Cars – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Sun, 17 Jun 2018 17:17:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Saw Increased Attendance This Year Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:27:51 +0000

The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix saw increased attendance and solid TV ratings over its three-day run earlier this month on Belle Isle.

The race event drew roughly 105,000 people, up from a 100,000 the year before and setting a record for the second consecutive year for Saturday attendance.

TV ratings were also strong for the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Verizon IndyCar Series double header.  It generated the highest weekend TV viewership totals for any series race outside the Indy 500. Though Saturday’s IndyCar race broadcast saw a dip in overnight Nielsen ratings.

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

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LISTEN: Transit & Parking Are Key To Bringing Companies To Detroit With Bedrock’s VP Of Parking And Mobility, Kevin Bopp Wed, 06 Jun 2018 21:59:02 +0000

What do big name companies look for when it comes to locating in Detroit?

Last week at the Mackinac Policy Conference Jeremiah sat down with Kevin Bopp, the Vice President of Parking and Mobility for Bedrock.

You might already know this, but parking is a huge commodity in downtown Detroit.

Bedrock manages between more than 20 garages and lots in the city. That breaks down to more than 19,000 parking spaces.

They also transport team members and tenants between their properties and parking around downtown.

The conversation also touch on what companies look for when they consider moving to Detroit. Here’s a hint: A big one is  transit.

“They (companies) are demanding it. If they don’t see a viable solution and it’s not an either or for both parking and creative approaches to transit moving forward — I don’t think that Detroit will continue to attract the types of organizations it has of late,” said Bopp. “Having said that, I think that there is a clear commitment from other corporate stakeholders as well as plenty public facing personalities and entities to continue the sea change that has started.”

This interview originally aired on the Daily Detroit News Byte.

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Ford Begins Moving 200 Employees Into New Corktown Offices Fri, 25 May 2018 14:13:45 +0000

Ford Motor Co. is beginning its new chapter in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood.

The Dearborn-based automaker has begun moving about 200 employees to a refurbished hosiery factory in Detroit.

It’s the first step in what may become a much larger, consolidated urban campus housing the automaker’s electric and autonomous vehicle and mobility operations.

Word is an announcement is coming in mid-June about the purchase of the long-empty and blighted Michigan Central Station. No deal has been struck yet, however.

The new Corktown office that kicked is called “The Factory,” though no products will actually be made there.

The goal is to expose employees to the mobility challenges of an urban environment so they can identify problems and devise solutions to aid in mobility and the development of electric and self-driving vehicles. Ford’s Dearborn campus is decidedly suburban in design and layout, the reverse of the major cities where Ford’s new products will be used.

Talent attraction has been a problem for Ford. Young talent is leery of working in suburban office settings to the organization. The 45,000-square-foot building has been renovated to feature rolling desks and customizable work spaces.

The move back to Detroit represents a homecoming of sorts for the Blue Oval, which launched in the Motor City 113 years ago. For the first time in three decades, Ford, General Motors and Fiat-Chrysler all have offices in the city of Detroit.

In general, Ford is considered to be trailing competitors in developing autonomous vehicles. They repeated plans on Thursday to produce a self-driving hybrid vehicle by 2021.

The company also plans to offer 40 electrified vehicles globally by 2022.

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PODCAST: Ford’s F-150, Corktown & Tesla w/ Greg Migliore of Autoblog Fri, 11 May 2018 16:45:50 +0000

How big of a deal is the fire that is disrupting the supply chain for the Ford F-150? Is Ford moving part of their operations into Corktown’s old train station in Detroit a good move? And what about Tesla?

As part of a new regular segment on the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast, Greg Migliore, the editor-in-chief of Autoblog joins us to give us the download on what’s happening in around cars this month.

Of course, Autoblog has their own show. You can find it on Apple Podcasts here. 

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LISTEN: The Grand Prix & Belle Isle w/ Bud Denker, MoGo Biking Classes, No Booze At Taco Bell & More Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:50:57 +0000

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Tuesday, April 24th, 2018.

  • 13 Truckers do a good deed on a metro Detroit area freeway
  • Royal Oak denies a boozy Taco Bell Cantina
  • Homes in our region are selling faster
  • You might be able to get your next Amazon order delivered to your car
  • Detroit’s bike share service is offering classes

And the Detroit Grand Prix is just around the corner. We talked to Race Chairman Bud Denker about setup times for the race – a contentious topic, improvements to Belle Isle State Park, and the future of the race on the island.

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PODCAST: Exporting Detroit’s Products To The World, Zoo Poo, Brush Park, Buddy’s Pizza Rumors & More Tue, 03 Apr 2018 23:01:43 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018:

  • Brush Park could see another residential development
  • The Fillmore will go quiet for renovations
  • Detroit’s Project Greenlight safety program expands to a school
  • It’s getting more expensive to finance a car
  • A hot pizza rumor involving Buddy’s right near Comerica Park
  • The Detroit Zoo is giving away free poo in partnership with Detroit Dirt.. here’s how you get it
  • And a conversation with Sandra Choi from the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation about a program that connects Detroit businesses of all kinds to the world

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PODCAST: Michigan State Fairgrounds May Become A Mass Transit Hub & Bring 1000+ Jobs, New Life For The Conner Plant, Happy Birthday Albert Kahn & More Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:17:44 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Wednesday, March 21st, 2018.

  • The State Fairgrounds site is to be bought by the city and could become a regional transit hub and job-focused development. We have words from Detroit mayor Mike Duggan and break it down.
  • The Conner Assembly Plant will find new life as a museum and meeting space.
  • Contractors for Little Caesars Arena come up short on hiring Detroit residents.
  • A proposed law would allow Detroit bars to stay open until 4 a.m.
  • Gayle’s chocolates in Royal Oak is closing.
  • Celebrating legendary architect Albert Kahn’s Birthday with an audio tribute.

If you like the show, be sure to subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Overcast, or wherever fine podcasts are found.

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LISTEN: Guns In Detroit Schools? Auto Show Could Move To Fall, Packard Plant Life, Restaurant Incubator and More Sat, 03 Mar 2018 03:27:45 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit for Friday, March 2, 2018. We had a really long day on Thursday covering the Detroit Policy Conference, so we were a little slow on getting this episode out – that’s why we brought it to you from the back of the struggle bus this week.

Here’s what we’re covering, including interviews with Detroit Police Chief James Craig and Detroit Schools Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti.

  • The Auto Show might move to October from January
  • Detroit’s police chief and Detroit’s school superintendent debate the place of guns in schools.
  • The Packard plant is seeing signs of life.
  • A restaurant incubator is opening up downtown
  • A Big player in local Real Estate moves from Birmingham to downtown Detroit.
  • Thanks to a foundation grant, Metro Detroit will get more playgrounds and skate parks
  • And more than 700 of Detroit’s movers and shakers were at the Detroit Policy Conference today. We recap some of the themes and conversations from the floor of the soundboard at the Motor City Casino.

Shameless commerce: Thanks to Milo Digital for their support of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour podcast. Also thanks to Podcast Detroit, who have an event March 8.

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LISTEN: Big Sean And Emagine Building A Movie Theatre, 140+ More Detroit Cops, Pothole Ice Cream, New Factory Opens & More Wed, 28 Feb 2018 03:58:34 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte Podcast for February 27, 2018.

Our Detroit news stories today:

  • Detroit has a new budget and that could mean more officers on the streets
  • All of Detroit’s election day poll workers are to be re-tested
  • A long time Detroit politician, Burton Leland, has died.
  • You can get some ice cream to soothe your pothole woes.
  • A new factory opens in Detroit.
  • Big Sean and and Emagine team up to open a movie theatre in the city.
  • A steel factory opens in the city of Detroit.
  • Autonomous vehicle news

And, we preview what’s happening the next couple of days, including our booth at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Detroit Policy Conference (if you’re going, say hi!) and an upcoming Daily Detroit Happy Hour Podcast with Hour Magazine & PARC, their restaurant of the year.

Also, thanks to our sponsors!

We have our own Daily Detroit Drinks meetup this Thursday, March 1 at Two James. More here.

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Dodge Superbowl Ad Featuring Martin Luther King, Jr. Generates Controversy; Use Was Approved By Licensor Mon, 05 Feb 2018 18:45:40 +0000 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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