News – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Thu, 13 Dec 2018 01:33:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 PODCAST: New Purpose Awards Aims To Highlight People Doing Good Work In Detroit Wed, 05 Dec 2018 23:49:51 +0000

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There are a lot of people doing good work in Detroit. Folks that put their shoulder to the wheel and are making things happen and making the community better.

But often, those folks don’t get as much recognition as they should.

That’s why Ryan Landau and Re:Purpose, a Detroit-based firm, started the Purpose Awards.

Ryan joins us on the show to to talk about them, why they exist, and who should apply. (there are also some great prizes, too. Who wouldn’t want a stay at the Foundation Hotel?)

If you want to get in on the action and nominate yourself, a friend or a coworker, visit:

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Half A Million Dollars Just Was Awarded To These 10 Detroit Small Businesses Through Motor City Match Tue, 20 Nov 2018 01:47:53 +0000 Small businesses are getting a boost up in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.

The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation announced the winners of the 13th round of the Motor City Match on Monday. The awards ceremony was held at Coyote Hawk in Islandview.

Coyote Hawk is a co-working space for designers and entrepreneurs and was a Round 7 Motor City Match cash grant awardee. The space officially opened last week.

Motor City Match is a program that helps new businesses open in the neighborhoods around the city by providing grants and resources to get business owners started.

The program is ran by the City of Detroit, the DEGC, the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The ten winners received cash grants between $20,000 up to $100,000 for a total of $500,000.

Motor City Match Round 13 Cash Awardees:

  • NOIS (Neighborhood Office and Incubator Space) – $100,000
    • Co-working space with retail store and coffee shop
    • 2910 E. Jefferson Ave.
  • Textures by Nefertiti – $70,000
    • Holistic all-inclusive hair spa
    • 6525 Woodward Ave.
  • Toss & Sauce – $60,000
    • Redefined signature Chef inspired Pizzeria
    • 18613 Livernois Ave.
  • Michigan and Trumbull – $55,000
    • A Detroit-style pizza company
    • 1439 W. Elizabeth St.
  • Eats All Good – $50,000
    • Vegan, gluten free snacks
    • 2910 E. Jefferson Ave.
  • Order THY Steps Learning Center – $50,000
    • Childcare development and learning center
    • 10605 Mack Ave.
  • Poppies/Rose’s Fine Food – $50,000
    • Full service restaurant and bakery serving Polish inspired fare
    • 1400 Van Dyke Rd.
  • Mt. Elliott Studios – $25,000
    • Co-working art and design space
    • 2915 Mt. Elliott St.
  • The Lip Bar LLC – $20,000
    • Vegan & Cruelty-Free cosmetic company
    • Shinola Annex 1400 Woodward Ave.
  • The Vehicle Services Group, LLC – $20,000
    • Mobile vehicle steam detailing service
    • 309 Harper Ave.

Motor City Match will begin accepting applications for Round 15 between November 30 and January 4, 2019. You can find more information about Motor City Match here.

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The Area Burned By The Camp Fire In California Is The Size Of 1.5 Detroits Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:33:20 +0000 California is suffering the most deadly and devastating wildfire in the history of the state right now.

One of those is the Camp Fire. On a path to possibly be contained sometime by the end of the month, the fire has claimed 42 lives, burned 117,000 acres and destroyed the city of Paradise.

NBC News has created a neat interactive where you can drop the fire on anyone of 1,000 U.S. cities. You can check it out with any one of those cities in the country here (and many of Detroit’s suburbs like Sterling Heights and Warren). It’s stunning.

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LISTEN: Michigan’s Blue Wave & Legal Marijuana, Explained Wed, 07 Nov 2018 22:45:11 +0000

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It was a big Election Day here in Michigan, where the much-discussed “blue wave” helped sweep Democrats — all of them women — into the top statewide elected offices. A fourth, Debbie Stabenow, survived a closer-than-expected battle to win re-election to the U.S. Senate.

We’re devoting today’s episode 100 percent to post-election results and analysis. Occasional host and Daily Detroit spirits advisor Nuri Gocay joins Jer and I to break down the results. He also talks about his experience shuttling people to and from the polls as a volunteer with the Detroit Bus Co.

Later, I speak with Oakland University political science professor David Dulio. He helps provide context for Gretchen Whitmer’s comfortable win over Republican Bill Schuette, the importance of suburban voters and the prospects for divided state government, with the state House and Senate remaining under GOP control.

We also break down the three ballot proposals, which all sailed to approval, including the Proposal 2 anti-gerrymandering initiative and Proposal 3, which will make it easier to vote. I interview medical marijuana expert and attorney Denise Pollicella about Proposal 1, which will make recreational marijuana legal in Michigan.

Pollicella says the licensing of medical marijuana dispensaries has been an overly complicated mess in Michigan, but she credits the drafters of Prop 1 for restricting the state’s ability to interfere in the new recreational cannabis industry. Still, she says the first recreational marijuana dispensaries aren’t likely to open their doors before spring 2020.

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Check Out The New Renderings For Dan Gilbert’s Hudson’s Site Tower Tue, 30 Oct 2018 01:35:31 +0000 Bedrock over the weekend released new renderings of the latest design for the Hudson’s site tower, showing a 912-foot stepped glass tower that would be 200 feet taller than the Renaissance Center and make it one of the tallest buildings between the skyscraper meccas of Chicago and New York City.

As we previously reported, the new tower design is about 100 feet taller than previous designs, topping out at 62 stories. It sits on a 14-story block-shaped podium, with construction expected to take about four or five years.

Jer and I talk about the new renderings on the podcast. Jer thinks the podium, as it’s called, reminds him of the work of Minoru Yamasaki, who designed the former World Trade Center twin towers in New York, plus Detroit’s One Woodward building. I say the tower reminds me of the new World Trade Center in its extensive, dramatic use of glass and what it’s likely to do with light.

What do you think? Have a listen in the player above.

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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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Local Organizations To Receive $20 Million In Grants Wed, 17 Oct 2018 22:22:04 +0000 The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan announced $20 million in grants this week that will be awarded to a variety of local organizations.

Some of the highlights include:

$225,000 to expand the partnership of the University Musical Society and Michigan Opera Theater to offer dance performances to Detroit.

$70,000 to Gleaners Community Food Bank for a Diabetes Prevention Program in Detroit, Pontiac and Inkster.

$75,000 to fund a partnership between Detroit Public Schools and Transforming Research into Practice to Improve the Lives of Students (TRAILS) through the Regents of the University of Michigan.

$70,000 grant to Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice to provide employee rights workshops in Wayne, Macomb, Oakland and Monroe counties.

$60,000 to Grandmont/Rosedale Development Corporation in the city of Detroit for creative place-making projects in their neighborhood.

And nearly half a million dollars will go to children and youth initiatives.

This story originally appeared in the Daily Detroit Podcast.

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Detroit Mini Donut Starts IndieGoGo Campaign For New Brick And Mortar Location Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:38:27 +0000 Here’s a Detroit small business trying to make a brick and mortar space happen. Detroit Mini Donut has launched their crowdfunding campaign to move into a space on East Grand River in downtown Detroit.

Detroit Mini Donut was started by Karen Hudson and Karla Willis about seven years ago. Until now, they’ve sold out of tents and trailers.

The money will go toward renovating the space, licensing, training and other costs to get started properly.

The Indiegogo campaign has a flexible goal of $125,000 and lots of tasty donut rewards.

This story originally appeared in the Daily Detroit podcast:

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Legendary Detroit Radio Host Mike Clark Has Died At Age 63 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 23:00:40 +0000 One of Detroit’s radio legends has died.

Mike Clark, long-time host on 101.1 The WRIF and co-creator of the Drew and Mike Podcast, passed away in his sleep Monday night.

Clark was 63.

The cause of death is not known as we record the show.

The of duo of Drew Lane and Mike Clark were on the airwaves from 1992 through 2013. After being replaced on WRIF by Dave and Chuck the Freak, Clark and Lane found success through podcasting beginning in 2016.

For years, Drew Lane and Mike Clark were the top of the heap when it comes to Arbitron ratings in the Detroit market.

Clark had been on the podcast less frequently as he dealt with health issues. According to the Drew and Mike podcast archives, he only appeared once in 2018, twice in 2017 and ended his regular appearances in 2016.

Here’s part of the statement from Mike Clark’s facebook page, appropriate as he was such a fan of flying:

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Mike Clark has passed away during the night. He is now flying high like he always wanted.”

Thank you, Mike Clark, for your contributions to Detroit radio and podcasting.

This story originally appeared on the Daily Detroit podcast:

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Grand Prix To Make Scott Fountain More Accessible, Move Grandstands In 2019 Fri, 05 Oct 2018 16:00:10 +0000

This story first appeared in the Daily Detroit podcast.

The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle will see some changes in 2019.

Most notably, access to the famous Scott Fountain will now be available for all fans. In most previous years, the fountain was isolated behind sponsor chalets, and last year it was the site of the winner’s circle ceremonies.

Here’s a high level overview of the other changes.

Grandstand one moves to the driver’s left side of the track across from pit lane.

Turn three has added an additional grandstand.

Grandstand 7 moves out of the way of the new Oudolf garden and will be relocated to the horseshoe at Turn 7. It will be general admission.

However, a fan favorite will not be making a return. The SST series, the stadium super trucks is not coming back to Detroit for 2019.

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