Courtney Smith, 27
Chris Krsteski, 32

Café d'Mongo's Speakeasy
So, you're a bartender? Is that what you call yourself?

COURTNEY SMITH: I call myself a lot of things. But when I'm here, that's what other people call me.

You call yourself a speakeasy. What secret activities are engaged in? 

CHRIS KRSTESKI: I try to raid my dad's stash of moonshine and keep that here at all times. Ryan Gosling came in here two weeks in a row. We did a shot with him, and he killed, like, three bottles with us. Larry [Mongo, our boss] brought it out. We got ruined. Brought out another one the next time he came back, and another one. Started jamming on the piano. He was totally cool. He started playing "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" on the piano.

What's the city's drink?

CS: I have a drink I like to make — the Detroit Brown. It's whiskey, Vernors [ginger ale], bitters, and a secret ingredient. People in Detroit drink a lot of ginger ale.
CK: We have another one called the 1439 — that's our address. That's just Captain Morgan and Rock & Rye.

Morgan and what?

CK: Rock & Rye. It's a Faygo. It's a Detroit-based soda.

You guys seem really into soda.

CK: We call it pop.

What do you know about drinking that the rest of us don't?

CK: One of the things people love is seeing their bartender doing a shot with them. "No way! He can drink?"

Why do people go to a bar?

CS: When you're at a restaurant, you're not getting up from your table, saying, "Nice tie. Let's talk."

Read the full article HERE on Esquire!  

Back in the bad old days, office workers in downtown Detroit staged a macabre daily sporting event. At quitting time there would be a mad dash to the parking lot — eyes out for muggers, or worse — then, quick, fire up the car and race home to the suburbs. As night fell, downtown turned into a ghost town.

Those days are a dim memory — and not just on sunny days like Thursday, when Game 4 of the American League Championship Series drew more than 40,000 Tiger fans downtown to Comerica Park, their eyes dancing with visions of sweeping the despised Yankees from the playoffs. Today, as often as not, people who work downtown don’t race home to the suburbs for a simple reason that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago: they also live downtown, in buildings that once stood empty.

The reverse exodus has become so pronounced that downtown Detroit can now be fairly accused of imitating such desirable New York addresses as Chelsea or TriBeCa. Yes, it’s gotten so bad — or good — that it’s now nearly impossible to find a vacant apartment to rent in downtown Detroit.

Mandy Davenport is a recent volunteer in this army of foot soldiers, mostly young people, who have moved into downtown. Many work in high-tech jobs, or they pursue creative careers while supporting themselves with day jobs, or, like Davenport, they’re part of the real estate boom.

“The only thing I used to know about downtown Detroit was Tigers games,” says Davenport, 30, who moved from tiny Williamston, near Lansing, about six weeks ago to take a job as office manager in the Broderick Tower, an elegant 34-story tower on Woodward Avenue that is being converted into luxury apartments. “My friends in California told me I was stupid to move here, I’m going to get killed. Frankly, I thought it was going to be scarier. There’s a lot to do — bars, restaurants, concerts, games, the Eastern Market. It’s a lot of young people, people moving in from the suburbs. A lot of people want to walk to work.”

As she speaks, she’s standing in the Broderick’s duplex penthouse apartment that looks down onto the diamond where the Tigers and Yankees are doing battle. From the other side of the apartment you can see the muscular clump of downtown skyscrapers, the silver ribbon of the Detroit River behind it and, off in the distance, Windsor and the vastness of Ontario.

Click HERE to read the full article on The New York Times!

Buffalo Rising: 'Surprising Road Trip: Detroit'

2012_0902AE.JPGIf you have ever visited the city of Detroit but haven't been back there in the last few years, you may be in for a pleasant surprise. The city has endured enormously difficult times, especially recently, but if there is one bright spot in Detroit, it would be the city's heart, downtown. Much has changed since I first visited Detroit in 2002. Businesses, retailers and restaurants have opened downtown, which is amazing considering it was written-off for dead. Quicken Loans, General Motors, Compuware and others large and small have made significant investments. The riverfront, waterfront and Campus Martius have become draws. Downtown is also seeing an influx of people to live, work and play.

Vacancies continue to plague the city, but downtown's historic properties, many vacant for decades, are finding new uses. Buildings are being renovated into offices, lofts or hotels, including the Westin Book-Cadillac hotel which is a model for the reusing Buffalo's Statler. At 29 stories, the Book-Cadillac was the world's tallest hotel when it was built back in 1924. It was vacated and left for dead in 1983 until finding new life in 2008.

This hotel, and the Holiday Inn Express across the street, have put some life back on Washington Boulevard, which was a failed pedestrian mall similar to Main Street in Buffalo. Like the Statler in Buffalo, the Book-Cadillac has played host to numerous weddings and receptions, bringing much-needed business into downtown.

Each of my four stays at the Book-Cadillac have been great and the rooms are very nice. The hotel takes up the first 23 floors and the top six floors are luxury condos. The Westin's trademark Heavenly Beds are almost second-to-none in comfort. Rooms are modern yet retain reminders of the building's history. There's even a cool gift shop of Detroit "swag" on the ground.

Redevelopment in the city has been focused on sports (Comerica Park, Ford Field and Joe Louis Arena), the arts and culture (Detroit's Theater District is said to be second only to New York's for the number of theaters), education, health care, and casinos (three).

My last visit was in September, while attending a couple of Detroit Tigers games and over the weekend, paid a visit to the Henry Ford Museum in the nearby suburb of Dearborn (which is about a $20 cab ride or 7 miles from downtown). The museum includes the incredible historic Greenfield Village, where you can find Henry Ford's childhood farm and home, the Wright Brothers Bike Shop and House, and Thomas Edison's Menlo Park Laboratory.

Click HERE to read the full article on Buffalo Rising! 
Photo: Detroit News

Road trip, thy name is trepidation.

What’s the source of this dread I’m feeling? It’s not the fact that I left my Alphabet City apartment in the predawn dark on Tuesday and pointed the snout of my rust-bucket 1989 Mazda west toward my hometown, Detroit, 600 miles distant. It’s not even the sheer lunacy of my day’s itinerary — across the George Washington Bridge and the Garden State, then over the corduroy hump of Pennsylvania, and finally across that enormous dinner plate of a battleground state called Ohio.

All of this just to go back home to see my beloved Detroit Tigers take on the Yankees on Tuesday night in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.

(Wait a minute, you’re thinking, a man in the 21st century wants to get from New York to Detroit to see a baseball game, and he drives? Well, yes, because I was born and raised in Detroit, and when a Detroit guy wants to go somewhere, he gets into a car and drives there. It beats showing up at La Guardia six hours before your scheduled departure and then being treated like a criminal. I rest my case for keeping my wheels on the road.)

Most surprising of all, my dread is not coming from a feeling that the Yankees’ batters are going to wake from their collective coma and start Ping-Ponging hits all over the park.

No, my dread comes from something much simpler, a question: What if my very first visit to Comerica Park stinks? What if the successor to Tiger Stadium is a “cookie cutter,” as I’ve heard it described? What if the fans are obnoxious? What if the whole experience is just another dreary episode in The Great Overpriced American Racket of Keeping the People Entertained?

To fully understand my anxiety, you need to understand that I grew up in Detroit in the 1950s and 1960s, attending baseball and football games at a glorious old pile of a stadium that hosted its first game in 1912, a few weeks after the Titanic sank. It was called Navin Field back then. When I first visited, it was known as Briggs Stadium, and the name was changed again in 1961 to Tiger Stadium.

It was a great green open-air room that held about 50,000 fans but somehow felt intimate because everyone was close to the action. The stadium was enclosed, meaning you couldn’t see anything but the game that was being played before your eyes. The world went away for a few hours when you were in that place, and that was a big part of its magic.

If you loved the Tigers in the years of my youth, it was a given that you also despised the Yankees. In the first decade of my life, the Yankees won the American League all but two times — in 1954, when Bob Feller and the Cleveland Indians awoke, briefly, and in 1959 when the Chicago White Sox had a rare and uncharacteristic summer of success.

Click HERE to read the full article on The New York Times!

Another masterful performance from the starting rotation has the Detroit Tigers two wins away from their first World Series appearance since 2006.

So Motor City, can you taste it?

With three games upcoming at Comerica Park, Detroiters have reason to believe that their blessed boys will drive a stake through the Yankees some time in the next week.

And as an impartial observer, I'm buying it.

Five reasons why...

1. Swing-and-Miss Stuff 

Among baseball's final four, no starting rotation is better at punching out opponents than Detroit's.

Each one of the Tigers' postseason starters—Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, and Anibal Sanchez —struck out more than 7.5 batters per nine innings this season and boasted a SO:BB ratio north of 3.45. No other postseason foursome can make either claim.

Translation: Tigers starters are really hard to hit.

Of course, in any month, generating whiffs is a recipe for success. It's one of the few outcomes where a pitcher isn't at the mercy of his defense.

But in postseason play, the ability to strike batters out can carry an extra special situational boon. In games where runs are at a premium, holding baserunners at third with less than two outs takes on added importance. Strikeouts are the best way to do that. And so often we see teams strategize with that very outcome in mind.

Now, when most teams need a strikeout to prevent damage, they're forced to lean on their relief corps—even if that means removing a starter who's been reasonably effective. Take a look at the top K/9 rates in baseball this year and you'll see why.

But not the Tigers. With two starters averaging a strikeout an inning or more (Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer), manager Jim Leyland can ride his horses in situations where opposing manager might have to tax the 'pen.

Click HERE to read the full article on the Bleacher Report! 

Dewayne Hurling loves Detroit and is thrilled to have renovated a beautiful old home in the Boston-Edison neighborhood of the city. Young adults who have recently moved to Detroit or are lifelong residents are giving the city a new vitality.
Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor

A burst of youthful energy – from native Detroiters and new immigrants – debunks the opinion that nothing can be done to jumpstart the Motor City.

Stories of Detroit's emerging comeback often highlight the city’s attraction to young hipsters. According to plentiful media reports, well-educated twenty-somethings are streaming into the Motor City to test out new ideas, explore art and music projects, or launch D-I-Y revitalization initiatives.

You can spot a number of once-dormant corners of the city now pulsing with activity thanks to young entrepreneurs. Corktown now sports pubs and restaurants that would fit in Brooklyn or Portland. Midtown shows all the makings of a creative class hub, complete with hipsters hanging out at the Good Girls Go to Paris creperie, the Avalon International Breads bakery, and the N’Nmadi Center gallery, devoted to the rich tradition of African-American abstract art. Recent college grads can be seen all over town from the bountiful Eastern Market to bustling Campus Martius square to festive Mexicantown to the scenic Riverwalk to the yummy Good People Popcorn shop downtown, featuring flavors like cinnamon and chocolate drizzle.

This burst of youthful energy – even in the face of the city’s continuing economic and social woes – debunks widespread opinion that nothing can be done to jumpstart the Motor City. While a new, more positive narrative about Detroit is welcome, there are problems in focusing entirely on idealistic young adventurers swooping in to save the city – it reinforces the stereotype of native Detroiters as hapless, helpless, and hopeless.

The truth is, locals have been working hard for years to uplift the common good in Detroit, which drew the interest of outsiders. And newcomers aren’t the only ones stirring up excitement around town. Good People Popcorn, for instance, was started by two sisters and a cousin, all of whom grew up here. Sarida Scott Montgomery, one of the founders who is also a lawyer and executive director of the Community Development Advocates of Detroit, says people are often surprised she grew up in the city. "Not in the suburbs," she says, "but in Detroit itself."

Regina Ann Campbell, director of the Milwaukee Junction Small Business Center incubator in Detroit's North End, grew up on the Northwest side before earning a Masters in urban planning degree at the University of Michigan. "I welcome all the new people," she says. "But it’s important for them to understand they are building on some things that have been going on for years. I want to help them appreciate the city though the eyes of the people who have lived here."

Ms. Scott Montgomery and Ms. Campbell are both part of a new initiative that matches the talents of bright, young professionals with local organizations working at the frontlines of reviving Detroit. The Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program (DRFP) selected 29 fellows with backgrounds in urban planning, economic development, finance, real estate, and related fields.

Click HERE to read the full article on Christian Science Monitor! 

The Detroit Public Schools Foundation announces that 300 Detroit students will participate in the Future City Competition this school year because of a grant from ITC Holdings Corp. (ITC).

The $20,000 grant will cover the cost of the students to take part in the Competition, which is coordinated by the Engineering Society of Detroit.

The Future City Competition challenges students to design a city of the future - and have fun doing it. This program was designed to promote technological literacy and engineering to sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. The program fosters an interest in math, science and engineering through hands-on, real world applications and helps students better understand the practical applications of mathematical and scientific principles. The Future City Competition is a team-based program consisting of students, a teacher, and an engineer mentor.

“ITC is proud to support the Detroit Public Schools Foundation and its efforts to increase the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum in its schools,” said Gregory Ioanidis, president, ITC Michigan. “The Future City Competition will help Detroit Public School students better understand the practical applications of math and science principles through hands-on, real world application of their studies.”

Through its Charitable Giving Program, ITC awards grants to qualified 501 (c) (3) organizations that deliver charitable services in the counties where ITC operates. Grants support programs and projects that reflect the values of ITC: education, environmental stewardship, social services and health and wellness.

“Thanks to ITC, hundreds of motivated Detroit students will get first-hand experience with science and math that will build on what they have learned in the classroom and, hopefully, propel them toward college and careers,” said Dr. Glenda Price, President of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. “This is a shining example of the successful educational programs we are here to support.”

About ITC Holdings Corp.
ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC) is the nation’s largest independent electric transmission company. Based in Novi, Michigan, ITC invests in the electric transmission grid to improve reliability, expand access to markets, lower the overall cost of delivered energy and allow new generating resources to interconnect to its transmission systems. ITC’s regulated operating subsidiaries include ITCTransmission, Michigan Electric Transmission Company, ITC Midwest and ITC Great Plains. Through these subsidiaries, ITC owns and operates high-voltage transmission facilities in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma, serving a combined peak load exceeding 26,000 megawatts along 15,000 circuit miles of transmission line. Through ITC Grid Development and its subsidiaries, the company also focuses on expansion in areas where significant transmission system improvements are needed. For more information, please visit ITC’s website at (itc-ITC).

About the Detroit Public Schools Foundation
The Detroit Public Schools Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising, managing and stewarding funds and other resources to support value-added programs and activities for the benefit of the Detroit Public Schools, DPS-authorized charter schools, DPS schools placed in the Education Achievement Authority, and their respective students. Detroit Public Schools Foundation operates independently of the Detroit Public Schools. For more information, visit
The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) is celebrating happily ever afters at the Romulus Women’s Center during the nonprofit’s annual Harvest of Blessings dinner and fashion show on Friday, Oct. 19. Festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and continue with a sit-down dinner at 7 p.m. provided by the nonprofit’s culinary arts program.

The highlight of the evening will come during a fairytale-themed fashion show emceed by WXYZ Reporter Erin Nicole and featuring twelve women currently enrolled in the women’s program. Each beneficiary will be dressed in attire from one of the 33 metro Detroit Salvation Army thrift stores, and themed to reflect one of the princess fairytale stories.

“The ladies who live at the Romulus facility truly undergo a massive transformation while participating in our rehabilitation program,” Cheryl Miller, administrator of women’s and families ministries for The Salvation Army ARC. “The fairytale theme of the Harvest of Blessings fashion show is representative of the positive changes the women make to rebuild their lives on the journey to recovery.”

Throughout the evening, guests will be invited to take part in a silent auction of items donated by various local businesses and organizations, including a ticket package to the Detroit Zoo; tickets to a Detroit Pistons game; a boat ride on the Detroit Diamond Jack; a spa package; custom golf clubs; a selection of gift cards; and exclusive items from each of The Salvation Army’s 33 metro Detroit thrift stores.

All proceeds will directly benefit the nonprofit’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers in metro Detroit.

“The ultimate goal of the Harvest of Blessings event is to raise money to provide support for beneficiaries and their families,” said Merle Miller, administrator of The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center. “Since all of our ARC programs are independently-funded, this annual fundraiser plays a key role in continuing our ability to assist men and women looking to overcome their addictions.”

For more information visit or call 313.965.7760.

Social entrepreneurs are on a mission to improve our communities. Like us, do you believe in their potential? If so, please join us in our efforts to revitalize the region's economy through social entrepreneurship and donate to our Groupon Grassroots campaign. Funds raised will go directly to the winners of our Startup SOUP pitch competition for social entrepreneurs.

Here's what you can do to help out:

1. Go to the campaign page to donate and help us reach our goal.

2. Share campaign news and progress on Facebook and Twitter, as well as through email.

Thank you for your support! We certainly appreciate all contributions, as every dollar raised is essential in our efforts to aid these startups through their early stages of growth.

Want to attend Startup SOUP? Click here to register.

5:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9
Gleaners Community Food Bank
2131 Beaufait St.

Cost is $5 CASH at the door. Startup SOUP provides an entrepreneurial twist on the established, highly popular crowd-funding model. To host the event, TechTown has partnered with Detroit SOUP, a micro-granting dinner that funds creative projects in Detroit.

For more information on TechTown's programs, visit

Photo: Jessica Lundgren McCarthy, Heidelberg Project 


Although the Motor City still has its fair share of problems, it has undergone an impressive — and very recent — renaissance. Characters, artists and tourists are all welcome here. 

The Henry Ford: Its self-proclaimed significance as “America’s Greatest History Attraction” is only a slight exaggeration. Here, you will find the chair in which Abraham Lincoln sat on the night of his assassination, the actual bus that Rosa Parks famously refused to move to the back of, and many other artifacts and curiosities. An impressive collection of autos includes several presidential limousines (including the Cadillac that carried John F. Kennedy on that fateful day in Dallas). 

The Heidelberg Project: Taking up an entire city block in a rough downtown neighbourhood, this outdoor art installation mixes the whimsical with the just plain weird. A lawnmower perches atop a mountain of shoes; a beached boat is heaped high with oversized stuffed toys; an entire two-storey house has been painted with bright multi-colour polka dots. It’s all the brainchild of Tyree Guyton, who fought city hall (and won) to keep his sprawling project alive. Guyton is now celebrated internationally for his work with found objects, and you can come to Heidelberg, view his work and chat with the earnest local volunteers who help interpret — all free of charge. 

Russell Industrial Center: With 1 million square feet of space, this former auto parts factory now provides studio space for dozens of Detroit artists, from glassblowers and photographers to bona fide painters and even a silk-screen artist who has created album covers and concert posters for everyone from Patti Smith to Alice Cooper and Kid Rock. Call ahead and make an appointment to tour the showrooms, or visit on the weekend, when the complex hosts a public flea market.

Click HERE to read the full article on the Toronto Star! 

43. Corktown

43. Corktown 

Location: Detroit

Notable Businesses: Hostel Detroit, MGM Grand Detroit, Nancy Whiskey, Slows Bar BQ, Sugar House, Rachel's Place, Astro Coffee

Corktown is Detroit's oldest neighborhood, and today it's become a diamond in the rough—proof that the D isn't all gloom and doom. There's a non-profit youth hostel called Hostel Detroit, where beds start at $18 and the volunteers go above and beyond to make guests feel at home. If that isn't your scene, there's always the MGM Grand Detroit, which toes the line between Corktown and Downtown like a wide receiver (in this case, Calvin Johnson) trying to stay in bounds. Slows Bar BQ is arguably the best restaurant in the city, and you should try that Yardbird sandwich for confirmation, and you can hit up Nancy Whiskey to drink responsibly. Vintage rules here—clothes can be found at Rachel's Place, and books at the John K. King store. The neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, and things are steadily on the up and up. It's about time you heard about something good out of Detroit, right?

Click HERE to read the full list on ComplexStyle! 

If you’ve taken a stroll along the River Walk, ridden your bike on the Dequindre Cut, enjoyed the carousel at Rivard Plaza, sat down to take in the breathtaking views, or simply feel a sense of connection to the vision of the continued transformation of Detroit’s beautiful riverfront.

The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy invites you to be a part of the conversation as we discuss some of the exciting new developments along your riverfront.

Be a part of the transformation!

Reserve your spot to attend by contacting or (313) 566-8248.

Attendees will be entered to win several terrific prizes from our riverfront partners.

Location UAW - GM Center for Human Resources
200 Walker Street
Detroit, MI 48207

Join the Detroit Historical Society for an evening of remarkable history, Detroit-centric food and fabulous entertainment with the Re-Opening Gala at the Detroit Historical Museum from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.

“This is a very exciting time at the Detroit Historical Society," said Bob Bury, CEO and executive director of the Detroit Historical Society. “We’re proud to welcome our donors and patrons for a sophisticated evening, as we celebrate the completion of the newly renovated Detroit Historical Museum.”

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by WJR Radio Host Paul W. Smith and featuring Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Bob Bury, and Honorable Co-Chairs Maggie and Bob Allesee, Marcia and Eugene Applebaum, Marlene and John A. Boll and Ann and James B. Nicholson, who will present the newly renovated museum to the city for the first time.

Guests will enjoy the sounds of The Contours, Ben Sharkey and Marion Hayden, while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and a strolling dinner prepared by gourmet caterer Forte Belanger.

From 7-10 p.m. guests will stroll the museum and its new exhibits, including Detroit: The Arsenal of Democracy, The Allesee Gallery of Culture, The Gallery of Innovation and the Kid Rock Music Lab, as well as the revamped and enhanced Streets of Old Detroit, Doorway to Freedom and Motor City exhibits.

Three levels of tickets are available, offering each patron a unique event-going experience ending at 11 p.m.:

Legend Ticket – Legend level guests will enjoy an intimate VIP soiree and ribbon-cutting ceremony, as well as the strolling dinner and live entertainment, for $1,000 per person. Legends are invited to enjoy the entire celebration, starting at 6 p.m. Patron Ticket – Patron level guests are invited to mingle with Detroit legends, enjoy live entertainment and a strolling dinner for $500 per person. Patrons are invited to join the celebration beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Next Generation Ticket – Next Generation level guests will join an after-hours party featuring Detroit-made bourbons and beers, dessert, late-night snacks and live entertainment, with dancing, for $150 per person. Next Generation ticketholders may join the festivities at 9 p.m.

The Re-Opening Gala begins the countdown to the official public re-opening of the Detroit Historical Museum on Nov. 23. The museum has been closed for renovation since May, as part of the Society’s Past>Forward campaign, a fundraising effort to raise $20.1 million towards new and expanded exhibits, technology upgrades, educational offerings and enhancements to the Detroit Historical Museum, Dossin Great Lakes Museum and the Detroit Historical Society Collection. The upgrades and improvements funded by the campaign represent the first major renovations of this scale since the museum was expanded in the 1960s.

To purchase tickets to the Gala or to learn more about the event, visit or call 313.833.1801.

Detroit Historical Society

The Detroit Historical Society is a private, nonprofit organization located in Midtown, the heart of Detroit’s cultural center. Founded in 1921, its mission is to educate and inspire our community and visitors by preserving and portraying our region’s shared history through dynamic exhibits and experiences. Today, the Society operates the Detroit Historical Museum and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. In addition, the Society is responsible for the conservation and preservation of more than 250,000 artifacts that represent three centuries of our region’s rich history. Through its museum exhibits, school tour programs, community-based programs and history-themed outreach efforts, the society serves more than 100,000 people annually. For more information on the Detroit Historical Society, visit

Last year a vacant patch of land in Detroit’s West Village was transformed by a group of local artists, foodies, designers and writers into the Tashmoo Biergarten, a pop-up, European-style Biergarten. After serving more than 7,000 people and raising funds for the Villages Community Development Corporation (CDC), Tashmoo returns, kicking off the fall season on Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th at 1420 Van Dyke Avenue, in Detroit’s West Village. Hours of operation are from 12 – 9 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday, through Oct. 28th.

Now in its second year, the family-friendly event provides a venue for both Detroiters and beer drinkers from everywhere to enjoy a cold brew, and come together. Tashmoo Biergarten will pop-up for three weekends in October and feature a rotating selection of beer by Michigan brewers, local food vendors, a corn hole court, and ample board games such as chess and checkers to keep patrons entertained throughout its run.

“Last year’s event was so successful, that we’ve been able to return with a larger list of vendors and more partners,” said Aaron Wagner, co-founder of Tashmoo. “As a part of this year’s fun, we’ll be taking Tashmoo ‘On the Road’ to Atwater Brewery on Oct. 20, participating in the Villages Fall Festival on Oct. 27 in addition to adding Treat Dreams, Avalon Bakery and Detroit Vegan Soul as new food vendors to our roster.”

This season’s dates are listed below. Tashmoo will be located at 1420 Van Dyke Ave Detroit MI 48214 unless otherwise noted above.

Oct. 13-14 from 12 – 9 p.m.
  • Vendors for Oct. 13th include People’s Pierogi, Avalon, Porktown Sausage and Treat Dreams.
  • Vendors for Oct. 14th include People’s Pierogi, Corridor Sausage and Treat Dreams
Oct. 20-21 from 12 – 9 p.m.
  • On Oct. 20th Tashmoo will be at Atwater Brewery for Atwater Brewery’s Blocktober Fest.
  • Vendors TBD
Oct. 27-28 from 12 – 9 p.m.
  • On Oct. 27th Tashmoo will be a part of the Villages Fall Festival and Oct. 28th will be the Tashmoo closer as well as the close of Detroit Beer Week.
  • Vendors TBD
“Pop-up retail is a great way to get attention on our area and demonstrate how successful more permanent retail can be,” said Brain Hurttienne, Executive Director of the Villages CDC. “West Village is getting more and more interest for retail projects, and things like Tashmoo only build on that momentum.”

The name Tashmoo has a rich history. It was an early 20th century Great Lakes steam ship, and the former lead engineer lived in a house that used to be on the Biergarten lots. Tashmoo was also a former amusement park on Harsen’s Island and is an American Indian word meaning “meeting place.” Plenty to talk about over a good bier. The atmosphere at Tashmoo Biergarten is family friendly featuring communal tables and benches, as found in traditional European beer gardens, made from recycled materials.

Tashmoo, year two- Meet up. Drink Bier.

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Lafayette Park, Detroit, Michigan

Lafayette Park in Detroit consists of three high-rises, 24 single-story courthouses and 162 two-story town houses, completed in the early 1960s. It was an urban renewal project built on land that was once a working-class black neighborhood. It was designed by one of the 20th century’s most famous modern architects, Mies van der Rohe.

All these elements have spelled disaster in other cities, and yet Lafayette Park has been a success, with high occupancy rates, a racially diverse population and a strong commitment to maintaining Mies’s architecture.

In their new book, “Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies,” which is due out at the end of the month (Metropolis Books, $29.95), the editors Danielle Aubert, Lana Cavar and Natasha Chandani, graphic designers all, offer a portrait of Lafayette Park very different from the classic Mies monograph.

Contents include interviews with residents of Lafayette Park’s towers and town houses; archival materials from the complex’s history; an account of nine days spent trying to climate-control a corner apartment; and essays on Mies in Detroit, the Lafayette Park landscape, bird-watching and a record of bird-strike deaths (birds and plate glass don’t mix).

At-home portraits of residents by Corine Vermeulen show Mies’s architecture as a strong frame for personal expression. Some homes look like shrines to 1958, while others reflect the lived-in décor of decades. Jacqueline Neal, an interior designer and 12-year resident of the Pavilion, the smallest of the complex’s three towers, spoke last month about living and accessorizing with Mies.

What kind of interior design do you do?

For the past 17 years, I have been doing commercial design, corporate offices, working for C.E.O.’s. But the commercial industry has not come back as quickly as residential furniture. Residential is not difficult for a designer.

How did you come to live at Lafayette Park?

I went to college at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Mich. When I came back to Detroit, I kind of stumbled upon it. What drew me to the building was the ambience of the space when I would come by at night. When you drive down Rivard, you pass the town houses, and it gives you that serene feeling. Then you pull in and see the doorman at the Pavilion. When I finally came in and they gave me the brochure, I said, “I studied this guy in college.”

Design-wise, what do you like about the Pavilion?

I like the floors and the green marble walls in the lobby that are accented with chrome trim and chrome elevator doors. The housekeeping staff does an excellent job in maintaining the space. The floors are always done. Everything is original. When you invest in quality, you do get what you pay for. That’s a sad thing a lot of people don’t understand or appreciate.

Click HERE to read the full story on The New York Times (dot) com! 

Unleash your inner artist and explore ancient ceramic techniques at Pewabic Pottery’s annual Raku Party on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Guests will work alongside Pewabic artists to glaze and fire a handcrafted pot that they can proudly display at home.

Raku is an ancient firing process in which the ceramicist fires the pot with extreme heat until the glaze melts. The pot is then treated to a series of steps in which water, air and other elements combine to reveal unpredictable designs and patterns on the piece—making each one truly unique.

“The experience doesn’t end once the pot’s been fired,” said Barbara Sido, executive director of Pewabic Pottery. “You can take the pot home as a memento of your day at Pewabic and keep it as a constant reminder of your ability to create something from nothing.”

Guests can register for a two-hour session between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Cost is $60 per person, including materials. Space is limited and advance registration is required. To register or receive more information call (313) 626-2010.

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.
The story of Detroit is one of decline and hopelessness. From headlines about rampant unemployment to traveling photo exhibits of “ruin porn,” the story America tells itself about Detroit is that of a dying city overcome with despair.

That is simply not true.

 On the last weekend before fall set in, I joined 120 invited guests at a curated weekend called Another Detroit is Happening. Hosted by a small committee of young Detroit entrepreneurs, the weekend’s purpose was to invite other young business leaders, technologists, investors, philanthropists, and artists into the city to tell them the other stories of Detroit. What started as a mysterious gathering of friends quickly caught attention (including the governor’s!).

I’d written about Michigan’s burgeoning start-up scene last December (“The New Start-Up Scene: Silicon Strip to Silicon Mitten”), so I was thrilled to dive in and explore a region I call Silicon Mitten. As I’ve mentioned before, the “Silicon” moniker isn’t literally about tech—it’s about being innovative, young, hungry, and not afraid of failure. The risk-taking spirit of Silicon Valley is evident all over the city of Detroit, from the social entrepreneurs to the urban farmers to the street artists, and they’ve added their own distinctly “mitten” flair. If all you know about Detroit is the story of a struggling automotive industry, here’s a peek into what’s really happening at the center of the Mitten State:

The Alley Project

We also visited a residential neighborhood in southwest Detroit where the community is using art to battle problems with gang graffiti.

The Alley Project (TAP) connects artists with homeowners who allow the garage doors of their neighborhood’s interior alleys to feature spray paint murals. The murals enrich the aesthetics of the community, provide a creative outlet for the artists, and have earned the respect of local gangs who largely steer clear of the installations. Every mural installed also becomes a workshop where local youth can build and create: Fixtures are reclaimed from closed schools and sliding glass doors feature DIY “stained glass” made from the lids of used spray paint cans. “The spray can is an iconic symbol,” said one of TAP’s curators, holding up one of the small pyramids of empty cans glued together, which serves to create bricks for furniture and structural art. “We look at them as building blocks, using them as the foundation of street art culture here in our city.

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Best Pizza Places in the U.S.

Top chefs and legendary bakers are among the new breed of pizzaiolo who are just as fanatical about the temperature of their ovens as they are about the provenance of their ingredients. Here, F&W names the best places for pizza around the country from these new guard spots—including a Bay Area pizzeria that uses locally-milled flour—to century old East Coast institutions.

The Bismark 
Detroit: Supino Pizzeria

Located in the beautifully restored public Eastern Market, this cozy checkerboard-floored pizza shop serves terrific pies at long wooden tables with metal stools. The signature Supino pie is topped with roasted garlic, black olives, creamy ricotta, mozzarella and finished with a drizzle of chile oil.

Detroit: Buddy's

Pizza Signature Item: This fabled pizzeria specializes in Detroit-style square pies like The Super (with pepperoni, mushrooms, onion, green peppers and ham), and even uses some of the same seasoned pans from when they opened more than 50 years ago.

Click HERE to read the full list in Food & Wine! 
The year is 2025. Detroit, the poster child of the Great Recession, is emerging as a model of urban life. The transformation could be called a miracle but for the fact that the change was wrought by the very things that first made Detroit great: innovation, industriousness, and a will to win against all odds.

The metamorphosis grew from desperation. In 2008, two of the Big Three carmakers were swirling toward the sinkhole of bankruptcy. The city's population, which peaked at 1.85 million during the post—World War II auto boom, was approaching 700,000. Tracts of wilderness, abandoned factories, and empty houses sparked a perverse fascination with Detroit's ruins. "This whole area really bottomed out," William Clay "Bill" Ford Jr., Ford's chairman and a great-grandson of the automotive company's founder, says.

But then something powerful and unexpected happened: Visionaries and ordinary citizens, tired of living in a crumbling city, decided to quit waiting for someone to fix it. "I think there was a realization by everybody in this region, not just in Detroit, that the way we were doing things was a broken model," Ford says. "At Ford we had to completely reinvent ourselves."

The reinvention was aided by the group that Ford's great-grandfather had resisted so viciously, the United Auto Workers (UAW). "When things were the bleakest," Ford says, "UAW president Ron Gettelfinger and the union took concessions that allowed Ford to survive and ultimately thrive. Ron said to me, 'Look, we've got to get out of this together.' If you can take entrenched institutions like the auto companies and the UAW and completely redefine the relationship, then it should be possible for the city of Detroit to do it too."

That was Bill Ford's epiphany; other Detroiters had their own. People with foresight and guts began investing in the city again. Detroit natives who had fled their broken hometown trickled back, joined by pioneering young people who saw past the city's blight. Instead, they saw available buildings, cheap rents, and a welcome mat for innovators. They saw an iron work ethic and fierce energy. And in a landscape ravaged by depopulation and decay, some bright people saw a blank canvas on which to paint a new urban model.


Reemerging waterways and feral forests claim land left open by sharp population decline. Detroit goes green with planning that takes advantage of the city's unique ecology.

Read More Detroit 2025: After the Recession, a City Reimagined - Popular Mechanics!
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Peter Baker

America’s Motor City is no longer running on fumes.

Fans pour into Comerica Park to watch the Detroit Tigers take on the New York Yankees. Across Woodward Avenue, at the Fox Theatre, hordes of young girls wait in line to see the popular British boy band One Direction. Down the road, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are playing to a full house at Joe Louis Arena. And the loud hum of revving engines in the distance is the sound of Formula 1 racing cars practicing for the Grand Prix on Belle Isle, the first time in three years the race will be held in Detroit. This city, once the poster child for the Great Recession, is hopping.

This city, once the poster child for the Great Recession, is hopping. This might come as a surprise to folks who thought Motown was ripe for vultures — especially considering the steady diet of “Detroit on the decline” stories these past five years. It’s easy to forget that it wasn’t always this way; that Detroit wasn’t always the punch line of a cruel national joke. In 1950, a thriving automobile industry helped the city’s population swell to 1.85 million, making Detroit the fifth-largest city in America. Slowly, though, the city changed. Race riots in 1967 and an exodus of citizens to the suburbs took a heavy toll on Detroit, as did the sagging fortunes of the U.S. auto industry. By 2008, the unemployment rate was above 20 percent, and crime and poverty soared. It got so bad that Detroit made national news when it was discovered that inmates were committing new crimes immediately after release so that they would be re­arrested — because they preferred a jail cell over a life of freedom in the city.

The city got more embarrassing national attention that year when then-­Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was forced to resign and went to prison after being charged with 10 felony counts, and the NFL’s Detroit Lions lost every game they played en route to a 0–16 season.

Then, in 2009, two pillars of Detroit industry, Chrysler and GM, went bankrupt. The 2010 census found that the city had lost a staggering 25 ­percent of its population over the past dec­ade, making it the 18th-most populous city in the United States, with 713,000 residents. The reduced tax base simply couldn’t support the city’s infrastructure, and debt rose to a mind-boggling $12 billion.

From afar, the former home of boxing great Joe Louis looked like it was about to be knocked out.

Yet in the midst of all this turmoil, certain areas were showing signs of life. The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy started to convert an area of urban blight into the first phase of a river walk that will one day extend 5.5 miles between the east and west riverfronts and 1.35 miles inland on a rail-to-trail called the Dequindre Cut Greenway. Downtown, the long-dormant Book Cadillac, the tallest hotel in the world when it was unveiled in 1924, underwent a $180 million renovation and reopened as a Westin in October 2008. In August 2010, Dan Gilbert, the founder and chairman of Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures, made the decision to move his headquarters from a western suburb to the city’s financial district. In spring 2011, longtime community developer Sue Mosey created a program called Live Midtown, with incentives that would help spur growth in her neighborhood.

Today, GM and Chrysler are both out of bankruptcy, having paid off their government loans ahead of schedule. GM posted a record profit and is once again the world’s top-selling carmaker, while Chrysler’s­ net profit exceeded $150 million in 2011. Quicken­ Loans and Rock Ventures have moved more than 6,000 workers into the city, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan recently relocated 3,000 workers from Southfield to downtown’s GM Renaissance Center. A new port will host several cruise ships touring the Great Lakes this fall. More than 500 people have already taken advantage of Mosey’s Live Midtown program to move into that neighborhood. And with the 2012 NFL season a quarter of the way done, the Lions look back on a 2011 that saw their first winning campaign (10-6) since 2000 and their first playoff berth since 1999. No wonder the city buzzes with optimism.

Click HERE to read the full article on American Way! 

The M@dison
Location: Detroit Square feet: 50,000

Designers: Doodle Home & Neumann Smith For nearly 25 years, the Madison Theater, a dingy, worn-out theater on a quiet stretch of Detroit's inner city, stood vacant. But in 2011, Dan Gilbert, the billionaire founder of Quicken Loans purchased this 1917 building, and created an all-out Mecca for start-ups. It opened last year, and now houses more than a dozen start-ups. The "industrial chic" building also includes a 135-seat auditorium, and a giant rooftop patio.

Click HERE to read the full article on Inc.! 
Andy Didorosi built the Detroit Bus Co. from scratch.
Andy Didirosi of Detroit Bus Company
Andy Didirosi had a hunch in 2012. He felt that his hometown, given up for dead, was about to start a new life. Didorosi, 23 at the time, leased an old industrial building near the city's northern limit. He posted a notice on Craigslist, hoping people would come to his big empty building to share tools and ideas, make stuff, and maybe start a small business or two. "The response was incredible," he says. "Overnight we had enough tenants in here for it to make financial sense."

The 22,000-square-foot facility he named Paper Street attracted graphic artists, jewelry-makers, Web designers, carpenters, metalworkers, a music publicist, a spice-maker, and a motorcycle mechanic. They paid as little as $99 a month for a work space; Didorosi added to the rental income by refurbishing meat slicers and other equipment from bankrupt supermarkets and selling the appliances to new businesses. The money allowed him to buy three Blue Bird buses and start a jitney service to supplement city bus routes. Now, in 2025, Didorosi runs the thriving Detroit Bus Co., and 20-plus small businesses rent space at Paper Street.

Didorosi and Paper Street are emblematic of the DIY ethic that helped bring Detroit back. "It's about starting a creative revolution instead of an industrial revolution," he says.

A few blocks from Paper Street, a nonprofit called i3Detroit is full of new and refurbished tools and machines—CNC mill, a plasma metal cutter, a 3D printer, an oscilloscope, welding torches, a machine shop, a woodworking shop, and a video-editing studio. Members pay $39 or $89 per month, depending on their level of use, to make furniture, solder circuit boards, build bicycles, and concoct robots. The exchange of tools and ideas, and energy, is free. "I think of us as a pre-business incubator," says Eric Merrill, a computer programmer and i3Detroit's CEO. "If you had an idea for a widget, you used to have to pay a machine shop $10,000 to fabricate that widget. Now, for a few hundred bucks, you can make it here and see if it works. From there it's easier to get backing."

In 2012, that prevailing philosophy led Inc. magazine to dub Detroit Startup City. It earned the name because of the proliferation of small-business incubators. Among these was TechShop, a national network of member-based workshops. It was another iteration of a model created by TechTown at Detroit's Wayne State University in 2003. Detroit native Clover McFadden is a TechTown success story. After graduating from college-prep Renaissance High School on the city's northwest side, she earned a degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and dreamed of becoming a doctor. But on a return trip to Detroit she discovered Bizdom, which grooms aspiring entrepreneurs at TechTown. McFadden enrolled, developed a business plan, and successfully pitched investors. Her business, Circa 1837, produces and sells clothing adorned with school logos of the nation's traditionally black universities, such as Howard.

Click HERE to read the full article on Popular Mechanics! 

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The Project:

My name is Noah Stephens. I am a native-Detroiter, photographer, essayist, and founder of The People of Detroit Photodocumentary. I started TPOD in April 2010 as a counter point to national and global media fixated on everything gone wrong in the storied home of American auto manufacturing. Even amid the city's post-industrial turmoil, I consistently met industrious, interesting, progressively-minded people in my everyday life as a Detroiter. I created TPOD to give these people a place in the media conversation about Detroit. In doing so, I hoped TPOD would inspire Detroit-focused investment and residency.

Since it's inception, the project has receive a bit of attention. Portraits from the project have appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek and Fast Company. This year, the project received a grant from CEOs for Cities and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Last year, a creative director in China saw the project online and hired me to photograph an eight-portrait ad campaign for McDonald's Corporation in Shanghai.

The Food Desert: Food Availability in Cities is an extension of TPOD. The mission of The Food Desert is to photograph every grocery store in the city of Detroit, the produce selection therein, at least one patron of each store, and the path that patron takes to get to the store. In doing so, this project will create an unprecedented visual survey of the food landscape in a post-industrial city commonly regarded as a food desert.

This visual survey will explore diet in urban communities and that diet's relationship to chronic illness in those communities. This exploration will inform public policy and cause people to think more thoroughly about the affect diet has on long-term health.

Click HERE to contribute to 'The Food Desert: Food Availability in Cities' Kickstarter Project!

Click HERE to check out Noah's 'People of Detroit' website!

Metro Detroit home prices increased a robust 6.2 percent in July from a year earlier as the region's housing recovery gained steam.

Home prices have risen year-over-year for the past 13 months, according to the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller index report released Tuesday. National home prices increased 1.2 percent in July, compared with the same month last year, resulting in the second straight year-over-year gain after two years without one.

The Detroit area has posted above-inflation home price increases for the past 11 months, according to Case-Shiller data. The three months prior to July experienced stronger jumps than originally reported, with gains of 5.2 percent in April, 8 percent in May and 7.4 percent in June. Case-Shiller receives updated information throughout the year that causes the price data to be adjusted upward or downward.

The price improvements came as home sales have jumped 13 of the past 14 months through August in Metro Detroit, according to Realcomp II Ltd., a Farmington Hills multiple listing service.

"Case-Shiller is simply catching up with the meaningful improvement in real estate values which began in early 2012," said David Sowerby, portfolio manager for the investment management firm Loomis Sayles in Bloomfield Hills, in an email.

"The combination of an improved economy and better housing valuations have been key catalysts. In addition, higher stock prices in 2012 have strengthened household net worth, adding to the improved affordability of homes."

In July, a Metro Detroit house valued at $100,000 in January 2000 would be worth nearly $76,000. It's the highest index reading since January 2009, when prices were sliding toward a bottom of $67,230 in April 2011.

Steady price increases and record-low mortgage rates are helping drive a housing recovery in Detroit and across the country.

Click HERE to read the full article from the Detroit News! 

The Greening of Detroit, through a $200,000 grant from Bank of America, is putting unemployed and underemployed Detroiters back to work.

Created in 2009, through a “Pathways out of Poverty” grant from the federal government, the GreenWorks workforce development program is designed to provide unemployed Detroiters with valuable job training and certification in the green industry. Bank of America became a funding partner in 2011, helping 71 previously unemployed Detroit residents get the skills they needed to find full-time employment.

Over the past three years, the program has been very successful.

To date:

  • 137 adult trainees have graduated with certificates that include the Greening of Detroit Landscaping Course completion certificate, First Aid/CPR training and certification, and Landscape Industry Certified (LIC) certification. 
  •  All 137 graduates have completed a 10-hour landscaping safety course conducted by Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) certified instructors. 
  • 21 percent of the trainees have obtained a chauffer's license through the program. Four of the trainees participated in The Greening's apprenticeship program, resulting in full-time employment as Greening staff members. 
  •  71 of the trainees have been placed into full time jobs that pay on an average $11.75 an hour

Click HERE to read the full article on DBusiness! 
Photo Gallery: Living for the CityThe Lions will officially kick off their new Living for the City initiatives this week with events at Eastern Market, Ford Field and Detroit Lions Academy

The first Lunch with the Lions event will take place at Eastern Market and Ford Field on Tuesday (Sept. 25) featuring Lions’ offensive lineman Rob Sims, students from the William Beckham Academy in Detroit and select girls from the Detroit Lions Academy who will be hosted by the Detroit Lions Women’s Association.

Lunch with the Lions is a program that will provide vouchers for fresh foods from Eastern Market and cooking lessons at Ford Field to students at the Detroit Lions Academy and Detroit Public Schools. Lunch with the Lions will be held every Tuesday, September 25 through October 30.< Br />
Levy Restaurants Executive Chef Joe Nader, as part of the overall Detroit Lions/Eastern Market partnership, will teach participating DPS students how to make delicious meals from local ingredients purchased at Eastern Market.

“Giving back is the heart and soul of who we are. It is an honor to partner with the Lions and Living for the City to share our knowledge by teaching kitchen skills and helping kids learn about healthy eating,” said Nader.

The mission of the Detroit Lions’ partnership with Eastern Market is to improve food systems by engaging Lions fans, local leaders in communities and schools, parents and other stakeholders to deliver healthier foods to Detroit youth.

On Tuesday (Sept. 25) Lions’ defensive lineman Nick Fairley will help kick off the Living for the City initiative by hosting a “Back to School Jam” at Detroit Lions Academy.

During the event Fairley will provide students with backpacks and school supplies for the new school year as well as talk to them about the importance of education and staying in school. The event will also feature local artist “Brilliance,” who will perform a series of songs including hit singles “One Day” and “Where Did I Go.”

“I wanted to put together a local event for underserved youth during the back to school season,” said Fairley. “Deciding to do it with Detroit Lions Academy was a natural fit. Speaking to this group of students about the importance of school and staying on the right path will hopefully make an impact on the start of their school year.”

Detroit Lions Academy is a strategic partner of the Lions’ Living for the City initiative, and offers Detroit students an opportunity to learn and achieve in a structured, caring and safe learning environment that can address their individual learning needs. Through the Lions’ support, students receive additional social-emotional support due to severe challenges that have impeded their progress.

On Saturday (Sept. 29), The Lions along with Eastern Market Corporation, the Detroit Lions Women’s Association and Detroit Public Schools will team up to build a sustainable community garden at Detroit Lions Academy.

The goal of the garden is to expand teachers' access to real-life laboratories to teach students about healthy eating, nutrition, and concepts around growing food while increasing the schools' access to fresh fruits and vegetables. This ensures that Detroit Lions Academy students are able to learn in a real world context relating to agriculture. Exposing students to the science behind a productive garden, and encouraging science experiments in the garden also fosters student-interest in Science as a hobby or career.

Additionally, the program assures that more fresh food from farms and gardens will be used in the Detroit Lions Academy cafeteria. Through the gardens, students also will gain a greater understanding of the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables, become ambassadors of healthy foods and will be encouraged to share information with their families.

Living for the City is the philanthropic program of The Detroit Lions. Its goal is to support transformational efforts that improve the well-being of metro Detroit’s underserved communities. Living for the City focuses on sustainable health and wellness initiatives and community development. Living for the City supports organizations that pursue integrated approaches to physical fitness, healthy eating, housing, land use and environmental planning, public transportation, community infrastructure, and aligned workforce opportunities. For more information, please visit
'Imported From Detroit' Chrysler Finally Moves 70 Employees Into Swanky Detroit Offices

In Detroit this morning, 70 Chrysler employees took up residence in the newly named Chrysler House. It's a historic office building owned by Cleveland Cavaliers and downtown Detroit land mass accumulator Dan Gilbert.

He renamed the Dime Building for Fiat's American branch, which has never had offices downtown in its 87-year history. (If you think "House" is an odd thing to call a building, it's a common thing in Europe, and of course, we use it for pancake places and furniture stores all the time.)

The Chrysler employees are getting the top two floors of the 23-story building on Griswold, which was opened in 1912, a dozen years before Walter P. Chrysler officially founded the car company. It's one of the most significant buildings in the city, and was once Detroit's tallest building. The property was designed by Daniel Burnham, the Chicago architect whose famous slogan was, "Make No Little Plans" (certainly a motto with which Sergio Marchionne can relate).

Chrysler hasn't disclosed the price of the transaction, but rents in the building generally average $19.50 per square foot, plus utilities.

The group that gets to work downtown includes 70 employees from the Great Lakes business center staff and sales people, as well as other corporate functions. There's also a large training room, a state-of-the-art board room that Marchionne will put to good use, and a kitchen. Back when this was announced in April, Marchionne said the offices were meant to be "another step on the path to reviving a great city."

They certainly give Chrysler more cred in using "Imported From Detroit" as a corporate tagline, since its American headquarters is in Auburn Hills, a 30 minute drive (on a good day) north of the city. Before that, Chrysler was based in the Keller Building in Highland Park, which abuts the east side of Detroit.

Click HERE to read the full article on Jalopnik!

Where I live in the Bay Area, there's a certain glamour to Detroit. It's the heart of what Bruce Sterling termed "dark euphoria." "Dark Euphoria is what the twenty-teens feels like," Sterling said. "Things are just falling apart, you can't believe the possibilities, it's like anything is possible, but you never realized you're going to have to dread it so much."

Detroit is the place where Bay Area types imagine an urban tabula rasa, a place where enough has gone away that the problems of stuffing millions of people into a small region can be reimagined, redesigned, remade.

So, when we arrived in Detroit, I was excited to see what was actually happening on the ground, to see what was there outside the square frames of Instagram.

Anywhere you go in Michigan, people tell you about the Madison Building. Down by the Tigers' new stadium and the Detroit Opera House, extremely successful local businessman Dan Gilbert bought and rehabbed a gorgeous old building. The roof is so nice and fancy that you can rent it out for a wedding reception and relax in chairs that cost more than many houses in the metro area.

But the real attraction of the building, for us, was that it's the home of Detroit Venture Partners, the startup hub of the area. DVP is run by Josh Linkner, a Detroit native who founded and eventually sold ePrize, an online promotions platform. It's on the same floor as the formerly futuristic Detroit People Mover, a monorail which loops endlessly around the still mostly deserted downtown.

Linkner's office space contains his own portfolio companies as well as those of Bizdom, an accelerator that's also funded by Dan Gilbert. There's no doubt about it, as Linkner put it, "We're the dominant early stage tech VC in this region."

Click HERE to read the full article from Atlantic Cities! 

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