The Wall Street Journal is reporting the Motor City has the 9th largest number of millionaires. WSJ states "the comeback of the auto industry and the number of tax benefits for high tech firms are two reasons for the numbers."

Number 9: Detroit 
  • No. millionaires: 92,100
  • Change in millionaires: 3.4%
  • Change in home value: -13.3%
  • Fortune 500 HQ: Ford, GM
  • Unemployment rate: 11.6%

It is a surprise that Detroit has a single millionaire, let alone over 90,000. Both the car industry and the large number of companies that supported it with parts, technology and components like tires all suffered as sales fell. GM and Chrysler went into bankruptcy. But the industry has begun an unexpected renaissance. GM and Ford are routinely the top two manufacturers of cars sold in the U.S. Each has cut costs enough to insure profitability. Michigan has offered tax incentives to bring new industries to the Detroit area, helping it become a modest center for small tech firms.

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Associated Press

A growing number of high-profile people are trying to capitalize on the Motor City’s rising reputation for being cool by offering Detroit-themed fashion nationwide and internationally.

Denise Ilitch is the latest Detroit-area designer to embrace the Made in Michigan theme, preparing to launch more jewelry and apparel next month from her Birmingham-based Denise Ilitch Designs.

And Joe Faris of "Project Runway" cable television fame plans to bring his own line of "industrial couture" clothing to stores Aug. 1, joining Detroit-area musician Kid Rock in the ranks of pro-Detroit marketers.

Though Detroit has made international news with its economic, political and pro football woes, the fashion resurgence shows "no place is just its headlines," said Birmingham-based brand consultant Mark Lantz.

"This new surge in Detroit spirit — particularly as it reaches beyond the hometown audience — is a way of putting the other side of the story out there," he said.

"When you buy a new Mac or iPad or iPod or whatever," Lantz said, "somewhere on the packaging when you first open it is the same five word sentence: ’Designed by Apple in California.’ Not just ’Designed by Apple,’ but ’Designed by Apple in California.’ That’s the kind of attitude we need more of in Detroit."

Detroit is home to Ilitch, whose family owns Little Caesars Pizza, MotorCity Casino Hotel as well as the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers. Denise Ilitch Designs sells $25 graffiti-splashed Detroit logo T-shirts alongside $1,150 drusy and mother of pearl sterling silver bracelets — both designed by Ilitch herself — in the front of the office where she co-publishes Ambassador magazine.

DID has gained attention from the Detroit area’s fashion-forward since launching in 2005, but the company is trying to grow nationally, reaching out to Detroit expatriates in cities from New York to Los Angeles to market the MotorCity-themed clothing line.

The company has focused on word-of-mouth marketing and is featured in fashion spreads in Ilitch’s Ambassador magazine.

But "there is always potential for an international market," she said. "With the growth of social media and the Internet, the world becomes much smaller."

Ilitch is expanding her line of clothing and jewelry next month with the arrival of Detroit-themed charms, including the Olde English Detroit Tigers "D” and the Red Wings’ octopus mascot. There also will be a collection of 20 scarves, ranging from a $35 gauze shawl to a $400 hand-beaded gold lam�© wrap.

One lesson Ilitch learned at Ambassador is that "positive news sells," she said. "It is incredibly fulfilling to feature our community in a positive way."

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Last weekend, the New York Times featured a story in its Style section about the onslaught of hip, young urban pioneers streaming into downtown Detroit. These “creatives,” as they are being called, are taking advantage of low rents and the opportunity to recycle this abandoned, blank slate of an urban landscape into something new and exciting. There are restaurateurs and entrepreneurs of all stripes living alongside environmentalists and urban farmers. The city, according to the Times, seems like “a giant candy store for young college graduates wanting to be their own bosses.” One woman said that there’s a cool party just about every evening. The article pointed out that even though recent census figures show that Detroit’s overall population shrank by 25 percent in the last 10 years, downtown Detroit experienced a 59 percent increase in the number of college-educated residents under the age of 35.

No doubt this is partly a word-of-mouth, grass-roots “movement.” But behind the scene, millions of public, private and foundation dollars are greasing the wheels. Last April, Blueprint America profiled an effort called Live Midtown, an incentive program created to lure some of the 30,000 employees of midtown’s major anchor institutions (Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center and Henry Ford Health System) to move from the suburbs back into the city. By the end of June, 178 people were reported to have taken advantage of deep discounts on rent ($2,500 the first year and $1,000 the second) or purchases ($20,000 toward the purchase of their primary residence). We also looked at an effort by the mayor’s office to use federal stimulus money to lure members of Detroit’s police force out of the ’burbs and back into town.

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Michigan Acting

The Michigan Film Office announced today that the feature film “Sparkle” has been approved for a film incentive from the state. The film, set in Detroit during the height of the Motown era, follows the journey of a family of musically-driven sisters as they perform their way up from neighborhood jazz joints to the packed house of the Fox Theatre.

Sparkle is expected to shoot in the metro Detroit region and will be directed by Salim Akil who directed the feature film Jumping the Broom and the television series The Game. Debra Martin Chase, TD Jakes and Salim and Mara Akil will produce the film.

“The music and atmosphere that was the heart and soul of Motown in the 1960s is as much a character in this film as the individuals portrayed throughout the story,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office. “This is an incredible opportunity to highlight one of Detroit’s most significant cultural exports of the last century. The project has also put a strong emphasis on hiring a Michigan-based crew to shoot the film, making it an overall great fit for the film incentives.”

Sparkle was awarded an incentive of $3,104,455 on $7,410,216 of projected in-state expenditures. The project is expected to hire 266 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 44 jobs.

This is the 12th project approved under the new policy and guidelines issued by the Michigan Film Office. In 2011, 14 projects have been approved with $22,748,375 in incentives being awarded on $54,644,552 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 1,678 Michigan hires with a full time equivalent of 355 jobs.

Casting Call Details:

At this time no casting information is available.Casting details and directions on how to apply will be provided as soon as they are available.
By Larry Lage
AP Sports Writer

Jalen Rose could live comfortably off the millions he made in the NBA and the money he makes now as an ESPN Analyst.

The former Michigan and NBA standout created a foundation in 2000 that has helped 40 students attend college with scholarships, giving back in a way that shows he's thankful for his good fortune.

Rose, though, is motivated to do much more.

He has lately dedicated a great deal of his time and resources to creating the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, an open-enrollment, tuition-free charter school in his hometown of Detroit.

"Instead of trying to help five kids go to college each year, now I'm trying to help 120," Rose said.

Rose said 120 students have been selected by lottery to be the first ninth-graders at the high school. He said he wants to raise $10 million by 2013 to develop a school for 480 students that will compete with the best private institutions in the state.

Rose raised some money Monday at a golf event and has also gotten financial commitments from people such as one of his mentors, Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas.

"I think what Jalen is doing is great, so I'm trying to help him get the project off the ground with some of my resources," Thomas said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "The more athletes can re-connect with their communities the better off we'll all be. Some of us do a lot, and some of us don't do enough."

Rose said he has been inspired by what Sacramento mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson and tennis Hall of Famer Andre Agassi have done with schools in Sacramento and Las Vegas along with a program for kids run by Hall of Famer George Gervin in San Antonio.

Students in Detroit have been looking for an alternative.

One of the nation's worst public school systems graduates about 60 percent of its students, leading to its enrollment dropping about 30 percent in four years. Parents have been sending their kids to public and private schools in the suburbs along with charters in and out of the city.

The 38-year-old Rose is the founder of the school and he'll also be a teacher of sorts, helping his students learn life lessons such as the one he experienced after pleading guilty to drunken driving earlier this year.

"Life is really not what necessarily happens to you, it's what you do about it," Rose said. "When you have failures, a measure of a person is how you respond. I 'm no different. Being a testimony means a lot more than talking about something that you've never been through. ... I can tell you it won't happen again."

The Associated Press
By Mike Householder

The Obama administration is launching a pilot program designed to spark economic growth in urban America by partnering federal officials with local decision-makers in six cities, the U.S Housing and Urban Development secretary announced Monday.

"Too often, the federal government has been part of the problem, rather than part of the solution," HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said during a news event in Detroit at which he unveiled the Strong Cities, Strong Communities plan.

The idea, Donovan said, is to create what he called , which will have employees from several different federal agencies work directly with local officials in Detroit; Chester, Pa.; Fresno, Calif.; Memphis, Tenn.; Cleveland and New Orleans.

The teams will be asked to help the six cities with issues their mayors have identified as important, such as developing transportation infrastructure and improving job-training programs.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, who was on hand for Donovan's announcement, said he's excited to receive a different kind of investment from the U.S. government -- human capital -- rather than money that in the past hasn't always been managed efficiently by city leaders.

"One of the things that's happened historically with Detroit is that we've gotten financial support and we've not managed the finances very, very well," Bing said. "When I came into office, there was money that had been allocated to us years and years ago."

Donovan made the announcement at a loft development near downtown.

Update: Yes, the new “Evil Dead” movie is really for real this time and Bloody Disgusting has dug up more news on the film, revealing that Fede Alvarez will be directing the film. Who? Well, he made the hyped robot invasion short “Panic Attack!” that nabbed him a deal with Sam Raimi‘s Ghost House Pictures back in 2009. Looks like his big moment has arrived. Check out the short film below.

Who doesn’t love “The Evil Dead?” The film that launched the careers of both Sam Raimi and Joel Coen (who was an assistant editor for his pal), it remains to this day a grueling, grimy video nasty of the best kind, and was followed by a superior sequel, “Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn,” which remade the basic premise as if it was a Looney Tunes cartoon, and the enjoyable, if messy, “Army of Darkness.” It’s a franchise of the old-fashioned kind, where the central character (as embodied in the role of his career by Bruce Campbell) kept coming back because audiences demanded it, rather than because he sold toys.

It’s close to 20 years since Ash and his chainsaw last appeared (aside from in a handful of video games and comics), although rumors of a revival have been rife for years: an attempt was made to incorporate the character into the “Freddy vs. Jason” franchise, and Raimi and Campbell have constantly been hinting at a fourth film, although it seemed like the kind of “one day, we’ll get to it” answer that rarely materializes into an actual movie. Except, for once, it actually seems to be happening.

Dread Central reported last night that a fourth film is gearing up for production in Detroit, and that Raimi’s regular collaborator, editor Bob Murawski, who worked with Raimi on all three “Spider-Man” films and “Drag Me to Hell” before winning an Oscar for “The Hurt Locker,” is heading that way to work on the project. Furthermore, after saying a couple of months ago that a script was in existence, Bruce Campbell took to Twitter overnight to tell a fan, and we quote, “Believe in the remake, dawg! The project is real. In the works. Cool as hell. Scary as hell.”

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The Detroit Historical Society continues its popular film series every weekend this summer from Saturday, July 9 through Sunday, September 4 with popular films from the past covering a range of Detroit history.

Each screening begins at 1 pm in the Detroit Historical Museum’s Louise C. Booth Auditorium and is free with regular admission.

Admission to the Detroit Historical Museum, located at 5401 Woodward Ave., is $6 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and free for children ages 4 and under. Parking in the museum’s lot is $4 at all times.

The films being screened include the following:
  • “The Hudson’s Building” – July 9-10 and August 6-7
  • “Detroit Mob Confidential” – July 16-17 and August 20-21
    “Regional Roots: The Birth and Evolution of Detroit and Its People” – July 23-24, August 13-14, and September 3-4
  • Producers’ cut of “Dom Polski: Dance Hall Days of Detroit’s Polonia” – July 30-31 and August 27-28

For more information, visit or call 313-833-1801.

The DDF is a week-long festival in Detroit, including signature events that showcase Detroit design and designers, through exhibitions, installations, design shows, round table discussions, studio tours, and virtual discussions.

Through the DDF, Detroit creative practitioners will connect to each other, connect to new markets and consumers, and connect to global audiences, engaging not only Detroit’s design community, but the larger world, as Detroit becomes a global center of creative innovation.

We are looking for involvement from the following:
  •     venues
  •     artists
  •     fashion designers
  •     interior designers
  •     event designers
  •     industrial designers
  •     furniture designers
  •     chefs
  •     volunteers
  •     ..... and more!

Meetings will take place at the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, located on the first floor of the  A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education.

The first Info Session is scheduled for Wednesday, July 13th, at 6pm. Come on out and meet some interesting people, have a great time, and find out more about getting involved with DDF. Be prepared to have some good creative fun!


Future Info Sessions to be announced soon!

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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 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.

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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 Use promotional code L9Z for the viewing package.
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Saturday, July 23rd from 7:00 pm -9:00 pm!!!
  • The Top 6 Who Receive the Most Votes Will Attend Our Singles Mingle at Commune's VIP Room Along with Food and Beverages Provided By Bastone, Vinotecca, and Cafe Habana!
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  • All Attendees Receive VIP Seats to the Screening of "Crazy, Stupid, Love." Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, and Emma Stone Along With Items From the Movie!
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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.

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.

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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, 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.)

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Detroit’s Fix-It Men: In Their Own Words
Joanne Muller

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.

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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

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!!!
  • 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!

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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;

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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!
  • 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.

Click HERE to read the rest of this article!

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,
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!