Podcasts – Daily Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:04:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 LISTEN: How Indianapolis Funded Mass Transit, Stayed Alive In Amazon HQ2 Sweepstakes http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/16/listen-indianapolis-pulled-together-fund-bus-rapid-transit-stay-alive-amazon-hq2-sweepstakes/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/16/listen-indianapolis-pulled-together-fund-bus-rapid-transit-stay-alive-amazon-hq2-sweepstakes/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:48:36 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40876

If you listened to our recent episode on Amazon’s snub of Detroit (and you totally should), you’ll recall that the inclusion of Indianapolis among the 20 finalists for its HQ2 project was the topic of some surprise. Well, one of the reasons they made it was their efforts to develop 50 miles of Bus Rapid Transit and other improvements.

So we sent our correspondent Shianne Nocerini down to Indiana’s capital city to talk with Brian Luellen, vice president of public relations for IndyGo, the city’s transit agency, to find out what that city is doing right and compare and contrast our own (mostly failed) efforts here in Detroit.

“There’s been conversation about the need for enhanced transit for central Indiana for decades,” he said. “There was finally some private sector support, which helped catapult the conversation forward.” That might sound familiar to those of you who followed the story of our own mighty QLine.

Have a listen above. Here’s a rundown of the conversation:

7:25 — Luellen discusses how Indianapolis got its transit talks going about 10 years ago, including the Central Indiana Task Force

8:50 — We break down the support from the private sector

9:30 — Luellen discusses the Indy Connect initiative and private sector funding, plus the legislative history, and the 2016 ballot initiative that helped (mostly) fund IndyGo

11:30 — We break down some of the funding specifics, and compare it to local opposition to our own stalled Regional Transit Authority plan

12:47 — Luellen discusses Marion County service improvements, its hub-and-spoke system and how funding agreements in neighboring counties will change things

15:00 — On the public’s response and feedback to IndyGo’s scaled-back plan and how Indianapolis is the fastest-growing city for number of households without vehicles

18:00 — Jer points out that a quarter of Detroit households also don’t own cars and how our policies “institutionalize poverty”

19:40 — How transit “was a big selling point for Amazon in the site selling process”

20:25 — Will Indy’s transit plan actually help its citiizens and deliver on promises to deliver an economic boost? Luellen says Indianapolis is struggling with the “suburbanization of poverty” and the movement of jobs to the exurbs, though its downtown — like Detroit’s — is a vibrant employment cluster.

22:45 — We talk about not letting perfect be the enemy of the good, and the hub-and-spoke system that Indy is using

24:20 — Luellen discusses the long-range vision and $400 million price tag to build out the BRT system, plus the $54 million in annual income tax revenues to help cover operating costs

26:55 — Luellen on the projected economic impact of IndyGo’s transit plans, including plans for a before-and-after survey on the economic impact of the Red Line

29:15 — We bring it back home to talk about transit updates here in Detroit. Jer points out how our QLine — “the streetcar that leaves much to be desired” — pales in comparison to IndyGo’s BRT plans. Shianne discusses how BRT has helped economic development in Cleveland.

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LISTEN: The Future Of Downtown Detroit, A New Detroit Zoo Nature Center, Rally’s Expansion And More http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/15/listen-future-downtown-detroit-new-detroit-zoo-nature-center-rallys-expansion/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/15/listen-future-downtown-detroit-new-detroit-zoo-nature-center-rallys-expansion/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:13:11 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40860

Welcome to your Daily Detroit News Byte podcast for February 15, 2018!

Here are your stories:

  • Nearly 350,000 people in Michigan have had their Driver’s Licenses suspended and the Driver Responsibility Fees will be erased.
  • The Detroit Zoo is going to build a new Great Lakes Nature Center in Macomb County
  • Federal funding for keeping the Great Lakes clean is in danger
  • A Ferndale Comic Book shop is closing
  • The Former DPD Headquarters designed by Albert Kahn may see new life
  • Detroit’s a happy place to work
  • Rally’s/Checkers is looking to expand in Metro Detroit
  • There will be a new shopping district by Little Caesars Arena
Eric Larson of the Downtown Detroit Partnership being interviewed at Little Caesars Arena.

Our feature interview is with Eric Larson of the Downtown Detroit Partnership on the future of downtown Detroit, what will happen to Joe Louis Arena, increasing rental rates in Detroit and decreasing property crime rates.

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The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Detroit Policy Conference returns on Thursday, March 1 at MotorCity Casino Hotel and will focus on creating a culture of civility in Detroit. Learn more about the Conference and see the full agenda at http://www.detroitchamber.com/dpc

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PODCAST: Melody Baetens Talks Paczki Bombs, Music And Covering Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/09/podcast-melody-baetens-talks-paczki-bombs-music-covering-detroit/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/09/podcast-melody-baetens-talks-paczki-bombs-music-covering-detroit/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 05:00:37 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40811 Our guest on the Happy Hour this week could be considered Detroit cultural royalty, if there is such a thing.

Around the Daily Detroit office, we often joke that the shirts that say “Detroit Hustles Harder,” to be more accurate, should have said “Detroit Hustles/ Side Hustles / Other Hustles / Weekend Hustles Harder.” Because it seems like the people who are doing things around here are always wearing many hats.

We were honored to have Melody Baetens, a woman of many talents and who is one of those people who wears many hats.

  • By day she’s a reporter for the Detroit News covering all things features, including music and food and the new restaurants in town.
  • She also is a co-owner of Small’s in Hamtramck, on of Metro Detroit’s best venues to see a show.
  • If that wasn’t enough, she’s also a musician who has traveled the world putting on shows as far away as Argentina and Serbia. Musical credits include the Gore Gore Girls, Coronados, and much more.

Sven Gustafson hits on a variety of topics in this wide-ranging interview. What it’s like to play shows in Serbia. What are some of the restaurants to look for. Is there a restaurant bubble? And how there’s so much going on in Detroit but fewer people to cover it.

You can find Melody here on Twitter: https://twitter.com/melodybaetens

And don’t forget that Small’s is serving Paczki bombs (we get into those on the pod) this upcoming Tuesday: https://www.facebook.com/smallsbar

And here’s here Detroit News author page: https://www.detroitnews.com/staff/26633/melody-baetens/

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LISTEN: Nigel Barker, Impossible Wahlburgers, MoGo Love, Detroit Pistons Value And More http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/07/listen-nigel-barker-impossible-wahlburgers-mogo-love-detroit-pistons-value/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/07/listen-nigel-barker-impossible-wahlburgers-mogo-love-detroit-pistons-value/#respond Thu, 08 Feb 2018 03:09:19 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40780

Here’s what we’re covering today on your Daily Detroit News Byte.

Feature Interview: Nigel Barker, Photographer, Personality, Michigan Lover (Twitter)

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NEWS BYTE: Martin Reboot, Project Greenlight, Metro Detroiters Working In Puerto Rico And More http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/01/martin-reboot-project-greenlight-metro-detroiters-working-puerto-rico/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/01/martin-reboot-project-greenlight-metro-detroiters-working-puerto-rico/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 23:17:06 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40691

Here’s what happening on your Daily Detroit News Byte for February 1, 2018.

  • Greektown goes Project Greenlight
  • Comcast takes over cable & internet services in Highland Park
  • The Belle Isle Grand Prix might not come back to the island
  • A new high-rise near Comerica Park may be in the works
  • The TV show Martin, set in Detroit, may have a reboot after 20 years
  • GDYT is putting young people to work in Detroit this summer – http://www.gdyt.org
  • Feature interview: Dave Lingholm from DTE Energy talks about metro Detroiters down in Puerto Rico working to restore power to the American island. We talk to him from Puerto Rico.

Here are some ways you can help Puerto Rico: http://empoweringmichigan.com/can-help-power-puerto-rico/

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LISTEN: The State Of Detroit Transit Today With Paul Hillegonds, RTA Chair; Rob Cramer, SMART; Dave Gifford, Advocate http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/01/listen-state-detroits-transit-today-paul-hillegonds-rta-chair-rob-cramer-smart-dave-gifford-advocate/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/01/listen-state-detroits-transit-today-paul-hillegonds-rta-chair-rob-cramer-smart-dave-gifford-advocate/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 05:08:46 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40680

What is the state of Metro Detroit’s transit system? Where do we go from here? Will there be a ballot proposal in 2018? What about universal fare cards? What improvements have been made?

That was all covered at the Transit Riders United Annual Meeting which had a program about the State of Transit.

There are a lot of questions around something that’s pretty critical topic to address for the future of the City of Detroit and the region. We don’t have all the answers, but Sven’s guests do share with us what is happening now.

  • Paul Hillegonds, Chair and Governor Representative of the Regional Transit Authority
  • Rob Cramer, Deputy General Manager, SMART

and then

  • Dave Gifford, Transit Advocate and winner of the 2017 Transit Riders United Activist of the Year Award

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NEWS BYTE: Making Woodward Avenue Better, Pop’n Smoked BBQ Expansion And More http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/27/news-byte-making-woodward-avenue-better-popnsmoked-expansion/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/27/news-byte-making-woodward-avenue-better-popnsmoked-expansion/#respond Sat, 27 Jan 2018 06:04:28 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40648

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte for Saturday, January 27th.

Here are your stories:

  • MSU is continuing to fall deeper into scandal
  • The Detroit Tigers have switched up their jersey look
  • Comerica Park is going to stay Comerica Park
  • $500,000 Condos coming to New Center
  • The Leland Hotel is getting a renovation
  • Detroit neighborhood business Pop’N’Smoked BBQ is expanding

And for your feature interview, we talk to Karen Mejia of the Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3) about what they’re up to along this important stretch of Metro Detroit roadway. More on them here: https://www.woodwardavenue.org/

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A Look In The Mirror: 5 Smart People On Detroit’s Amazon HQ2 Disappointment http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/19/look-mirror-5-smart-people-detroits-amazon-hq2-disappointment/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/19/look-mirror-5-smart-people-detroits-amazon-hq2-disappointment/#respond Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:39:59 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40563

Detroit’s failure to make the list of 20 finalists for Amazon’s $5 billion HQ2 project and its 50,000 jobs has been the talk of the town. Especially after the all-hands-on-deck effort to produce a joint Detroit-Windsor bid that had many people believing the Motor City, once considered strictly a longshot, had a serious chance.

In our latest episode, we talk to five local experts from a variety of backgrounds for their perspectives on what the failure says about our region and where we go from here.

  • Justin Robinson, vice president of business attraction with the Detroit Regional Chamber, who was part of the team that helped put together the HQ2 proposal
  • John Mogk, a law professor at Wayne State University and expert on urban policy and economic development
  • Kurt Metzger, a longtime population demographer who is currently mayor of Pleasant Ridge
  • Tom Lawrence, founder and CEO of Lawrence Technology Systems and host of a popular tech vlog and YouTube channel
  • And Nuri Gocay, a co-host of the IT in the D podcast and technology veteran who has worked for companies including Google and Expedia in cities around the world.

Our experts differ on their reactions — Robinson and Mogk were surprised we were left off the list, while Gocay and Lawrence, less so. But they all raised interesting points about Detroit’s image and quality of life, our technology scene, and shortcomings around transit and education.

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NEWS BYTE: School Funding Changes To Benefit Charters, Royal Oak City Buses, Belle Isle Draft Plans & Attracting Mobility Companies http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/19/news-byte-school-funding-changes-benefit-charters-royal-oak-city-buses-belle-isle-draft-plans-attracting-mobility-companies/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/19/news-byte-school-funding-changes-benefit-charters-royal-oak-city-buses-belle-isle-draft-plans-attracting-mobility-companies/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:44:09 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40561

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte for Friday, January 19.

On the docket today:

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News Byte Podcast: Refrigerator Diaries, Sexy Bathrooms, Eastern Market Windmills And More http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/13/news-byte-podcast-refrigerator-diaries-sexy-bathrooms-eastern-market-windmills/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/13/news-byte-podcast-refrigerator-diaries-sexy-bathrooms-eastern-market-windmills/#respond Sun, 14 Jan 2018 01:58:43 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40468

Here’s what to know and where to go in Metro Detroit.

Our rundown today:

  • A new development called the City Club Apartments – CBD Detroit broke ground at the former site of the Statler Hotel
  • 1,000 Properties are coming up for development in Highland Park – could it be the next hotpsot?
  • TopGolf is coming to Auburn Hills and it could attract 450,000 visitors a year
  • Eastern Market could be getting a neat windmill / wind turbine project – https://www.patronicity.com/project/can_art_wind_turbine_project#!/
  • Area 7-Eleven stores were raided by ICE officials
  • The Motown Museum gets a big donation
  • The city of Detroit is hiring more people to work with small businesses in the city

Our feature interview is with Godwin Ihentuge, proprietor of Yum Village as well as a food truck and host of a new podcast, The Refrigerator Diaries.


Refrigerator Diaries: https://soundcloud.com/podcastdetroit/sets/refrigerated-diaries

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