City Of Detroit – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Mon, 25 Jun 2018 16:55:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Daily Detroit News Byte Podcast: June 21, 2018 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:06:15 +0000

Here’s your show for June 21, 2018:

There’s been a lot of talk about rising housing prices in downtown Detroit, but prices are rising in many areas of the state — especially southeastern Michigan.

– Detroit’s Third Man Records is offering up a free vinyl record to customers who’ve donated to an aid group helping immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

– There’s a report out there that Michigan Central Station might get a movie theatre. And that movie theater might.. Just might… be put in by Big Sean and Emagine.

– Popps Emporium — A storefront gallery, tool lending library and community space on the border of Hamtramck and Detroit — is looking to crowdfunding to complete the project.

– There’s a new yoga studio opening on the east side of the city this weekend focused on hot yoga.

– Castalia cocktail bar will be throwing a Solstice Party on Saturday. Castalia is owned by the same husband and wife who own Sfumato Fragrances.

– For our feature interview, Jer sat down with Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner. We talked about the suburban case for regional transit, anxiety that some suburban leaders have of Detroit’s comeback, attracting and keeping young talent in Metro Detroit and more up at the Mackinac Policy Conference.

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Listen: Previewing The Ford Fireworks On Monday Night With Tony Michaels Of The Parade Company Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:13:20 +0000

A tradition comes back to Detroit’s skies on Monday night. The Ford Fireworks are back for a 60th year.

Jeremiah chatted with Tony Michaels, the Parade Company’s CEO about this years show and what people can expect.

This year’s theme is “Come Alive in the D.”

“Detroit is doing so well on this great comeback trail. So many people are doing so many great things, that we thought it would be fitting to say come alive in the D,” said Michaels. “The show plan for the Ford Fireworks is one of the best that we’ve ever done. It’s going to be really exciting. It’s truly one of the finest in the Nation.” 

The Parade Company worked with Zambelli Fireworks to produce the show for this year.

Here is some important information about the Fireworks.

The show kicks off at 9:55 p.m. If you are planning on going down to watch the show in person, you’ll need to get there early. It gets packed. 

Hart Plaza opens at 2:00 p.m. You’ll want to get there early to get a good spot. 

Belle Isle will open at 2:00 p.m. Only 3,000 cars will be able to drive onto the island for the fireworks. Once it reaches capacity you will still be able to walk across the bridge to get on the island.

Mt. Elliott Park, Owens Park and Erma Henderson Park are also good spots to watch the fireworks.

For those of you who like to watch the fireworks from the comfort of your own home, you will be able to watch it on WDIV-Local 4. Live coverage will begin at 8:00 p.m.

You can find more information at the Parade Company’s website.

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NEWS BYTE PODCAST: Morouns Back At The Bridge Fight, Fireworks Preview W/ Tony Michaels & More Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:30:58 +0000

Here are your stories for your Daily Detroit News Byte on Wednesday, June 21, 2018.

Hot on the heels of the big celebration for Michigan Central Station, Moroun-controlled entities are pushing for President Donald J. Trump to stop the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project with a TV ad aimed at the President on “Fox and Friends.” We dive into the claims.

Royal Oak – a city of nearly 60,000 people – is continuing to move forward with plans for its own bus system.

Slows BBQ is getting into the pop-up hotdog stand business. On Wednesdays this summer, the popular BBQ joint is turning their patio on the side of their Corktown restaurant on Michigan Avenue into “Side Piece.”

The Comedy Central TV show ‘Detroiters” comes back for a second season Thursday night.

We preview the upcoming Ford Fireworks on Monday night with Parade Company CEO Tony Michaels.

And, we highlight the work of U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and her piece, “Poem For the Light in Michigan Central Station.”

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Adient Will Not Be Moving Downtown After All Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:43:47 +0000 While Ford is making a big splash about its plans to come into the city, another automotive company is now pulling back on its plans to move to downtown Detroit.

The seating supplier Adient says it has decided to scrap plans to move its corporate headquarters and 500 employees into the Marquette Building on Congress Street over concerns about the cost of renovation. It’ll instead remain at its current location in Plymouth Township.

Advent announced plans to move to Detroit in 2016, and crews have been working to redevelop the building for its offices. The company says it plans to sell the building.

Adient last month reported a quarterly loss of $168 million. It recently named former General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson as interim CEO.

This story first appeared in our daily local news podcast show, the Daily Detroit News Byte.

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Detroit Wing Company Opened Monday Inside MGM Grand Detroit Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:41:06 +0000

The Detroit Wing Company has opened its third location inside the MGM Grand Casino hotel on Monday. It is located in the Breeze Dining Court.

This is the third location for the Eastpointe-based restaurant and the first location inside the city of Detroit.

We’re told there will be 10 Detroit Wing Company sauces and the menu includes sides like mac and cheese, poutine and cornbread.

Opened in 2015, this year restaurant was voted “Best Chicken Wings” by the readers of HOUR Detroit Magazine.

There are also locations in Eastpointe and Chesterfield and they’re planning to open in Southfield and Taylor later this year.

The Detroit Wing Company is open daily at 11 a.m inside the MGM Grand Detroit.

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

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The Detroit Kite Festival Returns To Belle Isle On Sunday, July 15 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:10:38 +0000

It’s time to pull out your kites because the Detroit Kite Festival is returning to Belle Isle for its second year. The Detroit Kite Festival will take place on Sunday, July 15 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 pm.

The Detroit Kite Festival will have kites for sale as well as to borrow incase you don’t have the funds to buy a new kite. You can also try your hand at building your own kite in the Kite Making Tent, which is in partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Want to try your hand at building your own kite? Check out the Will It Fly? Tent, where guests can tinker, play and invent new kites.

Kids of all ages will have a chance to learn more about kites in the Book Nook.

There will be plenty of entertainment this year for the festival.

The Windjammers Kite Team will return for the second year to perform their synchronized kite show. The Michigan Philharmonic have also signed on to be a partner for the festival and they will perform.

“We are so excited to bring back the Detroit Kite Festival after a wildly successful first time. Kites are a platform to bring Detroiters together, celebrate history and culture, and to engage with others,” said Margo Dalal the Director of the Detroit Kite Festival. “We are grateful to have such a supportive community and willing partners to make this the collaborative festival that it is.”

The Detroit Kite Festival is free to those who attend, however just remember that you will need a Recreation Passport to get onto Belle Isle.

The festival will take place at the Belle Isle Cricket Field, which is right next to the Belle Isle Casino. There is a parking lot next to the field.

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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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Bike Ride Fundraiser This Weekend For Joe Louis Greenway Rail-To-Trail Loop Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:36:28 +0000

The Detroit Greenways Coalition will hold a group bike ride Sunday to create awareness and raise money to build a 26-mile rail-to-trail greenway loop in the city.

The Joe Louis Greenway is a proposed pedestrian loop through Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.

Previously known as the Inner Circle, it’s currently a network of abandoned rail lines and local streets. But the Joe Louis Greenway would also incorporate the Dequindre Cut, Detroit RiverWalk, and other existing greenways.

The Detroit Greenways Coalition has been working with the city of Detroit to acquire an 8-mile section of abandoned rail line as one of the final pieces. It’s hoped that design work can begin next year, with construction starting in 2020.

Sunday’s inaugural fundraiser ride will go for 28 miles with a stop at the Oloman Cafe in Hamtramck and SAG support from Wheelhouse Detroit.

Registration is $30. You can find more information at the Detroit Greenways Coalition website.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

The ride will begin at 2826 Bagley Street in Detroit.

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PODCAST: The Old Train Station In Detroit Will Roar Back To Life With Bill Ford Jr. & Others Wed, 20 Jun 2018 03:42:16 +0000

Today’s Daily Detroit News Byte recorded on June 19, 2018 is all about the most visible sign of Detroit’s turnaround in the years, the fact that Michigan Central Station is coming back to life thanks to Ford Motor Company.

On the show, we’re joined by a variety of guests. We talk to Bill Ford Jr. about the station.

We also catch up with Roger Gaudette, executive director for Detroit development with Ford Land, the automaker’s real estate arm about what the next few years look like.

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans also had words to share about Michigan Avenue becoming a major corridor between Dearborn and the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit.

Then, Sven Gustafson eats some of his own words from a wayward 2009 editorial back when he worked for MLive and contrasting that with the Detroit of today and just how much has really, truly changed.

Detroit’s momentum is a real thing. Enjoy this special one-topic episode of the Daily Detroit News Byte. If you like the show, be sure to subscribe for free in Apple Podcasts or wherever you download your favorite shows.

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Ron Gurdjian, Owner Of The Legendary Tom’s Tavern, Has Passed Away Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:00:46 +0000

A Detroit legend has died.

Ron Gurdjian, the man who was everything to Tom’s Tavern and beloved to legions of Detroiters near and far, passed away on Sunday night. He was 78.

The bar, located on 7 Mile just west of Wyoming, literally embodies the term “hole in the wall,” and it had plenty of holes in its walls. Not to mention, it’s slanted floors and rickety bar.

Not only was Ron a legend, he kept legendary company.

When televisions were stolen or when someone looking to take some booze creatively removed a wall with their truck, the likes of Bill Bonds and Mike Ilitch chipped in to keep the place running.

Ron, a native of Highland Park, didn’t start Tom’s Tavern, but he became synonymous with it. The story goes that it started in the late 1920s during prohibition. Kept up in a time when permitting was, to say the least, a bit lax in the city of Detroit, the shack became the one of the few businesses still standing on the strip.

I’m not sure Ron ran a bar. I think he ran a piece of his soul that came out through laughter, rants, slaps on the back, and smiles. The jukebox always had the right song, even though the songs hadn’t been changed out in years.

His burgers or corned beef sandwiches would set you straight after a long night of drinking, and something weirdly magical always seemed to happen there.

For more — including my own Ron story, dealing with an impending tour bus — listen in the player above.

This story first appeared in the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast.

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