Detroit – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Sat, 20 Oct 2018 03:57:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Your City 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Detroit: August 3-5 Fri, 03 Aug 2018 02:12:52 +0000 Hello all you lovely readers. I’m sure that some of you might have been wondering where in the world the City 5 has been lately.

I had an unexpected loss in my family that has really thrown me for a loop. The City 5 is one of my favorite things to write every week, and I take pride in curating my top 5 things to do every weekend.

Let’s just say, it’s good to be back and feeling like going out again.

Chevrolet Rockin on the Riverfront – Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas

Nothing is going to stop me from suggesting this concert.

Ok, I’ll stop.

But seriously, how could I not pick the Starship concert? This is gold entertainment. Plus, I have the same birthday as Grace Slick, so it’s a given.

All I can say, is I hope they play “Sara,” because that was my JAM when I was younger. Funny story, I use to sing that song to my neighbor’s dog who was named Sarah.

This is an all ages, free show.

Like all Rockin on the Riverfront Concerts, it is free to attend. So it’s a steal of a deal if you’re trying to save some cash.

When: Friday, August 3 from 7:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Where: GM Plaza along the Riverfront

Belle Isle Art Fair

It’s one of my favorite times of year, art fair season!

I love walking around art fairs and checking out different forms of art. The Belle Isle Art Fair is one of my favorites, because I love that island and I love art. But I digress.

This year there will be 100 juried artists including a performance art tent set up next to the Scott Fountain. 

There will also be live music and theatrical performances throughout the two days. I’m psyched to see the Detroit Actors Theatre Company is one of the participating theatre companies.

Festival goers will have a chance to make their own art with the help from the The Detroit Institute of Arts and Arts and Scraps. You can even paint your own picture of the Scott Fountain.

Because this is a festival, there will be plenty of food truck options if you get hungry. Though I’m sure no one will look at your twice if you decide to bring a picnic along.

It’ll be a good time.

The event is free to attend, but just remember to have your State Park Passport.

When: Saturday, August 4 from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 5 from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Where: Belle Isle, Next to the Scott Fountain

Floating Halfpipe and Art Show

We covered this event over on the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast. So I’m going to take this time to remind you to listen to the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast. It’s free, and a great daily podcast. Ok I’m off my soapbox now.

So what makes this event so cool?

The Detroit Princess Riverboat will have a halfpipe on the deck. Professional skateboarders  will be doing all kinds of crazy tricks on it while cruising down the Detroit River. Um, that’s pretty freaking sweet if you ask me.

Anyway, there will be two cruises on Saturday. One will be family friendly and the other will be adults only.

Tickets are $25 for the afternoon cruise and $35 for the sunset cruise. You can purchase them here.

When: Saturday, August 4 the afternoon cruise is 11:30-2:30 p.m., evening cruise is from 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: Detroit Princess Riverboat 20 Civic Center Drive Detroit, Michigan 48226

Backyard Nature: Beekeeping Basics

This event might not be for everybody, but if you have ever wanted to get into beekeeping you should totally take this workshop at the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center.

Brian Peterson from Bees in the D will be the one teaching the workshop, and he knows his stuff about beekeeping. We got a chance to meet the fella’s from Bees in the D when they put the new hives on the former Detroit News Building, and it was super cool.

During the workshop you’ll learn about the basics of beekeeping and  what tools you need to do it. You’ll also have the chance to visit active hives and collect and taste the honey.

You should wear comfortable clothes, close toed shoes or boots and bring a water bottle. They will provide protective gear for you to wear. Just a heads up, you’ll have to sign a waiver to attend.

The workshop will run you $80 bucks, you can register for it here.

When: Sunday, August 5 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: DNR Outdoor Adventure Center 1801 Atwater St Detroit, Mi 48207 Detroit, Michigan 48207

Michigan Renaissance Festival at Eastern Market

It’s almost August, so that means it is time to pull out those codpieces and corsets for the kick off event for the Michigan Renaissance Festival at Eastern Market.

There will be stage acts, food trucks, wine tasting, artisans, and tickets to the Ren Fest availible for purchase. I hear they will have BOGO tickets.

This event is free to attend and is family friendly.

When: Sunday, August 5 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Eastern Market Shed 5 2934 Russell Street Detroit, Michigan 48207

P.S. Don’t forget that the Sunday Market is taking place at Eastern Market. Be sure to go say hi to our friends at Motor City Creations.



I know, I know technically this show is at the Magic Bag in Ferndale. But I have a soft spot for the Risk!  podcast and live show.

As a matter of fact, Sven interviewed Kevin Allison the host of Risk! for the Happy Hour. If you haven’t listened to it yet, I suggest you do.

Tickets for Risk! Are $20 and you can buy them here. Just a head’s up, this is an 18 and over show.

When: Friday, August 3 doors open at 8:00 p.m.

Where: The Magic Bag 22920 Woodward avenue Ferndale 48220

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Developers Demolish Pharmacy For New 7.Liv Project at 7 Mile and Livernois Fri, 13 Jul 2018 12:17:04 +0000 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 Wed, 11 Jul 2018 21:52:38 +0000

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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Bike Share Program In Detroit Is Expanding Into These 5 Suburbs Wed, 11 Jul 2018 15:15:01 +0000 Bike sharing is rockin’ the suburbs (with all apologies to Ben Folds). One year into a successful launch in greater downtown Detroit, the nonprofit MoGo is expanding into more Detroit neighborhoods and five suburban cities.

The regional expansion includes the cities of Berkley, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, and Royal Oak.

“People’s transportation needs don’t stop at city borders,” said Lisa Nuszkowski, founder and executive director, MoGo. “Expansion of bike share sends an important message about our ability to work together to solve transportation challenges in the region while providing people with an affordable and convenient way to get where they need to go.”

Although MoGo launched in the city of Detroit, is not owned or operated by the city government.

The expansion is planned for the upcoming Spring of 2019. According to the nonprofit, specific station locations have not yet been determined. MoGo will work closely with each participating community to identify potential locations and secure necessary permits and approvals. It will add about 30 new stations to MoGo’s current system, along with nearly 150 additional bikes.

This expansion is made possible through a $495,380 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant awarded by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG).

MoGo says in a statement that there will be “extensive community outreach to engage residents in conversations about potential station locations and other considerations for bike share.”

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Listen: Detroit’s Fitzgerald Neighborhood Gets Attention With Ambitious Fitz Forward Project Thu, 28 Jun 2018 16:51:45 +0000

One of the popular narratives of Detroit’s comeback is that it doesn’t include the neighborhoods. But a program, Fitz Forward, is over by McNichols (Six Mile) and Livernois is solidly in the Detroit neighborhoods and there are big plans in motion. 

You can listen to the story in the player above and there’s a map, pictures, and renderings below.

There will be more than 300 parcels involved.

More than 100 vacant, mostly historic homes will be repaired and remodeled. Those that can not be repaired will be demolished for green space or neighborhood improvements. 

Work has already begun on some of the properties. This is the same house that is shown above. 

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

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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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Keith Crain’s Editorial On Bike Lanes In Detroit Is Out Of Touch And Reeks Of Privilege. Here’s Why. Sun, 17 Jun 2018 17:14:37 +0000 If you want to be a city of tomorrow, you need to have the building blocks for it. And tomorrow — even today, as Ford and General Motors have acknowledged with their recent investments in mobility — involves many different kinds of transportation options.

Keith Crain’s editorial on June 17, “Say goodbye to the Motor City” was emblematic of old Detroit thinking. Detroit thinking from the world of 1950, not 2018.

Lots of Detroit’s leaders talk about bringing back the city’s glory days. To me, the “we’ve always been the Motor City” trope feels similar.

Here’s a newsflash: To lots of Detroit residents, especially those of African American descent, Detroit’s glory days in the 1950s weren’t such a great time. We white folks don’t like to talk about it, especially in business circles, but it’s a real thing.

Black and brown folks were extremely limited as to how they could participate in Detroit’s community and commerce back then, and when you focus on the glory of Detroit’s past, that was a glory that didn’t include what is now the city’s supermajority population.

It was great in old Detroit if you had money and you were white. If you were a person of color, you could only live in certain parts of town, the jobs available to you were greatly reduced, not to mention the rampant segregation of the era mostly shut you out of Detroit’s success. 

And don’t even get me started on how car-centric development in later years decimated neighborhoods in Detroit and emptied out the city.

Personally, I think I live in a city that wants to look forward while taking the best parts of the past, be inclusive, and celebrate all different kinds of people and preferences.

Why do I bring this up? Keith’s response reeks of privilege. He doesn’t need to think about any other transportation options.

But many of my fellow residents do. About a quarter of households in the city of Detroit do not own a car – putting it in the top 10 for cities with more than 100,000 people. Michigan is also a state that’s seeing a decline in households that own a car. Don’t they deserve safe travel, too? 

A bike is a real thing people use to get to around. I know. I live over by Livernois and Six Mile. I see it every day. I see the bikes on the front of DDOT buses. When I come downtown, I see MoGo bike share bikes being used by all kinds of people as an alternative to hopping in your car for a mile-long trip.

And as to a “powerful lobby” he refers to? The Detroit Greenways Coalition is basically one guy, Todd Scott, supported by a lot of grassroots folks.

It says something about the fragility of the halls of power at the Detroit Athletic Club if one guy and a like-minded movement of passionate urbanists can rattle their cigar lockers and make someone wonder why THE Keith Crain wasn’t included with an embossed invitation.

Crain says there must be some master plan we haven’t seen. But there have been a lot of public presentations and meetings on the topic.

We at Daily Detroit covered some of those meetings. We’ve devoted our small resources multiple times to these events. You chose not to go, not to see it.

I remember that bike lanes were also talked about in the Detroit Future City planning process, I want to say in 2011 or 2012.

The bike lane projects haven’t been perfect in their rollout, but if we’re honest with ourselves, almost no infrastructure project is.

Speaking of  “I am not sure whose idea it was,” If you had been paying attention to this topic — even to the excellent reporters at your own publication — you’d know that another champion for bike lanes has been Detroit Mayor Duggan’s own planning guru Maurice Cox.

Cox brings a global, urban perspective to a city and a leadership community that’s not used to embracing outside ideas, even if they’ve been proven time and time again. He’s been a mayor himself. He’s worked in Italy and around the United States. I could go on an on, but he’s basically a true Detroit renaissance man.

He has seen that the rest of world that’s attractive to young talent has basics like bike lanes. Bike lanes aren’t the answer, but they’re part of the solution along with functional mass transit and, yes, smartly designed roads.

This may be uncomfortable for Crain to think about as a member of the Automotive Hall of Fame, but for many people, the car is no longer the center of the conversation.

Even Bill Ford Jr. picked up on the fact that times changing and bought the old train station in Corktown, among other properties, to position his company for the future of mobility. And mobility means a variety of ways to get around, not just the traditional car. If that’s not enough to convince you, his Fontinalis Partners invests in all kinds of startups that aren’t just about four wheels.

Maybe it’s time you, Keith Crain, and the others that think like you in Detroit’s leadership set, picked up on that fact, too.

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Checking In On The City Modern Development In Brush Park Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:25:02 +0000 The Brush Park neighborhood is pretty unrecognizable since the work began on Bedrock’s City Modern development. 

On Monday I checked out the progress on the two apartment buildings that Sachse Construction is managing inside the City Modern development. 

The first building I toured was the senior apartment building at 124 Alfred Street.

It is kitty corner to the famous Ransom Gillis House that Rehab Addict’s Nicole Curtis recently did.

The apartments in the building will offer affordable apartments for seniors over the age of 55. The area median income for this building is 30-60%. 

The building is more than 81,000 square feet and has 54 one and two bedroom units in it. 

Here’s one of the completed one bedroom apartments.

There are some pretty great windows in this apartment.

Each building will have in-unit laundry.

The building also has 52 parking spaces for tenants, 40 that are underground.

Residents will also have access to bicycles.

One of the key features of City Modern is that it will be walkable and is mixed use. Each apartment building will have retail space on the ground floor. This building will have 6,000 square feet. 

124 Alfred is expected to open later this summer and leasing will begin later this month.

The second property, at the other end of the development, is located at 440 Alfred Street.

There is not much to see at this site. Just know that the two levels of underground parking has been completed.

The building is just shy of 178,000 square feet and will have 69 units.

There will be a mixture of units from studio, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom options. Some units will also have two levels.

No prices have been released for this property yet, but this building will be market rate. The current market rate is $2.30 per square foot.

The building will have 155 parking spaces for residents of all four apartment buildings, ground floor retail, fitness center, tenant lounge, and an elevated courtyard.

440 Alfred is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019.

I talked about the development on the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast. The interview is below.

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PODCAST: Meet The Man Chronicling All Of Detroit’s Beautiful Street Murals, Viranel Clerard Fri, 25 May 2018 15:39:17 +0000

Detroit is becoming a mecca for murals. Our guest on the Daily Detroit Happy Hour today is aiming to catalog it all.

Viranel Clerard is the man behind the Detroit Mural Project, which you can find on the Internet machine at

The site organizes murals by neighborhood and includes a description of the artist and who it was commissioned by, when known, a link to the artist’s Instagram page, and location of the mural.

Viranel Clerard in studio.

He saves his commentary about the murals mostly for his Instagram account, Detroit Murals.

Clerard talks about how the project got started, how he’s drawn the attention of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, how the city’s art scene is still mostly white and the role of art in building community.

He also is a big fan of the new KAWS statue in downtown Detroit and talks about what it means to him.


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LISTEN: This Week In Detroit City FC With Fletcher Sharpe Tue, 15 May 2018 17:14:52 +0000 It was a week of soaring highs and crashing lows for Detroit City FC.

Last week le Rouge advanced out of the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup by knocking out bitter rivals the Michigan Bucks by advancing on penalty kicks. Then on Sunday, City opened its NPSL league play by dropping a point late to AFC Ann Arbor.

I spoke with Midfield Press and TheCup.US correspondent Fletcher Sharpe to recap the action and talk about what’s coming up next. We’ll be checking in regularly with Fletcher through the 2018 season.

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