Robert Anthony
Huffington Post

Family vacations in Detroit can be rewarding experiences or absolute disasters — it all depends on pre-trip homework. To make planning easier, we've done all the preparation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on traveling with children, here are recommended attractions for those planning Detroit family vacations.

Henry Ford Museum

Located on the Ford Motor Company's sprawling campus in Dearborn, Mich., the Henry Ford Museum offers a fun and interactive run through the history of the automobile, aviation and other forms of transportation. Sensory overload is easy to come by in a huge, one-floor display space with 40-foot ceilings. The Automobiles in American Life exhibit is closed through December 2011 for a makeover, but other exhibits make the Henry Ford Museum well worth a long visit. The Heroes of the Skies exhibit highlights famous planes, aviators and artifacts — like the chair President Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated — and automobile enthusiasts will love seeing the collection of presidential limousines exhibited here.

Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124
Phone: 313-982-6001 or 800-835-5237
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
Price: Adults, $15; seniors 62 and over, $14; youth ages 5 to 12, $11; children under 5 years old, free. Members free

Comerica Park

A relatively new jewel in the downtown Detroit skyline, Comerica Park, home of Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers, is a must-see for baseball fans — even when the team is out of town. During the summer, the ballpark offers scheduled tours which include the visitor's clubhouse and dugout, the Ernie Harwell Media Center, the Detroit Tigers Walk of Fame, the party suite and the batting tunnel. zzzthe Tigers play 81 home games per year — even more if the team does well enough to make the American League playoffs.

Address: 2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313-962-4000
Hours: Tours available June through September at 10 a.m, noon and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays when no games or other events are scheduled
Price: Adults, $6; children ages 4 to 14, $3; children under 4 years old, free

Motown Museum

A tour of the Motown Museum is fun and informative given the rich history of the former headquarters of the record label. Music legends such as Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and many others launched their careers here and recorded their top hits in the now-famous Studio A. The iconic "Hitsville U.S.A" sign on the front of the modest structure is a Detroit landmark.

Address: 2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208
Phone: 313-875-2264
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday
Price: Adults, $10; seniors and children ages 12 and under, $8

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Roosevelt Park Conservancy Presents:

The R. Park Fest'11

- Live Music
- Skate Bomb (Skate elements: Bring your skateboards!)
- Games (Slip n Slide Dodgeball Cornhole +++)
- 30 Craft Beers on Tap
- Food
- Kids Area (2pm to 6pm)

Andrew Nusca
Smart Planet

Residents of the Detroit metropolitan area may no longer have to separate their recyclables before disposing of them.

Waste Management of Michigan announced on Monday plans to construct a single stream recycling facility in the city.

The facility would handle recyclable material for much of southeastern Michigan, where commercial and residential demand for the service is expanding, the company says.

Single stream recycling eliminates the need for customers to separate recyclable materials prior to collection; instead, special equipment handles the task. The facility makes recycling less of a hassle — enough to boost volume by 20 to 30 percent, Waste Management says.

Here’s how it works: customers place recyclables in a single container for pickup. When they arrive at the facility, a series of magnets, screens and optical scanners are used to separate, sort and process the materials. Once processed, the materials are shipped out for reuse.

Waste Management currently operates 35 single stream facilities across the U.S. The facilities allow the company to control a part of its operations it traditionally outsources, important as the value of recycled materials increases. It will also help the company reach its sustainability target of tripling recycling volumes by 2020.
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A project to entice more Detroit Police officers to live in the city they “serve and protect” celebrated its first success story on Wednesday. 

Detroit Police officer William Booker-Riggs will soon move into his new home on Renfrew Road in Detroit’s Green Acres community. 

“This fit me and my daughter, once she gave me that approval, I was excited to go with it,” said Booker-Riggs. 

His 11-year-old daughter Willayjha likes the house and is looking forward to making new friends as the family moves from Southfield to Detroit.  “This neighborhood is quiet, but it seems it has a lot of kids,” said Willayjha. “The houses are nice, so I’m excited.”

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USA Today

Not long ago Americans were abandoning their cities. Now many of the nation's urban areas are booming with new restaurants, parks and condos. Richard Florida , who studies urban trends, says much has changed in the last decade. "It was almost as if someone stepped on the accelerator," says the senior editor for The Atlantic magazine and a professor at the University of Toronto. All these areas are great to visit, he says, offering a slice of local urban life. He shares up-and-coming neighborhoods with Larry Bleiberg  for USA TODAY.



Motor City may have hit hard times, but it still has some bright spots. Corktown, the city's oldest neighborhood, is on the rise, attracting artists, musicians and professionals. "People live there for a fraction of what they would pay in New York or Washington," Florida says. "It has interesting shops and young people starting studios and music venues." Visitors come from far and wide just to try famed Slows Bar-B-Q. 800-338-7648;

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