1) Boldly share your vision. With a national ad campaign and a matching website and presence, “Opportunity Detroit” is actively marketing to young entrepreneurs, targeting them to bring their ideas here. When nobody is in your corner, you have to be your own loudspeaker. Once people recognize your greatness they’ll get on their own soapboxes on your behalf – until then, spread your message yourself.
2) Focus on impact more than personal gain. If you’re championing a cause and making a difference, your results will be better and more widespread. Ted Serbinski, our Vice President at Detroit Venture Partners, moved to Detroit from San Francisco. People always ask him why he came here, to which he always replies, “Ten years from now, San Francisco will be just as good as it is today. But in ten years, Detroit will be a roaring city once again, defining a new technology hub at the intersection of muscle and brains. Where do you want to be in ten years? Status quo? Or one of the heroes that rebuilt a city?” Couldn’t have said it better myself.
3) Become a category of one. Figuring out your individual strengths is crucial – and sometimes challenging. It’s easy for people to question how Detroit can be the Midwestern Silicon Valley or the “New York City of Michigan”. Focus instead on being the “Detroit” of “Detroit” and be the best you can. No different for your startup, company, or career: if you’re not innovating something fundamentally unique, positioning yourself as your own category, I’m not interested.
4) Pay it forward. With success comes responsibility. When you’re in a position to help someone in a community that has supported your gains, you should do so. If you open a coffee shop and you’re the hottest new spot in town, source the baked goods you provide from an up-and-coming baker who’s looking to make a splash – get her the exposure you’ve been fortunate enough to have yourself. For every ounce, minute, and dollar you give back, you’ll receive tenfold in return.
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To some, the idea of Michigan emerging as the next big North American transportation and logistics hub sounds ridiculous.
“There hasn't been any marketing of it,” said Jim Smiertka, senior vice president and general counsel of the East Lansing, Mich.-based Prima Civitas Foundation. “If you look at it, it”s a peninsula. A lot of people say, ‘How can Michigan be a logistics hub?’”
But the doubters are missing a few important pieces of information, Smiertka said. First, the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron and Ambassador Bridge in Detroit are the two busiest US-Canadian border crossings. Through these, Michigan has access to the Halifax Deep Water Port and three other deep water ports along the St. Clair River at the Canadian border crossing. Additionally, the Canadian National Railway flows right into Port Huron, Michigan.
Smiertka said the widening of the Panama Canal is also creating a ripe opportunity for these ports; others around the country are not deep enough to accommodate docking super freighters.
“Halifax is a natural deep water port,” he said. “Then you have that direct connection with the CN and the interstate system right into the US and through into Mexico.”
Smiertka said that more than 90 percent of the cargo that currently comes through Michigan continues right on through to Chicago without stopping. Prima Civitas Foundation has been working to change that, developing partnerships with municipalities, chambers of commerce and others.
One of these groups is The Great Lakes International Trade and Transport Hub, which aims to take advantage of the freight traffic to and from the Port of Halifax through Detroit and Port Huron — with Canadian partners in tow. The international partners met for a summit in 2011 to brainstorm ideas for improving trade between Canada and the Midwest. A seven-year action plan delivered to the governor included increasing collaborations between businesses and marketing the region.
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The Michigan Film Office announced today the feature film Transformers 4 has been approved for a film incentive from the state. Transformers 4, expected to film this spring in metro Detroit, opens soon after the end of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, where a great battle left a city torn – but with the world once again saved.
“It speaks volumes about all Michigan has to offer that Transformers is returning once again to our state,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office. “This project will shine another bright spotlight on Michigan and provide tremendous opportunities for our cast, crew and support services.
Transformers 4 was awarded an incentive of $20 million on $81,933,992 of projected in-state expenditures. The project is expected to hire 368 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 339 jobs.
Transformers 4 is the third film in the series to use Detroit as a backdrop. The first Transformers, released in 2007, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released in 2011, also filmed in metro Detroit.
In Fiscal Year 2013, 13 projects have been awarded a total of $30,962,806 on $120,172,305 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 1,190 Michigan hires with a full time equivalent of 559 jobs.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Film Review Committee, comprised of senior MEDC staff including the Michigan Film Commissioner, reviews all completed applications using the statute to guide approval decisions.
The Michigan Film Office was created in 1979 to assist and attract incoming production companies and promote the growth of Michigan’s own film industry. The Film Office also administers the incentive program for film, television and other digital media production in Michigan. For more on the Michigan Film Office, visit: MichiganFilmOffice.org.
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Looking for a fun way to celebrate the first day of Spring? Detroit-born NYC composer and performer Patrick Grant will create Tilted Axes Detroit: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars, a procession of over two dozen musicians that will move its way through Midtown Detroit with stops at key locations today between 12:30 and 2:00 PM.
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“Our hospitality partners will working hard to make sure visitors have a pleasant experience while in the metro Detroit region," said Dave Beachnau, DSC Executive Director. “We encourage college basketball fans to sample our top entertainment options while they are here, from our bars and restaurants to our attractions, shopping and museums,” said Beachnau.
For more information about where to stay, where to eat and other things to do in metro Detroit go to www.detroitsports.org and click on the Visit Detroit tab. You can also follow the DSC on Twitter at @detsports and join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dsports.
For information regarding NCAA Tournament games hosted at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Thursday, March 21 or Saturday, March 23, visit www.NCAA.com/mbbtickets or call (248) 377-8471.
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On March 24, join 3,000 Cass Corridor revelers intent on banishing the Nain Rouge, the malevolent dwarf who’s haunted Detroit since the days of Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. All are welcome at the fourth annual Marche du Nain Rouge – Detroiters and Detroit-lovers (or maybe just Nain-haters) will gather to drive the evil spirit out of our fair city for another year.
BEFORE THE MARCHE
This year’s Marche begins with a run – the first ever Run du Nain Rouge, brought to you by the good folks at Tour de Troit. The 5k run begins at 11 a.m., at the corner of Cass and Canfield. The fee is $35, which includes a t-shirt. The top 10 (and bottom 15) runners will win prizes from City Bird.
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MARCHE DU NAIN ROUGE
The Marche du Nain Rouge proper begins at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Traffic Jam & Snug, 511 W. Canfield St., as revelers attempt to taunt and chant the dwarf into appearing.
The Marche processes along Cass Avenue through the North Cass Corridor, led by the ghosts of Detroit’s past and followed by the Detroit Party Marching Band. Revelers are encouraged to come masked or fully costumed; groups are encouraged to join in the fun with DIY chariots.
The Marche will culminate on Temple Street, where the sinister dwarf will surely appear, to be firmly banished, freeing Detroit from its woes (until next year).
But the fun’s not over!
A PRÈS LA FÊTE
What’s the word? After parties.
Masonic Temple’s Victoire – Fiery DJ Madness, 500 Temple St.
Haute to Death, Temple Bar, 2906 Cass Ave.
Nothing Elegant, Old Miami, 3930 Cass Ave.
Model D is hosting a pre-party on Saturday, March 23, The Last Temptation of the Nain Rouge.
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|Detroit firm Three Squared plans to build a 20-unit condo development at Warren Avenue and Rosa Parks Boulevard near Wayne State University. Construction is slated for 2013 with model units to be built in 2012|
Designed by local architect Steven Flum, the project has been in development for several years but was halted after the 2008 crash. Now, Three Squared plans to begin construction on a three-story model unit on Michigan Avenue by the end of the year to pre-sell condos, with the development itself slated to be built in spring 2013. According to the Detroit Free Press, the development will cost $3.4 million, and Multihousingnews.com notes they received a $603,000 tax credit.
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Faygo Beverages is introducing its newest flavor, Faygo Gold, with a contest to win gold from its promotion partner, Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry and Tapper’s Gold Exchange. The campaign is launching during the St. Patrick’s Day season with the tagline, “At the End of the Faygo Flavor Rainbow… is Gold.”
The promotion features opportunities to win a “Pot of Gold” - a cauldron of Faygo Gold pop, T-shirts and a 24K, solid gold bar from Tapper’s; - a social media photo contest on Instagram; and an in-store contest and product sampling at Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry and Tapper’s Gold Exchange locations.
“With a 105 year history of pop innovation, Faygo fans have come to expect new flavors that are bold and unique,” said Al Chittaro, executive vice president of Faygo Beverages, Inc. “Consumers are already voicing rave reviews for Faygo Gold, a rich, zippy, ginger ale. Our partnership with another celebrated Michigan brand, Tapper’s Jewelry, is a great way to celebrate the launch of Gold with our loyal fans.”
Faygo Gold joins more than 60 flavors in Faygo’s beverage line. Gold is available now throughout Michigan in 24oz and 2 liter bottles. Diet Faygo Gold is available in 2 liter bottles.
#FaygoGold Social Media Photo Contest Starting on Friday, March 15, through Friday, March 29, Faygo fans are asked to take a photo of “what” or “who” is most valuable to them and upload the photo to Instagram with the hashtag, #FaygoGold. The top three Instagram photos generating the most “likes” by 6 p.m. on Friday, March 29, will win. The winners will be announced on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and will receive a “Pot of Gold” that includes Faygo Gold and a 24K, solid gold bar valued at $250 for first place; $100 for second place; and, $50 for third place.
Faygo Gold Contest in Tapper’s Stores On Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17, noon - 5 p.m., Faygo fans who visit any of the 12 participating Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry stores and Tapper’s Gold Exchange locations, can get a free sample of Faygo Gold and enter to win a “Pot of Gold” that includes Faygo Gold and a one-third ounce 24K solid gold bar valued at $550. The final drawing will take place on Sunday, March 17 at 6 p.m.
Nothing goes better with basketball than free Detroit-style pizza! That’s why the Oakland University (OU) Grizzlies and the University of Detroit-Mercy (UDM)’s Titans basketball players and fans are amped up to win.
Both the OU and UDM athletic programs are participating in a basketball points promotion which offers event-goers one free 4-square cheese pizza each, with a ticket stub or coupon, when the men’s teams win with 80 or more points and when the women’s teams win with 65 or more points.
UDM Director of Athletic Marketing and Promotions Brandon J. Longmeier said the partnership between Buddy’s Pizza and the school has been beneficial for both parties. “We’re so appreciative of what Buddy’s is doing for our athletic program,” said Longmeier. “The points promotion really motivates the team and gets the crowd excited for free Buddy’s pizza after the game.” Titan fans are additionally offered $3 off 8-square pizzas when their team wins.
Just like at UDM, the students and fans at OU can be heard chanting for “Pizza” during Grizzly basketball games. “The points promotion electrifies the atmosphere during our games,” said Tim Dameron, assistant athletic director for OU marketing and sponsorships and a longtime Buddy’s Pizza fan. “The fans’ excitement helps the team perform better, and everyone gets to celebrate with a delicious Buddy’s pizza.” Grizzly fans additionally receive coupons valid for $4 off 8-square pizzas at each game.
Basketball fans following their favorite teams through the NCAA Tournament can do more than cheer on their favorite teams this year; they can enter for a chance to become one of Buddy’s Final Four Finalists during a Facebook sweepstakes beginning mid-March.
Participants need only enter their name and email into the designated Facebook app. Weekly winners will be chosen to receive four free “Elite 8-square Buddy’s Pizzas” throughout the course of the month-long promotion. At the end of the sweepstakes, one grand prize winner will be selected at random among the Buddy’s Final Four Finalists to receive a Buddy’s Pizza Ultimate Fan Basket.
The sweepstakes begins at midnight on March 18, 2013 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on April 11, 2013. For details and official rules visit www.facebook.com/buddyspizza.
The fastest-growing cities in the country when it comes to technology jobs posted on Dice may have been unexpected in the past. But, with communities coming together to support start-ups, court large employers and fund STEM education initiatives – no one should be surprised that “traditional tech centers” needs a new definition.
Detroit Tech City
Detroit is the only two-timer on the list, having worn the crown for fastest growing city in 2011, as measured by job postings on Dice.
Back then Detroit had more than 800 tech jobs posted on any given day, now it’s more than 1,100.
Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology association, ranked the Greater Detroit region among the best for its strong record of students completing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) degrees.
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Click HERE for the interactive map to see the change in your community!
Historic Pewabic Pottery will celebrate 110 years of service to the metro Detroit community with a birthday celebration Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its National Historic Landmark building, 10125 E. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit.
The free event is open to the public. Guests will enjoy giveaways, birthday cake, refreshments and demonstrations from talented ceramic artists. Guided tours of Pewabic’s museum and fabrication studio will also be given at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
“At Pewabic Pottery, we are humbled to be part of Detroit’s history for the past 110 years,” said Barbara Sido, executive director of Pewabic Pottery. “It’s an honor to work in such a vibrant city and we’d like to say ‘thank you’ to the metro Detroiters that continue to visit our museum, tour our pottery, join our classes and help continue the tradition.”
Founded in 1903, Pewabic Pottery quickly established itself as a fixture in Detroit’s arts & crafts scene and through the years has evolved into a respected, cultural and educational institution.
Pewabic Pottery, the milestones:
Founded in 1903 by Mary Chase Perry Stratton and Horace Caulkins and produces first commission for Burley and Company in Chicago.
- In 1907 moved to its current East Jefferson location, designed by architect William Buck Stratton. In 1909 introduced signature iridescent glazes.
- In 1928, Pewabic’s Saarinen house fireplace is featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
- In 1937 featured in an exhibition of ceramic art at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City.
- In 1947, founder Mary Stratton is awarded the coveted Charles Fergus Binns medal, the nation’s highest award in the field of ceramics. Pewabic wins this prestigious award again 1993.
- In 1961, Mary Stratton passed away and Pewabic is run by her assistant, Ella Peters. From 1966 to 1979 Michigan State University owned and operated the pottery as part of its continuing education program. In 1971, Pewabic Pottery is named to the National Register of Historic Places.
- In 1979 the Pewabic Society was established to handle the pottery’s day-to-day operations.
- In 1980 granted nonprofit status. In 1981 ownership was transferred to the Pewabic Society.
- In 1991 the pottery and its contents were recognized as a National Historic Landmark.
- In 1999 created murals for Comerica Park, the new home of the Detroit Tigers.
- In 2011, Pewabic’s iconic chimney is restored. In 2012 launched Copper & Clay: Pewabic’s New Leadership Initiative, a committee of engaged, young professionals providing skills and experience in support of the nonprofit’s mission.
Pewabic’s handcrafted installations and collections can be found in churches, schools and buildings throughout Detroit, including the Guardian Building, Comerica Park, Detroit People Mover Stations, the Detroit Institute of Art, and the Scott Fountain on Belle Isle. Pewabic ceramics can also be found nationally at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Rice University in Houson, Texas, the Nebraska State Capitol Building in Lincoln, Neb. and at the Freer Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution and Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C
Charlie LeDuff visited the studios of HBO's 'Real Time With Bill Maher' to discuss his new book, "Detroit: An American Autopsy." Below is my favorite quote from the interview, which you can watch HERE.
Bill Maher: "Are you hopeful about Detroit?"
Charlie LeDuff: "Yeah."
Charlie LeDuff: "Yeah, we're going to be there."
Maher: "It's going to go up again?"
Charlie LeDuff: "The Roman Empire fell and Italians are walking around with nice shoes on, man. We're going to be fine."
The City of Detroit sends its former mayor to jail -- and THIS is how the city responds. I love Detroit.
For those of you not old enough to recall, click HERE for the Jefferson's Theme Song.
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But it (Detroit) is hardly the worst and certainly not hopeless. Europe is filled with cities that have risen from similarly miserable conditions.
Take Belfast, which suffered not only industrial decline and disinvestment, but also paralyzing religious guerrilla warfare. Although it received the same sort of hammer blow from globalization as Detroit, it now has steady job growth after decades of losses. Its economic output leapt 35 percent
per capita between 2000 and 2005. And, throughout the European continent’s industrial belt--the parts that are distinctly not Disneyland for American yuppies--there are many other examples of old redoubts of manufacturing (Bilbao, Leipzig, Sheffield, St. Étienne) that have enjoyed the very same sort of dramatic recoveries. This is not to oversell the optimism that these cities should inspire. They will never recover their full manufacturing might or swell with quite so many residents as before. Still, they represent realistic models for the rescue of Detroit.
It is strangely fitting that the recent auto bailout endowed Detroit with a new corporate patron hailing from Turin, Italy. Like Detroit, Turin was once a grand capital of the auto industry, which accounted for 80 percent of the city’s industrial activity, most of it with Fiat, Chrysler’s new owner. But the Italian auto industry didn’t fare much better than the American one in the face of new competition. Fiat’s Turin operations went from 140,000 workers in the early 1970s to a mere 40,000 in the early ’90s. And with the collapse of Fiat came the collapse of Turin. Its population plummeted almost 30 percent in 25 years. National and local leaders focused more on combating domestic terrorism from the Red Brigades than on providing basic services. The city spun through four mayors in seven years and accumulated a budget deficit in the mid-’90s of 120 billion lira.
Recovery from this kind of spiral begins with political leadership. And, in 1993, the city elected a reformist mayor, Valentino Castellani, who devised a breathtakingly ambitious plan for the city. Potential investors were never going to have faith in Turin unless the city spelled out its strategy with specificity, so the plan laid out 84 “actions” for development, which Turin vowed to implement by the year 2011. Despite its gritty condition, the city promised to develop a tourism industry and the transportation network to support it. It used its own funds, plus money from national, regional, and provincial governments and private companies, to create a range of institutions--business incubators, foundations, research laboratories, venture-capital funds, and technology parks--that would promote its information-technology and green-energy industries. Other efforts built on Turin’s historical strengths. Turin may no longer have had cheap industrial labor, but it still possessed people with a deep understanding of production and design. They simply needed new outlets and markets for their core competencies.
Turin’s plan worked. By 2006, it posted its lowest levels of unemployment ever and its highest levels of economic activity in half a century. The city reinvented itself as a center for design, not just of cars, but also for aerospace, cinematography, and textiles. Plenty of parts suppliers still depend on business from Fiat, but they have also found new customers in China and other growing markets. Physical regeneration accompanied the economic recovery. The city submerged the old central railway line that had bifurcated the town, transforming that route into a boulevard that serves as Turin’s new backbone. What Turin shows is that even a decaying industrial base can be the foundation for a new economy. That is, the industry may fade, but expertise doesn’t. Detroit’s American cousins, Akron and Toledo, have already shown how specialties developed for car manufacturing can be repurposed. As Akron’s tire-making industry declined, companies, working with local universities, shifted their focus and research efforts into the related business of polymers. The former Rubber Capital of the World now makes polymers and plastics that can be used in clean energy and biotech. Or take Toledo, which long specialized in building windows and windshields for cars. One industry leader, known locally as “the glass genius,” started tinkering with solar cells in the 1980s. The University of Toledo showed an interest in his work, and the state gave the school and two companies some money to investigate photovoltaic technology. That spurred other business and university collaborations, which drew more infusions of state economic development funds, and the region now has some 5,000 jobs in the solar industry.
Institutions developed at the height of Detroit’s postwar prosperity remain--and provide the city with advantages that similarly depressed industrial cities cannot claim. It has educational institutions in or near the city (the University of Michigan, Wayne State) and medical institutions (in part, a legacy of all those union health care plans) that are innovative powerhouses and that currently generate private-sector activity in biomedicine, information technology, and health care management. And there is already a smattering of examples of old industrial outposts that have reacquired relevance. An old GM plant in Wixom has been retrofitted to produce advanced batteries. There’s a new automotive-design lab based in Ann Arbor. And Ford, the most promising of the Big Three, has made a decisive shift toward smaller, cleaner cars.
Retooling Detroit’s old industries and advancing its new ones will take public money, and the feds are the only ones with money to give these days. But Washington already spends heavily on Detroit--$18.4 billion went to the city and the surrounding county in 2008. This money, however, isn’t invested with any broader purpose, a sense of how all this spending can add up to something grander. A better return on federal investments will take a functioning local government as well as leadership in suburban counties that is willing to collaborate closely with the city. And, with so much sclerosis, change will only emerge with a strong hand from above. State and federal governments should place the city’s most dysfunctional agencies in receivership as a quid pro quo for federal investment--a milder version of the federal takeover of Washington, D.C., in the 1990s. These higher-level governments should also insist that the city and its suburbs end their wasteful bickering and act as one on issues that naturally cross borders, like transportation and the environment. The region’s elected officials should be strongly encouraged to replicate the metropolitan mayors’ caucuses in Chicago and Denver, or a strong metropolitan transportation and land-use agency, as in Portland or Minneapolis. Business will never have faith in Detroit with local government in its current condition and with the metropolis so riven by old city-suburb divisions.
The point of Turin is that dramatic reform in local and metropolitan governance, coupled with strategic interventions from above, catalyzes market revival. Turin reoriented manufacturing with smart, subtle, and relatively minimal government interventions. And there are plenty of opportunities like this in Detroit. The metropolitan region is packed with companies that supplied parts to the Big Three. Because of the current credit desert, these companies should receive low-interest loans that allow them to reconfigure their plants to produce parts that can be sold to the international auto market--or for other types of machinery. And local government (or NGOs, even) can play the role of industrial planner. That is, they can look across the map and find instances where research institutions and manufacturers should collaborate on new ventures.
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“A thriving arts and cultural community not only enriches the quality of life for residents and visitors to southeastern Michigan, but inspires fresh ideas and fuels the creative vitality of the region,” said Rip Rapson, Kresge’s president and CEO. “In attracting local, national and international audiences to experience the works of these artists, Art X Detroit celebrates the Detroit metropolitan area as a hub of innovation and human energy. We’re proud to support the event and celebrate the Kresge Eminent Artists and Artist Fellows.”
The Kresge Foundation has provided $2 million to support more than 70 artists living and working in Metro Detroit through its Kresge Eminent Artist and Artist Fellowship programs since 2008. The Eminent Artist and Artist Fellowship programs are administered by the College for Creative Studies.
Art X Detroit Highlights
The event will feature exceptional works and performances by acclaimed Eminent Artists Bill Harris and Naomi Long Madgett, and art enthusiasts will experience some of Detroit’s most creative talents at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall, the College for Creative Studies and other great venues in Midtown’s Cultural Center. A special visual arts exhibition runs through April 28 at MOCAD.
The opening night of Art X Detroit is a multi-venue celebration on Wednesday, April 10, 6:15 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at MOCAD and the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, with special live performances at the First Congregational Church and Wayne State University. The opening night reception is free to the public; however, registration is required. RSVP by Monday, April 8 at www.artxdetroit.com/opening-night or call 313.420.6000.
Art X Detroit captures the creativity and imagination of the Kresge Eminent Artists and Fellows whose works will be on display across Midtown, including:
“Have Mercy” and “Booker T. & Them: A Blues” by 2011 Kresge Eminent Artist Bill Harris. Award-winning playwright, poet, critic and novelist, Bill Harris’ plays have been featured in more than one hundred productions nationwide. In “Have Mercy,” Harris collaborates with Detroit’s own Reverend Robert Jones (a master blues historian and guitarist) for a demonstration of theatre at its most basic, in the tradition of Homer and African djelis, or griots. This one-act monologue will take place at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, GM Theater, to be followed by an excerpt from Harris’ book, “Booker T. & Them: A Blues,” directed by innovative stage director, Aku Kadogo, also a Detroit native.
Naomi Long Madgett - Poet and Publisher. With a career as a published poet that spans eight decades, 2012 Kresge Eminent Artist Dr. Naomi Long Madgett has amassed numerous accolades for her exemplary life of service and creative expression. The annual Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award, established in 1993, has helped shine a spotlight on African American writers – recognizing 20 young poets to-date and attracting the attention of major publishing houses. Madgett will read from her own work as well as present a program of readings and dialogue reflecting on the careers of five of the awardees: Bill Harris, Claude Wilkinson, Nagueyalti Warren, Edward Bruce Bynum and Esperanza Cintrón. Readings at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, GM Theatre.
“¡Viva America!” by Maria Costa. In her new comedy special film ¡Viva America!, renowned actress/comedian/writer Maria Costa portrays an array of hilarious and thought-provoking characters whose lives are profoundly affected by immigration in the U.S. Following this premiere screening, there will be a question and answer session and a muy caliente salsa music and dance after-party with the cast – be sure to bring your dancing shoes! Film screening at the DIA Detroit Film Theatre followed by Q&A and dancing in the DIA.
“My Brightest Diamond” by Shara Worden. Worden presents a new, 360 degree, surround-sound instrumental composition for The Detroit Party Marching Band. The performance begins at MOCAD for the opening ceremonies of Art X Detroit 2013, and is followed by a music procession with the marching band, leading the audience from the art museum to the First Congregational Church, where the indie-rock band My Brightest Diamond (fronted by Worden) will begin a full length concert choreographed by Jessica Dessner. Concert performance beginning at MOCAD and moving to First Congregational Church.
Passalacqua: The Experience Part 1 & 2. Together, Detroit-based MCs Mister and Blaksmith form Passalacqua. The duo is responsible for inventive live presentations, conceptual, theatrical, almost performance art, which are altogether curious and highly engaging. In Part 1, they present a documentary retrospective of their group as told by friends, collaborators, and themselves. In Part 2, Passalacqua performs their complete discography live and exclusively debut their newest songs. Film screening and performance at the Michigan Science Center’s Chrysler IMAX® Dome Theatre.
“The People’s Vision,” a mural by Hubert Massey. Massey, whose work can be seen at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Paradise Valley Park and Campus Martius, works in a variety of media to create large public art installations and is noted for collaborating with communities to create art that tells their stories. For Art X Detroit, Massey is creating a 30’ x 60’ mural to be installed on the WSU Press Building at the corner of Woodward and Warren avenues. At MOCAD, Massey’s preliminary drawings of the mural will be on view throughout the month of April. Mural installation at WSU Press Building, drawings at MOCAD.
“Corner Store” by Design 99. Corner Store is a three-channel video installation inspired by experiences during two days when plywood boards covering the Design 99 studio/storefront space in Hamtramck were removed. Design 99 video recorded the reactions and questions of the neighborhood’s residents as they passed by. These reactions will form the basis for the video in the Corner Store installation. Three-channel video, mixed media installation at MOCAD.
“An Evening with Charles McPherson” by Mark Stryker. Stryker, Music Writer for the Detroit Free Press, presents “An Evening with Charles McPherson,” one of the important figures in Detroit's modern jazz explosion in the 1950s. At 73, the alto saxophonist has had a major career and remains at the top of his game. This evening with Charles McPherson is designed to illuminate Detroit's remarkable jazz legacy and influence. Discussion and performance at the DIA Detroit Film Theatre.
Art X Detroit is made possible by The Kresge Foundation and is supported by its partners ArtServe Michigan, the College for Creative Studies and MOCAD. It is produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc., a nonprofit organization that has spearheaded reinvestment in Midtown through the arts, beautification and economic development.
For a complete schedule of events, visit www.ArtXDetroit.com and Facebook for exciting updates. For more information on the Kresge Arts in Detroit program, visit, www.kresgeartsindetroit.org.
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"Forbes, enjoy your private, billionaire getaways. I'll take Detroit."
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11:30 am Annual Corktown Races Register HERE!
2:00 pm 55th Annual Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade. Parade assembles at 1:00 pm on 6th Street and Michigan Ave. Starting promptly at 2:00 pm. The Parade, which includes marching and pipe & drum bands, color guard units, floats, clowns, novelty groups and marching units, moves west on Michigan Ave., passes the reviewing stand and disperses at 14th Street, approximately 2 hours later.
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Private industry is blooming here, even as the city’s finances have descended into wreckage.
In late 2011, Rachel Lutz opened a clothing shop, the Peacock Room, which proved so successful that she opened another one, Emerald, last fall. Shel Kimen, who had worked in advertising in New York, is negotiating to build a boutique hotel and community space. Big companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield have moved thousands of workers into downtown Detroit in recent years. A Whole Foods grocery, this city’s first, is scheduled to open in June.
On Friday, just as Michigan’s governor, Rick Snyder, was deeming an outside, emergency manager a necessity to save Detroit’s municipal finances, the once-teetering Big Three automakers were reporting growing sales.
“It’s almost a tale of two cities here,” said Ms. Lutz, who is 32. “I tripled my projections in my first year.”
Around the country, as businesses have recovered, the public sector has in many cases struggled and shrunk. Detroit may be the most extreme example of a city’s dual fates, public and private, diverging.
At times, the widening divide has been awkward, even tense. As private investors contemplated opening coffee bean roasters, urban gardening suppliers and fish farms, Detroit firefighters complained about shortages of equipment, suitable boots and even a dearth of toilet paper.
“You’ve got to walk before you run, and for many years we weren’t even walking,” William C. Ford Jr., executive chairman of the Ford Motor Company, said of the developments of late within Detroit’s private sector. “But now it’s really interesting. Even as the political and financial situations continue to deteriorate, in spite of that, there is very hopeful business activity taking place.”
In the eyes of some, the signs of a private sector turnaround have only served to accentuate divisions: a mostly black city with an influx of young, sometimes white artists and entrepreneurs; a revived downtown but hollowed-out neighborhoods beyond; an upbeat mood among business leaders even as the city’s frustrated elected officials face diminished, uncertain roles under state supervision.
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Whole Foods Market, the world’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket, will open a 21,650-square-foot store in Detroit, MI on Wednesday, June 5 at 9a.m. The much-anticipated store, located at Mack Ave. and John R. Road, will add to the vibrant, growing food scene in Detroit. The store joins more than 345 other Whole Foods Market stores in North America and the United Kingdom.
Larry Austin, a 14-year veteran team member, will be the Detroit Store Team Leader. Most recently, Austin led the West Bloomfield location. “As a long-time Michigan resident, I am personally excited to open a Whole Foods Market in Detroit, and bring some career opportunities to the community,” said Austin.
The Detroit store will needs to fill approximately 75 positions before opening day. Team member positions will post online at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/careers on April 2. Candidates interested in learning more about working at Whole Foods Market can attend four open houses the company will host next week. Details about event locations and times can be found at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/Detroit.
Urban Neighborhoods: Detroit's Indian Village
The City of Detroit is nationally known for its struggles with white flight and urban blight. However, the city still is home to it's share of impressive urban neighborhoods featuring well manicured lawns and tree lined gridded streets. Today, Metro Jacksonville takes a brief tour of two: Detroit's Indian Village and West Village Historic Districts.
Indian Village is a historic neighborhood located on Detroit's east side and is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The district has a number of architecturally significant homes built in the early 20th century. A number of the houses have been substantially restored, and most others well kept up.
Many of the homes were built by prominent architects such as Albert Kahn, Louis Kamper and William Stratton for some of the area's most prominent citizens such as Edsel Ford. Many of the homes are very large, with some over 12,000 square feet. Many have a carriage house, with some of those being larger than an average suburban home. Some of the houses also have large amounts of Pewabic Pottery tiles. The neighborhood contains many historic homes including the automotive entrepreneur Henry Leland, founder of Lincoln and Cadillac, who resided on Seminole Street.
Indian Village has a very active community including the Historic Indian Village Association, Men's Garden Club & Woman's Garden Club. The neighborhood hosts an annual Home & Garden Tour the first Saturday of June, a neighborhood yard sale in September, a holiday home tour in December, and many other community events.
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When people talk about the resurgence of urban America — the shift of people, jobs and commerce back to downtowns and center cities — they're usually talking about a narrow group of elite cities like New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boston, and San Francisco.
That's why a report [PDF] released this week on the transformation of downtown Detroit is so interesting. It documents the ongoing regeneration of a decent sized swath of the city's urban core. Detroit's Greater Downtown spans 7.2 square miles (reflected in the title of the report). It runs across the city's riverfront from the central business district to trendy Corktown, home of Slows Bar B Q and Astro Coffee; Mies van der Rohe's verdant Lafayette Park and Rivertown, north to the Eastern Market, Detroit's farmer's market; the Cass Corridor, with arts institutions; Midtown, home to Wayne State University, up Woodward Avenue to Tech Town and New Center (see the map below)
The report draws on new and unique data from local surveys as well as national data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey and other national sources. It is the product of a partnership between the the Hudson-Webber Foundation, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, the Downtown Detroit Partnership, Midtown Detroit, Inc., D:hive, and Data Driven Detroit.
The Greater Downtown corridor has a population of 36,550 people or 5,076 people per square mile. It might not be not downtown Manhattan, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, or Philadelphia, but it compares favorably to other Midwest city-centers, like downtown Minneapolis, with 3.4 square miles and 28,811 people; downtown Pittsburgh at 1.3 square miles and 4,064 people; and downtown Cleveland at 3.2 square miles and 9,523 people. Of these downtowns, only Minneapolis has greater density than Greater Downtown Detroit.
Greater Downtown forms the Detroit region's commercial, educational, and entertainment hub home to major higher ed, arts and cultural institutions, its football and baseball stadiums and hockey arena, and several hundred restaurants, bars and retails shops. Each year, 10.5 million people visit the Greater Downtown area, according to the report.
While Greater Downtown is more affluent than the city as a whole, it lags behind other urban centers. The average per capita income of Greater Downtown residents is $20,216, considerably higher than $15,062 for the city as a whole but behind the nation ($27,334) as well as other urban centers like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Residents of Greater Downtown are also more educated than the city as a whole. College educated residents between the ages of 25 and 34 made up eight percent of the population for Greater Downtown compared to just one percent for the city as a whole, three percent for the state of Michigan, and four percent for the nation. More than four in ten young adults (42 percent) in Greater Downtown were college-educated, compared to 11 percent for the city, and higher than both the state and national rates of 29 and 31 percent, respectively.
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"Searching for Sugar Man" won Best Documentary Feature at the 85th annual Academy Awards.
The award for Best Documentary Film honors the best in non-fiction filmmaking.
"Searching for Sugar Man" was the leader of a strong pack of nominees. The documentary focused on the search for Sixto Rodriguez, a failed singer-songwriter from the 1970s who was an unexpected hit in South Africa. Directed Malik Bendjelloul, "Searching for Sugar Man" was an audience award winner at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and won Best Documentary from BAFTA and the Producers Guild of America.
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