Daily Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Fri, 20 Jul 2018 20:42:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 LISTEN: Kevin Allison of Risk! Headlines Refreshed Happy Hour Podcast http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/20/listen-kevin-allison-risk-headlines-refreshed-happy-hour-podcast/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/20/listen-kevin-allison-risk-headlines-refreshed-happy-hour-podcast/#respond Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:14:58 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42414

Warning: Episode contains salty language. Not many F-bombs, but F-bombs nonetheless.

Friends, we’re back! After a brief hiatus, the Daily Detroit Happy Hour returns with a fresh new episode.

Truth be told, we’ve been taking some time to refocus the show and what we’re about. So you’ll notice some new things. In the interests of offering more variety, we’ll be doing more and shorter segments, which was always a goal anyway, at a slightly faster pace. We’ll still feature great interviews with Detroit’s tastemakers and innovators, but we aiming to better embrace the Happy Hour in the Daily Detroit Happy Hour and be like Detroit’s dinner party conversation. We hope you like the change.

On this week’s episode, we speak with former Happy Hour guest, chef and “Refrigerator Diaries” podcast host Godwin Ihentuge about pancakes. Seriously: pancakes. Specifically, the new downtown IHOPlebee’s. We debate pancake styles, because I have strong opinions.

Also, we scored an interview with Kevin Allison, the founder and host of the great storytelling podcast Risk! They’ll be coming to town Aug. 3 for a live show recording at the Magic Bag in Ferndale.

And finally, Jer and I were lucky enough to be invited down to the VIP opening party for the Detroit Shipping Company, which is the new food court/biergarden/gallery/event space made of shipping containers (check out our video tour of the place here). We managed to pull co-owner John Hartzell and chef Petro Drakopoulos, the director of operations, into the new Podcast Detroit studio there to talk about the place and how it came together.

Have a listen in the player above, or subscribe to the Daily Detroit Happy Hour using Apple Podcasts or wherever you find your favorite shows.

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Michigan Glass Project’s Live Glassblowing Festival Returns To The Russell Industrial Center This Weekend http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/19/listen-glassblowing-festival-returns-russell-industrial-center-weekend/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/19/listen-glassblowing-festival-returns-russell-industrial-center-weekend/#respond Thu, 19 Jul 2018 22:29:43 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42406

Today on the News Byte Jeremy Ross, the Artist Liaison with the Michigan Glass Project joins us to talk about Michigan Glass Project and the upcoming Live Glassblowing and Arts Festival this weekend.

The three day festival will be held at the Russell Industrial Center. The festival raises money for the nonprofit organization Art Road, which brings art classes back into schools. Last year the festival raised $100,000 for the nonprofit.

This year there will be 70 borosilicate glass artists who will be creating pieces with torches, 13 glass bead makers, and 12 hot shop glass artists. For those not familiar with hot shop glass artists, they are the ones you find at Greenfield Village. There will also be artists doing live painting throughout the weekend.  

Throughout the weekend artists will be creating pieces that will be part of the silent and live auctions.

The main event will take place on Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22 from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. all three days. 

The Russell Industrial Center is located at 1600 Clay Street Detroit, Michigan 48211.

Tickets for the festival are $30 for a weekend pass or $15 for a day pass. You can purchase them in advance here.

For those of you who like after parties, there will be two this weekend.

The Marble Show at the Marble Bar will take place on Friday night from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

The Whitney Garden Party/ Millefiori gathering at the Whitney Mansion will take place on Saturday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

There is a cover charge for the after parties: $10 at the door or $5 with a Main Event Wristband.

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Listen: Sister Pie’s Lisa Ludwinski Talks Pie, New Cookbook, And West Village http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/19/listen-sister-pies-lisa-ludwinski-talks-pie-new-cookbook-west-village/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/19/listen-sister-pies-lisa-ludwinski-talks-pie-new-cookbook-west-village/#respond Thu, 19 Jul 2018 18:11:28 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42400

Lisa Ludwinski the owner of Sister Pie joins us on the News Byte to talk all things pie.

During the conversation she talks about why she uses butter for her crusts, and the changes that have happened in West Village since she opened in 2015.

Ludwinski has a new cookbook coming out called “Sister Pie: The Recipes & Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit.” It comes out on October 2, 2018. You can preorder the book here.

Just a word or warning, you might start craving a piece of Blueberry Blossom or Salted Maple pie from Sister Pie after listening to this interview.


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Listen: Detroit’s Bankruptcy Five Years Later With Author Nathan Bomey http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/19/listen-detroits-bankruptcy-five-years-later-author-nathan-bomey/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/19/listen-detroits-bankruptcy-five-years-later-author-nathan-bomey/#respond Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:38:29 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42397

Nathan Bomey returns to the News Byte to discuss the 5th anniversary of Detroit’s bankruptcy.

Bomey covered the city’s bankruptcy for the Detroit Free Press, and he turned that expertise into a 2016 book, “Detroit Resurrected; From Bankruptcy and Back.” He now works as a business reporter for USA Today.

He currently has a new book out called “After the Fact: The Erosion of Truth and the Inevitable Rise of Donald Trump,” which we discussed previously on this show.

Bomey will also be the scriptwriter for a just-announced new documentary about Detroit’s bankruptcy from Philadelphia documentary filmmaker Sam Katz. It’s titled “We Are Alive: A Grand Bargain for America’s City,” and it’s due out in late 2019.


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LISTEN: Biking Every Linear Mile Of Detroit With Thomas Leeper http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/17/listen-biking-every-linear-mile-detroit-thomas-leeper/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/17/listen-biking-every-linear-mile-detroit-thomas-leeper/#respond Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:26:28 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42392

Stopping in the studio today is Thomas Leeper. He’s the creative force behind a website, “Every Linear Mile” and he’s literally chronicling every mile of street in the city of Detroit.  

We dive into his passion project that spans the city block by block, what he’s learned about the city, and his advice for those trying to juggle responsibilities while trying to do a large creative endeavor.

Listen to the podcast in the player above, and catch the whole show wherever you download your favorite podcasts.


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CONFIRMED: MoGo Bike Share Will Expand To Livernois ‘Avenue Of Fashion’ In Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/17/confirmed-mogo-bike-share-will-expand-livernois-avenue-fashion-detroit/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/17/confirmed-mogo-bike-share-will-expand-livernois-avenue-fashion-detroit/#respond Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:15:22 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42388

As we reported last week, Detroit’s MoGo bike share program plans to expand next spring to new Detroit neighborhoods and five inner-ring suburbs. And we can now confirm that that Detroit neighborhood is the Livernois “Avenue of Fashion” district between McNichols and Eight Mile, where it will join up with Ferndale, another participating community.

We had Lisa Nuszkowski, founder and executive director of MoGo, and Justin Lyons, the city of Ferndale’s planning manager, on the Daily Detroit News Byte to talk in more detail about the plans to expand bike sharing to more communities.

Starting next spring, MoGo will add around 30 new stations and 150 of its orange bikes to the Avenue of Fashion and the suburbs Berkley, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Oak Park and Royal Oak, thanks to a $495,380 Transportation Alternatives Program grant awarded by SEMCOG. MoGo has also received a $35,000 grant from the Better Bike Share Partnership to work with the various communities and the Live6 Alliance to help design the program.

Have a listen in the player above.

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PODCAST: A Retractable Roof For Ford Field? Clutch And Throttle Motorcycle Shop Opening In Detroit & More http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/16/podcast-retractable-roof-ford-field-clutch-throttle-motorcycle-shop-opening-detroit/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/16/podcast-retractable-roof-ford-field-clutch-throttle-motorcycle-shop-opening-detroit/#respond Tue, 17 Jul 2018 02:55:15 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42379


Friends, we have returned from a quick weekend getaway — Jer went up to Mackinac Island, while Sven drove down to Columbus, Ohio for a Courtney Barnett show — and are back with a fresh new show. And it’s our first one recorded in the new Podcast Detroit studio inside the Detroit Shipping Company, which had its soft open on Friday and remains, uh, softly open?

In today’s show, we discuss:

  • Ford Field’s future retractable roof?
  • The future of the Belle Isle Grand Prix
  • Detroit misses out on hosting the NCAA Final Four
  • The Gordie Howe International Bridge groundbreaking
  • Detroit’s skyrocketing housing prices
  • The Detroit Institute of Bagel’s bagels
  • A new production by “Hamilton” playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda comes to Detroit
  • And Jer has a chat on the show with Brad Touchette, owner of Detroit’s new motorcycle accessory shop, Clutch and Throttle.

Ford Field might get a new retractable roof to help its bid to lure a Major League Soccer franchise. That’s what Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Daily reports, and various other outlets have confirmed.

What’s behind this? The billionaire duo of Tom Gores and Dan Gilbert have been aiming to bring a Major League Soccer team to Detroit. Together with Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford, they’re pitching Ford Field as the home stadium starting with the 2022 season.

But MLS prefers that new franchises play in an outdoor, purpose-built stadium — and Ford Field ticks neither box. The league has said that abandoning plans for a new stadium built on the former Wayne County Jail site hurt the group’s bid.

In an interview with WJR, Lions President Ron Wood said that he hasn’t seen the final numbers but the cost would be “significant,” and that we’d know in the next couple weeks if this is going to happen.

It’s also not clear who would pay for a retractable roof — and whether taxpayers would be asked to foot the bill. Some experts peg the cost of adding a retractable roof in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Detroit Grand Prix is proposing to give more money to the state as part of its pitch to continue to stage the race on Belle Isle.

Grand Prix organizers presented their proposal during a Belle Isle Park Advisory Committee on Friday that drew a reported 200 opponents and supporters of the annual event.

Organizers are seeking a new three-year contract with an optional two-year extension. They also propose to increase the annual fee the event pays to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to $300,000, from $200,000, plus an annual contribution toward a project to be determined by the DNR. And they say they’d shorten the time spent setting up and tearing down the race infrastructure.

Opponents object to the noise and disruption to the island park, but some supporters say the race has benefited the city and Belle Isle. Organizers say they have no other Plan B locations to stage the race.

The DNR will review the application and is accepting public comments through Aug. 2 at DNR-GrandPrixProposal@Michigan.gov. A tentative decision on the proposal is expected that same day.

Gov. Rick Snyder and elected officials from Michigan and Canada will appear at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the Gordie Howe International Bridge. The ceremony in Delray is the latest sign that work on the new Detroit-Windsor span is proceeding toward full-scale construction starting later this year.

As we reported here previously, the Moroun family have recently appealed to President Trump for help blocking the project with an ad falsely claiming that the bridge will use only Canadian and imported steel. The Morouns own the nearby Ambassador Bridge and have spent years fighting against the new public bridge.

Officials are targeting a completion date in 2022 or 2023.

Home prices are rising in metro Detroit — and they’re skyrocketing in the city of Detroit.

According to a report by Realcomp, purchase prices in the Detroit region are up almost 5 percent from last year when the median sales price of a home or condominium was around $195,000.

Now in the city of Detroit? The median sale price is up 41% from a year ago, to $38,500 in June.

Reports suggest that most transactions are cash sales from outside investors or new residents moving in, often from other regions of the country.

Supply is so short in the city and region that 90 percent of buyers are paying above asking price and waving things that are otherwise smart to do before a purchase, such as a home inspection.

In the city, the hottest neighborhoods are starting to shift to outside of downtown. They include Bagley, University District, East English Village, and Sherwood Forest. The core of the city still sees high demand but there is almost no ready-to-move-in supply.

Detroit has missed out on hosting the NCAA Basketball Final Four. Although we were one of seven finalists to host the prestigious Final Four in 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026, we came up empty-handed.

Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio and Indianapolis were picked as the host cities.

via Detroit Institute of Bagels FB page

New Yorkers tend to think that they are the only people who can have good bagels. But Thrillist has just named Detroit Institute of Bagels as one of the best places to get a bagel outside of New York City.

The list features 11 bagel shops across the country that quote “may represent the best of the best, it only proves that great bagels don’t depend on water, tradition, or location..”

The Corktown bagel shop opened in the fall of 2013 after operating out of the kitchen of one of the founders. It has grown a passionate local following for its bagels, sandwiches, and schmears.

ITH Promo Video 3

For real though! We are so proud of this production and we hope you will join us when "Washington Heights" aka IN THE HEIGHTS invades #Detroit at New Center Park July 18-22, gates at 7:00, show at 8:00pm. FREE thanks to @Midtown Detroit, Inc., The Kresge Foundation, and First American Title!!!

Posted by The DATC on Sunday, July 15, 2018

“In The Heights” is the first musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” fame. This week, you’ll have a chance to see it right here in Detroit.

The Detroit Actor’s Theatre Company will be performing the Tony Award-winning show this week at New Center Park, across the street from the Fisher Building. There will be five performances of the musical starting on Wednesday, July 18 through Sunday, July 22.

“In the Heights” takes place over three days in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. The musical shows the struggles of the Hispanic people who live in the neighborhood, and what happens when someone in the neighborhood wins the lottery.

Daily Detroit’s Shianne Nocerini spoke with Eric Swanson, the executive director of the Detroit Actor’s Theatre company, about designing a streetscape set in the middle of a city park, on today’s show.

This is the final production in the theatre company’s “Create For Action” series. This show will address the issues of immigration, race, ethnicity and the gentrification of an inner-city neighborhood.

Along with the theme of the show the theatre company will be collecting donations for the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation.

Gates open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. Feel free to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on.

The performances are free to attend thanks to sponsorships from the Kresge Foundation and Midtown Detroit Inc.  There will be concessions for purchase before the show.

You you can find more information about the show on the Detroit Actor’s Theatre Company’s Facebook page.


via Clutch and Throttle

For today’s interview, Jer spoke with Brad Touchette, owner of a new, 2,000 square-foot motorcycle accessory, service and repair shop called Clutch & Throttle. Brad stopped by the Podcast Detroit Shipping Company studio to talk about it and their grand opening party.

Lastly, a couple fun links to Detroit-related material we thought you’d enjoy:

The New Yorker has a nifty new video on Detroit as part of its “Then and Now” video series. It presents past and present images of downtown Detroit streetscapes and automobile assembly lines.

And the Detroit Free Press has a neat photo gallery of Belle Isle back in the 70s and 80s.

Thanks for reading our email newsletter and listening to our show. We’ll see you tomorrow.

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Watch A Walking Tour Of The New Detroit Shipping Company http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/13/watch-walking-tour-new-detroit-shipping-company/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/13/watch-walking-tour-new-detroit-shipping-company/#respond Fri, 13 Jul 2018 20:55:45 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42376
Today is the soft opening for the Detroit Shipping Company, the new food court/biergarden/art gallery/event space made out of shipping containers in Midtown the lower Cass Corridor. While it doesn’t open for real until July 30, we got a chance to check it out during a VIP preview party this week, and we shot this video to show you around.

The facility has six restaurants, two full-service bars, a Falling Down Beer Co. microbar, a combination coffee shop/ice cream parlor, popup retail space and indoor and outdoor seating. Plus, Podcast Detroit has a new studio there, where we figure to be recording lots of episodes while overlooking the back of the Masonic Temple and the downtown skyline.

It’s a super cool space and definitely worth a visit.

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Developers Demolish Pharmacy For New 7.Liv Project at 7 Mile and Livernois http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/13/developers-demolish-pharmacy-new-7-liv-project-7-mile-livernois/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/13/developers-demolish-pharmacy-new-7-liv-project-7-mile-livernois/#respond Fri, 13 Jul 2018 12:17:04 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42366 Activity at the site of the $8 million 7.Liv mixed-use development has entered a new phase with the demolition of a former pharmacy next to the long-vacant B. Siegel Department Store on the corner of 7 Mile and Livernois on Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion.

The corner has been busy for months, with crews working on underground infrastructure having dug up the entire corner. Today we were driving past on the way to grab lunch up the street when we noticed the entire former Revco pharmacy structure on the corner was demolished and being cleared.

A rendering of the 7.Liv development. | Bagley Forest Properties

Developer Bagley Forest Properties plans to restore the B. Siegel building and build a 10,000 square-foot retail building on the corner, with space for an anchor restaurant and retail businesses. Also planned are 10 residential units geared for students of the nearby University of Detroit-Mercy and Marygrove College, plus 29 underground parking spaces, according to Curbed Detroit. The development is being led by Matt Hessler, who redeveloped the building at Cass Avenue and Peterboro in Midtown that houses the Peterboro restaurant, 8 Degrees Plato and other businesses.

It’s further indication that the Avenue of Fashion is changing.


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LISTEN: New Cass-Henry Historic District With Eric Kehoe, MoGo Expansion, Red Bull Arts Detroit, & Amazon Hiring http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/11/listen-new-cass-henry-historic-district-eric-kehoe-mogo-expansion-red-bull-arts-detroit-amazon-hiring/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/11/listen-new-cass-henry-historic-district-eric-kehoe-mogo-expansion-red-bull-arts-detroit-amazon-hiring/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 21:52:38 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42364

On today’s show, we dive into yesterday’s late-breaking news about Detroit City Council’s vote to establish the new Cass-Henry Historic District in the shadow of Little Caesars Arena.

The district includes two buildings owned by the Ilitch family that they’ve proposed to demolish as part of the District Detroit project.

We speak with Eric Kehoe, president of the board of directors at Preservation Detroit, about the significance of making it a historic district and what it means for those two buildings.

In other news, the MoGo bike-share program will expand to new neighborhoods in Detroit, plus five inner-ring suburbs: Berkley, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Oak Park and Royal Oak. Starting next spring, MoGo will add about 150 bikes and roughly 30 new stations.

Red Bull Arts is expanding its contemporary arts program in the city with its newly renamed Red Bull Arts Detroit program and an expanded artists residency program beginning in 2019. It’s launching three new programs for artists and writers, with a five-person selection committee to evaluate applications.

And finally, Amazon is hanging a help wanted sign on its huge new fulfillment center in Romulus, where it plans to hire 1,500 full-time workers to pack and ship goods to consumers.

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