Corktown – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Sat, 20 Oct 2018 03:57:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New MoGo Bike Station Going In At Rosa Parks Boulevard And Michigan Avenue Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:47:41 +0000 Corktown is getting a new MoGo bike station thanks to help from the Ford Motor Company.

This will be MoGo’s first so-called “light” station. That means it will not have a payment kiosk. Riders can purchase a daily pass or get a a code to unlock a bike by using the Transit app.

The new station is located on the corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Michigan Avenue, near one of their buildings called “The Factory.” Its location will help connect people to Corktown, Downtown, and West Riverfront Park.

This is the 44th station for the bike sharing program that recently announced expansion outside of greater downtown to the Six and Livernois area, and into Ferndale and Royal Oak in the suburbs.

This story originally appeared in the Daily Detroit Podcast.

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World’s Largest Linear Welder Arrives In Detroit Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:34:24 +0000

Detroit is now home to the world’s largest linear friction welder after it was delivered on Tuesday to Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, a public-private advanced-manufacturing partnership down on Rosa Parks Boulevard in Corktown.

The linear friction welder weighs about as much as a Boeing 737, and has the “largest tooling envelope of any linear friction welder in the world,” allowing for the production of full-size parts.

I thought it looks kind of like a pilot house of a tugboat, personally. Here are some photos.

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Your City 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Detroit: October 5-7 Thu, 04 Oct 2018 16:39:33 +0000 Hey there all you cool cats, how is it hanging?

I’m sure most of you are going to be busy hitting up the apple orchards or picking out pumpkins, just don’t forget that there are a ton of great events happening around Detroit this weekend.

Let’s get to it shall we?

City Year Detroit Fundraiser and Comedy Show

Looking for something fun to do on Friday night?

The Ant Hall will be hosting a comedy show that is also a fundraiser for City Year Detroit.

I am a giant supporter of City Year Detroit. The City Year Corps members go into underperforming schools in Detroit and provide additional support for students and teachers. The work that they do help students do better in school.

There will be live comedy sets from Tanner Oliver, Camila Bellario, Justin O’Leary, Darnell Anderson, Jim Eliot, and Diego Attanasio.

Tickets to the show are $20 per person. All proceeds raised will go towards the work that City Year Detroit does.

When: Friday, October 5 from 7:30 p.m. — 10 p.m. Cocktail hour starts at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Ant Hall 2320 Caniff Avenue Hamtramck, Michigan 48212

Detroit Folk Festival

This Saturday is the Detroit Folk Festival outside of the Old Miami in Midtown.

I listen to all kinds of music, but I really love folk music. There is something about singer and songwriters that speak to me in an emotional level.

Some of Detroit’s best folk artists will be performing at this event.

I highly recommend seeing Libby DeCamp. I really love her music and had a chance to see her live at TEDxDetroit last week. She is great.

Tickets for the event are $7 and can be purchased in advance here, 50% of proceeds will be donated to InsideOut Literary Arts.

When: Saturday, October 6 from 12 p.m. — 11 p.m.
Where: The Old Miami 3930 Cass Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201

Danielle’s Sunday Brunch

Now that autumn has returned the Two Way Inn will be hosting Danielle’s Sunday Brunch, starting this Sunday. Huzzah!

This weekend they will be serving up homemade biscuits and gravy, hash browns, loaded eggs, cold bar and a Bloody Mary Bar.

Just writing about brunch is making me really hungry.

Heed my warning, get there early because the food will run out. Then you’ll have to wait until November for First Sunday Brunch.

When: Sunday, August 7 from 11 a.m. — 2 p.m.
Where: The Two Way Inn 17897 Mt Elliott Street Detroit, Michigan 48212

Open Streets Detroit

This Sunday is Open Streets Detroit Southwest.

We have covered Open Streets Detroit a lot here at Daily Detroit. There’s a good reason for it. It’s really great. It gives people an opportunity to get out of their cars and explore an area that we just zoom on by everyday.

There will be plenty of things to do at Open Streets including; live music, exercise classes, ultimate frisbee, hip-hop and street dancing, tennis, food, and so much more.

Also, don’t forget to stop into all of the small businesses that are located in the area.

This year’s route will start at Third Street and Michigan Avenue in Corktown, through Roosevelt Park to Vernor Highway where it will continue into Mexicantown and Clark Park.

When: Sunday, October 7 from 12 p.m. — 5 p.m.
Where: Corktown and Mexicantown

P.S. Just a little tip, MoGo Bikes will be waving its $8 daily pass fee for people who want to ride a bike on Sunday. Here’s the small print, you can ride for up to a maximum of 30 minutes at a time before being charged. But you can dock a bike before the 30 minutes are up and check out a new bike with out being charged.

Sister Pie Cookbook event at Folk

I have been anxiously awaiting for Lisa Ludwinski’s new Sister Pie; The Recipes and Stories of a Big Hearted Bakery in Detroit cookbook to be released. Sven went over to Sister Pie to talk with Lisa about her book a few months ago.

The book officially came out on Tuesday, so she is doing a ton of book events in the next few months.

On Sunday night Devita Davidson the Director of FoodLab Detroit will be moderating a discussion with Lisa about “The importance of Sisterhood in Small Business.”

The event will take place at Folk in Corktown. We all know how much I love Folk and Sister Pie … so there was no question that this event was going to be featured here this week.

Tickets are $45 and include a signed Sister Pie cookbook, wine pours and nibbles, you can purchase them here. You can also get tickets that do not include the book for $20 by going into Folk or calling them at 313-290-5849.

When: Sunday, October 7 from 6 p.m. — 8 p.m.
Where: Folk Detroit 1701 Trumbull Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48216

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PHOTOS: Checker Building Development Coming Along, Should Be Open In December Wed, 03 Oct 2018 15:15:58 +0000 Today we had the chance to check out the renovation progress being made on the Checker Building in Corktown.

The building is part of the first phase in the Elton Park development by the Soave Real Estate Group. It is located right across the street from the old Tiger Stadium.

The Checker Building will have 45 one-bedroom loft apartments and seven two-bedroom loft apartments. The one-bedroom apartments range between 600 to 900 square feet and the two bedroom apartments are between 950 to 1,175 square feet.

The building has a rooftop terrace for tenants and will also have space for ground floor retail and dining.

There are 101 covered parking spaces in the building thanks to the old Checker Cabs parking deck.

While on the tour we were able to see a furnished one bedroom apartment.

This bedroom was a tad on the smaller side, but it’s still nice.

The kitchens are sleek and clean looking.

Each unit has its own washer and dryer, so that’s a bonus.

Some of the apartments will have a view of what the developers are calling Checker Alley. Which is going to be an activated gathering space between the Checker Building and 2120 Trumbull.

There have been a lot of changes to the building, but some of the things that are staying are the Checker wall paintings.

Rent will run you between $1,020 for one-bedroom units and $1,900 for a two-bedroom unit.

The Checker Building is the first building in the Elton Park development that will be completed. They are now pre-leasing and tenants are expected to be able to move into the building in December.

The five other buildings in the development are expected to finished in the spring of 2019.

Sven and Jer talked about it on our Daily Detroit podcast. Here’s that conversation:

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Tequila-Mezcal Bar Toma Detroit Wins $50,000 Hatch Prize Fri, 31 Aug 2018 23:50:06 +0000

Last night on the rooftop of the Madison Building, Toma Detroit, the aspiring tequila and mezcal bar and restaurant, won this year’s Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest.

The owners will receive $50,000 from Comerica Bank, and more than $200,000 in support services like public relations, IT and legal counsel.

The winners were chosen by a panel of judges after a round of public pitches.

Our Shianne Nocerini was at the Hatch Off last night and caught up with co-owner José Maldonado. Listen to the segment in the player above.

The owners of Toma plan on using the money from Hatch to purchase the liquor license, and that will help them open sooner.

They’re going to locate in the old Casey’s Bar space on Michigan Avenue in Corktown.

The three other finalists in this years contest were Neighborhood Grocery, Paradise Natural Foods and Slyde Detroit, a burger joint with plans to open at the corner of Third and Brainard in the city’s Midtown neighborhood.

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Your City 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Detroit: August 24-26 Thu, 23 Aug 2018 17:46:39 +0000 Are you ready for the final weekend of August? I know I’m not. I think I need to take a quick trip up north or something before summer is officially over.

There are a lot of fun things happening around town this weekend.

Much Ado Para Nada

This weekend is the final free show for the season for Shakespeare in Detroit.

The theatre group will be performing their version of the Shakespearean comedy Much Ado About Nothing in Campus Martius on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

Don’t forget to bring your blankets, lawn chairs and snacks.

All performances begin at 6:30 p.m.

Campus Martius is located at 800 Woodward Avenue, Detroit 48224

North Cass Neighborhood Sidewalk Sale 

On Saturday over 40 small businesses along Cass Avenue in Midtown will be having a sidewalk sale.

This annual event is always a lot of fun. There will be discounts, specials, live music, and activities for kids.

You can find the list of all of the participating small businesses and the sales they are offering on the Facebook event.

Don’t forget to check out the Detroit Clothing Circle for their deep deals, as referenced by the advertisement.

When: Saturday, August 25 from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Multiple locations along Cass Avenue

Dream of Detroit Street Fair

Looking for a family friendly event this weekend? The Dream of Detroit Street Fair is your answer.

The street fair will be held along two blocks of Woodrow Wilson Street on the westside of Detroit.

There will be live music and theatrical performances from the Detroit Repertory Theatre. Plus a men’s 3 on 3 basketball tournament, African dancing classes for women, and a kids zone with a bounce house and free face painting.

The HUDA Clinic will have volunteer physicians at the fair to offer free basic health assessments throughout the day.

The street fair will also have a marketplace with vendors selling food, drinks, clothing, and other items.

The fair is being hosted thanks to a partnership between the Muslim Center, HUDA Free Community Health Clinic, the HUDA Urban garden, the Detroit Repertory Theatre and the community organization Dream of Detroit.

Hours: Saturday, August 2511:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.

The Muslim Center is located at 1605 West Davison in Detroit.

The Weird Homes Tour

I have always been a fan of architecture, so when I heard about the Weird Homes Tour a few months back I knew I had to include it in the City 5.

The tour consists of seven quirky homes that you can go inside of and talk to the owners. The VIP package includes an additional stop at the Wheelin’ on Woodward home.

It’s a self guided, self driven tour so you can go at your own pace and take your time. I really dig it.

A portion of the proceeds from each ticket will be donated to the non-profit United Community Housing Coalition.

Tickets are $30 per person or $45 for the VIP treatment (not only do you get an additional stop but you can get a t-shirt or hat.) You can buy them here. You can buy tickets the day of, but the price goes up to $37 per person.

When: Saturday, August 25 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Multiple locations

3rd Annual Luau and Pig Roast

Pull out those Hawaiian shirts, because it’s time to celebrate the final weekend in August with some roasted pig, awesome drinks and some Hawaiian flavor.

On Sunday the Sugar House will be hosting its 3rd Annual Luau and Pig Roast. If you’re a vegetarian they have you covered, there will be some meatless options as well.

There will be a special cocktail menu for the day to celebrate.

When: Sunday, August 26 from 3:00 p.m.-12:00 p.m.

The Sugar House is located at 2130 Michigan Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48216

Double Bonus

This Sunday is National Dog Day, and there are two events that we highlighted this week on the Daily Detroit podcast. I just want to remind everyone that both of these events are happening on Sunday.

Meet Your Best Friend at the Museum

The Detroit Institute of Art will be hosting its first ever animal adoption event this Sunday.

You can find out all of the information on the dedicated post about the event.

When: Sunday, August 26 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

The Detroit Institute of Art is located at 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit Michigan 48202

Bulldogs, Brews, and Beards

The Detroit Barbers Barbershop in Corktown will be hosting Bulldogs, Brews, and Beards this Sunday.

You can find all of the information here.

When: Sunday, August 26 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Detroit Barbers Barbershop 2000 Michigan Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48216

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PODCAST: Garlin Gilchrist Gets The Democratic Lt. Gov Nod, Hatch Detroit Finalists & Your News Tue, 21 Aug 2018 03:05:56 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit for August 20, 2018. Your Detroit news:

– Detroiter Garlin Gilchrist the second has been picked to be the running mate for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer. Sven and Jer discuss.

– There has been some confusion around the funeral arrangements for the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who died last week at the age of 76. So here’s what you need to know.

– One of the last remaining members of the Motown studio band known as the Funk Brothers has died. The Freep reports that guitarist Eddie Willis died Monday morning at his home in Mississippi following complications from a childhood bout with polio. He was 82. Link:

– Dogs and Degas apparently do go together. The Detroit Institute of Arts is holding their first-ever animal adoption event.

– Brix Wine and Charcuterie Boutique will be closing its West Village location on the city’s east side at the end of the month… and Atomic Chicken is calling it quits.

– Certified results for the SMART bus millage are in and the final tally widened a bit to 39 votes, instead of 23 as initially thought.

–  The Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Presented by Bedrock is down to its four finalists:

  • Neighborhood Grocery
  • Paradise Natural Foods
  • Slyde
  • Toma Detroit

They’re competing for a $50,000 prize from Comerica Bank and $200,000 worth of pro-bono services from Hatch Detroit and its partners. Representatives from each of the four startup business finalists joined us today in the studio to talk about their proposals alongside Vittoria Katanski, Hatch Detroit’s executive director. You can find out more and vote at

Like the show? Subscribe wherever podcasts are found here.


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Ford’s Corktown Campus Price Tag Near Three Quarters Of A Billion Dollars Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:01:59 +0000

Some firmer numbers are coming out about the investment Ford Motor Company plans to make for its new Corktown Campus.

Ford will spend an estimated $738 million to renovate the Michigan Central Station and other sites in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood.

Back in June, Ford announced it had bought the land — including the old train station — for a new tech campus that would focus on mobility and self-driving vehicles. The campus will be made up of five major sites.

That purchase is partly aimed at attracting and keeping top tech talent, which is hard to keep in Metro Detroit.

The company said it’s seeking at least $250 million in tax or other incentives over more than 30 years to support the project, and that the development isn’t financially feasible without the support.

Ford expects to have the train station renovated by 2022. We have an in-depth interview with the executive director of Ford Land Roger Gaudette here in our podcast feed.

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LISTEN: Trying Vegan Coney Dogs, Ford Is Spending Big Bucks In Corktown & Previewing Digital Summit Detroit Thu, 16 Aug 2018 01:58:21 +0000

Our show for August 15, 2018:

  • Ford expects to spend a lot of money — $738 million — to renovate the abandoned train station
  • Measles cases are on the rise in Michigan
  • Free showings of the film ‘Black Panther” at the Detroit Film Theater
  • We try the new Vegan Coney joint, “Chili, Mustard, Onions” (complete with delicious audio)
  • And we preview the upcoming Digital Summit Detroit in September with digital marketing expert Michael Barber (they’re also supporters of Daily Detroit – use code DD50 to get a discount!).


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Top Two Floors Of Michigan Central Station Planned As Residential Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:18:31 +0000

Have you ever dreamt of living on the top floors of the old train station in Detroit? That could be a real thing.

In an interview with Roger Gaudette, director of Detroit operations for Ford Land (that’s Ford’s real estate arm) on our Daily Detroit News Byte podcast, he outlined the beginnings of restoration plans and some of the nuts and bolts steps of restoring Michigan Central Depot.

Those including spending the first year putting on new roofs and repairing the exterior skin of the building.

Inside of the top floor of Michigan Central, where residences may be upon project completion.

There are a couple interesting points he shared with Sven Gustafson.

  • It’s going to take a year just to get the building water tight.
  • Their timeline is 2022.
  • There’s a chance the old Detroit Public Schools Book Depository site may become a parking deck.
  • The intent would be residential on the top two floors of the train station, then offices in the tower below. The lower level would be brought back to look like the original, include restaurants and retail, and be open to the community.

If you’d like to see additional photos from the top floor of Michigan Central from yesterday, scroll on.

Be sure to listen to the entire interview in the player above. Don’t miss another episode of our daily podcast and subscribe free with your favorite podcast app here.

Looking up at the corner of the station’s top stories.

Looking toward Canada and the Ambassador Bridge.

Looking down on the old platform.

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