Lifestyle – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:43:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Giant RoboCop Statue Will Be Installed At The Michigan Science Center Wed, 02 May 2018 16:57:41 +0000 It’s been a project that’s been teased for years – since 2011, in fact. A giant RoboCop statue in the city of Detroit.

We gave an in-depth update quite awhile ago, but we have new news to share.

According to an update posted to the project’s Kickstarter page, RoboCop will call the Michigan Science Center in Detroit’s Midtown home.

via RoboCop Kickstarter page

A deal was signed Wednesday and an unveiling date will be given this spring, and parts of RoboCop will be shown off at a private event this spring.

…through your contributions and faith, and through the hard work of many in Detroit and elsewhere, the RoboCop statue has found a home at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit’s Midtown Cultural Center Historic District.

The approximately 10 foot tall statue will be about 13 feet tall on a pedestal.

My two cents? If there’s anywhere that makes sense, probably the Michigan Science Center is it. It’ll be an amazing draw for the institution and people will travel from around the country — even the world — to see it. Having held pieces of this statue before, regardless of what you think of it, it’s quite the work of art.

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Meet Detroit’s Mortuary Science Museum: Excerpt From “Secret Detroit: A Guide To The Weird, Wonderful, And Obscure” Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:59:50 +0000 Do you love learning about all of the interesting places around the city of Detroit?

Maybe you’ve driven by the Psychedelic Healing Shack right off of Woodward just south of 7 Mile and wondered what in the heck was inside.

Well, author Karen Dybis has done all of the work for you and has put it in a handy book called Secret Detroit: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.

The book comes out Monday, April 16. You can order it at your favorite bookstore or here on Amazon.

Sven sat down with Dybis for a short interview on the News Byte. You an check out that interview here.

We were able to get a sneak peek of the book for our readers. Here is an excerpt from Secret Detroit.


A Tribute to the Dead

Where can you find a history of embalming fluid alongside burial records for some of Detroit’s most famous?

Wayne State University’s Mortuary Science program includes classroom, laboratory and practical instruction on everything from grief to conflict resolution to the psychology of death and dying. But one room stands as truly unique. This is no ordinary college-campus classroom. Open the door to the Wayne State University Mortuary Science Museum, and you’ll see a century’s worth of funeral history.

There is a bevy of caskets, embalming tools, medicine bags, religious iconography and other materials used in the preparation of the body for burial. There are portable embalming kits, which funeral directors of old carried with them as they traveled to clients’ homes to prepare the dead for burial. There are cases of glass bottles with elaborate paper labels that formerly held embalming fluid and other chemicals used as part of the process. There also are books that outline how funeral directors kept records of the services held at their facilities, documenting the traditions that surround the end of life from Detroit’s earliest history to today.

The Museum developed in part because WSU Mortuary Science graduates donated items found in their funeral homes or from their personal collections, said Program Director Mark T. Evely. Students tour the museum as part of the curriculum, learning about funeral-service history, highlighting how the way people memorialize the dead has changed throughout history as well as a social and religious change. Talking about death may not easy, but learning about the process both in terms of the science and the religious aspects surrounding the end of life is fascinating through this well-organized museum. 

Wayne State University Mortuary Science Museum 

Where: 5439 Woodward Avenue

Cost: Free

Pro tip: Call ahead to the WSU Mortuary Science department to schedule an appointment to view the museum.

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PODCAST: The State Of Ferndale, Baltimore Station, and Secret Detroit Author Karen Dybis Wed, 11 Apr 2018 22:12:25 +0000

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Wednesday, April 11th, 2018.

Let’s dive in on these stories today:

  • Ferndale’s police chief is out, and the mayor delivers the state of the city
  • New development updates near New Center/Milwaukee Junction neighborhood
  • The editor and publisher of Crain’s Detroit Business, Ron Fournier, is hopping to a big name public relations firm
  • And do you want to explore the Secret Detroit? Sven talked to Karen Dybis about her new book

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You Can Own Your Own Piece Of The Mackinac Bridge Wed, 11 Apr 2018 19:10:11 +0000 The Mackinac Bridge opened in 1957. Beyond the important job of connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of our state, it’s also pretty cool looking.

The steel grating that is the road deck of much of the bridge has been replaced.

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Because of that, seven pieces of the original steel grating from the 1950s that weigh two tons each are now up for auction.

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The prices as of this writing range in price from $195-$465. Here are more specifics from the listing.

Pieces are approximately 5 1/2 feet X 38 feet and 5 inches deep. Condition is used with corrosion and section loss appropriate to steel that is 60 years old. Each piece weighs about 2 tons.

Grating was originally coated with lead based paint. Much of this is gone, but Buyer will have to sign a “Hold Harmless agreement” related to the lead paint and the structural condition of the grating. The Hold Harmless agreement is an attachment to the auction ad.

Seller agrees to cut the grating section into two shorter pieces for ease of shipping if desired. Price of this one cut is included in the bid. No other cutting or manipulation of the grating will be done by the seller.

Seller will load the grating for transport but is not responsible for securing, etc.

If you’re interested in a giant and unique piece of Michigan history, the auction is here.

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JoAnne Purtan Returns To The Air Next To Stephen Clark At WOMC 104.3 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 14:53:23 +0000 Following in the footsteps of her father, JoAnne Purtan is coming to 104.3 WOMC on Monday Morning.

It was probably the worst kept secret in Detroit media. The radio station announced Thursday that Purtan, a longtime on air personality at Channel 7 WXYZ, would be joining another former WXYZ host, Stephen Clark, to be a morning radio duo.

“After 27 years in television news, I’m excited for this new adventure in radio. I listened to my dad on the radio for much of my life, and I’m truly humbled to be at the same station where he spent the last 15 years of his iconic career entertaining people in the morning,” said Purtan. “Stephen and I have always worked so well together, and we’re so excited to team up again. After covering a lot of serious news through the years, we look forward to spending mornings with Detroit’s listeners, sharing good news, great music and some fun.”

“JoAnne and I have worked together for nearly two decades and I’m looking forward to starting this new adventure with her,” said Stephen Clark. “I can’t think of a smarter, more professional, more capable partner.”

When it comes to social media, the reaction has been generally very positive toward Clark and Purtan, and there were thousands of social media comments in dismay when Purtan’s contract wasn’t renewed at WXYZ.

JoAnne Purtan’s father, Dick Purtan, is still a beloved name among many area residents. During his active career Dick Purtan wasn’t just a radio personality with his popular “Purtan’s People” segments, but also very involved in charitable pursuits. One of his signature projects was the creation the idea of the Bed & Bread Club Radiothon in 1988. The event continues to this day and raised more than $1.2 million in 2018 alone for the Salvation Army of Metro Detroit.

Here’s a video of Joanne’s announcement. The show will air weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m. on WOMC FM 104.3.

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All Things Detroit, Funding For Affordable Housing, Golf Course Drama, Belle Isle Trail, & More Wed, 14 Mar 2018 04:48:26 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Wednesday, March 14th, 2018.

  • Three of Detroit’s city-owned golf courses are closing
  • A $250 million dollar fund has been set up for affordable housing
  • I-94 on the east side of the city will be closed this weekend
  • A former golf course over by Seven Mile may find new life as a park and development
  • General Motors is launching an Airbnb of cars with Maven
  • Belle Isle is getting a new 6-mile trail

And two features. One with Ryan Landau of Re:Purpose about Detroit’s job market and who’s hiring. The other is with Jennyfer Crawford of All Things Detroit about her new project to highlight Detroit’s retailers and makers, All Things Detroit Conversations.

Thanks to today’s episode sponsor, Milo Digital.

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31.3 Photos That Captured The Spirit Of Detroit On #313Day Tue, 13 Mar 2018 23:53:34 +0000 Happy 313 Day everyone!

Today the social media universe has been filled with love letters to the City of Detroit by using the hashtag #313Day.

I picked out our favorite 31.3 posts that celebrate the city of Detroit from Twitter and Instagram.

1. Detroit has always been known for our spirit, with or without the statue. 

2. Are you proud to be a Detroiter? I’m pretty sure we all are. 

3. Detroit, it really is Pure Michigan. Am I right? 

4. Those Fisher brothers commissioned some beautiful buildings didn’t they? 

5. We’ve got news for you Detroit… we really love you. 

6. Our love grows for you every day, you know… like flowers and fruit. 

7. Our transit system might be is more inspirational than transportation-al… but it’s still ours. <3 

8. Ooh… old plane! 

9. Calling our Canadian friends

10. Even when my memories are a little foggy I still love you Detroit

11. Sometimes you need to pray for your city

12.  A photo with a view, even though it’s obviously not that time of year

13. Pizza. No explanation needed. 

14. Better Made. See above. 

15. 7 action views

16. Boomerang 

17. My, what a tall building you are! 

18. I art my city 

19. Old school… really old school. 

20. From Grand Circus 

21. Let me tile you how much I love you

22. Dan, Dan… The History Man

23. I’m not lion to you 

24. No, he’s not holding a basketball, but what if he did? 

25. I’m not pucking around with your heart. 

26. Nice

27. Noted

28. Obligatory dog photo. But really, awww! 

29. You really move me, Detroit 

30. Perfect Detroit Trifecta 

31. Moving to Detroit? Alpaca you up. 

31.3 I wish we could throw Detroit a parade every day!


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Detroit’s Growing Dining Scene With Restaurant Of The Year Parc Chef Jordan Hoffman And Hour Editor Steve Wilke Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:51:39 +0000

Hour Detroit magazine named Parc its 2018 restaurant of the year in its March edition — yes, Daily Detroit readers, there’s still a place for print media — and so this week’s episode takes you down to Campus Martius for a conversation about the restaurant, the award, food and the city’s fast-changing dining scene.

We chat with Parc’s executive chef, Jordan Hoffman, and Hour Detroit Editor Steve Wilke in a wide-ranging conversation that touches on everything from the restaurant’s gorgeous urban setting to the lamb rigatoni topped with feta cheese, an homage to the influence of Greektown.

Hoffman is a native of Adrian who has cooked in kitchens in Paris, Miami and Las Vegas before returning to Detroit to open Parc. He describes his cooking as Midwestern, blended with his French and Italian training.

“It’s meat-centric,” he says. “It’s braises, it’s great vegetables in summers, it’s challenging yourself with root vegetables in the winter…

“I grew up with long braises on Sundays, roasting the chicken, grilling, the wood fire grill is a big part of what we do here and the fact that we’re doing it over really fantastic local hardwood, it’s fun and it’s intriguing. I get to use great product that is from Michigan, that all I have to do is just really give it an opportunity to shine, throw It on a wood fire grill, hit it with the right aromatics and then do some small accompaniments to really challenge that dish and we’re ready to go.”

Wilke discusses Hour’s approach to covering food in Detroit, the shifting dining-scene dynamics between the city and suburbs, and some of his favorite Parc dishes.

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Our thanks as always to our friends at Podcast Detroit for the support.

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LISTEN: DCFC Gets On TV, State Of The City Recap, Fail Jail Is Less Fail, Spring Markets Coming Downtown & More Wed, 07 Mar 2018 23:09:30 +0000

This is you Daily Detroit News Byte for Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

Our stories:

  • A new plan emerges for the fail jail
  • Detroit City FC will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit for the first time
  • Mexicantown in Detroit is getting support to grow its business district
  • Mirror, mirror on the wall.. what are the best Metro Detroit suburbs?

And two conversations. One focusing on Mayor Mike Duggan’s State of the City and Daily Detroit’s Shianne Nocerini talks about new spring markets downtown.

Thanks to Milo Digital for their support of today’s Daily Detroit News Byte, as well as Podcast Detroit.

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And previous episodes and other podcast clients are here.

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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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