco Public Relations Group (Franco)  received a Detroit Renaissance Award of Honor from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) for its social media efforts on behalf of Panera Bread’s Day-End “Doughnation” program.

Franco’s Jim Miller, account manager, and Joe Ferlito, account executive, created a video about the Panera program to share with the WXYZ-TV #backchannel hashtag on Twitter.  Franco tweeted Stephen Clark, WXYZ anchor and #backchannel producer, and worked with him to reproduce the video for a WXYZ news segment that aired during the “Detroit 20/20” program.

"I get pitched a lot of stories and a huge percentage of them go unnoticed," said Clark. "But when Joe of Franco PR hit me up on twitter with the idea for a story on Panera Bread donating the daily leftovers to the homeless and hungry I was all over it.”

The Day-End Doughnation program donates unsold bakery products to local food banks and charities at the end of each day. Annually, Panera Bread bakery-cafes collectively donate a retail value of more than $50 million worth of bread and baked goods.

“Panera is very passionate about the Day-End Doughnation program; it is a core ingredient of what makes Panera a neighborhood bakery-cafe. We believe in giving back to the community and do this every evening by donating our leftover baked goods to non-profit organizations,” said Kirsten Collins, marketing manager for Panera Bread. “Franco was able to capture our passion and deliver information about our program in their backchannel pitch through video and interviews conducted with our Panera team members.”

 Established in 1964 in Detroit, Franco is Michigan’s oldest independent public relations firm. Its services include traditional and social media relations, crisis management, community relations, event planning and branding. Franco represents clients in manufacturing, retail, technology, nonprofit, professional services, entertainment and health care.

For more information, visit www.franco.com.

Pick Mi Date Will Get your Motor Running By Sea With the Detroit APBAGold Cup Races and by land with Andiamo Restaurant!!!


Pick Mi Date is Sending Two Lucky Winners to Detroit APBA Gold Cup Hydroplane Races on the Detroit River Saturday, July 9th!!!
Details:
  • Winners Receive Two VIP Tickets to APBA Club Gold Cup!
  • BBQ Catered Gold Cup Lunch and Open Bar!
  • Parking Passes!
  • Cold Pit Passes (see all the action happen)!
  • Air Conditioned Seating!


You Must Sign Up As a Dater By Sunday, July 3rd 2011!
 Voting Begins at 9am Monday, July 4th!
 
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Photo: John Manno
Vogue Magazine

You can take it with you. . . .

What: The Perfect Picnic, a brand-new boutique company delivers locally sourced picnics anywhere in the city, whether you’re planning a night at the Met Opera in the Park, spending the day on Governors Island (they will meet you at the ferry), or simply dining al fresco on your roof deck. They can also provide a perfect platter of artisanal cheeses and cured meats for a pre-dinner party hors d’oeuvre, or put together a delightful Hamptons hostess-gift basket.
  • Where: 9 Clinton Street, Lower East Side
  • When: Available now
  • Details: Gift baskets from $50, 212.228.2884; perfectpicnicnyc.com



For the full list, click HERE!

City Dubs June 23 Buddy’s Pizza Day in Detroit!

A Detroit original celebrates 65 years with Motor City Pizza Collection, customer appreciation deals and Kid Rock specialty pizza.

Buddy’s Pizza has long been a Detroit original. After 65 years in business, the restaurant that created the first square deep dish has a day to call it’s own.

June 23 is Buddy’s Pizza Day in Detroit. Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh made it official by presenting a resolution to Robert Jacobs, owner of Buddy’s Pizza, at the restaurant’s original location.

“Today is a celebration of our history, our city and our longstanding support of Detroit’s arts and culture,” said Jacobs. “We’re so proud to call this Buddy’s Pizza Day in Detroit.”

The mayor’s office issued a proclamation supporting the day, signed by Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. Then, Buddy’s Pizza presented some news of their own. Jacobs unveiled the Motor City Pizza Collection, four new pizzas on the Buddy’s menu which are each associated with and benefiting a non-profit cultural institution in the metro Detroit area.

Each pizza features the original Buddy’s crust and a Motor City Cheese Blend of Fontinella, Asiago and brick cheeses. They include:

·         The Detroit Institute of Arts – Topped with spinach and artichoke blend, capers, roasted tomatoes, parmesan and served with a fresh lemon wedge.

·         The Henry Ford – Topped with red onion, seasoned ground beef, smoked bacon, bleu cheese, tomato basil sauce and parmesan.

·         The Parade Company – Topped with fresh carrots, sliced grape tomatoes, tomato basil sauce and parmesan

·         The Detroit Zoo – Topped with fresh basil, pine nuts and tomato basil sauce.

When customers purchase any of these pizzas from the menu, Buddy’s will donate $1 will to the non-profit institution throughout 2011. To show their collective support of the Motor City Pizza Collection, Director Ron Kagan of the Detroit Zoo; Annmarie Erickson, executive vice president of planning and administration at the DIA; Christian Overland, executive vice president of The Henry Ford and President and CEO Tony Michaels of Parade Company, which produces America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade were on hand June 23 to celebrate Buddy’s Pizza Day in Detroit.

“We recognize that there is a strong and growing need for support of the arts in our community,” said Jacobs. “This was just another way for us to collaborate with and reach out to organizations we believe in, and partner with already. We hope in some small way it helps to raise awareness of the fine art and cultural offerings we have here, and inspires our customers to protect them.”

Buddy’s Pizza is always willing to experiment with new recipes. That was the case when the original 6 Mile location began selling Kid Rock’s American Badass beer. Not only will you find the lager behind the bar, you can taste it incorporated into the famous crust of Buddy’s own Kid Rock’s Badass Detroiter pizza. A true celebration of Detroit in time for the restaurant’s 65th anniversary, the rocker was kind enough to lend his name and beer to the new menu offering.

“It doesn’t get much more Detroit than Kid Rock, and that was the pure inspiration behind the Kid Rock’s Badass Detroiter pizza,” said Jacobs. “We’re so pleased to know he’s a fan of Buddy’s and we’re so proud of his success. We certainly share an immense amount of Detroit pride.”

Buddy’s Pizza intends to share that pride with their customers throughout this, its 65th anniversary year. The restaurant is offering customer cards with monthly deals. Once a month through December 15 cardholders can purchase an 8-square cheese pizza for $6.50 and add extra toppings for 65 cents each.

Charge Those Phones, Cameras, Laptops and iPads! 


This year’s theme is Detroit Rock City!

We’ll celebrate all things Social Media while focusing on everything great about the Motor City.  There’ll be special guest DJ’s funky-ing up the joint, a tweeting Ford Fiesta (featuring the new Livio Car Internet Radio app), oh and the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers Social Media crews will be stopping by along with Special Celebrity Skype-Ins!

Only 1,000 tickets are available! Last year’s event sold out early and this year’s is on its way!
Details:
  • Each Winner Receives Their Very Own Hotel Room At the MotorCity Casino Hotel!
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Presented by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, the 5th Annual River Days is a one-of-a-kind festival taking place along the Detroit Riverfront – from the new Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Terminal Dock, just west of the GM Renaissance Center, to Rivard Plaza and the William G. Milliken State Park. The festival takes place Thursday, June 23- Sunday, June 26, 2011. River Days is a celebration of Detroit’s RiverWalk with activities on land and water. Experience all the RiverWalk has to offer, from the tall ships, jet-ski demos and riverboat tours to live music, sand sculptures, bike tours, kids activities, delicious eats and much more!

Admission to River Days is $3 to support the non-profit Conservancy, but everyone has an opportunity to take advantage of the Ambassador Bridge Company's Free Friday promotion. Admission to the festival is also free on Thursday. Click HERE to learn more.

Event Map Available for Download HERE


The Atlantic
By Kaid Benfield

We're often told that Detroit has been abandoned—but the metro area is stable, and addressing sprawl is still a challenge.

At the bottom of this post are two short videos about Detroit, both featuring architect and planner Mark Nickita, principal of the city's Archive Design Studio and a lifelong Detroit resident. In a very refreshing change from the mind-numbing negativity one usually hears about the city, Nickita is upbeat and hopeful. His point of view, emphasizing revitalization, is much closer to my own than much of what I read, which effectively takes the approach that the city has somehow been abandoned beyond redemption, leaving the only question how to manage its more-or-less permanent shrinkage.

But it's not that simple.

There has indeed been a decline in part of the region. In 1970, 1,670,144 people lived within the city limits of Detroit. By 2010, that number had declined to 713,777, an astounding apparent loss of some 57 percent of the 1970 population. Recently, much has been made the 25 percent population decline over the last decade, from 2000 (951,270) to 2010.

But the extent to which Detroit is such a tragically "shrinking city" depends on your definition of "city." The population of metropolitan Detroit—the jurisdictional inner city and its immediate suburbs—did decline from 1970 to 2010, but only from 4,490,902 to 4,296,250, a loss of only 4 percent. Big difference.



Do the math: What that means is that, while the inner city's population was declining so drastically, its suburbs added some 761,000 people, growing at the handsome rate of 27 percent. (In the most recent decade of 2000-2010, the suburbs added some 91,000 people, or between 2 and 3 percent.) Patrick Cooper-McCann writes on his blog Rethink Detroit that, far from shrinking, the physical size of metro Detroit grew by 50 percent in those 40 years. As I've written before, neither the economy nor the environment pay attention to jurisdictional lines; neither should analysts.

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Detroit Coney Dogs, Faygo, and Strohs Invade LA

Los AngelesTimes

In search of a Coney Island hot dog taste-a-like on the West Coast, continuous disappointment drove a group of hungry, Coney dog fiend-ing ex-Detroiters to bring their treasured, childhood staple to L.A. (In case you haven't figured it out, Coney Dogs are a beloved mainstay in Michigan and especially the Detroit area.)

Coney Dog opens today on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood and we'll be frank: these people are serious about their chili dogs. Steamed buns, anyone? Customers will be relieved to know that what makes up these dogs is no mystery. 80% pure ground beef and 20% pork, the Coney dogs contain no added fats, parts, fillers or thickeners. The chili is custom made and shipped from Detroit unless you prefer vegetarian which is homemade daily.

8873 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-854-1172, coneydogla.com
New York Post
By Nicole Rupersburg

In most cities, the opening of a youth hostel might not be all that big a deal. But Detroit isn't most cities, and in an era when most of the news is bad, new things, positive things — well, the locals pay attention.

A lot of it was about being in the right place at the right time. Hostel Detroit (it sounds like the title of an upcoming Eli Roth movie, but it's really not) made its debut this spring in Corktown, Detroit's oldest neighborhood. Once a bastion of traditional Irish-American culture, Corktown has become a place to see Detroit at its coolest.

In this historic section of the city, settled nearly 200 years ago, you can see a Detroit that is on the verge not just of renewal, but also in the process of forging a whole new identity. In a town that most people identify with the old lunchpail, punch in, punch out mentality, an explosion of DIY is leading Corktown (and the city at large) into the future.

Here, you can now see artists working to re-appropriate forgotten spaces as public art. You have urban farmers making productive use of vacant land, taking the idea of eating local to the extreme. You have the city's most talked-about restaurant (an excellent barbecue joint), a record store, a Martiniquais (by way of Paris, Brazil and Brooklyn) making crepes, a cool little vintage boutique, two brothers selling freshly-made bagels out of their apartment, a sustainable food truck and, soon, a speakeasy-style cocktail lounge and a third-wave coffee bar.

And then there’s the occasional energetic redhead, brimming with enthusiasm, who decides to open a youth hostel.

“I was hosting a lot of couch surfers,” says Emily Doerr, a neighborhood resident who dreamed up the hostel idea and made it a reality. “I had 100 strangers coming in and out and thought, you know what?”

Doerr found a building, on a desolate (or quiet, depending whom you ask) block of North Corktown. She worked with business advocates, city inspectors and hordes of tireless volunteers (who are all honored on a plaque at the hostel’s entrance) to formed the nonprofit’s board of directors. It opened its doors within six months.

“There’s a lot of for-profit hostels but I didn’t want to be for-profit,” she explains. “I wanted it to serve the community and be of the community, that way everybody knows I’m not making a dime off this. This is very much a thing we’re doing to help Detroit and show people what there is here.”

They provide affordable private-room and dorm-style lodging with easy access to public buses. They will also offer ambassador programs for out-of-town guests.

Kristyn Koth of the Pink FlaminGO is no stranger to the do-it-yourself concept either. Last summer when the US Social Forum had its summit in Detroit, hundreds of hungry campers were sleeping outside in vacant lots by her home. She already had the retro shiny silver Airstream, so she started serving food and never stopped.

Click HERE for the full article!
American Institute of Architects

Symposiums and Exhibits To Highlight Themes of Transportation, Urban Centers and Urban Agriculture

The American Institute of Architects Detroit’s Urban Priorities Committee (AIA-UPC) announced that it is hosting a series of exhibits and discussions focusing on transportation, urban centers and urban agriculture at the Detroit Public Library.

Called “Detroit By Design” and sponsored by the AIA National office in Washington, D.C., this three-month event seeks to assist the city with its efforts to reorganize by helping with the Detroit Works Project (DWP) while bringing together architects, community and business leaders, public officials, allied professionals and other key stakeholders in the region.

In each of the three symposiums in April (Transportation), May (Urban Centers) and June (Urban Agriculture), participants will discuss the specific theme as it relates to the Detroit’s current status, its historic efforts, and the Detroit Works Project. Through this collaborative public event, the UPC, a group of volunteer architects, seeks to bring design awareness to the communities and promote sustainable communities in the city and region through collaboration.

All exhibits and symposiums are free and open to public (except architects’ seeking continuing education credits). For more information, please contact the AIA UPC at UPC@aiadetroit.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or go to AIA Detroit. You also can catch up with the latest activities at the UPC blog or on facebook.

Urban Agriculture + Landscape Symposium and Exhibit

Exhibit: Adam Strohm Hall

Symposium: Wednesday, June 22nd


1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Community Workshop (Explorer’s Conference Room) Speakers will discuss the role of urban agriculture and landscape in the design and planning of sustainable communities and regions. Participants will bring a larger view of urban landscape that includes urban agriculture to the discussion. We seek to broaden the discussion of urban agriculture to include productive landscapes of various types that may provide alternative ways to address Detroit’s vacant land. Participants will discuss the projects in the Urban Agriculture exhibit, as they pertain to Detroit. The attendees will discuss key lessons, and explore how they can be beneficial to the City and the Detroit Works Project (DWP). The workshop will be moderated by the Urban Priorities Committee (UPC) members and Marja Winters.

Moderator: Marja Winters: Co-Project Director, Detroit Works Project / Deputy Director, Planning & Development Department,

Participants:
Andre L. Brumfield, Principal, Director of Urban Design + Planning, AECOM, Chicago
Dr. MaryCarol Hunter, Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan
Jeff Klein, Classic Landscape, LTD., Detroit
Edwin Marty, Executive Director of the Hampstead Institute, Birmingham, Alabama
Chris Reed, Principal, Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Adjunct Assoc. Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Stephen Vogel, FAIA, Professor, School of Architecture, University of Detroit Mercy
John Wisniewski, Penrose Gardens, Detroit
Gary Wozniak, Chief Development Officer, SHAR Foundation, Inc./RecoveryPark

5:00 PM - 5:50 PM Keynote Address (Friends Auditorium)

Edwin Marty, Executive Director of the Hampstead Institute, Birmingham, Alabama

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Panel Discussion (Friends Auditorium)

Panelists will have a discussion on the outcomes of the community workshop and the keynote presentation, explore how the City and the DWP can benefit from the ideas and proposals generated from the afternoon sessions, make recommendations for Detroit, and wrap up the Urban Agriculture + Landscape symposium.

Moderator: Marja Winters: Co-Project Director, Detroit Works Project / Deputy Director, Planning & Development Department,

Panelists:
Andre L. Brumfield, Principal, Director of Urban Design + Planning, AECOM, Chicago
Dr. MaryCarol Hunter, Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan
Jeff Klein, Classic Landscape, Ltd.
Edwin Marty, Executive Director of the Hampstead Institute, Birmingham, Alabama
Chris Reed, Principal, Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Adjunct Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Stephen Vogel, FAIA, Professor, School of Architecture, University of Detroit Mercy
John Wisniewski, Penrose Gardens, Detroit
Gary Wozniak, Chief Development Officer, SHAR Foundation, Inc.

The event is free and open to the public. For architects that wish to receive AIA Continuing Education credits there is a $25 fee and a total of 5 HSW Credits available for the day. (3 credits for Community Workshop, 1 credit each for Keynote Address and Panel Discussion)

All events will take place at the main branch of the Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202

For more information, please visit our website at www.aiadetroit.com or send email to UPC@aiadetroit.com
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