While Detroit has now earned the notorious distinction of being the largest municipality ever to file bankruptcy in U.S. history, over the years its food, arts and cultural scene has been thriving. Business owners and community members have been hard at work trying to push for a rebirth of the Rust Belt town, and as a result has created a city filled with unique cultural and culinary treasures. Here are 10 great reasons to visit Detroit --and not to write it off:

1. Eastern Market

The largest historic public market in the U.S. is located just outside of downtown Detroit. While Eastern Market draws in crowds of over 45,000 every Saturday, there’s a lot more to this market than just the produce vendors and flower peddlers. Make sure you come to the market hungry, as it’s also home to Supino Pizzeria, a neo-Italian pizzeria that uses ingredients from local producers and has been featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”. “Mad Men's” Christina Hendricks (the sultry Joan Holloway), recently in town for a film shoot, also called it the best she has ever had. Next door to Supino is Russell Street Deli, a vegetarian and vegan-friendly breakfast and lunch spot where everything is made from scratch. Eastern Market is home to several locally-famous corned beef producers, and Russell Street is probably best known for its house-cooked Sy Ginsberg corned beef.

Lately Eastern Market's reach has gone beyond that of a local food hub. Art galleries, independent boutiques, maker spaces, and old-fashioned letterpress shops (two of them) have been springing up in the market over the last few years. Check out Inner State Gallery, which has been spearheading a public mural movement throughout Detroit and are currently focused on Eastern Market, their new home. Be sure to also check out the Red Bull House of Art, Signal-Return, Salt & Cedar, and Detroit Mercantile Co.

2. Corktown

Detroit is big on its by-the-bootstraps innovation, and nowhere is that more evident than in Corktown—one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Without any kind of corporate investment, Corktown has managed to transform itself from an area people once merely drove through to get to the old Tigers Stadium to a destination unto itself. Slows BAR BQ has been an anchor business on Michigan Avenue, and co-owner Phil Cooley has received quite a bit of press for this game-changing barbecue and craft beer bar – which helped spur further development along the corridor, including pre-Prohibition-themed craft cocktail bar Sugar House and artisan hipster coffee joint Astro Coffee. But he’s won kudos also for his work in launching Ponyride, a collaborative workspace providing affordable office and studio space to socially-conscious entrepreneurs and artists who all have the good of the greater Detroit community in mind. While you're at Ponyride, get a pour-over from Anthology Coffee, a local roaster that uses exquisitely sourced beans and serves probably the best cup of coffee in Michigan.

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NPR: Not All The News About Detroit Is Bad

Even as newscasts and newssites are using Detroit's bankruptcy filing to talk about Motown's "meltdown," we've found these stories:

-- "What Detroit Has Going For It." Brookings Institution fellow Jennifer Bradley tells The Washington Post that in the city's "downtown/midtown area, along the Woodward corridor spine ... there's a lot of good stuff happening."

-- "For Detroit, This May Be A Real Comeback." MSN News writes that "described as the epitome of dire straits and decimated by financial ruin, the city is actually steeped in a promising revival. Really."

-- "City Benefits From Strength Of Orr's Preparation." Detroit Free Press columnist Stephen Henderson looks at the work done by the city's state-appointed emergency manager, Kevyn Orr.

-- "5 Reasons Not To Give Up On Detroit." MarketWatch takes a detour from the serious financial issues to focus more on cultural matters. Detroit, it declares, is 1) a great sports town; 2) a great music town (from The Supremes to Kid Rock and more); 3) home to "glorious, if often desolate, art deco high-rises; 4) a great party town; and 5) the place for "the best Greek food this side of Heraklion."

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Why You Might (Still) Want to Consider Launching in Detroit


To be sure, Detroit is not for everyone. If you're looking to launch your business in a pristine city, where the government can provide cushy resources, it's not the place for you. But, there are many good reasons for entrepreneurs to stay in or move to the Motor City. Here are a few:

It’s cheap. For now. “The burn rate in Michigan is a fraction of what it is in Boston, New York, Silicon Valley, Chicago and frankly many other locations,” says Mike Finney, the president and chief executive of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a public-private partnership advocating for business in the state.

And it may not be this cheap forever. “This is a ground-floor opportunity for individuals who want to live, work and play, and find opportunities to do it at a cost that you will probably never see again,” says Finney. The population exodus that Detroit has suffered means a lot of office space was left vacant, and empty buildings are being rehabilitated into working space, says Finney.

For example, Dan Gilbert, the chairman and founder of Quicken Loans Inc. and majority owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, has bought more than 30 buildings in downtown Detroit. “Those buildings are all being rehabbed and occupied by businesses at a rate that is just staggering,” says Finney.

Detroit’s airwaves aren’t glutted. “You don’t have the media outlets getting pitched every minute of every day by new startup ideas and new startups to cover,” says Cohen. “It’s a nice platform to get national press.” There’s also plenty of local press, including the Detroit News and Crain’s Detroit Business.

There is a growing sense of new, young energy with a frontier spirit. For the first time in more than three decades, young people are staying in Michigan. “Young people left forever, and now they are staying,” says Cohen.

When Cohen moved into an apartment in downtown Detroit in Feb. 2011, he had the upper hand in negotiating his rent. Now, he says, there are waiting lists at downtown apartment buildings. That's partly due to limited supply. People haven’t historically wanted to live in downtown Detroit. Lately, innovative companies are increasingly interested in investing in the city center over the suburbs, and they are attracting the younger set.

Michigan has always been a manufacturing hub. “Michigan does have a tremendous legacy of entrepreneurial activity,” says Finney, ticking off icons Henry Ford, W.K. Kellogg and Charles Stewart Mott.

The state has a history of, and infrastructure for, making things, says Rick DeVos, CEO of Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Start Garden, a seed fund that distributes $5,000 loans to startups. "The whole state is rediscovering its entrepreneurial muscles," says DeVos. "A hundred years ago, Detroit was the Silicon Valley of the world."

The startup community is relatively small. The number of startups in Detroit is small compared to cities like New York or San Francisco. That means less competition. “You have the ear of first customers potentially,” says Cohen.

You can play a role in the comeback story. Entrepreneurs go out on their own because they want to make a difference. In Detroit's less crowded startup ecosystem, you have an opportunity to make a difference. “You build a successful tech company, and you are bringing back a region,” says Cohen. “It’s a startup community on the rise. You are basically going to be riding a wave of growth.”

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Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Convention Cente
Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Convention Center, formerly the Hotel Pontchartrain, opened Wednesday after a $5 million renovation.

A historic hotel has reopened in Detroit.

The Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Convention Center, formerly the Hotel Pontchartrain, opened Wednesday at 2 Washington Blvd. across the street from the Cobo Center, after a $5 million renovation to its rooms, lobby and restaurant.

The hotel has a new owner - the Mexican and European investors group Pontchartrain Detroit Hotel LLC. It is operated by Equity Hospitality Management and franchised by an affiliate of InterContinental Hotels Group.

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We Love Detroit, Even If You Don't

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This 1973 photo of five children playing in a Detroit suburb has gone viral on the Internet. The children were Rhonda Shelly, 3 (from left), Kathy Macool, 7, Lisa Shelly, 5, Chris Macool, 9, and Robert Shelly, 6.
This 1973 photo of five children playing in a Detroit suburb has gone viral on the Internet. The children were Rhonda Shelly, 3 (from left), Kathy Macool, 7, Lisa Shelly, 5, Chris Macool, 9, and Robert Shelly, 6.
Joe Crachiola/Courtesy of The Macomb Daily

In late July 1973, Joseph Crachiola was wandering the streets of Mount Clemens, Mich.,, a suburb of Detroit, with his camera. As a staff photographer for the Macomb Daily, he was expected to keep an eye out for good feature images — "those little slices of life that can stand on their own."

The slice of life he caught that day was a picture of five young friends in a rain-washed alley in downtown Mount Clemens. And what distinguishes it are its subjects: three black children, two white ones, giggling in each others' arms.

"It was just one of those evenings," Crachiola remembers. "I saw these kids — they were just playing around. And I started shooting some pictures of them. At some point, they saw me and they all turned and looked at me and struck that pose that you see in the picture. It was totally spontaneous. I had nothing to do with the way they arranged themselves."

This week, Crachiola, who now lives in New Orleans, posted the vintage photo on his Facebook page.

"For me, it still stands as one of my most meaningful pictures," he wrote in his post. "It makes me wonder... At what point do we begin to mistrust one another? When do we begin to judge one another based on gender or race? I have always wondered what happened to these children. I wonder if they are still friends."

After several days when the world seemed to be reduced to one big argument about race, the elegantly simple photo hit a nerve — in a good way.

After his Sunday post, Crachiola's Facebook page blew up — as many as 100,000 page views. Six thousand "likes" and thousands of shares. The Macomb Daily reprinted the photo on its Web page and sent someone to the archives to help identify the children, who are now middle-aged.

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The Belle Isle Conservancy, in partnership with the Detroit Recreation Department, is launching a new program -- Belle Isle Summer Saturdays (BLISS) -- to bring new energy to one of Metro Detroit's most popular parks. BLISS will take place on July 20, August 17 and September 21 (third Saturday of the month during the summer).

In addition to enjoying all that Belle Isle already offers on Saturdays, visitors will have opportunities to attend yoga classes, get tours of the island, rent kayaks and bikes, purchase food from food trucks, adopt rescued dogs, and much more. All programming is being undertaken in partnership with Detroit area non-profits, small businesses, corporations, community groups and individuals.

One special program is the “Beauty of Belle Isle Art Contest.” The contest will kick off on July 20, and Detroiters are asked to submit artwork (photos, drawings, sculptures, etc.) into the contest. Winners will win cash prizes and works of art will be on display at the finale event on September 21.

In efforts to transform the island, several existing volunteer groups have combined to form The Belle Isle Conservancy (BIC). The Conservancy has begun to mobilize resources to reinvest in the park and provide a positive experience for thousands of park user who return year after year.

Michele Hodges, president of the Belle Isle Conservancy states, “BLISS is a great opportunity for Metro-Detroit residents to experience this beautiful landmark and really enjoy Belle Isle. Many activities like these take place in other parks across the country and we’re happy to be able to create this experience for Detroiters.”

The Belle Isle Summer Series is made possible by the generous support of The GM Foundation and Kresge Foundation. Additional partners include: Project for Public Spaces, D: Hive, Detroit River Sports, Detroit Bus Company, Detroit Dog Rescue, Arts & Scraps, WDET, and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

Attendees should visit the information tent, located at the Belle Isle Aquarium, for brochures, maps, and full details. BLISS hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (see website for times). Organizations and businesses looking to participate, contact Tatiana Grant at: (248) 514-9620 or tgrant@infusedpr.com.

About the Belle Isle Conservancy

The mission of the Belle Isle Conservancy (BIC) is to protect, preserve, restore and enhance the natural environment, historic structures and unique character of Belle Isle as a public park for the enjoyment of all – now and forever. For more information about BIC, visit: http://www.belleisleconservancy.org.

Find the full activity schedule in the chart below:

Additional Information
Art contest
Throughout Island

Submissions accepted via website.  Prizes are: 1st place - $500, 2nd place - $350, 3rd - $100
Arts & Scraps
1 - 3 p.m.

Bike Rental
Belle Isle Aquarium
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$15 for 2 hours

DIA Inside/Out
Throughout Island


Dog adoptions
Dossin Museum
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Aug. 17 only
Dossin Museum
Dossin Museum


Food trucks
Fleming’s Way (in front of Conservatory)
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Based on menu

Football 101 Training
Athletic Fields

Aug. 17 only
Giant Slide

$1/ride or $5/6 rides

Guided Tours
Starts at information booth infront of Belle Isle Aquarium
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Kayak Rental
Belle Isle Beach
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Single kayak - $15/hour, $50/all day  Tandem (2 people) - $20/hour, $65 all day

Painting Class
In front of Belle Isle White House
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
$15 donation
 Aug. 17 only
Park Clean-Up/Stewardship Day
Meet at Nature Zoo
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Segway Rental
Behind Belle Isle White House
1 - 6 p.m.
$35/hour plus $300 unit damage deposit
Helmets and closed-toe shoes required.  Must weigh between 100 and 260 lbs.
E. side of Belle Isle Casino
10 - 11 a.m.

Well, word came this morning that Detroit did not get the X-Games, losing out to Austin and a single-venue experience as opposed to the downtown multi-venue experience that was pitched as part of the Detroit bid.

However, word is the effort of all of those thousands of people won’t go for naught. In true Detroit fashion, the creators of the Detroit bid have decided to create an event of their own. Details are still coming together, but we’re going to guess we’ll learn more after that mysterious countdown clock on their website ticks off.

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Packard Plant Development In The Works (video)????

The skeletal remains of the rusting Packard plant in Detroit might soon have a new owner.

Built in 1911 by the legendary architect Albert Kahn, the factory produced luxurious automobiles throughout the early 1900s. It has since fallen into ruin, becoming a mecca for urban explorers and metal scrappers.

Although there have been previous talks and plans proposed for the plant (from Phil Cooley to the current owner) the newest has been spearheaded by Bill Hults, a developer from Evanston, Ill.

According to Christine Macdonald at the Detroit News, Hults wants to rehabilitate the deteriorating structure and save as many of the buildings as possible. Nearby, he wants to build multi-family housing and envisions turning the area into a mixed-use development with businesses, shops, and restaurants.

Skeptics might think the Packard Plant is beyond repair, but Hults believes otherwise. He has retained the same architectural firm that built the original – Albert Kahn Associates – and they insist that the concrete “bones” of the building are still holding up.

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Katherine Austin’s goal to “uplift Detroit’ in mind, body and spirit is the backdrop for Karma Yoga in The Park. A class that melds slow-flowing poses with the lush ambience of the breezy outdoors, Karma Yoga in the Park allows first-timers and yogi-veterans to gather together and form a community of like-minded people — while also receiving a “vibrational upgrade” in the middle of the workday.

Karma Yoga in the Park consists of four sessions in total and will take place on July 23rd, July 30th, August 6th and August 13th at Milliken State Park from 12 pm to 12:45 pm. The four sessions cost $55 in total. Those interested can register online by emailing info@karmayoga.net.

Austin opened Karma Yoga in 2003 and is certified in various yoga disciplines. Her suburban studio is packed every day of the week.

“Detroit is a city with heart and soul, and its flurry of entrepreneurial energy shows this perfectly. For a city that has endured hardship and a negative outside perception, the powerful harmony that yoga brings can be invaluable,” says Austin.

Milliken State Park is an urban park that showcases many features of Michigan’s natural beauty. A pocket of green in the bustling heart of Detroit, the park offers picnickers and explorers a quiet getaway from the smog of busy city life – much like how yoga offers its practitioners a peaceful break from hectic daily chaos.

Practicing outside will highlight the natural beauty of the city. Practicing together will amplify the powerful abilities available to a community when two or more are gathered!

Karma Yoga in The Park With Katherine Austin
July 23rd, July 30th, August 6th, and August 13th
12 pm – 12:45 pm

Milliken State Park
1900 Atwater St
Detroit, MI 48207

For more information, visit http://www.karma-yoga.net

Opportunity Detroit Timeline

January 2007: Dan Gilbert founds Bizdom, a non-profit entrepreneurship accelerator for budding web and tech-based startups in Detroit.

January 2009: Gilbert and other business leaders invest in M-1 RAIL, a 6.6-mile light-rail system that will link key neighborhoods to Detroit’s riverfront, the business district, and educational, cultural, entertainment and medical institutions along Woodward Avenue.

July 2009: Quicken Loans announces it will relocate its headquarters to the Compuware Building in downtown Detroit in 2010.

August 2010: Quicken Loans and five of its sister companies move 1,700 team members into the Compuware building in downtown Detroit.

November 2010: Gilbert, together with entrepreneurs Josh Linkner and Brian Hermelin, launch Detroit Venture Partners, a Detroit-based venture capital firm that invests in seed and early-stage technology companies to be located in the city.

January 2011: Rock Ventures, the umbrella entity formed to provide operational coordination, guidance and integration of Gilbert’s portfolio of companies, investments and real estate, purchases Detroit’s historical M@dison Theatre Building and begins transforming it into a collaborative tech hub to encourage partnership among local entrepreneurs.

April 2011: Rock Ventures acquires the 13-story Chase Tower located in Detroit’s downtown central business district and immediately begins renovation to reflect Quicken Loans’ culture.

April 2011: Rock Ventures buys Two Detroit Center, a 1,106-space parking garage located in the central business district.

May 2011: Skidmore Studio, a graphic design firm located in a nearby suburb, announces it will become the anchor tenant in the M@dison Building.

June 2011: Quicken Loans hires 200 interns to work in its downtown Detroit office to expose students to the city and help end Detroit’s “brain drain.”

July 2011: Earvin “Magic” Johnson joins Detroit Venture Partners to help fund start-up tech companies.

July 2011: Quicken Loans and four other downtown Detroit companies unveil the “Live Downtown” program, which offers financial incentives to team members who live in the city.

July 2011: Quicken Loans sponsors the debut of Somerset Collection’s CityLoft, a pop-up shop open the last weekend of each month in downtown Detroit with mini-versions of upscale stores, to bring retail back to downtown Detroit.

August 2011: Rock Ventures purchases Detroit’s First National Building to house more team members as well as other businesses.

August 2011: Rock Ventures acquires its fourth building, the 101-year-old Dime Building located in downtown Detroit, along with the Financial District Garage, an adjacent 938-space parking structure.

August 2011: Rock Ventures purchases the M@dison Parking Lot on Broadway, adjacent to the M@dison Building.

September 2011: Quicken Loans hosts a job fair to fill 500 positions in Detroit within the Family of Companies; 2,500 people line up around the building to apply.

October 2011: An additional 2,000 Quicken Loans team members move into the newly renovated Chase Tower.

December 2011: Rock Ventures completes the acquisition of three additional properties in Downtown Detroit – the historic Wright-Kay brownstone, the Lane Bryant Building and the Arts League of Michigan Building.

January 2012: Rock Ventures adds two more buildings to its real estate portfolio – the historic Federal Reserve Building and 1550 Woodward Avenue, a one-story building to be utilized for retail or commercial use.

February 2012: To encourage Detroit’s “brain gain,” the Quicken Loans Family of Companies announces it will hire 600 paid interns – 500 to work in Detroit to discover all the great things the city has to offer.

April 2012: The Quicken Loans Family of Companies begins a recruiting campaign to hire more than 1,400 team members, and launches Valley to Detroit, a campaign aimed to bring laid-off Yahoo technology professionals to Detroit from Silicon Valley.

April 2012: Rock Ventures and Chrysler hold a press conference to announce that Chrysler will lease the top two floors of Rock Ventures’ Dime Building and rename the building Chrysler House.

June 2012: Quicken Loans partners with other Detroit businesses to create “IT in the D,” a program to give local university students real-world experience to prepare them for tech jobs in Detroit.

July 2012: Title Source, the largest independent provider of title insurance, property valuations and settlement services in the nation, begins move of 1,500 team members to downtown Detroit’s First National Building.

October 2012: Rock Connections, a strategic marketing company that provides experienced communications specialists, robust analytics, and targeted selling strategies, moves 140 team members into the Chase Tower Building in downtown Detroit’s growing tech hub.

October 2012: Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans launch Opportunity Detroit with a national commercial narrated by Kid Rock on the Fox television network during the fourth game of the World Series.

November 2012: Rock Ventures breaks ground on 33,000-square-foot specialty retail development with 10-story parking garage in downtown Detroit.

December 2012: Rock Ventures purchases One Woodward, a 26-story, 359,300 square-foot building located in Detroit’s Central Business District.

December 2012: Metro-West Appraisal, the nation’s largest independent residential real estate appraisal company, announces it will move its national headquarters to downtown Detroit’s Chrysler House in March 2013.

December 2012: Rock Ventures adds five buildings to its real estate portfolio: 1201 Woodward (Kresge Building), 1217 Woodward, 1412 Woodward, 1301 Broadway (Cary Building Lofts) and 1521 Broadway (Small Plates Building) for a total of 115,600 square feet of space.

January 2013: Rock Gaming, Rock Ventures’ Detroit-based gaming partnership announced one of its affiliated companies, Athens Acquisition LLC, has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority interest in Greektown Superholdings Inc., owner of the Greektown Casino-Hotel located in downtown Detroit

February 2013: The Roasting Plant, a unique and innovative coffee shop, opens in the Rock Ventures-owned First National Building. The Detroit location is Roasting Plant’s first shop outside of New York City.

March 2013: Rock Ventures acquires the 23-story 1001 Woodward office tower, located in the heart of Detroit’s emerging tech district. The building was built in 1965 for the First Federal Savings and Loan of Detroit and features 167,400 square feet of Class-A office space.

March 2013: Rock Ventures, The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP), and the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. (DEGC) announce an extraordinary placemaking plan for Detroit’s urban core. As part of the plan, Rock Ventures launches Opportunity Detroit’s international design competition for a new signature project that will sit on the historic Hudson’s Department Store site.

March 2013: Rock Ventures acquires the historic 12-story Albert Kahn-designed Vinton Building. Built in 1917, the 54,600 square foot building was added to the Michigan Register of Historic Places in 1982 and the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

March 2013: Rock Ventures signs master lease agreements with the Schostak Brothers and Farbman Group to manage more than 60,000 square feet of first floor retail along the Woodward Corridor in downtown Detroit. The properties include 12 storefronts along the 1200 and 1400 blocks of Woodward Avenue.

March 2013: Rock Ventures announce popular grocer Papa Joe’s Gourmet Market and Catering will occupy 15,000 square feet of the First National Building, steps from Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit.

April 2013: Rock Gaming affiliate company acquires a majority interest in downtown Detroit’s Greektown Casino-Hotel with vision to better connect the Historic Greektown neighborhood to Woodward corridor.

May 2013: Rock Ventures announce ROSSETTI, an international architectural planning and design firm will move its headquarters to the historic Federal Reserve Building, located in the heart of Detroit’s rapidly expanding business district at Fort and Shelby Streets.

June 2013: Rock Ventures acquired the 1238 Randolph Building in the Historic Greektown neighborhood. The former Serman’s building, offers a unique retail opportunity with store frontage that wraps around the corner.

June 2013: The 620 and 630 Woodward Buildings were acquired by Rock Ventures. The buildings offer retail opportunities along the Woodward corridor.

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Helmets on Heads, a comprehensive national education campaign from Schwinn Bikes, in association with the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation, is visiting Balduck Memorial Park in Detroit on Thursday, July 18th. More than 250 members of the Eagle Sports Club will receive a new bicycle helmet courtesy of Schwinn.

Educators from the Beaumont ThinkFirst chapter at Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak in Royal Oak, MI will discuss the importance of wearing a helmet to prevent injuries after which they will fit the kids with a new helmet. Hotdogs, chips and water will also be provided as part of the helmet fitting.

Helmets on Heads is committed to educating one million kids about bike helmet safety over the next 10 years. The organization offers tools and opportunities for educators, local communities and families to get involved and take action in protecting themselves and those around them.

For more information on Helmets on Heads please visit www.helmetsonheads.org.

Thursday, July 18 4:00 – 7:30pm

Balduck Memorial Park 
18101 Chandler Park Dr 
Detroit, MI 48224

Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, a Southwest Detroit community-based non-profit organization that makes a difference by creating life-changing opportunities for youth and their families, has organized a graffiti art show called, “Off the Wall” in an effort to send Southwest Detroit youth to summer camp. The event, which will take place between 5:00 pm and 12:00 am at Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation (Corktown, 1211 Trumbull St., Detroit, MI 48216), will feature R&B and funk band Coko Buttafli, Southwest Detroit hip-hop artists (including youth performances), and Detroit-based Angel’s Catering.

Southwest Detroit youth face a number of unique challenges, including unemployment and underemployment, Detroit Public Schools closures, harsh immigration enforcement, gang involvement, and more. DHDC assists community members to recognize their own strengths and skills, so they can make life-changing choices that will transform their lives and community, despite these challenges. After their summer program, DHDC youth ages 11-19 spend less than a week at an overnight camp facility. For most of the youth, this will be the first time they venture outside of Southwest Detroit. Xiomara Torres, Youth Programs Director, gives them one assignment on this trip: be a kid.

“For the kids, time at camp is about spending time with friends, trusting adults, and enjoying activities such as swimming, horseback riding, hiking and fishing. Unfortunately, these simple things are hard to do in most cities, and especially difficult in Southwest Detroit,” says Torres.

DHDC alumni, graffiti artists who have graduated from DHDC programs, heard about funding cuts that traditionally fund the trip at summer’s close. Recognizing its importance, they came together and organized the “Off the Wall” fundraiser to ensure these students receive the same powerful experiences they did. All are welcome to enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and graffiti art to purchase.

$5 suggested donation at the door.

The owners of Chanosos and Oishii in Downtown Windsor have unveiled a new restaurant concept slated to open soon.

South Detroit is a brand new eatery that takes a page from a tongue-in-cheek name for describing Windsor.

South Detroit will feature a full service bar, appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads and fresh/raw oysters every weekend.

Co-owner Mat Mathias says South Detroit’s name came from Windsor’s history. “The name actually came to be from an article talking about how Windsor was once voted to be names 3 names — South Detroit, Windsor or Rochester. It’s a part of the history of this area and we realized how much Windsor and Detroit have in common and the history we share. The name itself has been well received from the people we have reached out to. You will see a lot of the history from the two cities in the decor.”

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Epic Races announced today that the inaugural Detroit Women’s Half Marathon and 5K will take place on Sept. 22 at 8 a.m. on Belle Isle.

Runners and walkers alike are welcome to participate in the races, which will start near the Scott Memorial Fountain with the half marathon looping the island twice. Start times are 8 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. for the half marathon and 5K, respectively.

Registration is open and available at www.detroitwomenshalf.com/register.

For the half marathon, the cost is $75 until Sept. 9, then $85 until race day. The cost for the 5K is $35 until Sept. 9, then $45 until race day. Participants will receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, personalized bib number with embedded timing chip and finisher’s medal with detachable charm, among other things.

The event is part of the Detroit Women’s Half Marathon and 5K’s mission to inspire women of all fitness abilities to set and reach new health and fitness goals through the training and completion of a half marathon or 5K

. A portion of the proceeds from the race will benefit the American American Heart Association's Go Red For Women® campaign. To learn more, visit www.GoRedForWomen.org.

“Go Red for Women is a campaign that falls in line with the mission of the Detroit Women’s Half Marathon and we are very pleased to announce our partnership,” said Mary Culbertson, meet director. “The Belle Isle shoreline lends itself to a simple loop course and provides stunning views that will undoubtedly inspire and please runners.”

Furthermore, the race is seeking women that embody the qualities of “Heart Heroes”. A “Heart Hero” is an individual who embraces a healthy lifestyle and knows the risk of heart disease and stroke. Individuals can send inquiries to aimee@detroitwomenshalfmarathon.com. “Heart Heroes” will receive free entrance.

Learn more about the Detroit Women’s Half Marathon at www.detroitwomenshalf.com.
150 W. Jefferson

Online retail giant Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has reportedly expanded its presence in downtown Detroit.

The Seattle-based firm is moving into 10,000 square feet of space on the second floor of the former Madden Building, now known as 150 W. Jefferson, according to Crain’s Detroit Business, which cites anonymous real estate sources. Those same sources indicate that Amazon.com is in expansion mode in Detroit, and its new space could house some 40 employees.

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"Detroit just needs a little love," said the waitress chatting with my husband and me at Baker's Keyboard Lounge on 8 Mile in Detroit. The beleaguered city doesn't get much love. But it's time to replace the images of crime and strife with one of the grassroots spirit sweeping the city.

Michigan's son Henry Ford famously said history is bunk. Real history, he said, was made by ordinary people doing extraordinary things who changed the world. Now that hundreds of thousands have bolted the Motor City, the ordinary souls that remain are leading an extraordinary charge to re-invent their town.

Yes, problems persist. Abandoned buildings mar the gorgeous Art Deco cityscape. Graffiti is abundant, and working streetlights are sparse in some neighborhoods. And we've all heard about the crime. But a growing few are defying the odds with some really cool projects that make this an exciting time to visit.

Yoga studios, organic bakeries, galleries, creperies, coffeeshops, bookstores, breweries, pizzerias, and even a Whole Foods are springing up. A boutique hotel constructed of shipping containers is underway. A watch builder employing former auto workers is putting American-made on the high-end map (with a brand new flagship store to boot). Meanwhile, Detroit's historic legacy still thrives.

The Art


While headlines scream about threats that the DIA may face an art sell-off to pay Detroit's creditors, dedicated staff are making this outstanding museum worth a trip. Beyond the important works of art, like the first Van Gogh in a public US museum and a Diego Rivera fresco, the museum draws crowds for events like Friday Night Live, when you can take in live music ande dine on tapas in their stunning, just-renovated Kresge Court.

Don't miss the Heidelberg Project, a groundbreaking outdoor art project where the houses themselves stand as works of art. Less famous but equally intriguing are the compelling "Iron Teaching Rocks How to Rust" installations outside the MBAD.

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Access Arts Detroit is an artist-run public art program that was established in 2008 to create opportunities for artists to exhibit site-specific art in the city of Detroit. The program – which is headed by Louis Casinelli, Alice Schneider and Andrew Thompson – features many different media, including installation, mural, sculpture, music and dance.

“Our primary exhibition space is Belle Isle Park, with a variety of locations throughout the park being utilized as exhibition space,” said Casinelli.

Casinelli explained that the idea for this came about during his undergrad education.

“A fellow student and I were both making and exhibiting work in the park independently. It seemed natural to invite others, artists and friends, to participate too,” he said.

Since 2009, AAD has facilitated more than 75 projects with stipends paid to a number of the artists. Casinelli explained that money for stipends is generated through an annual fundraiser with Supino Pizzeria in Eastern Market.

“The park’s administration has graciously worked with AAD for the past six years, allowing us to work in the nature trails, open fields, waterways, trees, fence lines and infrastructure,” Casinelli said. “AAD’s programming comes together through collaboration with the City of Detroit, the Belle Isle Conservancy and other community stakeholders.”

As to the importance of engaging Detroiters with nature and the environment through art, Casinelli said, “Part of life is public space. For AAD, this is fundamental. Public space without art is unfulfilled. As Detroit painter Rick Vian coined, ‘Life without art is stupid.’”

AAD engages Metro Detroiters by virtue of working in one of the most active public parks in the region.

“Every component of the park, natural or manmade, is critical to the conversation of site-specific public art,” Casinelli said. “Through their work, artists have connected with park goers through practices atypical to public spaces in Detroit.”

AAD operates under the idea that public space, natural or manmade, is meant for experimentation and exploration.

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Red Thread: This Is Randall Fogelman’s Detroit


Randall Fogelman is not dead or dying. But he did just turn 40, so there’s that. And for all the talk about Dan Gilbert and Kevyn Orr and, until recently, Mike Duggan, you could make the case that today it’s Randall’s Detroit that we’re living in. His experiences in Detroit for the latter 20 of those 40 years speak to a place that is surviving — thriving, even — as it sometimes feels the ground may open up and swallow the city whole.

School in the City. Randall transferred from MSU to Wayne State and moved to the Park Shelton. At that point, Wayne was closer in time to having considered a building that would straddle the Lodge Freeway for maximum commuter convenience than to opening its recent residence halls. The Park Shelton had yet to undergo condo-and-crepefication.

Cass and Willis. Developer Bob Slattery owned the buildings at three corners of Cass and Willis; Avalon Bakery was at the other. In 1999, Randall was Bob’s first employee, working on drawings, meeting with bankers, leasing and selling. The condos were the city’s first and home to techno titan Carl Craig. The Cass Corridor had not yet been brought into the Midtown brand.

Canfield Lofts. In 2000, Canfield Lofts came online as the city’s first for-sale loft project.

Eleven prospective buyers signed purchase agreements, and then the whole development almost fell through because there were no comparable projects to base the mortgages on. Ultimately, the then-president of then-National City Bank (then headquartered in Cleveland) stepped in to ensure the project happened. And good thing — Randall’s loft has gone on to host the first meeting for Steve Tobocman’s campaign (for the State House) and Ben Falik’s bachelor party (for good, clean pre-nuptial fun) and was featured on the June 1995 cover of Hour magazine’s Detroit Home mag.

Detroit Spice Company. When Randall started the Detroit Spice Company in 2000, two trends were in their early stages: macro demand for micro foods and putting “Detroit” on any and every product. Now, Detroit Greektown Seasoning, Detroit Mexicantown Seasoning and Detroit Middle Eastern Seasoning are available at Whole Foods and Bed, Bath & Beyond (and beyond!), but little did Randall know back when he launched DSC at the TasteFest that it would take his urban-planning career down an unexpectedly edible route.

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Sixty-seven years after Buddy’s Pizza originated the Sicilian-style square on the corner of Conant and Six Mile, the family-owned restaurants are serving up something new - in skinnier boxes. From gluten-free and multigrain crusts to vegan and antioxidant options, offering a variety of choices without sacrificing the famed Buddy’s flavor is nothing new to this Detroit institution.

That’s never been more apparent than it is now, as Buddy’s Pizza introduces Buddy’s Detroit’s Original Square Sicilian Style Thin Crust Pizza. Pizzas: Handcrafted from Buddy’s famous original dough, Motor City Cheese Blend and tomato basil sauce, four new pizzas have a thin, light, crunchy crust and bold new flavors.

They are:

· New Yorker – Pepperoni, roasted garlic, tomato basil sauce, oregano and grated Parmesan cheese.

· Mediterranean – Red onions, spinach, beets, tomato basil sauce, fresh dill and feta cheese.

· Pomodoro – Grilled scallions, roasted tomatoes, roasted garlic, tomato basil sauce, Asiago and grated Parmesan cheeses.

· Ultimate Italian – Italian sausage, red onions, roasted red peppers, roasted garlic, tomato basil sauce, Sicilian spice blend and grated Parmesan cheese.

The new Buddy’s Detroit’s Original Square Sicilian Style Thin Crust Pizza will be available June 24, 2013.

The new thin crust pizzas are available at the restaurant’s nine metro Detroit locations in Auburn Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Dearborn, Detroit, Farmington Hills, Grosse Pointe, Livonia, Royal Oak and Warren.

Each restaurant will celebrate Buddy’s Pizza Day and Buddy’s 67 years of business in Detroit, by offering customers appreciation cards. Once a month through the end of the 2013, cardholders can purchase an 8-square cheese pizza for $6.70 and add extra toppings for 67 cents each. Appreciation cards will be available through June 29, or while supplies last at each location.