Daily Detroit Staff – Daily Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:04:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Comerica Bank Branch Opens In Penobscot Building Downtown http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/12/comerica-bank-branch-opens-penobscot-building-downtown/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/12/comerica-bank-branch-opens-penobscot-building-downtown/#respond Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:31:36 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40850 Comerica Bank has completed the move of their branch to the Penobscot Building in downtown Detroit from their former location at Washington and Fort. The 4,000 square foot location is open today.

Interesting little historical fact — Comerica’s predecessor, the Detroit Savings Bank, moved to the Penobscot in 1906. Now, if you’re confused, thinking the tower was built in the 1920s… you’re right. The Penobscot is actually an amalgamation of two buildings.

The first tower of the complex was built in 1905.

According to Comerica, the Penobscot building also housed the main office of Manufacturers Bank when the bank was formed in 1933. Manufacturers merged with Comerica in 1992.

The location is managed by Josh Smith. He joined Comerica 12 years ago.

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Detroit Is One Of America’s Happiest Cities To Work http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/09/detroit-one-americas-happiest-cities-work/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/09/detroit-one-americas-happiest-cities-work/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 19:19:24 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40819 When it comes to going to work, Detroit is the second happiest city in the nation.

That’s according to a report by Careerbliss that outlined America’s ten happiest cities when it comes to the workplace.

To find the happiest cities, Careerbliss says they analyzed thousands of independent company reviews by actual employees, analyzing the key factors that impact workplace happiness.

Number 10 was Cleveland, OH; then going up we have Rockville, MD; Santa Clara, CA; San Jose, CA; Redmond, WA; Stamford, CT; Richardson, TX; and at number three, Boulder, Colorado.

What city takes the title for Happiest City in the United States? Mountain View, California. The home of Google.

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Detroit Mayor Says He Won’t Ticket Airbnb Hosts, Will Review Ordinance http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/09/detroit-mayor-says-wont-ticket-airbnb-hosts-will-review-ordinance/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/09/detroit-mayor-says-wont-ticket-airbnb-hosts-will-review-ordinance/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:30:07 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40815 It looks like the city administration got caught flat-footed yesterday when it became public that an ordinance change in 2017 is resulting in notices being sent to Detroit Airbnb hosts.

If you’re not familiar, Airbnb is an online service that allows people to easily list and rent out a room or a property on a short-term basis.

In a statement sent this morning, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says that the ordinance as written appears to ban all homeowners from having even their own friends and relatives stay at their homes if that friend or relative is paying rent.

Here’s the Mayor’s statement in full:

Detroit homeowners have been able to rent out a room in their homes for more than 100 years and we don’t believe the new ordinance was intended to take away that right. The ordinance as written appears to ban all homeowners from having even their own friends and relatives stay at their homes if that friend or relative is paying them rent. The public was never told that was intended.  I have asked the law department to review this question and give BSEED guidance.  

Media reports that enforcement efforts have begun under this ordinance are false. Over the last two years there have been a few enforcement actions that have involved Airbnb properties, but those tickets have arisen from other complaints or violations related to those properties.

Until the law department review is complete, BSEED will not be ticketing homeowners for renting out rooms in their own residence, whether through airbnb or otherwise.  BSEED and the administration will be working with City Council to resolve these issues. 

In response, Airbnb’s Ben Breit said the following:

We applaud the city for doing the right thing and protecting every day people who are sharing their homes to pay the bills. Airbnb has partnered with hundreds of cities to develop commonsense home sharing regulations, and we look forward to collaborating with Detroit leaders moving forward.

Two Cents: It’s good that this looks like it will be resolved. It’s bad that this made it into law — with notices being sent — before anyone picked up on it.. even the Mayor himself.

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PODCAST: Melody Baetens Talks Paczki Bombs, Music And Covering Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/09/podcast-melody-baetens-talks-paczki-bombs-music-covering-detroit/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/09/podcast-melody-baetens-talks-paczki-bombs-music-covering-detroit/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 05:00:37 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40811 Our guest on the Happy Hour this week could be considered Detroit cultural royalty, if there is such a thing.

Around the Daily Detroit office, we often joke that the shirts that say “Detroit Hustles Harder,” to be more accurate, should have said “Detroit Hustles/ Side Hustles / Other Hustles / Weekend Hustles Harder.” Because it seems like the people who are doing things around here are always wearing many hats.

We were honored to have Melody Baetens, a woman of many talents and who is one of those people who wears many hats.

  • By day she’s a reporter for the Detroit News covering all things features, including music and food and the new restaurants in town.
  • She also is a co-owner of Small’s in Hamtramck, on of Metro Detroit’s best venues to see a show.
  • If that wasn’t enough, she’s also a musician who has traveled the world putting on shows as far away as Argentina and Serbia. Musical credits include the Gore Gore Girls, Coronados, and much more.

Sven Gustafson hits on a variety of topics in this wide-ranging interview. What it’s like to play shows in Serbia. What are some of the restaurants to look for. Is there a restaurant bubble? And how there’s so much going on in Detroit but fewer people to cover it.

You can find Melody here on Twitter: https://twitter.com/melodybaetens

And don’t forget that Small’s is serving Paczki bombs (we get into those on the pod) this upcoming Tuesday: https://www.facebook.com/smallsbar

And here’s here Detroit News author page: https://www.detroitnews.com/staff/26633/melody-baetens/

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Old Police Headquarters Swapped In Bankruptcy To See Redevelopment Thanks To Bedrock, Syncora http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/08/old-police-headquarters-swapped-bankruptcy-see-redevelopment-thanks-bedrock-syncora/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/08/old-police-headquarters-swapped-bankruptcy-see-redevelopment-thanks-bedrock-syncora/#respond Thu, 08 Feb 2018 22:09:39 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40793 Detroit’s old police headquarters, designed by Albert Kahn, may find new life.

The Detroit Police Department moved out of the building in Greektown in 2013 to a new Public Safety Headquarters. The old headquarters is located at 1300 Beaubien, next to the Jack Detroit Hotel & Casino.

The property was swapped as part of the historic bankruptcy settlement between the city of Detroit and its creditors, one of whom is Syncora Gurantee Inc. Their subsidiary, Pike Pointe Holdings LLC is working with Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate to develop the property.

“We are excited to work with Syncora to revive a priceless piece of Detroit architecture,” said Bedrock CEO Jim Ketai. “Greektown and its neighboring districts have experienced tremendous growth and have several new transformative developments coming out of the ground in the near future, making this the perfect opportunity to begin this building’s next chapter.”

Plans are still unclear for the 240,000 square foot structure, and the timeline is still fuzzy.

“We are pleased to be able to steward the next phase of this iconic building through our partnership with Bedrock,” said Mary Jane Constant, Managing Director of Pike Pointe.  “This building holds an important role in the city’s history and we are excited to have Bedrock’s commitment and expertise to guide its redevelopment.”

Early Days: There isn’t a timeline or a budget. But if Bedrock is involved, there’s a good chance it’ll get done. They’re motivated to make something happen as it’s in their nest of properties around Greektown that they’ve been acquiring.

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Quicken Loans Announces Partnership With Airbnb While Its Hometown Of Detroit Bans It http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/08/quicken-loans-announces-partnership-airbnb-hometown-detroit-bans/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/08/quicken-loans-announces-partnership-airbnb-hometown-detroit-bans/#respond Thu, 08 Feb 2018 19:47:23 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40795 Editor’s Note: There is new information. Update here.

Quicken Loans, the Detroit-based mortgage lender that also happens to be the largest in the United States, announced a partnership today with the room sharing service Airbnb where hosts can easily use the reported income to help get them a home loan.

Meanwhile, according to a report from Curbed Detroit, the city of Detroit has effectively banned the service as of this week in residential neighborhoods. The city, thanks to an ordinance passed while nobody was looking, has made it illegal for residents to use their homes in R1 and R2 residential areas. That’s areas that are not lofts or large apartment buildings.

Last year, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan appears in a video where he says, “home sharing allows long-time families to stay in their homes.”

Apparently he’s changed his tune, if he supported or knew about this ordinance change. Bottom line is he’s the mayor. He should know about it. Especially if he’s publicly endorsed the service.

Airbnb has according to 2017 numbers served 47,000 guests and brought $5.2 million into the city economy.

Information has changed: Be sure to read the new information. It seems as this ordinance slipped through the cracks.


More: We had an Airbnb host on our Daily Detroit Happy Hour Podcast last year who talked about the impact on his household. 

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LISTEN: Nigel Barker, Impossible Wahlburgers, MoGo Love, Detroit Pistons Value And More http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/07/listen-nigel-barker-impossible-wahlburgers-mogo-love-detroit-pistons-value/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/07/listen-nigel-barker-impossible-wahlburgers-mogo-love-detroit-pistons-value/#respond Thu, 08 Feb 2018 03:09:19 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40780

Here’s what we’re covering today on your Daily Detroit News Byte.

Feature Interview: Nigel Barker, Photographer, Personality, Michigan Lover (Twitter)

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Dodge Superbowl Ad Featuring Martin Luther King, Jr. Generates Controversy; Use Was Approved By Licensor http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/05/dodge-superbowl-ad-featuring-martin-luther-king-jr-generates-controversy-use-approved-licensor/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/05/dodge-superbowl-ad-featuring-martin-luther-king-jr-generates-controversy-use-approved-licensor/#respond Mon, 05 Feb 2018 18:45:40 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40750 The most controversial ad of the Superbowl this year has ties to Detroit.

Whether you find the voice of Martin Luther King Jr. being used in a commercial to sell trucks tasteless or not, it’s what everyone is talking about this morning.

The minute-long ad opens after the text with a shot of a construction worker in Detroit with the Penobscot Building in the background and goes on to show clips of various people working and serving others. The speech is part of one King delivered 50 years ago (full text here).

If you want to be important, wonderful. If you want to be recognized, wonderful. If you want to be great, wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That’s a new definition of greatness. … By giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great. … You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know the theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.

Although the King Center disavowed the ad, it turns out it was approved by the “exclusive licensor” of his copyright, Intellectual Properties Management, Inc. According to Slate:

When Ram approached the King Estate with the idea of featuring Dr. King’s voice in a new “Built To Serve” commercial, we were pleasantly surprised at the existence of the Ram Nation volunteers and their efforts. We learned that as a volunteer group of Ram owners, they serve others through everything from natural disaster relief, to blood drives, to local community volunteer initiatives. Once the final creative was presented for approval, it was reviewed to ensure it met our standard integrity clearances. We found that the overall message of the ad embodied Dr. King’s philosophy that true greatness is achieved by serving others. Thus we decided to be a part of Ram’s “Built To Serve” Super Bowl program.

Criticism online was swift, with one person even creating an alternate ad that highlighted the fact that Martin Luther King Jr. himself wasn’t so into commercialism. That alternate take was pulled down from YouTube thanks to a copyright claim by Chrysler.

The “Drum Major Speech” speaks of the ills of keeping up with others. Here’s a pertinent excerpt, talking about spending beyond your means.

But very seriously, it goes through life; the drum major instinct is real. (Yes) And you know what else it causes to happen? It often causes us to live above our means. (Make it plain) It’s nothing but the drum major instinct. Do you ever see people buy cars that they can’t even begin to buy in terms of their income? (Amen) [laughter] You’ve seen people riding around in Cadillacs and Chryslers who don’t earn enough to have a good T-Model Ford. (Make it plain) But it feeds a repressed ego.

You know, economists tell us that your automobile should not cost more than half of your annual income. So if you make an income of five thousand dollars, your car shouldn’t cost more than about twenty-five hundred. That’s just good economics. And if it’s a family of two, and both members of the family make ten thousand dollars, they would have to make out with one car. That would be good economics, although it’s often inconvenient. But so often, haven’t you seen people making five thousand dollars a year and driving a car that costs six thousand? And they wonder why their ends never meet. [laughter] That’s a fact.

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21 Photos That’ll Give You Warm Thoughts From The Conservatory On Belle Isle http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/05/21-photos-thatll-give-warm-thoughts-conservatory-belle-isle/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/05/21-photos-thatll-give-warm-thoughts-conservatory-belle-isle/#respond Mon, 05 Feb 2018 18:40:23 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40725 It’s cold out. Like, really cold. As I write this, it’s 15 bone-chilling degrees. But you there is a place for respite.

A place for heat. A place for plants, a place where you could experience a little tropical warmth or desert air. That place is the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle.

Since I was a kid I’ve been coming here, but it’s been part of the fabric of the east side for a very long time. The conservatory opened on August 18, 1904. That’s before the first Model T rolled off the assembly line.

It originally had a wooden frame, but that was replaced with steel and aluminum in 1949.

So let’s take a look. If you want to go, it’s open Wednesday through Sunday each week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Did you know that when a palm gets too tall for the dome, there’s no way to prune it? It has to be cut down. 

Oh, and if you’ve made it this far, here’s a pro tip. The Conservatory has a Voodoo Lily/Devil’s tongue and it will be blooming in late February or early March. If you’ve never heard of the Voodoo Lily is known for its stinky stench, but it has a beautiful bloom.


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NEWS BYTE: Martin Reboot, Project Greenlight, Metro Detroiters Working In Puerto Rico And More http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/01/martin-reboot-project-greenlight-metro-detroiters-working-puerto-rico/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/01/martin-reboot-project-greenlight-metro-detroiters-working-puerto-rico/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 23:17:06 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40691

Here’s what happening on your Daily Detroit News Byte for February 1, 2018.

  • Greektown goes Project Greenlight
  • Comcast takes over cable & internet services in Highland Park
  • The Belle Isle Grand Prix might not come back to the island
  • A new high-rise near Comerica Park may be in the works
  • The TV show Martin, set in Detroit, may have a reboot after 20 years
  • GDYT is putting young people to work in Detroit this summer – http://www.gdyt.org
  • Feature interview: Dave Lingholm from DTE Energy talks about metro Detroiters down in Puerto Rico working to restore power to the American island. We talk to him from Puerto Rico.

Here are some ways you can help Puerto Rico: http://empoweringmichigan.com/can-help-power-puerto-rico/

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