Sven Gustafson – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:00:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DIA Sees Record Number Of Student Visitors In 2017-2018 School Year Mon, 17 Sep 2018 21:52:08 +0000

The Detroit Institute of Arts says a record 73,239 students visited the museum on field trips last school year.

That’s an increase of almost 6,000 students from the previous year. Of these, about 29,124 were from Wayne County, 19,288 from Oakland County and 13,714 from Macomb County. The DIA provides free bus transportation and admission for residents of those counties, thanks to a tri-county millage passed in 2012.

The museum offers both guided field trips with gallery teachers that utilize hands-on activities, plus non-guided tours paired with online teaching resources. They’re available to pre-K-through 12th grades.

The DIA says that means the field trips have become a more viable option for cash-strapped school districts.

“Students’ exploration of the history and culture found at the museum builds critical thinking skills, which are vital to academic success,” Salvador Salort-Pons, the DIA’s director, said in a statement. “Museum visits spark students’ imaginations, encourage discovery, invite comparisons and connections and challenge students to step outside the familiar to experience a diversity of cultures and perspectives in ways that can’t be found in books, movies or online.”

The DIA is home to more than 60,000 works of art.

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LISTEN: A Primer On Gerrymandering And Proposal 2 With Jamie Lyons-Eddy Of Voters Not Politicians Mon, 17 Sep 2018 21:47:53 +0000

Voters on November 6 will be asked to decide the fate of Proposal 2, which takes aim at how legislative districts are drawn in Michigan.

It might sound like a wonky topic — and, well, it is. But gerrymandering is the name given to the practice as it’s practiced in Michigan, which is currently to give whichever party has majority rule in the state Legislature full rein to draw legislative districts. It’s become a fiercely contested, partisan practice that has major ramifications for our elections.

Sven recently spoke with Jamie Lyons-Eddy, the state field director for the group Voters Not Politicians. That’s the group backing Proposal 2. Listen to that conversation in the player above.  

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LISTEN: Eric Thomas (‘Why I Hate Detroit’) On Gentrification And Detroit’s Big Opportunity Thu, 13 Sep 2018 21:09:45 +0000

Eric Thomas made waves two years ago when he published a blog post on LinkedIn headlined “Why I hate Detroit.” This week, he penned an op-ed in the Financial Times that serves as a kind of sequel.

Both pieces bring a dose of reality to the narrative of Detroit as a “comeback city” and a city on the rise.

We caught up with him Thursday at the Digital Summit, where he was a presenter on the topic of making your brand human and developing your voice for digital. He talked about what he sees as Detroit’s big opportunity to resist the creeping forces of gentrification and remain welcoming for to all races and cultures.

Listen in the player above.

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Is Steve Yzerman Headed Back To The Red Wings? Maybe. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 01:37:38 +0000

Could Detroit Red Wings legend Stevie Yzerman be heading back to the Motor City? Maybe. Yzerman stepped down from his job as General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lighting Tuesday, a position he’s held since 2010.

According to The Athletic’s Joe Smith, Yzerman told players in Tampa that he’s heading back to Detroit. It’s unclear if he meant to go home — he has family here — or to pick up a new job.

A CBS Anchor in Tampa, Justin Granit, said on Twitter that Yzerman is coming home to join the Wings.

Under Yzerman, the Lightning have reached the conference final three times and the Stanley Cup final once.

He also was the executive director for the Canadian men’s hockey team for both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic games.

Yzerman is no stranger to the Red Wings front office. For a time after his playing career, Yzerman worked as the Detroit Red Wings’ vice president and alternate governor, which is the name given for the NHL’s governing body.

Last, but not least, Yzerman was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009 in his first year of eligibility.

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LISTEN: True Crime Podcast ‘Already Gone’ Builds Audience As 100th Episode Drops Wed, 12 Sep 2018 01:22:54 +0000

True crime is hot. The genre dominates the top 10 shows on Apple Podcasts, with podcasts like Serial and My Favorite Murder drawing millions of fans and downloads.

Here in the Detroit area, we’ve got our own true crime podcast that is attracting a growing following, with its 100th episode dropping Wednesday. It promises to change the way you look at Oakland Mall.

Nina Innsted is the researcher, writer, producer and voice behind the popular local podcast “Already Gone,” which focuses on true crimes that took place right here in Michigan.

Already Gone is a fellow member of the Podcast Detroit network. Sven spoke with Innsted on the Daily Detroit podcast about her show and what she’s learned about podcasting.

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Some Michigan Marijuana Businesses Get Extensions To Remain Open Tue, 11 Sep 2018 01:31:31 +0000

A key deadline in the granting of licenses to medical marijuana facilities looks set to be extended, meaning some facilities will be able to keep operating during the licensing process.

It’s not clear which businesses will qualify and for how long. The Detroit News reports the emergency rules to ensure patients still had access to medical marijuana through the licensing period are set to expire Friday, but the state should have details about an extension on Tuesday.

The Medical Marijuana Licensing Board met Monday and granted 21 operating licenses and denied six. That brings the total number of approved operating licenses in the state to 37, with 73 more facilities pre-qualified out of more than 700 that have applied.

The panel also announced it will increase the yearly regulatory fee for each licensed facility from $48,000 to $66,000 starting next year.

This story originally appeared in the Daily Detroit podcast.

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Mural Famous For Depiction Of MLK, Black Leaders Neglected And Then Demolished Fri, 07 Sep 2018 19:33:33 +0000

One of the city’s “must see” pieces of street art has come down, along with the abandoned and badly blighted building it was on.

“The African Amalgamation of Ubiquity” was painted in 1985 by Curtis Lewis on an old bank building at 9980 Gratiot, just west of the Better Made Potato Chip Plant.

It was the former home of the neighborhood nonprofit “Operation Get Down,” which moved across the street to a new location some time ago.

While demolition signs reportedly abound in the neighborhood, the city says it had no hand in demolishing the building.

Photo: Daily Detroit

City spokeswoman Tiffany Crawford tells Daily Detroit that the demolition wasn’t pursuant to any legal action from the city and appears to have been a private demolition done by the building’s owner.

According to Loveland Technologies, the building was owned by a man with a Bloomfield Hills address who could not be reached.

The mural had fallen into significant disrepair in recent years. In its heyday, it attracted national acclaim, including being named one of the best murals that depicted civil rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. It also highlighted a variety of other African-American leaders throughout history, all the way back to Egypt.

There’s no word on what will be going in the demolished bank building’s place, if anything.

Outside of the immediate downtown — where investment money is harder to come by — the city is continuing its program of demolishing vacant structures it deems dangerous.

The building itself was once an excellent example of Art Deco architecture.

This story originally appeared in the Daily Detroit podcast.

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Clarkston’s Union Woodshop To Get Mural From The DIA Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:03:00 +0000

The popular Union Woodshop barbecue restaurant in Clarkston is getting an outdoor mural courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The 16-by-12-foot mural is titled “The Village of Clarkston” and is dominated by a mill wheel in homage to the area’s agricultural roots. It will depict buildings in Clarkston’s historic district, themes such as home, education, commerce and spirituality, and a millpond on the lower half with native plants and animals.

The mural is being led by DIA artists Alex Gilford and Vito Valdez. They’re partnering with Denyse Couture, creative director of the Clarkston Cultural Arts Council.

It’s one of three public art projects happening in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties to bring art into local communities through partnerships with local nonprofits.

Installation was set to begin Thursday and be wrapped up by the end of the month.

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Ann Arbor Cuban Eatery Frita Batidos To Open Second Location In Detroit Fri, 07 Sep 2018 13:59:59 +0000

An Ann Arbor favorite, Frita Batidos, is coming to Detroit.

The Cuban restaurant will open a 2,400 square foot location on Columbia street just west of Woodward. The Detroit menu will be the same as its Ann Arbor location, but with a twist: an express menu for game days.

If you’re not familiar, Frita Batidos serves salads, Cuban inspired pressed sandwiches, churros and, of course, there’s booze, including seasonal cocktails.

Frita Batidos opened back in 2010, a year after owner and chef Eve Aronoff was a contestant on the sixth season of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef: Las Vegas.” The restaurant has gone on to earn the 2017 and 2018 Detroit Burger Battle championships.

Beyond the brick and mortar space, Frita Batidos will be rolling out a new Airstream food truck at Woodward Avenue and Columbia Street.

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Eastern Market Bike Shop, Motorless City, Will Close At End Of Month Wed, 05 Sep 2018 01:48:59 +0000

Detroit is losing one of its most beloved bike shops.

Motorless City Bicycle Company says it plans to permanently close its doors at the end of September after four seasons in business in Eastern Market. The store was closely involved with Slow Roll and announced the news on Facebook, saying the team had decided it was time to move on to new endeavors.

Motorless City sells bike products, full bicycles, repairs and has a custom fabrication shop to build custom bikes. All the store’s products will be offered at discount for a quick sale, and the shop says it’s reaching out to all customers who brought their bikes in for repairs to come pick them up.

In the meantime, it plans to hold its annual Pedal Fabulous bike fashion show on September 20th, as planned, as a big send-off party.

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