Shianne Nocerini – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Fri, 13 Jul 2018 12:17:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Campus Martius Park Getting $125,000 Makeover Thanks To The Southwest Airlines Foundation Wed, 11 Jul 2018 17:04:24 +0000
The popular Campus Martius Beach is getting a makeover. The park that has served five million people will be getting a $125,000 grant from the Southwest Airlines Foundation.

The Downtown Detroit Partnership says there will be new beach furniture and toys, games, lighting, landscaping, a beach attendant and programs that appeal to all ages.

Also, new beach-side beer and wine tastings are coming, as well as a music series called Beach House: Summer Sounds from Around the World, where local DJs will spin from inside a retrofitted airstream trailer.

A garden in the park will have new tabletop shuffleboard, ping-pong, giant Jenga and a petanque court.


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The Detroit Auto Show Will Be Moving To June In 2020 Wed, 11 Jul 2018 17:00:59 +0000
The Detroit auto show is moving dates, and now we have a good idea as to when. Multiple media reports say that the show will move from January to June in 2020.

The move would take advantage of better summer weather and allow for more outdoor experiences, that would aim to better show off the vehicles and the city of Detroit.

The Detroit News reports that the event may no longer be named the North American International Auto Show, and there are variety of new names in the running.

Moving the show to June would make summer in Detroit very busy. It’s the same month as the Belle Isle Grand Prix and the city’s traditional international fireworks display with neighboring Windsor, Ontario. In a new twist, Ford is reportedly urging organizers to emulate the Goodwood Festival of Speed. That event includes a hill climb, supercar runs and a moving auto show.

An official announcement will come later this month.


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New Study Says Homeownership For African Americans Has Declined In Michigan Wed, 11 Jul 2018 16:57:58 +0000
It used to be that Detroit and Michigan were places where black families made progress on home ownership compared to the rest of the country. That’s no longer the case.

A new report from the Urban Institute chronicles homeownership rates for African Americans in Michigan. It says they’ve declined dramatically over the last 18 years, from 60% of African Americans owning homes in 2000 to 41% in 2016.

Overall, home ownership among all races declined in Michigan from 79% in 2000 to 76% in 2016.

There were fewer than one thousand mortgages written in the city of Detroit last year, a city of more than 650,000 people. Home loans are only being written in a few Detroit neighborhoods, while the rest of the purchases are happening with cash, usually by out of state and out of country investors.


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Friday Is The Last Day To Apply For The Hatch Detroit Contest For A Chance To Win $50,000 For Your Small Business Wed, 11 Jul 2018 15:38:43 +0000

If you’re looking for a way to get $50,000 in funding for your brick and mortar business or business idea that’s based in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park, Hatch Detroit might be the answer.

The contest is in its eighth year, and through a popular voting and judging process selects a winner to receive not only $50,000 in funding thanks to Comerica Bank, but also there’s a suite of business support services.

The list of Hatch Detroit winners and alumni that have opened their businesses continues to grow. So far 34 have opened and there are 11 more businesses opening in the next 14 months.
You might have heard of some of the winners of the Hatch Detroit Contest; Baobab Fare, Batch Brewing, Live Cycle Delight, Meta Physica Massage, Sister Pie, and La Feria.

You can apply for the 2018 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest here. Just a reminder, the application process closes on Friday, July 13 at 11:59 p.m.


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Listen: Auto Show To June, Brandstatter Out, Campus Martius Improvements & Hatch Detroit Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:19:12 +0000

New podcast! Right under the deadline for finishing the show, we got word that the Detroit City Council has unanimously voted for a new Cass-Henry Historic District. We’ll dive into that more tomorrow…

The North American International Auto Show looks like it is moving dates, and now we have a good idea as to when. Multiple media reports say that the show will move from January to June in 2020.

Detroit’s historic Bonstelle Theatre on Woodward Avenue is being decommissioned by Wayne State University

It used to be that Detroit and Michigan were places where black families made progress on home ownership compared to the rest of the country. That’s no longer the case…

Jim Brandstatter’s 31-year run as color commentator for the Detroit Lions has come to an end….

The popular Campus Martius Park beach is getting a makeover…

We now have the exact dates the PGA TOUR is coming to the city of Detroit in 2019…

And we have a conversation with Vittoria Katanski and Ashley Hennen of Hatch Detroit about the annual contest that has helped jumpstart some of the notable local names in Detroit’s retail scene and how you can get involved.

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LISTEN: Fletcher Sharpe’s This Week In Detroit City FC Tue, 10 Jul 2018 19:56:33 +0000

We talk about City’s 4-3 away loss at Kalamazoo FC to close out its National Premier League Soccer campaign and what the team needs to focus on to get back into the playoffs next season. We even touch on division winner AFC Ann Arbor’s playoff prospects, since Sharpe also covers the Mighty Oak for Midfield

Next, we catch up on all things World Cup, including red-hot Belgium’s chances in the semifinals against France, England’s annoying “It’s coming home” mantra and Croatia’s formidable midfield.


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Better Made Chips Is Expanding Distribution To 14 New States Tue, 10 Jul 2018 19:11:55 +0000

Beloved hometown brand Better Made says it plans to expand distribution of its chips and snacks to 14 new states.

The company says its taking advantage of small distributors and demand from Michigan ex-pats now living in other states. 

Soon you will be able to buy Better Made potato chips and other snacks in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.

Crain’s Detroit Business also reports Better Made has distributors in Japan and Qatar. It plans to expand to more states later in the year.


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Union Calls For State Park Rangers To Be Armed Tue, 10 Jul 2018 19:00:33 +0000
Could armed patrol officers be coming to your favorite state park?

Over the weekend on Belle Isle, Michigan State police say that a female park ranger was assaulted while she was locking up some restrooms.

According to police, a man tried to walk around the ranger when she told him to leave. He then proceeded to push her and call her “white privileged” then took off. The ranger was able to get back to her golf cart and get away.

The Michigan State Employees Association is the union representing the officers who patrol Michigan State Parks. It’s calling for training and to have rangers armed with guns or tasers, as well as given body armor. Currently, rangers usually have handcuffs, pepper spray and a baton.

The union in a news release claims the parks officers have had to quell gang-related activity and a 300-person riot, though they offer no evidence to back up that claim.


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Listen: Royal Oak. Restaurant Rumble, This Week In Detroit City FC With Fletcher Sharpe Tue, 10 Jul 2018 02:43:24 +0000

And we’re back from the summer holiday week… and right into a rumble among Royal Oak, Michigan restaurants in regard to parking and the future of the city. We also dive into some recent closings around Detroit and openings…

Also, should rangers at Michigan State Parks carry guns? In other state park news – specifically Belle Isle – The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear is scheduled to present their proposal to bring the race back to the the island next year...

Olympia Development, residents and the city are tussling over the possibility of a historic district near the new Little Caesars Arena…

Detroit’s beloved Better Made Snack Foods is going to expand to many more states around the nation…

The city of Detroit says that more than 8,000 young people from age 14 to 24 will get six weeks of on-the job experiences and job training….

Woodward Avenue is getting national love on the new PBS series “10 Streets That Changed America.” Be sure to check that out Tuesday…

Fletcher Sharpe joins us to talk Detroit City FC. His tip? You’re going to want to see these international friendlies coming up in the next few weeks…

And, just for kicks, we remind you about a funny and entertaining series at Go Comedy! Improv Theater you’ll want to check out on Thursday, Let’s Just Say: Admire.

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New “Out Of The Crate” Gallery In The Detroit Institute Of Arts Opens July 14 Fri, 29 Jun 2018 13:08:53 +0000

The Detroit Institute of Arts will be displaying nine new pieces of art in its “Out of the Crate: New Gifts and Purchases” gallery on July 14th.

The gallery was created at the beginning of this year to show off the new artwork the museum has collected. The DIA rotates the gallery every six months.

Each piece has been selected by DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons.

One of the highlights of the gallery is a set of 24 photographs titled “Bridges Over Flint” by Matthew Brandt. Brandt photographed the bridges and Flint River, he then used Flint tap water, Vitamin C, bleach, and red wine to develop the photographs.

This story originally appeared on the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast.

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