Photo: Camilo José Vergara

In the fall of 2012, the National Building Museum presents two photography exhibitions exploring the meaning of Detroit, Michigan. In Detroit Disassembled the artist Andrew Moore offers dramatic, classically-inspired images of the ruins found in the Motor City. Detroit Is No Dry Bones, by documentarian Camilo José Vergara, is a portrait of urban flux incorporating sequences of photos taken over two decades. In contrasting approaches to Detroit, Moore shows ruins returning to the earth and Vergara shows a transient city of reinvention. The exhibitions are on view in adjacent galleries from September 30, 2012 through February 18, 2013.

The spectacle of Detroit’s decay has been widely circulated by the traditional press, online, and through social media, triggering debates over what can and should be done for the city. Its post-industrial ruins and abandoned landscapes are seen by many as eyesores in need repair or redevelopment, while outside artists and urban explorers make pilgrimages to the same locations. At the same time, both old and new residents are taking a DIY approach to redefining Motown, starting new businesses, farms, and organizing for positive change. Once the largest and most important manufacturing center of the 20th century, Detroit is a complex shrinking city that has become many cities in one, or in Vergara's words "The Eternal City of the Industrial Age."

Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore

Detroit Is No Dry Bones: Photographs by Camilo José Vergara

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What if the schedule of city-life had recess built into it, just like elementary school? A team of social innovators in Detroit is asking that question with their upcoming project Hopscotch Detroit, a social free-for-all that puts a schoolyard spin on community engagement—and even intends to break a world record, using nearly a ton of chalk, stencils, and city's sidewalks.

Hopscotch Detroit is a joint venture of social design startup Wedge Detroit and community-building initiative Imagine Detroit Together. Since June, the two organizations have conspired to bring a 4.2-mile-long urban hopscotch course to life. Equal parts ode to the classic childhood game and imaginative community event, Hopscotch Detroit's allure is its simplicity: temporarily transforming a street, or a city, into a unified, vibrant playground.

“Hopscotch will cause collisions among people, neighborhoods, artists, businesses, organizations, the design community, and ideas that normally don't sit side-by-side," says Hopscotch Detroit organizer Ajooni Sethi. "The game transcends generations, cultures, and neighborhoods, bringing together a whole mix of folks. That's how you get a 60-year old man from downtown Detroit and a five-year old from Osborn”—a neighborhood on the edge of town—“to share an experience.”

Hopscotch Detroit will draw its first chalk square on September 19 as part of the Detroit Design Festival and plans to debut the completed course on September 22. The course will begin in Downtown Detroit and end in Midtown. Each day of the festival, 30 volunteers will chalk up an additional mile, armed with hand-cut stencils, paint brushes, sponges, paint mixers, knee pads, and non-toxic chalk paint—a combination of flour, corn starch, sugar, water, and tempera paint that should hold up for about three rainfalls.

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Detroit PromoPeople keep asking, “Why are you doing a Techonomy conference in Detroit?” We’re known for our invite-only annual retreat in the desert near Tucson. So why, you may wonder, is our first one-day event in a gritty, depressed, financially-troubled city that seems well past its glory?

The group that had the least trouble answering this question were our highest-profile tech speakers—Jack Dorsey, Steve Case, and Tim Draper. Once they heard we were doing a Techonomy event in Detroit they all said they wanted to be part of it—sometimes literally within seconds. With LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, I hadn’t even finished a sentence before he said, “I’m in.” His schedule later prevented him from coming, but he had instant enthusiasm for the idea.

What these guys who are deeply immersed in changing the world all realize is that the time is now to apply technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship to address our urgent national problems. Detroit, for the very fact that it is among the most challenging corners of our economy, is the perfect place to demonstrate the game-changing potential of these tools. I like to say that Detroit, with its infrastructure so decimated, is literally a green field—for farming (which is really happening here) or for innovation.

Techonomy Detroit, hosted by our close partners at the Detroit Economic Club, aims to shine a light on how technology can transform U.S. competitiveness, create jobs, grow our economy, and revitalize our cities.

If technology is the key ingredient to rejuvenating the American economy, it has to work where the problems are biggest and the task the hardest. Detroit has gone further down than just about any other major city. Its population is less than half what it was in its heyday. A large percentage of those who remain are extremely poor.

But we at Techonomy—and our speakers—believe we are in an era of technology breakthroughs that can enable any community to make rapid progress—if it embraces them. These tools can absolutely be applied in Detroit, or anywhere, to make a dramatic difference—faster than most recognize. That’s the message we hope to convey this coming Wednesday at the conference at Wayne State University. We see promising advances in education, health care, manufacturing, business structure and management, finance, entrepreneurship, urban planning, and yes even in transportation, Detroit’s historic strength.

Click HERE to read the full article on Forbes! 

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Companies that have joined Rock Ventures in Downtown Detroit since August 2010 

Over the past 25 months, more than 60 companies have moved to downtown Detroit in a number of Rock Ventures-owned buildings.

These businesses include:

1528 Woodward (45, 146 sq. feet; former Arts League Building): 
  • Sachse Construction: Offering premium commercial construction services nationwide.
M@dison Building (50,000 sq. feet; 100 percent occupied): 
  • Twitter: A real-time information network that connects people to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news 
  • Skidmore Studio: A leading creative design firm occupying an entire floor in the building 
  • Detroit Venture Partners (DVP): A venture capital firm specializing in funding early stage technology businesses 
  • Detroit Labs: A leader in the development of Android, iOS and web-based applications 
  • UpTo: A new social platform focused on the future tense, allowing users to easily share calendar events 
  • Chez Zara: A full-service espresso bar that specializes in exceptional espresso drinks and organic teas 
  • Bizdom: A non-profit entrepreneurship accelerator for budding web and tech-based startups in Detroit and Cleveland (Bizdom Detroit was previously housed in Wayne State University’s Tech Town) 
  • Are You a Human: The answer to frustrating CAPTCHA entries, Are You a Human uses fun games to verify the authenticity of people completing online forms 
  • Doodle Home: An online interior design destination serving customers, designers and manufacturers of luxury home furnishings 
  • hiredMYway : A company disrupting the traditional “job board” concept that provides an exceptionally better value and experience for both job seekers and employers 
  • TextsFromLastNight (Detroit office): An accidental startup born out of a viral sensation, now one of the leading user-generated content sites for 20-somethings 
  • FLUD: A news-reader application for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices that helps users save time by delivering content they’re most interested in 
  • Marxent Labs: Creator of ShopWith.It, a new app for social shoppers that makes it easy to take your Facebook friends shopping 
  • Ludlow Ventures: An angel and seed-stage venture capital firm investing in web and digital technologies 
  • Aria Ventures: A company specializing in developing and funding startup ventures 
  • 313 Ventures: Stock trader-turned-angel investor, partaking in the rebuild of Detroit, one deal at a time 
  • Vineyard Capital: An investment firm for later-stage private companies, partnering with various groups throughout the 
  • Midwest Roqbot: A social jukebox app that lets you be the DJ at your favorite bars, restaurants, gyms, and stores 
  • Savorfull: Monthly samples of allergy free, nutrient dense foods, delivered right to your doorstep 
  • EBLI: A proprietary system that teaches people of any age and skill level to read to their highest potential 
  • Exxodus Pictures: A production company whose first feature film, Jinn, is now in post-production 
  • GreenLancer: Web-based company that provides businesses a model for cutting development and engineering costs in clean energy projects 
  • GumShoe: A game where players compete against friends and a community of sleuths to solve mysteries, and earn awards, social cred and the occasional real life cache along the way 
  • Quikkly: Short-term deals exclusively for college students 
  • Wedit: A fun, easy, and affordable way to capture, edit, and share wedding memories through the use of HD Flip cameras 
  • Tapjoy: A mobile ad network that lets you discover apps and get in-app rewards when you engage with ads 
  • Thrillist Detroit: Free weekly email that finds the best of what’s new in your neighborhood and on the web 
  • Facility Matrix Group (FMG): The area’s pre-eminent provider of office furniture 
 Chase Tower (505,000 sq. feet; 100 percent occupied):
  • Quicken Loans: The nation’s largest online mortgage lender  
  • One Reverse Mortgage: The largest reverse-only mortgage lender in America and second largest retail provider of reverse mortgage home loans 
  • In-House Realty: A real estate services company matching Quicken Loans clients with pre-screened agents in their community 
 First National Building (800,000 sq. feet; 93 percent occupied): 
  • Title Source: The largest independent provider of title insurance, property valuations and settlement services in the nation 
  • Aerotek: A leading staffing agency that matches qualified candidates with top companies worldwide 
  • Roasting Plant: New York-based coffee company with unique Javabot roasting technology  
Chrysler House (Former Dime Building; 320,000 sq. feet; 92 percent occupied): 
  • Quicken Loans: The nation’s largest online mortgage lender 
  • Chrysler Group LLC: Automotive company that produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Mopar, SRT and Fiat vehicles and products 
  • Just Baked: Specialty cupcake shop and bakery 
  • Rehmann: A company offering accounting, tax planning and financial consulting services 
  • Allied Printing Company: Provides printing, information management, and warehouse & fulfillment services 
  • Hubbard Snitchler & Parzianello PLC: Provides world-class legal service 
  • Professional Moving company that specializes in providing local, long distance, and international relocation services for people and businesses 
  • Elite Fire Safety: A one-stop-shop for fire safety needs 
  • EverStaff: Recruits the most skilled and qualified professionals for organizations of all sizes 
  • FNC Holding Company: Provides insight into the property backing a loan with its data and analytic solutions 
  • GSI: A company specializing in security, network and system integration 
  • Metro Consulting: A full service civil engineering and land surveying consultancy 
  • Reliance One: A full service staffing firm 
  • SCI Marketview: A lead management company for automotive dealers 
  • Corby Energy: Providing construction, engineering and support services to utilities and related businesses 
  • Campus Commandos: Connects clients with the college demographic through the use of student brand ambassadors 
  • Core Merchant: Easy and convenient credit payment solutions for businesses 
Compuware (1, 088,000 sq. feet; Rock Ventures leases four floors; 100 percent occupied): 
  • Quicken Loans: The nation’s largest online mortgage lender 
  • Rock Ventures: An umbrella entity formed to provide operational coordination, guidance, and integration of Dan Gilbert’s portfolio of companies, investments and real estate 
  • Fathead: The Real.Big. brand of officially licensed sports and entertainment graphics products 
  • Bedrock Real Estate Services: Rock Ventures’ full service property management firm, specializing in purchasing, leasing, financing, developing and managing of commercial space 
  • Rockbridge Growth Equity: A Detroit-based private equity firm that invests in mid-stage financial and business services, consumer-direct marketing, and sports, media & entertainment industries 
  • Rock Gaming: A gaming partnership formed with an initial focus to develop full-service casinos in two of Ohio’s largest cities, as well as to explore other potential gaming opportunities elsewhere 
  • Rock Companies: A real estate investment, development, construction and management company focusing on commercial, residential single and multi-family investments in Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio 
  • Quizzle: Website that gives consumers a complete understanding of their credit so they can make better financial decisions 
  • Cup of Zup: Uniquely amusing pop-culture e-newsletter and website 
  • Picket Report: An online neighborhood research tool
George Bezenar, a longtime resident of Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood, talks with Joan Wood, one of the few neighbors near his home on Blackstone.
George Bezenar, a longtime resident of Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood, talks with Joan Wood, one of the few neighbors near his home on Blackstone. / SUSAN TUSA/Detroit Free Press
When George Bezenar moved to Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood nearly 30 years ago, Blackstone Street was filled with people, traffic and neighbors that looked out for one another.

Then came the crack cocaine epidemic, crime and suburban flight, and soon Bezenar, 62, found himself in one of only three occupied houses on his block, surrounded by charred remains, empty fields and homes stripped to the floorboards.

On Friday, as part of a community-led house-swapping project, Bezenar was given keys and a deed to a house 1 mile away, still in Brightmoor, but less burdened by blight.

The project is likely the first of its kind in Detroit, brokered by community groups in response to city plans to realign services and investment in neighborhoods.

The community groups, led by John O'Brien of the Brightmoor Neighborhood Development Corp., intend to move more people as they identify available properties and match them to Brightmoor residents. Bezenar -- who had been robbed multiple times -- decided to stop fixing up his house after his gutters were stolen for scrap metal two years ago.

"It couldn't have come at a better time. I'm very excited," Bezenar said.

The house-swapping project came about when Mayor Dave Bing announced about two years ago plans to move Detroiters out of sparsely populated areas riddled with blight into denser areas of the city. To O'Brien and other community leaders in Detroit, the plan seemed geared to neighborhoods like Brightmoor. But they were concerned about disbanding an established neighborhood, however sparse, and moving people places where they didn't want to go, and perhaps, weren't wanted by their new neighbors.

Along with Brightmoor Alliance and Baber Memorial AME Church, among others, O'Brien came up with a plan -- buy devalued, but reparable, housing stock in well-maintained parts of Brightmoor and give it to people in exchange for their old houses in the desolate parts of the neighborhood.

"We're not trying to force people's hands," O'Brien said, but "let Brightmoor move Brightmoor."

Click HERE to read the full article on Livingston Daily! 

For more information, head on over to the official Dally In The Alley website! 
Think you know the Motor City? Test your knowledge of Detroit’s historic and cultural landmarks, while learning more about the new Detroit Historical Museum, during a 313 Scavenger Hunt!

Round up your friends, coworkers and family members who are history buffs and/or Detroit enthusiasts for a day of friendly competition, good food and great times from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. The afternoon of fun in the city links the new exhibits that are coming to the Detroit Historical Museum as a result of its Past>Forward campaign, to various prominent statues and landmarks in the D.

Starting at 11 a.m. at Hard Rock Cafe Detroit, 45 Monroe Street in Detroit, participants will have the opportunity to register as a team of three to five people, or solo and be paired with a team. Contestants will be asked to contribute a $10 suggested donation per person at the door, benefitting the Detroit Historical Society’s Past>Forward campaign.

Just over a year ago, the Detroit Historical Society launched the public phase of its $20.1 million Past>Forward campaign, an effort to renovate the Detroit Historical Museum, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum and the Detroit Historical Society collections. The upgrades represent the first major renovations to the museum since the 1960s, and on Nov. 23rd, the Detroit Historical Museum will reopen to the public with free admission, allowing visitors to explore new and expanded exhibits, enjoy technology upgrades and experience new educational offerings.

Scavenger hunters will be released into the city at noon with an envelope of clues and a 313 Scavenger Hunt passport which must be stamped by a scavenger hunt staff member at each landmark. The first three teams to find all the landmarks and return to the cafe will be recognized for their speedy efforts with an assortment of prizes courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society and Hard Rock Cafe Detroit.

Additionally, upon registration each participant will be entered in a drawing for two grand prizes, including tickets to a Detroit Lions game and an exclusive sneak preview of the new exhibits at the Detroit Historical Museum.

“The 313 Scavenger Hunt is the Detroit Historical Society’s way of bringing the museum to the public, even while we’re closed for renovations,” said Bob Sadler, director of public and external relations at the Detroit Historical Society. “Each scavenger hunt landmark relates directly to our new exhibits and brings the history represented back to the streets of Detroit, where it all began.”

As an added incentive, Hard Rock Cafe Detroit will also offer food and drink specials to participants throughout the day. Scavenger hunters can enjoy $6 Bloody Mary’s from 11 a.m. to noon and a happy hour featuring half off draft beers, premium wines and malt liquors and $5 mini nachos.

For more information about recycling in Detroit, head on over to Recycle Here! 

Below is a map of locations where you can drop of your recyclables:

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Opa! This September, Greektown will welcome Santorini Estiatorio’s Greek cuisine to Monroe Street. Located in the space formerly known as Mosaic, the new, family-owned restaurant will host an expansive Greek wine list, cocktails with Greek inspired elements and traditional Greek cuisine with a modern twist.

“It’s more than just a new concept for the restaurant,” said Athina Papas, partner, Santorini Estiatorio. “We want to bring a totally new restaurant experience to Detroit and, of course, Greektown.”

Using the original, local building designer, John Janviriya of JJV Design Group, the entire look and feel of the restaurant has been redesigned to make customers feel like they have been transplanted to an island in Greece. Patrons will find features including Grecian shutters, light colors, open windows and a boat hull constructed locally. On Monroe Street, the wall will be removed and replaced with floor-to-ceiling windows and French-style accordion doors and a patio will be installed  and most of the new materials purchased, like furniture, are made in Michigan. One of the walls inside will be decorated by Greek wine bottles and a local artist is recreating scenes from the Greek Isle, Santorini, for murals in the private dining room.

“Our family has been doing business in Detroit for more than 30 years and we couldn’t imagine it any other way,” continued Papas. “We’re tripling our staff for the new restaurant and reinvesting in Greektown.”

The average price per entrée will be $12 - 30 and capacity will increase from 160 to 210. Santorini Estiatorio will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

Santorini Estiatorio is located in the heart of Greektown at 501 Monroe St. in Detroit. For more information and updates, visit

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) will host the 42nd Annual Global Festival celebrating cultural diversity on campus. More than 35 student groups and organizations, organized by continent and representing various countries and cultures, are scheduled to participate.

Each year the festival attracts nearly 4,000 participants.

The event is free and open to the public and includes live music, dance performances, an assortment of ethnic foods for sale and giveaways.

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Gullen Mall on the university’s main campus in Detroit.

Wayne State University is home to nearly 3,000 international students and visiting scholars from 100 countries. The Office of International Students and Scholars was established to aid these individuals in their educational and scholarly pursuits at the university.

For more information about the Global Festival, contact the OISS at 313-577-3422 or visit

"All three Detroit automakers saw double-digit sales increases in August compared with the same month last year," the Detroit Free Press writes. The gains "show that the automotive industry remains one of the economy's few bright spots," it adds.

As the Los Angeles Times puts it, "consumers bought cars at a steady pace in August as the automobile industry continued to help anchor the U.S. economy." Chrysler said it sales rose 14 percent, "on strong demand for Ram pickup trucks,"

The Associated Press reports: "General Motors Co. sales jumped 10 percent, about double expectations, and Ford Motor Co. sales were up 13 percent, about 3 percentage points higher than anticipated," the Detroit News says. It adds that "Fiat's 34 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any Chrysler brand, and August marked Chrysler Group's 29th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains."

Mayor Dave Bing today announced the launch of an innovative text message service that will provide real-time arrival information for City of Detroit buses.

The “Text My Bus“ program allows riders to text their nearest street address or intersection to “50464” and receive messages back indicating nearby bus routes, the closest bus stop and the arrival time for the next bus.

Behold the second annual ranking of how well the 122 franchises in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB spend their money. We’ve used payroll data (from USA Today,, NBC Sports, and to calculate how much teams spent per win over the last five seasons. (For baseball, we also include the first half of the current season.) We then compared every team against league average, producing a total score we call the efficiency index. The median score for every league is zero. The lower the score, the less a team spent for its wins.

This year, we’ve added bonuses for the victories that matter most: wins above .500, playoff wins, and championships. Our scale counts regular season wins once, with a half-win bonus for every win over .500. Playoff wins count for 10 percent of a season; championships for half a season. In their Super Bowl winning season in 2011, for instance, the New York Giants got credit for 9 regular season wins, plus a .5 game bonus for their ninth win—the one that put them above .500. Their 4 playoff wins earned them 6.4 more wins. And the Super Bowl victory 8 more, for a total of 23.9 “weighted” wins.

Click HERE to see which Ilitch owned franchise slid into the #3 spot.......


Since April, we've been documenting pockets of innovation across America, under the premise that today's flux-driven economy can support entrepreneurs in any city, no matter how small and far-flung. In many ways, that underdog status is a boon, enabling outlandish ideas that wouldn't rate in more competitive markets, such as San Francisco and New York. Take Madison, Wisconsin, where progressive legislation is helping produce a new generation of tech startups, or Northern Arkansas, which has transformed into a hub for innovative retail companies in part because the biggest retailer of all, Walmart, is based there. The old barriers to starting and growing a business no longer abide. Here, we round up the best ideas emerging from some of the country's least likely places.

Detroit, Michigan 

Detroit Labs embodies the gonzo spirit of innovation that pervades Detroit. The one-year-old startup designs and builds mobile applications for big clients like Chevrolet and Domino's, but it also lets employees devote one day a week to totally independent projects. "Our goal is to empower the actual developers to become entrepreneurs," cofounder Dan Ward says.

Click HERE to read the full article on Fast Company!

Good news on several fronts. Our Olympic application for cornhole inclusion in the 2016 Rio games has been finalized and sent. Early hurdles include our “non-negotiable” that has to do with allowing individual costumes. We’re hopeful.

Until we hear back, the Detroit Cornhole Championship remains the world’s only sanctioned event. Which brings us to the best news yet…the registration link is up and we’re ready to throw some corn and crown the 2012 world champion on September 16th.

Sure “world champion” is heady stuff, but make no mistake, our chances increase if you can’t play well. Therefore, amateurs are heavily encouraged.

And, it’s not inconsequential that this year’s event is part of the R U Park Festival, with all proceeds going towards the all-important, ever-evolving Roosevelt Park. Future plans for park awesomeness include a skate park and much, much more, so it would be worth your expenditure even if you didn’t play. Let’s do this!

Just prior to publication of this very document, here’s what we’re able to confirm about the day:

• Pulled pork in the Slows tradition
• Fine, hand-selected beer
• Corn-themed live music provided some of Detroit’s finest bands
• A gallery of non-heckling cornhole fans from around the globe
• The greatest corn-bag tossing day on earth….ever How?
• Get your teammate and get in now, space is limited. Registration deadline is September 7th.

Register on-line with your team name and the name of both team members at (more information will be sent as we get closer to the event)

Show up. Drink beer. Toss well

Ships of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and Royal Canadian Navy are scheduled to visit Detroit as part of the Navy’s Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and Navy Week, Sept. 3-10. The week will be packed with family-friendly special events recognizing the Navy for keeping the sea lanes free for more than 200 years.

Area residents will have the opportunity to learn about the Navy’s role during the War of 1812 and about today’s Navy’s capabilities and relevance to national security. Visitors will get a chance to see the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Navy firsthand through a wide array of community events and outreach activities. During the festivities, the public can visit Navy ships, attend concert performances by the U.S. Navy Band from Great Lakes, IL, view performances by the Navy Color Guard, and ride in the Navy flight simulator. Additionally, three U.S. Navy Admirals will be on hand for the festivities including Rear Admiral Sinclair M. Harris, Rear Admiral Gregory M. Nosal, and Detroit-native Rear Admiral John E. Jolliffe. The public will also get the chance to meet with active and reserve sailors and officers from the visiting ships, Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Michigan and Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Detroit.

"Just as last year, Detroit Navy Week 2012 will be our chance to demonstrate the mission of the U.S. Navy and our proud heritage; and this year is extra special as we commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 - a great Naval victory," said Rear Admiral Harris, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet. "America's Navy invites the city of Detroit to come out to see us as at the community events. We also look forward to performing various community service projects and engage with local corporate and community leaders."

Arriving at the city’s riverfront on Sept. 4 will be the coastal patrol ship USS Hurricane (PC 3), the frigate USS De Wert (FFG 45) and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay, accompanied by the historic US Brig Niagara – a War of 1812 replica tall ship first constructed using the original wreckage salvaged from a Lake Erie bay in 1913. Also, the Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Ville de Quebec will be pierside in Windsor, Ontario. All ships will be open for public visitation and private tours are available upon request.

Sailors and officers from NRD Michigan, NOSC Detroit, the visiting ships, as well as local U.S. Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate in many community service and outreach projects, including volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, and interacting with youths at the local Boys and Girls Clubs and Detroit Children’s Hospital.

“This year, Navy Week is more important than ever as we commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of our National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner,” said Rear Admiral Nosal, commander of Carrier Strike Group Two. “The U.S. Navy is our nation’s front line in war and peace, operating on, above and below the water. I look forward to our Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard team visiting Detroit and showcasing our ships as well as the men and women on watch 24 hours a day protecting our way of life.”

The War of 1812, also known as America’s second war for independence, is regarded by many as the conflict that started our country’s rise to global influence. From 1812 to 1815, the United States fought to expand to the north and west, and to assert rights to trade freely with other countries without interference from Britain’s Royal Navy ships on the high seas. America’s modern Navy and its role as a global maritime force are deeply rooted in the events of 1812 to 1815.

 Click HERE for the full event schedule.
Detroit resurgent? VentureBeat is coming to the Motor City in September

A month ago I wrote a snarky column about Detroit, the site of the first satellite location for the U.S. Patent office in its 200-year history.

The response was huge, and the response was immediate: Detroit is alive, Detroit is resurgent, and Detroit is kicking ass. And among them was an invitation … to come and see for ourselves.

“There are an enormous number of myths about Detroit,” said Josh Linkner, a venture capitalist at Detroit Venture Partners. “It’s really good to be here,” said Bill Emerson, the chief executive of Quicken Loans, the largest online loan company in the U.S.

So we’re coming. And we’re going to see.

VentureBeat will be in Detroit on Sept. 11-14, and we want to see all the cool startups. A sign-up form is at the bottom of this post. Tell us what you’re doing, why it’s cool, and why we should chat with you.

What we’re hearing right now is that downtown Detroit is nothing like the news stories and gloomy photo galleries that get so much national attention. That Detroit is vibrant, growing, and alive.

“We wanted to help rebuild Detroit through entrepreneurship,” says Linkner. “But it goes much father than just a social imperative — Detroit is a great place to be a technology entrepreneur.”

Detroit’s costs are very low he says, about one-third those at Silicon Valley or Silicon Alley. Engineers are 50 percent cheaper, and with the University of Michigan and Michigan State nearby, the region has big supply of talent. That’s important, since Detroit Venture Partners runs an accelerator in the newly renovated M@dison building.

“When we launched in 2010,” Linkner told me, “there were zero venture funds. Today there are 12 to 15 funds.”

Detroit Venture Partners is the most active with 15 investments so far, all in technology.

Click HERE to read the full article by John Koetsier on VentureBeat!
The 11th annual Tour de Troit, a bicycle tour through Detroit’s historic neighborhoods, will be held on Saturday, September 15 starting at Roosevelt Park. The event enables cyclists to explore the city while taking in many of its spectacular sights.

The event has continued to grow in participants over the years, and organizers are planning for 5,000 riders this year. The route will be closed to automobile traffic, a first for Tour de Troit. The City of Detroit has approved a closed course, blocking off the appropriate roads for the duration of the ride. Because no cars can enter the course streets, the cyclists will not need a police escort.

“We are so excited to once again give Tour de Troit participants the one-of-a-kind opportunity to see Detroit when riding along with thousands of fellow cyclists,” said Vittoria Katanski, Tour de Troit co-director. “This year, our riders will enjoy a new and exciting course taking them through wonderful neighborhoods and business districts.”

The event offers two routes – one for the more recreational rider and another for more experienced cyclists. The leisure course runs approximately 30 miles and the alternative course is a Metric Century, 62 miles. Registration and sign-in will begin at 7:30 a.m.; the Metric Century ride will depart at 8 a.m. with the main group departing at 9 a.m. Both courses start and end at Roosevelt Park in Detroit at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and 14th Street, Corktown. For a pre-ride pick-me-up, McDonald’s will supply yogurt parfaits and Great Lakes Coffee will be serving the java.

Registration costs $40 per rider and $35 for students. The cost increases on September 1 to $50/$45. Day-of registration costs $65 for all participants, but space is limited to 5,000 riders and participants are encouraged to register now. The Metric Century 62-mile option is sold out.

The Tour de Troit will be supported with approximately 50 sweepers and six support and gear (SAG) vehicles. Sweeper and SAG teams include experienced cyclists ready to assist participants with course instructions, changing flat tires or completing minor repairs on the road. If for any reason a rider cannot complete the course, the SAG team will take rider and bike back to Roosevelt Park. Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop, American Cycle and Fitness, The Hub of Detroit, Detroit Bicycle Co., Suicide Squad and Bikes and Murder sponsor the sweeper and SAG teams.

A rest stop, supported by Vitamin Water, Eastern Market Co. and Whole Foods, is located at the Detroit Boat Club on Belle Isle approximately halfway through the ride.

The ride culminates with a party in Roosevelt Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the shadow of Michigan Central Station featuring food and drink from local restaurants like Slow’s Bar B Que, Gonella Subs, Honeybee Market, Paul’s Pizza, Traffic Jam & Snug, Organaman and MillKing It Productions.

Flagstar Bank, a new Tour de Troit sponsor, covers maintenance fees and permit costs, allowing one hundred percent of participant entry fees to benefit greenways development in Detroit. The event has already raised more than $100,000 for cycling infrastructure in Detroit, including the Southwest Detroit Greenlink.

"Flagstar Bank is proud to be a sponsor of an event that helps financially support and build community awareness for our local greenways and bicycle routes,” said Mary Anne Parks, vice president, Event Management, at Flagstar. “We are committed to making a difference in Detroit and across Michigan, and Tour de Troit is a perfect match for our goals."

Advance registrations include a t-shirt; sizes are not guaranteed for day-of registration.

On-street parking is available at Roosevelt Park, but riders are encouraged to take the SMART bus or cycle to the event. Additional offsite parking is available at University of Detroit Dental School, Motor City Casino and Hotel and the State of Michigan Welcome Center, all of which are located within a ten-minute pedal of Roosevelt Park. Lodging partners for the event are Motor City Casino and Hostel Detroit.

To register and find out more information, visit .

About Tour de Troit: The Tour de Troit is an annual event that raises funds to support non-motorized infrastructure in Detroit, including the Southwest Detroit Greenlink. The bicycle tour takes riders through the city’s historic areas, showcasing Detroit’s sites and landmarks.

Click HERE for the full article on Google's Blog!
My friend Jim's great aunt. Photo was taken in Detroit, circa 1961.
Erin Rose
Positive Detroit Original

I feel it is time the City of Detroit got a little creative with their crime prevention tactics.  What is Einstein's definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

I stress this is not a knock on the Detroit Police Department, Chief Godbee, or Mayor Bing.  This article is about getting creative and taking a look at what other cities have successfully done to lower/prevent crime without spending a lot of money.  I know this is hard for some people to grasp, but throwing more money at the problem does not exactly solve it, nor does saturating the streets with police presence.

Recently an article in Business Week paints a very realistic portrait of what is happening within city limits:  Midtown crime rates are going down while crime in other neighborhoods is going up.

To make matters worse, someone over at the Detroit News stumbled upon Google Maps somewhere between their power hour of Solitaire and agonizing over crafting the perfect someecard for their Facebook page and created the "Deadliest Crime Map."  Nothing says "Visit Detroit" like an online interactive map with up to the minute pins marking the most recent crimes.  Thanks for continuing to be a great ambassador of the city, guys.  So very 'Pure Michigan' of you.

So it looks like it is high time we roll up our sleeves, take matters into our own hands, and do something about this (and give certain publications some other uses for the internets).

Now before I present this list to you, I want to point out that there is no direct reliance on the said city government being solely responsible for the change.  It was a partnership and collective effort between residents, business owners, and the city government.  So instead of whining about Detroit's lack of funds and continuing to beat a dead horse, let's band together and make a change.

All in favor, read on.

Here is my list of three Creative, Inexpensive, and PROVEN ways Detroit can start lowering crime today:

1.  Play Classical Music

I see that eyebrow raise. Cue Gary Coleman's famous line, "Whatcha talkin' about, Willis?"

Playing classical music deters crime you ask.

The answer is a resounding "Yes."

Below are real world success stories to prove it.  Above is a video from the Library of Congress in D.C explaining the psychology behind it.  

2011, Los Angeles California  - Mayor R. Rex Pariss had 70 speakers installed along a half mile of Lancaster Blvd and for five hours a day, played a blend of classical music and bird songs (birds chirping).  Mayor Pariss believed the bird song and music combination would calm citizens and essentially deter crime.

After 10 months of playing the bird song/classical music combination:
  • Minor crimes fell 15%.
  • Major crimes fell 6%.
  • Maria Elena Grado, who runs the Lemon Leaf Café, says the area was "crime infested" when she opened in 2006. "Everybody laughed at the idea, but people don't even realize the things that make them tick."
2004, London England -  British Transport Police played classical music over loudspeakers in the most dangerous parts of London Underground stations.

After 6 months:
  • Robberies dropped by 33%.
  • Assaults on staff by 25%.
  • Vandalism of trains and stations by 37%.
2001, West Palm Beach Florida - Police mounted a CD player and speakers on an abandoned building and piped Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven 24 hours a day after Sgt. Ron Ghianda had learned about music being used for nuisance abatement in Texas at a seminar.

The corner had been a problem for 15 years and police occasionally increased patrols in the area for weeks at a time. Police Chief Ric Bradshaw demanded a permanent solution after a murder in the area in March.

They spent less than $500 for a CD player and speakers. The department also installed better lighting and cut down trees that provided shade in the daytime.

  • Drug-related calls dropped to four from February through June, compared to 20 during the same period in 2000, according to the police department.
  • Calls for service were down to 83 from 119 last year during those five months. 
  • According to Mamie Durham, 80, a 60-year resident of the neighborhood, "If someone ever told me Tamarind would look like this I wouldn't believe them. I remember when you used to have to walk in the street because (loiterers would) be on the sidewalk. It's cleaned up." 
Playing classical music also has deterred gangs of youth from hanging outside stores, reports of troublemakers and graffiti were dramatically reduced, according to a supermarket chain in the UK.

"It is mostly easy listening music that we are playing such as Bach, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi and Mozart. It is a novel concept, but it does work and does move people on," said regional loss prevention manager Steve Hogarth. "The fact that youths hang outside the store is not a crime in itself, but the perception among staff and customers is that it is intimidating. It seems to make it a 'less cool' place to hang out if there is classical music playing."

Note: Studies conclude that the most effective classical music is from the Baroque period

Just imagine Detroit with the sounds of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra pouring into the streets.  They even make it convenient and inexpensive with their new app! Maybe this could be a new twist on the DIA's Inside|Out Exhibit and showcase different DSO concerts throughout the city.  Hmmm......

For those of you with a sense of humor:  Bust out the Barry Manilow.  Our friends from down under in Australia discovered that playing the sweet sounds of Barry on loop is unbearable to the ears of "delinquent  youth." It has officially been dubbed as the "Manilow Method."  So clear the cobwebs off your ghetto blaster and soon you will be humming this line with a smile "Well, you came and you gave without taking, but I sent you away, oh Mandy....."

2. Plant More Urban Farms

Oh, here is something Detroit is getting really good at!

In 2000, 54,000 lots were vacant in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society reclaimed 4,400 (8% of the existing vacant lots) planted trees and gardens along with erecting 3ft fences.

Over a 10 year span, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society beautification and farming project:
  • Reduced shootings in the areas surrounding these lots.
  • People become more in touch with their neighbors and felt more connected with each other.
  • Calls from neighbors complaining of nuisance crimes (loitering, public urination, excessive noise) went up significantly in the immediate vicinity of the newly greened land, something that had not happened in the past.
  • Research has shown that if you diminish violence, people will be less stressed, and less-stressed people eat healthier.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has begun to look at greening as a tool for violence prevention.
This is also helping to combat violence in schools.  Principal Myra Sampson of Community Alternative Academy on Chicago's West-Side had a garden built to help squash the gun violence occurring at her school.  The garden has become a place where students AND the community come together. The dramatic increase of students becoming invested in each other and the project has led to Sampson to request 10 more vacant lots adjacent to her to school to be turned over for more urban garden and orchard projects. 

3.  Make Streets More Walkable

Photo From Wayne State University 

At the end of 2009, Rotterdam (Netherlands) police created an experimental project called "The Neighbourhood Takes Charge." 

This was a joint effort between the police and local residents, encouraging them to draw up a list of things that they wanted to see improved to make their community safer and happier.

The police then spent 16 hours per week solving the issues that were most important to local tax-payers.

Police of course expected local citizens to list the more serious crimes, like burglary or drugs, at top of the list.

To their surprise, these three items were the most popular:
  1. Street cleaning.
  2. Dog mess.
  3. Reducing traffic speeds. 
Nearly all of the most popular suggestions involved improving the street environment and making streets more walk-friendly.

Rather than neglecting serious crimes, they actually saw some dramatic reductions in all sorts of crime over a two year period.  The UK Government took note and sent the Policing Minister to Holland to see if this new approach could work in the UK.
  • Drug crime dropped by 30%.
  • Burglary dropped by 22%.
  • Vandalism dropped by 31%.
  • Traffic offences dropped by 19%.
  • Theft dropped by 11%.
  • Violence dropped by 8%.


The July RE/MAX National Housing Report has followed the trend on an improving housing market since the start of 2012. The trend continued in July, as home sales were 10.3 percent higher than sales last July and year-over-year home sales have now risen for 13 consecutive months. Median home prices have now reached levels higher than the previous year for six months in a row, with an increase of 3.7 percent over July 2011. Inventory is now becoming a serious challenge to this recovering market, with available homes-for-sale falling 26.8 percent lower than the same month last year. Home sales could be much greater if more inventory was available, especially in the lower price range, where most sales are now occurring. With increased demand and shrinking inventory, the average Days on Market of homes sold in July was 82.

The Median Sales Price of homes sold in July was $169,000. This price marks a 3.7 percent increase over the median of July 2011, but is off fractionally from prices seen in June, down 0.6 percent. The annual increase of 3.7 percent marks the sixth month in a row with year-over-year increases. Of the 53 metro areas surveyed for the July RE/MAX National Housing Report, an impressive 42 reported price increases over last year, with 12 metro areas experiencing double-digit gains, including: Phoenix, Ariz. +33.1 percent; Boise, Idaho +22.1 percent; San Francisco, Calif. +20.6 percent; Little Rock, Ark. +14.5 percent; Detroit, Mich. +14.1 percent; and Las Vegas +13.2 percent.

For all homes sold during the month of July, the average Days on Market was 82. This represents a drop of two days from the average in June and six days from July 2011. July represents the second month since September 2011 with a Days on Market below 90, and the lowest average since July 2010. The Days on Market average continues to fall in many markets due to low inventory. Days on Market is the number of days between first being listed in an MLS and when a sales contract is signed.

Click HERE to read the full report! 
Historic Pewabic Pottery is welcoming families with a creative flair to come out and experience the studio’s 5th annual Family Fun Day. The free-of-charge family-friendly day of artistic exploration features clay themed games such as fishing for ceramic goldfish, clay target practice and the building of a clay community.

In the courtyard, Pewabic artists will demonstrate the skilled art of clay wheel throwing and other fascinating techniques. A variety of “make-and-take” activities will be available for guests to create artwork of their own for $5 per project. Guests will also enjoy free face painting and guided tours of the historic building – scheduled for 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 21 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Pewabic Pottery
10125 E. Jefferson Ave. Detroit, MI
48214 (313) 822-0954

General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson plans to auction his 1958 Corvette with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity Detroit and the rebuilding of the Morningside Commons neighborhood on the city’s lower east side.

Akerson and his wife Karin are active in Detroit donating their time, money and fundraising support to several charitable groups. They made a personal, cornerstone $1 million donation in February to help launch
“Leaders to Rebuild Detroit,” Habitat Detroit’s three-year, $25 million initiative to serve at least 500 families in Morningside Commons through house construction, rehabilitation, critical repairs and energy-efficiency upgrades.

 “A strong America is built on strong communities, and building those communities starts with one hammer, one nail and one person – and from there it’s contagious,” Akerson said. “My wife, Karin, and I want to see this effort to rebuild our headquarters city catch on, spread out and draw scores more volunteers and millions more in contributions."

For more information about the Corvette, click HERE

Detroit’s own Kid Rock is partnering with the Detroit Historical Society to help share the story of the city’s musical past and inspire its future.

The Kid Rock Foundation is donating $250,000 to the Society to establish what will be known as the Kid Rock Music Lab, an interactive gallery that covers more than 100 years of Detroit’s musical history. It will span a myriad of genres from jazz and blues to gospel, funk, rock, pop, techno and hip hop ­– all of which have defined Detroit in song.

The donation was derived from Bob “Kid Rock” Ritchie’s own love for the City of Detroit. As a result, everyone from Motown legends like Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson to rock gods like Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and the MC5 will be represented in the gallery, as will Kid Rock himself. The performer’s music has evolved since his early days. As Kid Rock rose to international prominence, his own music has transcended boundaries. Known for experimentation, he fuses multiple musical genres that resonate with Detroit audiences to create a distinct sound all his own.

The Kid Rock Music Lab will offer more than a solid education in the history of these amazing artists. It will grant visitors a glimpse at the concert-going experience itself, a reminder of venues of past and present where musicians made their way to stardom, including the Grande Ballroom and Baker’s Keyboard Lounge. The Kid Rock Music Lab will explore the way in which song has inspired generations to demand R.E.S.P.E.C.T. and reflect the struggles of the era, including the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War.

“We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Kid Rock for making this lab a reality,” said Bob Bury, executive director and chief executive officer of the Detroit Historical Society. “Our intention from the beginning of this partnership was to showcase Detroit as a city with a rich musical history. We believe that is the sentiment that will emanate from the Kid Rock Music Lab as all genres and aspects of the Detroit music scene are represented. Our challenge in creating it has been managing to fit in as much of the city’s exciting and important musical past as possible.”

Visitors will not only see and hear stories of Detroit music – they will experience it for themselves. The music lab stays true to its name by offering this array of interactive activities meant to educate, entertain and inspire:

· Name That Artist – sample Detroit’s Greatest Hits and guess the singer.
· Kid Rock Picture Stop – Play in Kid Rock’s band and have your picture taken.
· Concert Stage – Feel what it’s like to be on stage, in concert with Kid Rock, Aretha Franklin, Bob Seger or The Supremes. · Mix Your Own Music Station – Experiment with sounds and vocals to create your own song.
· Detroit Music Trivia – Test your knowledge.

 “We believe the Kid Rock Music Lab will be an inspiring new exhibit for museum-goers,” said Bury. “We envision our school groups will try out the interactive stations and leave with the notion that they not only understand the music of artists like Aretha Franklin and Kid Rock that much better, but that they will feel empowered enough to make their own music. The intention behind the new Kid Rock Music Lab is to help usher in the next generation of Detroit’s great musical artists.”

The quarter-million dollar donation supporting the Kid Rock Music Lab marks the Kid Rock Foundation’s largest outright charitable contribution to date. The lab, 1,400 square feet, will be located adjacent to one of the Detroit Historical Museum’s brand new galleries, the Allesee Gallery of Culture, which highlights the past century in Detroit pop culture.

These additions are part of the Detroit Historical Society’s $20.1 million Past>Forward campaign, an effort to renovate the Detroit Historical Museum, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum and the Detroit Historical Society collections. The upgrades represent the first major renovations to the museum since the 1960s.

On Nov. 23rd, the Detroit Historical Museum will reopen to the public, allowing visitors to explore new and expanded exhibits, enjoy technology upgrades and experience new educational offerings.

Jay Walljasper: Not Your Father’s Motor City

Cities are complex hives of human activity that highlight all that’s inspiring and troubling about modern life, often at the same time. Like any commons, they are made up of interconnnecting relationships that transcend our neat divisions into rich and poor, thriving and troubled.

New York’s revitalized districts sizzle with creative fervor yet other parts of town struggle with poverty and crime. Chicago’s Lakefront exudes prosperity while pockets of the West and South sides look like they’ve been bombed. Even an economically challenged city like Philadelphia sports charming, bustling Center City neighborhoods along with extensive post-industrial ruins.

We expect extremes in American cities–except in the case of Detroit, which all too often viewed as one, big, monolithic mess. Folks elsewhere can’t even imagine the existence of beloved spots in the city like the Riverwalk, Campus Martius square, Eastern Market, the Dequindre Cut bike trail, cozy neighborhood restaurants or hot music clubs. Ambitious downtown redevelopment projects come as shock. So does a housing shortage in the flourishing Midtown area–home to Wayne State University and two world-class medical centers, Detroit Medical Center and Henry Ford Health System.

And that’s only part of what people don’t know about Detroit. While the rebounding downtown and Midtown districts fit the usual pattern of urban progress–established institutions and developers guiding most of the changes — other parts of town are following a different playbook for revitalization.

The best example is Southwest Detroit.

Click HERE to read the full article!


Eight years ago, when my husband and his brother bought three buildings on a run-down block in Corktown, a mile southwest of downtown Detroit, the structures were such a wreck that you could stand in the basement and see the sky. 

Today, the entire block is bustling with new businesses. Charming side streets lined with candy-colored Victorians and a vibrant food scene -- including my brother-in-law's Slows Bar B Q and urban farms such as ACRE and Brother Nature -- are drawing a fresh wave of pioneers to the neighborhood, which was first established by Irish immigrants in the 1830s.

Last December, I opened a tiny inn above Slows called Honor & Folly. Here, a list of the don't-miss places I share with my guests.

Click HERE to read the full article by Honor & Folly owner and Corktown Resident, Meghan McEwen in Martha Stewart Living!
(Diego) Rivera Court 
Start your Detroit tour at DIA, the city's crown jewel. The Detroit Institute of Arts opened at its current location, near downtown, in 1927, during the post–World War I auto-industry boom that made Detroit one of the world's wealthiest cities. The museum's Beaux Arts building is massive, with more than 100 galleries, but if you choose carefully among the collections, you can be in and out in two hours. Check out the works by Degas and Cézanne and the collection of pieces by African-American artists; also, definitely see Diego Rivera's expansive mural known as Detroit Industry. Finally, spend a few moments to reflect in the Kresge Court, an inner courtyard and café.

DIA locates you in the center of Detroit's cultural scene, and there are other museums worth visiting in the area, notably the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, which houses the world's largest exhibit on African-American culture.

For lunch, walk — yes, people walk in Detroit, at least in this neighborhood — to a popular creperie nearby, Good Girls Go to Paris, or check out Wasabi Korean & Japanese Cuisine in the same building.

Click HERE to read Time Magazine's full list of things to do in Detroit (and where to stay and shop!)!  
Pewabic Pottery (Pewabic) today announced the launch of a new group aimed at targeting the next generation of cultural enthusiasts. Copper & Clay: Pewabic’s New Leadership Initiative is a committee of engaged, young professionals providing their leadership skills and experience in support of Pewabic’s mission.

The vision of Copper & Clay is to “engage, network, cultivate” with the goal of expanding membership among young adults. The committee is dedicated to growing Pewabic’s associate level membership for persons under age 35 by creating a rotation of events and cultivating the energy and passion of metro Detroit’s young professionals.

The group’s first event is a summer preview party which will take place Thursday, Aug. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Pewabic courtyard. The networking event will feature hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. The event is for adults age 35 years or younger.

Guests will enjoy giveaways, guided tours of Pewabic’s National Historic Landmark building and exclusive access to preview the annual summer sale featuring discounts of up to 50 percent on seconds, overruns and imperfects of Pewabic gift tile, vases and architectural tile.

Tickets for the summer preview party are $30, which include entry into the summer preview party and a year-long Pewabic membership at the associate level, or $15 for event entry only. Current associate level members can purchase tickets at a discounted rate of $5. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.

To purchase tickets call (313) 626-2077 or email Lou at Tickets can also be purchased online at

Pewabic Pottery is a non-profit arts and cultural organization and National Historic Landmark which is dedicated to engaging people of all ages in learning experiences with contemporary ceramic art and artists while preserving its historic legacy.

Pewabic is a historic working pottery which is open to the public year round and offers classes, workshops and tours to children and adults. Pewabic creates giftware, pottery and architectural tile, showcases more than 80 ceramic artists in its galleries, and operates a museum store that features pottery and gift tile made on-site. Visitors are welcome, free of charge, Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. To learn more about Pewabic Pottery call (313) 626-2000 or visit Pewabic Pottery is located at 10125 E. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit across the street from Waterworks Park.