Mentors Needed to Enlighten Detroit’s Future

Bob Hrtanek, mentor. mentee Josh Reece, 17, of De La Salle High School
Recently, the spirit of Detroit has been uplifted with dedicated, vibrant people who work hard on creating a positive change in the city. Young professionals, community builders, entrepreneurs, and artists alike are taking over Motown with their creativity and ambition. One organization, Student Mentor Partners, is searching for these great individuals to be a part of constructing and invigorating the future of the city: by mentoring Detroit’s youth.

They are looking for citizens that are passionate about Detroit, its youth, mentoring and/or education. Their ideal mentor is college educated, in the workforce or retired, and living in the Detroit area. Mentors commit to providing encouragement and guidance to a student for 4 hours a month through their 4 years of high school. Mentors attend free special events throughout the year with their student, such as Red Wings games, Detroit boat tours, Broadway shows, and more!  

For some mentors, like Bob Hrtanek, it is more than the games and shows, but being able to enlighten his student mentee to opportunities. He says, “New experiences, as well as our many one-on-one conversations, have helped him appreciate the need for a good education. I'm just happy I've been able to help give a young person a little bit of a better chance for success and happiness in life.”

At Student Mentor Partners, they serve Detroit area youth who struggle academically, and whose families struggle financially. They provide students with quality adult mentors, throughout their entire high school career. These mentors are a source of affirmative guidance for the youth. In addition, Student Mentor Partners provides tuition assistance for their students to attend private, college prep high schools. They also offer supplemental academic and life skills workshops. Students, who complete the intensive program, graduate high school. 99% of Student Mentor Partners’ graduates have also gone onto college!

This year they will enroll their largest class of new students into the program, so they are in great need of mentors to encourage them. With your help, these students will become strong young men and women. They will be critical in shaping Detroit’s future. Please consider helping to create the next breed of movers and shakers in Detroit. Even passing this mentor recruitment request onto others would be of great help.

For more information, please contact Tyler MacEachran, at or call him at 586-445-6295. Also, please visit their website at

Student Mentor Partners is a 501(c)3 non-profit that began in 1998. We invest in the future… one student at a time.

Craig McMorris, TV5 Anchor/Reporter

The Michigan Department of Transportation is looking for a consultant or consultant team to complete a high-speed rail plan from Detroit to Chicago.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) is aimed for the services of a qualified and experienced transportation (planning, environmental and engineering services) consultant or team to complete a Service Development Plan and a Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Tier-1 Environmental Impact Statement for the corridor.

The FRA issued a Notice of Funding Availability on April 1, 2010, for the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program in the Federal Register. In response, MDOT submitted an application, which was selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation to receive funding to develop a Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan.

The 304-mile corridor between Chicago and Detroit/Pontiac is part of the Chicago Hub Network and is a federally designated High-Speed Rail Corridor. The existing corridor is also one of several major branches in the hub-and-spoke passenger rail system centered in Chicago, part of the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative.

In Chicago, construction started last month on the Englewood Flyover, a $133 million project to eliminate one of the Midwest's worst rail bottlenecks and reduce delays for passenger service. The project, made possible by $126 million in federal funding and $6.6 million in matching state funds, also will make preparations for additional tracks for expanded 110 mph service from Chicago to Detroit, Cleveland and the East Coast.

The deadline for individual firms or teams to submit responses to the RFP is Dec. 12, 2011.

More information about this project is available on the MDOT Web site on the Requests for Proposals page under Transportation Planning.
A pianist tickles the ivories at Cafe D'Mongos, a speak-easy that has reopened… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

LA Times
Andrew Bender, Special to the Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Detroit—
"Where you headed?" asked the cheerful driver of the rental-car shuttle at the Detroit airport.

"Detroit!" I answered, equally cheerfully.

"Southfield, Birmingham or Rochester?" he asked, referring to well-to-do northern suburbs.

PHOTOS: Detroit's artistic side

"No, Detroit," I responded.

Silence, then a shrug as if to say, "Suit yourself."

Many Americans — even many Michiganders — see Detroit as a place to be feared: impoverished, decimated and down-and-out depressing. Sure enough, my drive into the city center took me past what a friend calls "desolation porn": eerie shells of onetime factories, warehouses, shops and office buildings, and block after block of overgrown lots that used to be comfortable working-class neighborhoods. During my visit, the local newspaper reported coyote sightings in the city.

Yet Detroit is evolving, not unlike late 1990s downtown Los Angeles. Cheap rents and an urban pioneering spirit are attracting young artists, and new restaurants, nightspots and even urban farms are serving this growing community and its hipster fans. It's still the early days, but change is palpable, even to the casual visitor.

"I tell my colleagues, 'Have your portfolio ready! There's a big spotlight on Detroit!' " said Gilda Snowden, an ebullient painter and professor of fine arts at the city's College for Creative Studies (one of the region's arts incubators, along with Wayne State University and the suburban Cranbrook Academy of Art). She pays $800 a month for a 2,500-square-foot studio with a kitchen and Jacuzzi.

There's plenty of inspiration in the designated Cultural Corridor, in the Midtown neighborhood just north of downtown Detroit. I stayed at the Inn on Ferry Street, a bed-and-breakfast in a cluster of Victorian homes off Woodward Avenue. It's just a couple of blocks to the Detroit Institute of Arts, by my reckoning America's most overlooked major museum: 658,000 square feet (more than 11/2 football fields) founded in 1885 and reopened in 2010 after a five-year renovation. I could have spent an hour ogling Mexican painterDiego Rivera's "Detroit Industry" frescoes (1932-33), but I was glad I made time for the collections of contemporary and African American art, and masterworks such as Pieter Brueghel's "The Wedding Dance" (circa 1566).

Within a few blocks' walk, the College for Creative Studies' student galleries exhibit skillful works of illustration, product and transportation design, photography and more. The campus sculpture park boasts pieces by Richard Serra,Alexander Calder and other 20th century luminaries. The nearby Scarab Club was founded in 1907, dedicated to artistic pursuits. Rivera, Marcel Duchamp and Norman Rockwellvisited its Renaissance Revival building (1928); on my visit, the exhibition "Family Ties" featured intergenerational works by Detroit artist families.

The problem for these artists, said Simone DeSouza, is that "Michigan artists don't sell to Michiganders." Local collectors might visit New York or Los Angeles to buy work made in Detroit. Aiming to change that, DeSouza opened Re:View Contemporary Gallery in 2008 in a loft-style building that could be at home on either coast.

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Corktown Gets Its Own Art-House Cinema!

Two years ago, four friends opened an independent art-house cinema in the Cass Corridor called the Burton Theatre on a shoestring budget and a hunch.

The Burton was the only art-house/indie/cult/weird offering the city of Detroit had seen in decades beside the venerable Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA. The effort was met with tremendous community support and a loyal patronage. Despite the group’s success, and perhaps because of a bit of naivety, the Burton was forced to suddenly close its doors due an irreconcilable dispute between landlord and tenant.

Despite this setback, the desire has remained to have the unique voice the Burton provided in metro Detroit’s cinematic landscape. After a summer of programming “in exile” at a variety of spaces from warehouses to art galleries to street corners, the folks from the Burton have found a tremendous partnership with New York developers Scott Griffin and Angel Gambino to reincarnate the Burton Theatre as the Corktown Cinema, in Detroit’s oldest neighborhood.The Corktown Cinema will be the cornerstone of Griffin and Gambino’s larger development of 2051 Rosa Parks Boulevard (just off Michigan Avenue), a 100,000 square foot former brass foundry that is quickly becoming the place of choice for Detroit's most innovative businesses and shops, as well as the Detroit bureaus of the Huffington Post and Curbed.

It is certainly true that the Burton could not have existed at all if it weren’t for our patrons’ tremendous support and faith in our mission. In the genesis of this, our reincarnation, the need for support from the Detroit community is greater than ever. In that spirit, the Corktown Cinema will be launching an online crowd-funding campaign November Ninth with Detroit Big F Deal ( to help support the cost of transforming a raw industrial space into a classy cinema. Corktown Cinema is excited to be able to offer contributors a token of our thanks in the form of memberships to the theatre,exclusive merchandise, discounts to local independent businesses and invitations to private events. It remains our honest belief that Detroit deserves the variety of interesting and entertaining work we strive to show, and we can’t wait to be back!

On Thursday, December 1st the NOH8 Campaign will set up our mobile studio at The Filmore Theater in conjunction with World AIDS Day in Detroit.

World AIDS Day is held on December 1st each year, raising awareness for the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS and remembering those who have lost their lives to the virus. Since 1981 60 million people have been infected with the HIV virus and 25 million have died. In the past 30 years we’ve come a long way. We have treatments that keep people alive far longer that many thought possible. In spite of the progress that has spared so many lives, we still have a long way to go.

On December 1st the World will stand together, with one voice, to commemorate World AIDS Day. The theme this year until 2015 is “Getting to Zero.”

ZERO new infections
ZERO AIDS-related deaths
ZERO discrimination

The WORLD AIDS DAY DETROIT Open Photo Shoot on THURSDAY is scheduled to begin at 2:00PM and end at 6:00PM. This photo shoot will also be the very first time the NOH8 Campaign has traveled to Michigan!

You do not need to make reservations to participate in the photo shoot; it's first come, first served! Facebook RSVP's just help us get an idea of the anticipated turn-out. When you arrive, you will receive a numbered model release to fill out, followed by receiving your NOH8 tattoo. We will call numbers throughout the day, and your corresponding release number will signal your time to line up and have your photo taken.

The costs of posing for an official NOH8 portrait break down as follows:

SOLO PORTRAITS .......... $40.00

COUPLE & GROUP PORTRAITS ........... $25.00 per person

The NOH8 Campaign accepts cash, most major credit cards, and checks made out to 'NOH8Campaign'. Fee covers services & processing for one retouched digital print only, made available through

The lines moves quickly, so don't let the RSVP's intimidate you! We always do our best to make sure that everyone in line by 6:00PM has a chance to pose for their photo - and up to this point, we haven't ever had to turn anyone away! Anyone that would like to join the NOH8 Campaign is asked to wear a plain white shirt to match the look of the signature NOH8 photos.

Celebrity Photographer & NOH8 Co-Founder Adam Bouska will be working around the clock to photograph 5-10 frames for each person that comes through. The final selection he chooses will be retouched and made available to you in about 8 weeks through the website:




Once you arrive, the NOH8 Campaign will apply the NOH8 temporary tattoo to your face, and we will also supply you with the silver duct tape for the photo.

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? E-mail with your contact information and make sure to note which shoot you'd like to volunteer for!

 Funds raised by the NOH8 Campaign will be used to continue promoting and raising awareness for marriage equality and anti-discrimination through NOH8’s interactive media campaign. This includes bringing the campaign to other cities around the country, as well as compiling the images for a large-scale media campaign. Under consideration is the expansion of our campaign to other media, including television and
radio broadcast, billboards, and magazines. Contributions are also used to cover the daily operations and maintenance necessary to run this rapidly growing campaign.

The NOH8 Campaign is an approved 501(c)(3), donations will be tax-deductible up to the amount allowable by law.

Modern Skate & Surf is holding a Snowboard Swap Sale at its Royal Oak, Mich location.  Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get cash or in-store credit for used snowboards and equipment.  Join us at Modern Skate & Surf in Royal Oak on Nov. 11 - 13 for this great sale. 

Modern Skate & Surf is taking used snowboards, boots, bindings, wakeboards, skateboards, in-line skates and more for the Snowboard Swap Sale. When one of our used products sell, we will give 100 percent in-store credit or 75 percent cash to the original owner.  Check-in for the Snowboard Swap Sale begins at 11 a.m. on Thurs, Nov. 10 and ends at 2 p.m. on Sat, Nov. 12.  The Snowboard Swap Sale hours are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Fri, Nov. 11; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Sat, Nov. 12; Noon - 6 p.m. on Sun, Nov. 13. 

Modern Skate & Surf in Royal Oak offers only the best in skating, snowboarding and surfing. 

For more information, visit us at or call us at (248) 546-7275.

Project for Public Spaces
Sarah Goodyear

On the streets of Central Detroit, a sense of place — and possibility — isn’t always easy to come by.
PPS knew that engaging the neighborhood in Placemaking would take more than just a workshop. So, with the support of the Kresge Foundation and working with the Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation (CDC), we decided to do a fun harvest festival that would demonstrate the neighborhood’s potential. It would also be a way to get more Placemaking ideas from people who would be unlikely to show up a community meeting.

And it worked. On October 29, PPS was thrilled to be part of a very successful harvest festival outside the wonderful neighborhood produce market Peaches & Greens, which is celebrating its third anniversary. Although flanked by vacant lots, Peaches & Greens proved to be the right spot for the festival — and the event showed how this could evolve into an even better place for the neighborhood to come together.

(Check out this great CBS News report about Peaches & Greens’ truck delivery service, which brings produce to the doorsteps of Detroiters who otherwise would have no access to fresh food.)

The rain held off and it turned out to be a great day, filled with games, horse-drawn hay rides, marshmallow roasting, and lots of Placemaking suggestions offered in PPS’s “Placemaking in Detroit” tent.

This is a neighborhood with a lot of basic needs. Many residents are out of work. Many don’t own cars, and the public transit system is utterly inadequate. Safety and security are a major concern — the city can’t even keep up with repairing broken streetlights. A lot of houses are abandoned and occupied by squatters.

The term “food desert” has become well known, but this part of Detroit might also be called a “place desert.” As the city’s population has shrunk, neighborhoods like Central Detroit have lost not just people and homes, but places to come together. Still, a lot of assets remain, including some beautiful housing stock and strong community organizations such as CDC. Importantly, the city has designated this as one of the communities where resources are going to be focused in the future.

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Julie Alvin

Ned’s TravelBurger

Using a 1946 Spartan Travel Trailer, Ned’s TravelBurger serves up burgers and fries to metro Detroiters. Carl Patron and Scott Steigerwald bought the rig in 2010.

“This trailer is from Peru, Ind., and there is a fellow down there that renovates trailers and leases them out to people,” Patron says. “It’s a little different than an Airstream trailer in that it’s more aggressive looking and polishes up a bit shinier.”

To create more head space for the kitchen exhaust system, Patron raised the trailer by a foot. He added a foot-high tub onto the chassis, lifted the shell off of it and dropped the shell back down. He swapped in tandem axels to accommodate the weight of the kitchen equipment carried inside--a 36-inch griddle, a fryer that holds 45 pounds of oil, a sandwich cooler, storage for burgers, and big commercial fridges, sinks and freezers.

Stored in the fridge and freezer are organic, grass-fed meats from Fowlerville, Mich., fresh buns from Royal Oak’s Holiday Market and produce from local farmers markets. With these prime ingredients, Patron and Steigerwald create portable lunches for customers.

“The White Castle Slider and Lafayette Coney are Midwestern icons. After many travels over the years, our food tastes changed, but not our basic love for dogs and burgers,” Patron says. “Every aspect of our menu is designed with the memory of our foodie experiences. From late-night sliders to ahi-tuna picnics, this is the kind of food that brings back thoughts of travel.”

Whether via an Asian turkey burger with five spice and kimchi or a Baja burger with cilantro corn salsa, Ned’s trailer takes customer’s taste buds on a trip.

Justin Verlander kept repeating a phrase all year when reporters asked: If you expect greatness, greatness shouldn't surprise you. The recognition of that greatness, though, might be a surprise for a few people.

As badly as Tigers right-hander might want MVP-type recognition, he couldn't be sure he was going to get it, a question more of precedence than performance. His first chance came from his peers, who decided he was the best player in baseball this year -- not just best pitcher, best player.

As a result, Verlander became the second pitcher to win MLB Player of the Year honors in the annual Players Choice Awards on Thursday. Whether it was a surprise for Verlander, it was clearly meaningful as he talked about it on a conference call with reporters.

Fred Thornhill/Reuters
"Coming from your peers makes it all the more special," said Verlander, who joined Boston's Pedro Martinez (1999) as the only hurlers to win the award. "I think with all the talk about should a pitcher be able to win MVP or a top player award, I think it shows a lot of support for my fellow players to be able to vote me for that. I think it means a lot. When it comes from your peers, the guys you're playing with, the guys you're playing against, it's special."

The Player of the Year Award covers both leagues, and dates back to 1998. Before then, the MLB Players Association had one award for each league's best pitcher, and one for each league's best position player, with no mixing.

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Already reaching over 3 million subscriptions across its 18 US cities, London and best-of-the-web "Thrillist Nation" editions, leading men’s email lifestyle guide, Thrillist, will kick off its Detroit coverage on Thursday, December 1st.  Edited by local writer Phil Bator, this free weekly subscription email will arm Detroit’s work-hard-play-hard guys with targeted editorial recommendations that sift through the crap to find the best in food, drinks, services, gadgets, gear, sports and travel in their local market. Thrillist's commitment to cover all that’s new, unknown, or inexcusably under-appreciated has made it a must-read for any self-respecting male.

“Detroit is on the rise and we’re really excited that we can be there to publicize and support the chefs artists, entrepreneurs, and innovators who are betting on the city, just as we are,” say co-founders Ben Lerer and Adam Rich.

About Phil Bator: Thrillist Detroit's Phil Bator started giving back to his native city as a young child, when the family car was broken into during the Auto Show and their coats stolen by a brick-throwing kid with a good eye for great deals (four jackets!) and high fashion (aqua Starter jacket, youth size small). He went on to attend University of Detroit Jesuit High School, and majored in advertising at Michigan State University without any minors (in possession). Upon graduation, he moved to the suburb of Royal Oak and can often be found conducting "market research" for his role as editor of the popular website Texts From Last Night. His favorite day is Sunday, he bleeds coffee, and he doesn't ever want to hear you singing the Journey song that references growing up in nonexistent "south" Detroit.

On Saturday, October 29th 2011 The Burton Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that the Burton Theatre will be reopened under new management as the Cass City Cinema for a Halloween Movie Marathon!  The marathon will run from Saturday, October 29th until Monday, October 31st featuring 1950’s Japanese horror films, the cult classic midnight showing of The Night of the Living Dead, and Guy Maddin’s critically acclaimed take on Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Cass City Cinema is committed to featuring innovative independent films & much-loved classic films and developing a community-gathering space for all community members.  Owner of Burton Center for the Arts, Joel Landy, stated, “We are really excited to be reopening the theatre.  The schedule that we are lining up will have a dynamic broad based program to serve all moviegoers tastes and desires.”  

Cass City Cinema will be featuring several promotions throughout the course of the weekend, please check our Facebook Page for further information.  Moviegoers pay $5.00 for the all-day Halloween weekend movie marathon.  Children under 12 always pay $3.50.

2:00 p.m.    Spooks Run Wild (United States, 1941)
3:25 p.m.    Monster from a Prehistoric Planet (Japan, 1967)
5:15 p.m.    A Bucket of Blood (United States, 1959)
6:41 p.m.    Dementia 13 (United States, 1963)
8:15 p.m.    Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (Canada, 2002)
10:00 p.m.    Lady Frankenstein (Italian, 1971)
11:30 p.m.    Night of the Living Dead (United States, 1968)

2:00 p.m.    Ghosts on the Loose (United States, 1943)
3:25 p.m.    Gamera vs Zigra (Japan, 1971)
5:15 p.m.    The Terror (United States, 1963)
7:00 p.m.    The Ape Man (United States, 1943)
8:20 p.m.    Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (Canada, 2002)
10:00 p.m.    Silent Night, Bloody Night (1973)

6:00 p.m.    I Bury the Living (United States, 1958)
7:45 p.m.    Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (Canada, 2002)
9:20 p.m.     Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride (United Kingdom, 1973)

Cass City Cinema is located at the Burton Theater at 3420 Cass, Detroit, Michigan 48201. 
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Barbara De Lollis


It's Detroit, however, that TravelClick predicts will emerge the biggest winner during this period, with an expected 22% increase in occupancy.

"We're well ahead of the curve from a national improvement standpoint," says Thomas Conran, principal of Greenwood Hospitality Group, owner of The Henry hotel in Dearborn, Mich., a Detroit suburb.

Reflecting Detroit's economy, the Henry had previously been a luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel where the auto industry frequently met and had functions, but Conran's group repositioned it last year. Out were the dark-wood-covered walls that gave the hotel its clubby atmosphere. In were a lighter color palette, a vibrant restaurant, reduced room rates and marketing by Marriott's "anti-chain" Autograph Collection. On busy mid-week nights, a guest might today pay about $200 a night — less than during the auto industry's heyday.

But what the Henry lost in rate, it's starting to make up with volume. "There's an energy that this hotel has not seen for many, many years," says Conran.

Conran credits Detroit's recent recovery to the state's efforts to lure more leisure travelers via its website, as well as the success of Detroit's resurgent sports teams, which has helped lure weekend visitors.

Finally, Conran says, the Detroit area is seeing "significant" year-over-year gains in business travel thanks to the recovering auto industry.

"We can't underestimate the fact that the health of the auto industry has improved dramatically," Conran says.

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Linda Yablonsky
W Magazine

Detroit is one of America’s most cash-strapped cities. But as Linda Yablonsky discovers, it has also become a rich breeding ground for a new generation of artists.

Five years ago, the painter Hernan Bas told me he was moving from Miami to Detroit. I couldn’t imagine why. “Because,” he said, “Detroit is the city of tomorrow.” I laughed out loud. A month later, I found myself there on an overnight trip with three friends from New York. The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit ­(MOCAD) had just opened, and we wanted to see it. We also saw Detroit.

The city that once changed the world by giving it the car was now an enormous junker, its parts scattered and its bumpers battered but its engine still running. We saw a street full of rotting houses with polka dots on the shingles and stuffed animals hanging from the windows, a big bronze fist commemorating Joe Louis, and the vast remains of the Packard plant, which looked as if a neutron bomb had dropped on it. We saw palatial mansions, many boarded up, and regal Art Deco skyscrapers—as well as single-family homes standing amid acres of neglected land from which entire neighborhoods had vanished.

Finally, we passed the old Michigan Central train station, an 18-story ruin of Beaux Arts magisterial grandeur. It haunted me then, and it haunts me now, along with the rest of this consternating, spellbinding, tragic town—the most fascinating city in the country. In what other American metropolis could a private citizen own a bridge to Canada? Where else is there a major industrial center with yawning prairies in its midst? And where, but in Detroit, could an artist rent a steel mill for two months and transform it into a giant sculpture on view for a single day?

“This town has a magic,” said Chido Johnson, 42, a sculptor I met during my week long stay this summer, my third trip there in a year. Johnson, who was born in Zimbabwe, arrived nine years ago and never looked back. “I grew up in a war zone,” he said, “so Detroit felt familiar right off. The first week I was here, I walked into the public library, and there was a calypso band playing. Can you imagine?”

Bas felt the magic when he bought his five-bedroom house for $150,000—roughly the price of one of his paintings. Matthew Barney felt it when he commandeered the steel mill for the fiery finale to an epic eight-hour performance about the life and death of a Chrysler Imperial. Photographers feel it whenever they come for spectacular pictures that locals deride as “ruin porn.”

It is not an easy place to reckon with or to understand—for one thing, the scale of decay is astounding. Yet Detroit is attracting artists in numbers large enough to earn it a designation as another Berlin: a city with a struggling economy where creative types can live and work cheaply—and where, like Barney, they can realize projects that would be impossible most anywhere else. In Berlin, though, artists pursue international careers; in Detroit, they speak only to Detroit—because, they say, anywhere else they would just be making art. In Detroit, they can make a difference.

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The American Mustache Institute 

The Behavioral Economics Division of the Mustached American Research Dept. within the American Mustache Institute (AMI), the world’s leading facial hair think tank and advocacy organization, embarked on a two year analysis to better understand the cities in the United States that are most appealing to people choosing to live a Mustached American lifestyle. The first stage of the study involved examining medium-to-large sized American cities by a series of mustache-friendly factors.

AMI’s behavioral economists, anthropologists, and statisticians then developed a proprietary formula, the “AMI City Index,” for determining mustache-friendliness based on five primary factors.

“The study identified a combination of lifestyle factors befitting people of Mustached American heritage,” said AMI behavioral economist Edgar Heywood. “We then scoured the country to find cities that fit the mold. The results were staggering.”

Cities were assigned scores based on presence of the following:

Employment: Employers with proven track records of hiring Mustached Americans or “mustache-positive employers”; large first responders pools (law enforcement, fire & rescue, EMTs, etc.); thriving film and/or theater industries; actors who play law enforcement, relief pitchers, construction

Transportation: Per capita aggregate of motorized two-wheeled vehicles (motorcycles) and monster trucks; or, in rural states, four-wheeler all terrain vehicles.

Entertainment & Sport: Quantity of professional or minor league sports teams, casinos, beach access, shooting ranges, trap and skeet clubs, and pontoon boats per capita

Culinary: High concentrations of restaurants primarily serving Miller Lite (termed “Miller pours” in restaurant industry vernacular), more than four Applebee’s casual dining restaurants, charcoal barbecue unit sales per capita, bars per capita; night clubs permitting adult males wearing tank-tops; restaurants serving pork rinds and pickled meats.

Education: Annual regional total of GED or high school equivalency degrees; aggregate volume of trade and vocational institutions, as well as community colleges.

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GM JumpStart and MOVE Detroit are teaming up to offer an exclusive preview of some of GM's best selling vehicles and the opening of Joe Muers in downtown Detroit. Come join other young professionals from Metro-Detroit and drive some of GM's hottest new cars. Follow up with socializing in the newly reopened Joe Muers and sample some of their fantastic drinks and menu offerings.

Join us at the GM Renasissance Jefferson St. entrance to test drive the Camaro, Volt, Corvette and more from 4:30-7:30. Social/networking event will be held at Joe Muer's from 6-9.

*Valid Driver's license required for test driving