PODCAST: MDOT Says I-75 Emergency Repairs Will Continue Until Spring

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On today’s episode, we speak with Diane Cross, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Transportation, about the still-unfolding transportation apocalypse on northbound I-75 in Oakland County.

There, potholes have proliferated since Monday, damaging cars, forcing the closure of the freeway and creating massive traffic snarls. Cross says it’s a textbook example of Michigan’s chronic under-investment in its road infrastructure, and emergency road repairs are likely to continue until a planned, multimillion-dollar road reconstruction project kicks off in the spring. UGH!

Elsewhere, we dive into new property values released by the city of Detroit that show rising property values in a little over half of the city’s neighborhoods. Here’s a map:

Waymo, the self-driving vehicle subsidiary of Google parent Alphabet, plans to expand its presence in the Detroit area.

We do a quick roundup of three development stories around the city of Detroit:

Rendering courtesy of The Platform

That cool building current with the giant rainbow mural? That’s going to become Chroma Detroit.

Jefferson school at Selden and the Lodge in Detroit

An old school built in 1922 will get a new chapter as a INDUSTRY DETROIT.

Element Hotel. Courtesy photo.

And yesterday the Element Hotel in the historic Metropolitan Building opened.

In food news, San Morello, the new restaurant in the shiny new Shinola Hotel was featured on the Today Show. Here’s a link.

We have confirmation that Buddy’s Pizza is in fact expanding to Grand Rapids.

And we shout out The Daily podcast for their profile on the a new U.S. Democratic House representative, Rashida Tlaib. Here’s a link to that.

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