The city is in the midst of numerous efforts to stave off bankruptcy, from major budget cuts to appeals for state and federal funding. Mayor Dave Bing explains how his administration is trying to save Detroit.

It's no secret... Midtown is loaded with an array of fantastic locally owned businesses! But do you spend as much time there as you could? Well, here's your chance! From May 14-23rd Yelp Detroit is encouraging Metro-Detroiters to make a point of exploring and hanging out out in this part of our glorious city during Yelp's Passport to Midtown!

 What's Passport to Midtown?

Well it's a celebration of all things awesome in this bodacious 'hood and we've brought together some of the best spaces in Midtown to participate! From delicious eateries, unique shopping, delectable grocery, luscious libations, and killer cultural landmarks, each venue is bringing something incredibly awesome to the table to thank you for visiting Midtown! We've got beer tours, food crawls, doggie meet-ups, street fairs, Margarita Monday happy hours, bike mechanic classes, and more! Not to mention discounts, giveaways, and special offers to over 30 Midtown businesses and cultural spaces. WHEW! Why would you want to be anywhere else?

 Want to know more? Check out the Passport to Midtown page on Yelp for all the individual details and a list of participating businesses and discounts.

I’ve been wanting to explore Detroit for ages and finally there were enough reasons and planning to make it happen two weeks ago over Easter.

At the outset it’s hard to prepare for Detroit’s massive abandonment, decay, and poverty, even though I knew to expect it. To fresh eyes, large swaths of the city look, no jokes, like the leavings of a war zone. It’s pervasive, you can’t go more than a block or two before encountering it. Once opulently designed & crafted buildings are now windowless skeletons, sunken and rotting like forgotten jack-o-lanterns, scrappers having come and gone long ago. A particular image that won’t be leaving my head easily is the sight of the former Packard Motor plant. It’s a carcass that goes on for literal blocks. When Christina from printmaking shop Perfect Laughter showed us around her brand-new printmaking studio in the Corktown neighborhood she told us of the rubberneckers on the hunt for “ruin porn” documenting as if Michigan Central Station were the Acropolis or the Coliseum in Rome. And I can certainly understand that pastime, though it’s not my particular style, because the ruins really are a breathtaking sight to see.

Yet it’s undeniable that there are just as many marvelous things happening despite the sad parts of the city. Everyone we met in Detroit is doing something or working for something, their efforts beautifully poignant in the face of the city’s hard edges.

Culture is also on the rise in Detroit too. Chicagoans would not believe the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) rivals our Art Institute, but you’d be wrong there. It’s every bit as good, if not better. MOCAD, the contemporary art museum, is consistently one of the most creative and innovative contemporary spaces out there. Every visit it’s completely remade new and you can expect to be surprised, that’s for sure. This time around we enjoyed an incredible installation by Joshua White & Gary Panter’s Light Show. The best way I can think of to describe it as a modern fun house, a huge echoing space vibrating with psychedelic rhythm and sound. So intense it’s almost repellent at first, but then little surprises and funny things start appearing and then it’s all smiles if you hang out awhile. It’s like a little mini vacation, and a pretty perfect metaphor for how the city is itself.

We stayed at the adorably rustic yet modern inn, Honor & Folly, run by Meghan McEwen of Designtripper. The space was filled with plenty of handmade and thoughtful cozy touches, just as I imagined when I posted about it before. We made good use of the full kitchen and even hosted a meal with our families who hiked in from the suburbs to hangout. Every place comes with a story in Detroit. At the Peacock Room, a little boutique near the DIA, the shop owner told me how she tore down the drywall in her space, only to discover it was hiding a 1920′s ballroom with mirrored walls, marble columns and tin ceilings. Talk about hidden treasure, eh? Or Café D’Mongo’s, a former speakeasy which is a feast of 1920′s nostalgia. It only reopened recently, pretty much intact from it’s original heydays. The charming & feisty older lady running the joint seems like she came back to life with the bar too.

Click HERE to read the rest of this story on Pitch Design Union!

Online registration for the 2012 Tour de Troit opens on May 1 at noon. A direct link can be found at

Early Bird prices will remain in effect through June.

The pricing schedule is as follows:

May 1 to June 30 – $35/$30 (student) w/t-shirt
July 1 to August 31 – $40/$35 w/t-shirt
Sept. 1 to Sept. 10 – $50/45 w/t-shirt
ONSITE (if available) $65 w/t-shirt (size not guaranteed)

Please note that student IDs will be required at packet pickup for those registering at the Student rate.

Gather your girlfriends, get out and get healthy at the Ladies Night Out Health Crawl, set for 6 to 8 p.m. May 17 on the campus of Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.

The School of Medicine and the Wayne State University Physician Group will host the event in celebration of National Women’s Health Week May 13-19, an annual project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Women’s Health.

The free event will take place at the School of Medicine’s Scott Hall, located at 540 E. Canfield St.

The event aims to empower women of all ages and backgrounds to make their health a top priority. Mothers, daughters, aunts, grandmothers and girlfriends can nosh on gourmet nibbles and sip wine while strolling through physician-led informational stations covering women’s health topics such as bone density; breast, colorectal and ovarian cancer; diabetes; heart health, reproductive and sexual health; nutrition and healthy eating. A local chef will demonstrate healthy recipes and share tips for healthy cooking.

Attendees may also enter to win an Amazon Kindle Fire, courtesy of the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Wayne State University Physician Group.

This is a free event, but ladies are encouraged to RSVP at

Free parking will be available in Wayne State University parking lot No. 75, located on Canfield Street, between St. Antoine and Brush streets.

The hosts have pledged $1 for every “like” of WSU’s School of Medicine and University Physician Group on Facebook May 13-19, with proceeds benefitting the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries and its affiliated shelters. WSU School of Medicine students provide free medical care to children and families at DRMM’s SAY Detroit Family Health Clinic in Detroit.

To like the Wayne State University School of Medicine on Facebook visit

Note: Canfield St. is closed for construction between John R. and Brush.
Collectors and bargain shoppers alike will be delighted with the fabulous finds at The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Rochester Hills, as its hosts its 8th annual spring auction on Saturday, May 5, 2012.

Nearly 1,000 lots will be available for bid starting at 11 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m., with a preview beginning at 9 a.m.

“From Gibson guitars to full-size cars, The Salvation Army has seen a variety of unique merchandise cross the auction floor. We’re excited to host another successful auction this spring,” said Brian Smith, manager of the Rochester Hills thrift store. “Last year we raised $35,400 for The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers, and we are confident this year’s lineup of items will inspire auction goers to raise their paddles and help a great cause.”

All proceeds from the auction benefit The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Centers, independently funded, 180-day residential rehabilitation programs for adults.

“You never know what you’re going to find,” said Linea Rydstedt, veteran Salvation Army thrift store shopper and auction goer. “I’ve been attending auctions for more than 50 years and The Salvation Army’s auction since its inception. They always have an assortment of cool things you’d never know you wanted!”

This year bidders can expect to see unique and antique housewares, fine oil paintings, various autographed tchotchke, musical instruments, a vintage Electric Razor Scooter and even a beautiful, historic sampler created in 1819. The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Rochester Hills is located at 823 East Auburn Road in Rochester Hills.

For those unable to attend the auction, you are invited to register for absentee bidding and have auction staff place bids for you. To see a full lineup of auction items and to learn more about absentee bidding, visit or contact Oz Zamora at 586-978-0369.

Kick off 8 Weeks Under 8 Mile by spending your day and your dollars in Southwest Detroit for Cinco De Mayo!

Rise and shine. Start your morning off right with breakfast at Steak Hut (1551 W Lafayette Blvd) or Duly’s Place (5458 W Vernor Hwy). Running late? Pick up a breakfast burrito at Evie’s Tamales (3454 Bagley St) or Honey Bee Market (2443 Bagley Street) with a top notch coffee from Cafe Con Leche (4200 W Vernor Hwy).

It’s game time. Next, join us as we kick off 8 Weeks Under 8 Mile, watching Detroit City FC kick off their inaugural season of minor league soccer with an 11am scrimmage versus the Latino All Stars at Historic Fort Wayne (6325 West Jefferson). Admission is free and is a great opportunity to support your new hometown team, check out the historic site, and cheer for Detroit’s youth in Think Detroit PAL’s weekly soccer games taking place on neighboring fields.

Post-game. After the game, head to PJ’s Lager House (1254 Michigan Ave) to celebrate with the team and its supporters, or hit up the street-filling fiesta in Mexicantown (Vernor and Bagley) to soak in the Cinco De Mayo fun.

Hungry? Escape the crowds and head west for a feast at El Naciemento (7400 W Vernor Hwy), Los Altos (7056 W Vernor Hwy), or Springwells’ famous Family Treat (2010 Springwells St) to name a few.

Off to the races. For evening fun, don’t forget about the Kentucky Derby (coverage begins at 5pm). We’ll be at the equestrian-themed Green Dot Stables (2200 W Lafayette Blvd) eating up their trademark new sliders and the watching the big race on the big screens. After the race, keep your night (and neighborhood spending) going with stops at the Black Horse Cantina (7844 W Jefferson Ave) or Abick’s (3500 Gilbert St).

About 8 Weeks Under 8 Mile

8 Weeks Under 8 Mile challenges you to do all of your shopping in Detroit for 8 weeks and share your experience online. The challenge kicks off Saturday, May 5 and ends with a bang on June 30.

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On Thursday, May 17th 2012, Detroit4Detroit will host Crank Up the Cause at Bert’s Warehouse (2739 Russell St) from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. In partnership, event sponsor WDET is giving away $50,000 in free on-air promotions to Detroit4Detroit nonprofit community partners through their Vote For a Cause campaign.

Through May 13th, supporters can vote for their favorite Detroit4Detroit nonprofit to receive the first $25,000 of promotions by visiting The voting will culminate at Crank Up the Cause on May 17th, where attendees can cast their vote for the 2nd $25,000 up for grabs. Detroit4Detroit’s Crank Up the Cause is an event to celebrate local nonprofit organizations and the ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things to support them by leading a Detroit4Detroit project.

Crank Up the Cause will have great local music, food, and fun. But the people and community groups doing good are center stage. Tickets are $10, but that $10 is actually a donation and a WDET vote that the partygoer will give to one of the 20 nonprofits at the event. Attendees can support the following nonprofits — ACCESS, Brightmoor Alliance, COTS, DAPCEP, DRMM, Georgia Street Conservatory, Roosevelt Park, SER Metro Detroit, Summer in the City, The Empowerment Plan, Vanguard CDC, and Wellspring. Several more will be announced shortly.

Crank Up the Cause is co-hosted by WDET, Michigan Corps, 71 POP, Community Next, Detroit Harmonie, I Am Young Detroit, Imagine Detroit Together, Model D, NEW (Nonprofit Enterprise at Work), Ponyride and Texts From Last Night and The Collaborative Group. Tickets are immediately available at

To learn more about sponsoring Detroit4Detroit’s Crank Up the Cause contact Julia Troupe, 313.918.7827,

For more information on Detroit4Detroit, please see recent articles in Model D and the Huffington Post Detroit, or at

For more information, please check out Beyond the Bar's Facebook Page and Website

Click HERE if you would like to be a participating business or sponsor at the live event!

The Wallstreet Journal 

S&P/Case-Shiller reported that its home-prices indexes reached new lows in February, though the pace of decline slowed amid other signs of stabilization.

The composite 20-city home price index, a key gauge of U.S. home prices, dropped 0.8% in February from the previous month and fell 3.5% from a year earlier compared to a 3.9% annual decline in the previous month. Just three cities posted monthly increases — Phoenix, Miami and San Diego.

Phoenix, Detroit, Miami, Denver and Minneapolis were the only cities to post positive annual growth rates. On a seasonally adjusted basis, which aims to take into account the slower selling season in the winter, things looked a little better. The overall 20-city index was up 0.2% from the previous month, and just seven cities posted monthly declines.

Though signs of stabilization are emerging heading into the key selling season, all markets aren’t created equal. “The regional divergence is still huge in this series which means that while some areas have bottomed the country as a whole is still at a volatile inflexion point,” said David Semmens of Standard Chartered PLC.

Read the full S&P/Case-Shiller release.

Below, see data from the 20 metro areas Case-Shiller tracks, sortable by name, level, monthly change and year-over-year change — just click the column headers to re-sort. The Case Shiller indices have a base value of 100 in January 2000. So a current index value of 150 translates to a 50% appreciation rate since January 2000 for a typical home located within the metro market.

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