City Of Detroit – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:48:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 PODCAST: Your Daily Detroit For September 20, 2018 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:46:20 +0000

Here are the show notes for the Daily Detroit podcast recorded on September 20, 2018.

Your Headlines: 

– Detroit’s schools continue to have water woes. The Detroit Public Schools Community District said that at least 57 Detroit schools have tested positive so far for high levels of copper, lead or both in drinking water.

– The beautiful Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle is about to get a $1.9 million facelift starting in October.

– Henry Ford Health System will become the lone tenant in a new office tower taking shape in downtown Royal Oak.

– Could we be looking at winter with an entire direction of I-696 remaining closed?

– A major downtown Detroit hotel is facing a possible strike by its workers.

– Detroit has lost one of its champions. David DiChiera, a man who has been a big part of getting Detroit’s downtown renaissance in tune, has passed at the age of 83. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in April of 2017.

– Rumors are swirling that Dan Gilbert is going to pick up a some big legacy nameplates in media.

– The M Den is coming to Detroit. The University of Michigan-themed retail shop is opening its first location in the city of Detroit in the District Detroit.

– In Warren, there’s a new Greek fast casual restaurant opening up shop.

– This Saturday, Pewabic will be unveiling a new stein during their Oktoberfest celebration. On top of that, Eastern Market Brewing will be at the pottery studio on Jefferson Avenue serving its small batch Kiln Bier, an ale-lager hybrid that was brewed specifically for Pewabic.

Featured Conversation: 

Can there be such a thing as a “new” dive bar? For our feature conversation, Devon’s Detroit columnist Devon O’Reilly stops by to talk about Second Best… and house-made Zima. Apparently that’s a thing.

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LISTEN: Can There Be Such A Thing As A “New” Dive Bar? Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:43:27 +0000

If you’re a regular listener and reader of Daily Detroit, you know that we know our way around a dive bar (yes, we know it’s time to update the list). We did start in the back of Nancy Whiskey’s after all.

So, what makes a dive bar good?

Is it just the ambiance of the place? Is it the cheap drinks? Maybe a killer jukebox that is stocked with good music? All of the above?

The most important question is, can a new bar designate itself as a dive?

Devon O’Reilly joins us on the Daily Detroit podcast to discuss Second Best, one of the newest bars around town, but it also has quite a divey quality to it.

Listen in the player above to find out.

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Conservatory On Belle Isle To Undergo $1.9 Million Renovation, Partially Close For Winter Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:26:50 +0000
The beautiful Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle is about to get a $1.9 million facelift starting in October.

The conservatory, built in 1904, is one of the park’s most popular attractions. It has some great exotic and rare plants from around the world.

So what’s going to be done? A structural assessment by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources last year concluded that portions of the 20 steel trusses supporting the conservatory dome — also known as the Palm House — need immediate replacement.

This winter, the first 21 feet of the steel trusses in the conservatory dome will be replaced. The work will be done by Detroit-based Ideal Contracting.

Construction begins October 1 and should be completed in April of 2019. The conservatory dome will be closed to ensure public safety during that time. The north and south wings and the show house will remain open to visitors Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors will be able to access the building through the lily pond garden entrance.

Reservations for private events will not be available until May 2019.

Although this is a big project, there’s a lot more work to be done. Although this project is being funded by a $1 million grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, and a match of $900,000 from the DNR, about $5 million more dollars are being sought for repairs to the upper portion of the dome.

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Your City 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Detroit: September 21-23 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 03:17:15 +0000 It seems like everyone else is already for fall to be here. People keep talking about Pumpkin Spice Lattes and sweater weather.

But I have held out on getting anything autumnal until the actual autumn equinox. I don’t know why I have been such a stickler for holding on to the last remnants of summer, but I’ve been pretty hard core this year.

But, this Saturday is the first official day of autumn. So, I guess I better stop digging in my heels and pull out those riding boots.

There are a ton of cool things happening this weekend. I know that I’m looking forward to hitting a few of these events.

Let’s get on to it.


Do you eat, sleep, and breath Hamilton? Are you patiently waiting for the show to come to the Fisher Theatre in 2019? Do you think you’re the next Daveed Diggs and can spit out all those sick Lafayette and Jefferson raps? Do you wish you could be one of the Schuyler Sisters … even Peggy?

If you said yes to any of those questions, then you should probably go to the Hamiltunes singalong on Friday night in New Center Park.

Sorry if I just Hamil-splaned you, it’s a bad habit of mine. Can you tell I really love Hamilton?

Broadway in Detroit and the Masonic Youth Theatre of Detroit are putting on the free event to celebrate Hamilton coming to Detroit in the spring of 2019.

It will be a karaoke format, so everyone can sing along.

So, grab a friend and your blanket and head over to the park for some singing.

When: Friday, September 21 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

New Center Park is located 2998 West Grand Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan 48202

That Big 80s Party

DJ Dave Paul is coming back to Detroit this Friday for another round of That Big 80s Party at El Club.

You know what that means right? It’s time to pull out your day glow tops, banana clips, and Stiff Stuff Hairspray.

There will be a mix of all genres of music, the only requirement is that it was produced in the 1980s.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

When: Friday, September 21 from 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

El Club is located at 4114 Vernor Highway, Detroit, Michigan 48209

Dear Fall: Love, Midtown

Midtown will be hopping on Saturday during the Love, Midtown event.

Over 30 shops, restaurants, and businesses around Midtown will take part in the event. Most will have specials, sales, live music and kid-friendly activities.

My number one place to stop during the event is Sfumato Fragrances. They will be celebrating turning 5 years old.

If you have little kids then I suggest heading over to Nora for a little story time. Channel 4’s Devin Scillian will be doing a book reading there at 11:00 a.m. Did you know he wrote children’s books? He really is a Jack of all trades.

You have my full permission to enjoy all things fall on Saturday.

When: Saturday, September 22 from 12 p.m.-8 p.m.

Multiple locations

Murals in the Market

The fourth annual Murals in the Market is currently going on in Eastern Market. More than 50 local and international artists have been creating amazing murals all week.

I couldn’t be more happy that this event takes place within our fine city. It was recently named one of the “Top 5 Mural Festivals in the World” by Smithsonian.

If you can make it out to Eastern Market After Dark on Thursday, I highly suggest it. It’s always a fun time.

It looks like the guided tours are sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out on your own to look at all of the murals. You can download a map here, or pick up a printed map in Eastern Market.

Murals in the market runs through Saturday.

Eastern Market

Junior League of Detroit’s Designers Show House Tour

I had a chance to check out the Designers Show House at the Fisher Mansion in Boston Edison last week. It was pretty sweet. I wish I could pick a favorite room for you, but it is just too hard. I will say that I really liked the Garden of Eden room on the second floor.

This year 40 of the most illustrious designers and landscapers from around the country came to work on the former home of auto baron Charles T. Fisher.

The home was purchased in 2017 by actor, author, and philanthropist Hill Harper.

Tickets to the Designers Show House Tour are $40 per person. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go toward supporting various community programs.

Hours: Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. — 5 p.m.

The Charles T. Fisher Mansion is located at 670 West Boston Boulevard Detroit, Michigan 48202


Pewabic Stein Launch

This Saturday Pewabic will be unveiling a new stein during their Oktoberfest celebration. You can see photos of the new steins here, I really like both of the colors.

Eastern Market Brewing will be at the pottery with their small batch Kiln Bier which is an ale-lager hybrid that was brewed for Pewabic.

There will be live music from Steve Jarosz as well.

This event is free to attend, but you will have to BYOS (buy your own stein). They will have Solo cups as well.

When: Saturday, September 22 from 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Pewabic is located at 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, Michigan 48214

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Could “The People’s Bills” Help City Residents Benefit From Detroit’s Comeback? Thu, 20 Sep 2018 02:59:27 +0000

Is Detroit’s comeback inclusive enough of Detroit residents? That’s been a debate that’s gone on for quite awhile.

However, there’s a new set of ordinances that Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield is proposing she’s calling the “People’s Bills.” In short, her idea is to address the following concerns with ordinances and resolutions:

  • 15-day Pay Requirement for Small Businesses
  • A mandatory 51 percent of Detroiters on construction projects
  • Cash Bail amendements
  • Community Benefits Ordinance Amendments, extending the physical range where messages need to be sent and time of community input
  • Housing Trust Funds
  • Poverty Tax Exemptions
  • Water Affordability

In a conversation with Sheffield, Sven Gustafson talked through what her concerns are and where she thinks improvements could be made. Have a listen in the player above.

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Why Do Half Of Detroit’s Murders Go Unsolved? A Conversation With The Washington Post’s Wes Lowery Thu, 20 Sep 2018 02:19:15 +0000

Detroit has made marked improvements in solving homicides an in-depth Washington Post profile. But there’s still a lot of work to do. But still, why do half of Detroit’s murders go unsolved?

Since 2012, someone has been murdered nearly every 24 hours in Detroit, a city long plagued by violence. Despite sweeping changes to make the homicide division more efficient, police arrest suspects in fewer than half of all killings.

Russell said the explanation is simple: There are too many murders and too few detectives.

“The only way you can fix it is lower crime or to get more manpower,” Russell said.

Our Sven Gustafson speaks with Washington Post reporter Wes Lowery about the paper’s investigative report about overwhelmed homicide detectives in Detroit, and how they compare to the rest of the nation. His complete article is here:

Have a listen to the segment in the Daily Detroit podcast in the player above.

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PODCAST: Your Daily Detroit For Sept. 18, 2018 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 01:50:04 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit podcast for September 18, 2018:

– Our feature interview is with Terry Bean and Shawn Lee, talking about TedXDetroit’s 10th anniversary event happening at the Masonic Temple. The conference focuses on ideas worth spreading.

– What’s the fate of the old Tigers site? Shianne Nocerini went down to “The Corner,” a new modular development at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull to get an update on construction.

– After 56 years of touring, Detroit’s own Bob Seger will no longer be a Travelin’ man.

– Detroit’s Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts will open its 90th season next month with a tribute to Aretha Franklin.

– Ford Motor Company has a new neighborhood wish list to go along with its newly purchased Michigan Central Station in Corktown.

– Lakeside Mall could become a mixed-use town center called Lakeside Village. Sterling Heights city officials will unveil the new design plans at a public open house event next Thursday. The Macomb Daily reports they’re trying to keep Lakeside viable amid a nationwide decline of brick-and-mortar indoor shopping malls.

– A quick heads up… you can get into the Michigan Science Center free on Saturday. They’re celebrating NASA’s 60th anniversary. You need to register here.

– Dig, a dating app aimed at dog lovers, is launching in Detroit on Thursday. They’re throwing a kickoff party at WeWork Merchant’s Row in downtown Detroit.

Thanks to our sponsor today, Milo Digital.

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Music Hall To Name “Aretha’s Jazz Cafe” In Honor Of Queen Of Soul Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:53:24 +0000

Detroit’s Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts will open its 90th season next month with a tribute to Aretha Franklin.

The gala reopening event is October 11 with a free renaming ceremony of “Aretha’s Jazz Cafe” in honor of the Queen of Soul, who died last month. Kingdom, the Aretha’s Jazz Cafe house band, will perform.

The band features many members who have performed with Franklin, who performed at Music Hall many times over her career and gave her last vocal performance in Detroit just outside of it in 2017.

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Dig, A Dating App For Dog People, To Launch In Detroit Tue, 18 Sep 2018 21:07:15 +0000

Dig, a dating app aimed at dog lovers, is launching in Detroit on Thursday. They’re throwing a kickoff party at WeWork Merchant’s Row in downtown Detroit.  

What’s the deal behind the app? Per their website:

Founders Leigh and Casey Isaacson created Dig after being duped by fake dog lovers too many times. After a relationship ended when a guy refused to let the world’s cutest dog (Layla) in his apartment, Casey wanted to be sure she could find someone who would love her dog as much as she does. On Dig, guys can’t pretend to be dog owners by posting pictures with other people’s dogs just to get the conversation going like they do on other dating apps. Dig is a community of people who care deeply about dogs, whether they’re dog owners or want to get a dog with someone in the future. To dog people, it doesn’t matter who starts the conversation, what mutual hobbies they have, or who they know in common. If the people aren’t on the same page about the dog(s), they just aren’t compatible.

The free party is this Thursday, September 20th.

The humans get free beer and you can get a photo with you and your canine companion.

Also, there’s free nail trimmings, a vet consultation booth, a Pet Smart treat bar and a bag of extras for the doggos. 

The event link is here.

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LISTEN: Previewing TedXDetroit With Terry Bean & Shawn Lee Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:54:32 +0000

TedXDetroit is returning for a 10th year on Wednesday, September 26. But what can you expect at this day-long conference about ideas worth spreading?

Sven Gustafson sat down with Terry Bean and Shawn Lee at the Founders Midtown Taproom to get the details. That discussion is in the player above.

If you’re interested in attending, the link is here.

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