Wayne County – Daily Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:35:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of January 19-21 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/17/city-5-things-detroit-weekend-january-19-21/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/17/city-5-things-detroit-weekend-january-19-21/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:34:23 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40499 Greetings to all of you.

We’ve made it through another week of winter! I say that deserves a drink.

I know that the North American International Auto Show has pretty much taken over the airwaves here in metro Detroit. But you’re not going to find that on this weekends City 5.

I know, I know we’re the Motor City and this stuff is important. However, there are some other great events happening this weekend.

Have a great weekend everyone!

On the Rocks Opening Reception, Lecture, and Pewabic Pop Up 

There is a lot going on this weekend in the Pewabic World. I’m just going to lump it all together. Let’s do this.

Pewabic has a new exhibition that will be opening on Friday night. On the Rocks: An Exhibition for and Related to Drinking Vessels.

The exhibition will feature nearly 200 pieces from around the world.

The opening reception will take place at Pewabic from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

“The Art of Drinking” lecture by Pete Pinnell who is professor of art at University of Nebraska–Lincoln will be held at the College of Creative Studies at 6:00 p.m.

Both events are free. You can find out more information here.

On to the Pewabic Pop Up.

On Saturday and Sunday Pewabic will have a Pop Up at the Guardian Building. If you’re going to have a Pewabic Pop Up, this is the place to have it. Am I right?

Members of Pewabic’s design team and archivist Kimmie Dobos will be on hand to take part of this rare event.

If you make it out on Saturday you can also get a signed copy of the book Pewabic Pottery: A History Handcrafted in Detroit by Cara Catallo.

The Pop Up will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

MiSci Frankenstein200

Are your kids going stir crazy from having to stay inside this winter? If so I have just the thing to get those little minds buzzing.

The Michigan Science Center will be hosting Frankenstein200 which is a modern take on Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein.

There will be a ton of hands on activities for kids of all ages to take part in. The best part is that these activities will help kids foster an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathmatics (STEM).

Frankenstien200 will take place on Saturday, January 20 from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

General admission for the Michigan Science Center is $14 for adults, $11 for child 12 and under or senior citizens (65+). Children under age two are free.

The Michigan Science Center is located at 5020 John R Street Detroit, MI 48202

Old Empire, Jay Gonzalez (of Drive By Truckers), and Emma Guzman for MiResonance

The Planet Ant will be hosting a fundraiser for MiResonance on Saturday night. MiResonance is a non-profit that helps provide access to mental health services.

There will be plenty of great music from Old Empire, Jay Gonzalez from the Drive By Truckers, and Emma Guzman.

Tickets for the show are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. All proceeds will go towards MiResonance.

The benefit will take place on Saturday, January 20 doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will start at 8:00 p.m.

The show will take place at the Ant Hall 2320 Caniff Hamtramck, Michigan 48212

X-Coast at Whiskey Disco 

Looking for some 90’s house music? Maybe you want to pretend it is summer and that it isn’t freaking freezing outside? If so look no further than HOTBOXED at the Whiskey Disco.

X-Coast will be bringing his 90’s house blend with summer beach vibes to the Whiskey Disco this Saturday night.

This will be the first time that X-Coast will perform in Detroit.

Tickets to see X-Coast are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. This is a 21 and over show.

Saturday, January 20 at 10:00 p.m.

The Whiskey Disco is located at 2 John R Detroit, Michigan 48226

PizzaPlex Mystery Movie Night 

Sometimes the best thing to do on a Sunday night is to pick up a pizza and watch a movie.

At the PizzaPlex you can do just that. Every Sunday night they have a Mystery Movie Night.

Check out the event page because they give three clues to what movie will be playing that evening. If you guess the right movie you could win a free beer.

The movie starts at 8:00 p.m.

PizzaPlex is located at 4458 W Vernor Highway, Detroit, Michigan 48209


Once-A-Year Monumental Sale at Detroit Mercantile 

It’s no secret that I love the Detroit Mercantile in Eastern Market.

If you are looking for some great Detroit and antique items I suggest heading to Detroit Mercantile because they will be having a sale. This rarely happens.

All new items will be 40% off and all antique items are 20% off.

The sale will run Saturday, January 20 through Sunday, January 28.

Detroit Mercantile is located at 3434 Russell Street Detroit, Michigan 48207

Your City 5 is brought to you by The Loaded Die.

The Loaded Die runs game nights at a bunch of places in the city (and the suburbs too). So if you’re looking for fun any night of the week, you’re 15 minutes from awesome games, new friends and a knowledgable guru to help you anywhere in the Metro Detroit region. The events themselves are free and are held at bars across town. Find a game night here.

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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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PODCAST: Board Games In Metro Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/12/podcast-board-games-metro-detroit/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/12/podcast-board-games-metro-detroit/#respond Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:07:36 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40465

Board games are making a big comeback, and they’re making a comeback here in Metro Detroit. Especially during the winter season, games with friends at a bar might just be the ticket to have fun without the sun.

Madison Reitzel and Kyle Sweeney are at the front of this changing trend – and board games are much different today than they used to be, moving faster and having more creative ways of playing.

So this week, Sven Gustafson dives into a neat corner of Detroit’s culture.

The Loaded Die has game nights across Metro Detroit and they’ve been helping foster the board game culture that has also taken hold in other cities across the world.

They also have a retail store in the Rust Belt in Ferndale.

If you like the show, subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcatcher.

More: http://www.theloadeddie.com

Thanks to Podcast Detroit: http://www.podcastdetroit.com

Disclosure: The Loaded Die has been a supporter of Daily Detroit in the past.

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Mirror, Mirror On The Wall: It Turns Out A Detroiter Has The Best Beard Of Them All http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/09/mirror-mirror-wall-turns-detroiter-best-beard/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/09/mirror-mirror-wall-turns-detroiter-best-beard/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 19:58:04 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40382 In a national contest of beards, metro Detroit’s Jason Heien beat out the competition by a whisker to receive a national honor and become Wahl’s Man of the Year.

If you remember, Wahl’s mobile barbershop made the rounds through the Motor City, and Heien was our area champion in the facial hair face-off.

The contest is decided in part by public vote (40%) and also by a panel of judges (60%) who evaluate across a variety of beard factors, including intangibles like enthusiasm for the beard.

“Just as Detroit is in the middle of a big come back, facial hair too has grown in popularity. I think the city’s influx of creative and hardworking people is the perfect environment for facial hair, and I’m proud to be a part of it,” said Heien.

He’s going to be featured in a national commercial and received a  $1,500 prize.

Below are some more photos if you’d like revel in Heien’s resplendent face mane.

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Could Buddy’s Pizza Go National? Company Takes Investment Cash To Expand http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/03/buddys-pizza-go-national-company-takes-investment-cash-expand/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/03/buddys-pizza-go-national-company-takes-investment-cash-expand/#respond Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:32:03 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40305 Could Detroit-style pizza from blue steel pans be a hit across the nation?

The Michigan-based local chain with 12 locations in southeastern Michigan just announced that they’ve taken an undisclosed investment from CapitalSpring to recapitalize the company.

The express goal was to “accelerate new store growth across the Midwest and beyond.”

CapitalSpring is a private investment firm based out of New York that focuses on the restaurant industry. They firm manages assets of more than a $1.3 billion and has worked with brands like Taco Bell, Hardee’s and Denny’s.

“We are thrilled to support the Buddy’s team and look forward to working together to grow the brand over the coming years,” said Erik Herrmann, Managing Director at CapitalSpring. “It’s rare to find a restaurant concept with such signature food, deep-rooted brand equity, and passionate customers, and we are honored to be their partner in accelerating the business.”

The exact terms of the financial deal were undisclosed.

“This partnership is a significant opportunity for us to introduce Buddy’s iconic pizza, rich culture and community roots to new customers in Detroit and beyond,” said Robert Jacobs, CEO of Buddy’s.  “We are extremely excited for this new chapter and to have found a partner that can not only maintain our commitment to quality food and an exceptional guest experience, but also offer substantial restaurant expertise.”

Buddy’s was founding in 1946 in Detroit and they’re preparing to open their 13th location at the Detroit Zoo this spring.

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PODCAST: A Conversation On The State Of The Detroit Region http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/12/29/podcast-conversation-state-detroit-region/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/12/29/podcast-conversation-state-detroit-region/#respond Fri, 29 Dec 2017 20:19:12 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40272

As we wrap up 2017, how is Metro Detroit really doing?

That’s a question that we dive into today on the podcast. Sven Gustafson interviews two people from the Detroit Regional Chamber to talk about, from a data perspective, how metro Detroit is doing.

Justin Robinson, the Vice President of Business Attraction for the Chamber and Angela Ladetto, Director of Business Research share key highlights – the great, the good, and the challenges metro Detroit faces that are in the State of the Region report.

You can download the entire report here for yourself: http://www.detroitchamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2017-18-State-of-the-Region-1.pdf

Of course, if you want to subscribe (for free!) to the Happy Hour Podcast, we’re on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-daily-detroit-happy-hour/id1168444594?mt=2

Or Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/m/Iwc3prrpluduhfvsclhcl4inhtu?t=The_Daily_Detroit_Happy_Hour

And of course, thanks to our network, Podcast Detroit: http://www.podcastdetroit.com

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Michigan Ranks 10th Nationally In Population http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/12/27/michigan-ranks-10th-nationally-population/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/12/27/michigan-ranks-10th-nationally-population/#respond Wed, 27 Dec 2017 13:30:24 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40224 The state of Michigan seems to be slightly adding to our population, even though other states are growing significantly faster.

Estimated data released by the U.S. Census Bureau paint a picture where the largest increases (by percentage) across the nation were Nevada (2.0 percent), Utah (1.9 percent), Washington (1.7 percent), and Florida along with Arizona (1.6 percent).

The U.S. population grew by 2.3 million between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017, a 0.72 percent increase to 325.7 million. Net international migration decreased 1.8 percent between 2016 and 2017, making it the first drop since 2012-2013. However, net international migration continues to be a significant factor in the population growth of the United States, adding just over 1.1 million people in the last year.

Michigan’s population rose 0.3 percent, less than half of the national average of 0.72 percent.

According to the Census Bureau, eight states lost population between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017.

Illinois had the largest numeric decline, losing 33,703 people (this was a relatively small percentage change compared to its population of 12.8 million). Wyoming had the largest percentage decline (1.0 percent).

Three states that had been losing population in the previous year, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Vermont, saw slight increases.

States in the South and West continued to lead in population growth. In 2017, 38.0 percent of the nation’s population lived in the South and 23.8 percent lived in the West.

Rank Name 2010 2016  2017
1 California 37,254,518 39,296,476 39,536,653
2 Texas 25,146,100 27,904,862 28,304,596
3 Florida 18,804,594 20,656,589 20,984,400
4 New York 19,378,110 19,836,286 19,849,399
5 Pennsylvania 12,702,857 12,787,085 12,805,537
6 Illinois 12,831,565 12,835,726 12,802,023
7 Ohio 11,536,730 11,622,554 11,658,609
8 Georgia 9,688,690 10,313,620 10,429,379
9 North Carolina 9,535,721 10,156,689 10,273,419
10 Michigan 9,884,129   9,933,445   9,962,311
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There Aren’t Two Detroits. But There Are Two Metro Detroits. http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/12/13/arent-two-detroits-two-metro-detroits/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/12/13/arent-two-detroits-two-metro-detroits/#respond Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:18:45 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40093 Over the past few years we’ve noticed that there is a severe cultural disconnect in metro Detroit.

Before you say “oh, another city vs. suburbs rant!” let’s be clear: It’s way more complicated than just city vs. suburb. Or black vs. white.

This cultural divide doesn’t respect city boundaries. Sure, there’s a geographic element to it, but it’s also tied to family and life experiences. We live in silos. We have a lack of shared experiences and empathy.

You could live in, say, Harrison Township or Canton or Auburn Hills but still be somewhat aware of what’s happening around town, if you choose to be.

Metro Detroit’s conversation stalls because it so often lacks context and true civic pride beyond wearing an old english “D” around.

This is borne out again and again in issue after issue, where the community conversation turns into a shouting match of what “they” (insert “they” of the day) should do to fix it “themselves.”

As long as we define everyone as “they” instead of “us,” it’s a soulless conversation. We’re not dealing with each other as humans. We need more empathy and commonality.

We need to break down the virtual walls that keep us apart — whether it’s city and suburb, or in some cases, suburb to suburb.

The problem, in large part, is our cultural disconnection.

Here are a few tiny examples, but indicative of the last year.

Geographically, this cultural line seems to roughly sit somewhere a bit north of I-696, with of course individual exceptions depending on family and life experiences on either side. There’s also a western boundary, but we haven’t found it quite yet. Maybe I-275? Would be interested to hear your thoughts.

In the outer exurb lands, when we do stories, when we visit family — there’s a feeling that “Detroit = Lions, Tigers, Vernors and Crime, Oh My!”

Little depth of knowledge. No context. Little awareness of anything going on. Just… what they saw in some media cesspool, or maybe what Dan Gilbert or Mike Ilitch is doing. Maybe. Metro Detroit is so much more than that.

We are coming to the realization — and this particular issue isn’t just about race, to be clear — that we are truly culturally divided. It’s not a city vs. suburb divide. It’s an experience and lifestyle divide.

That has a lot of impacts in a lot of different ways. Transit. Investment. Incentives. Jobs. Infrastructure. People choosing to stay in our region.

As a region, metro Detroit has roughly the same amount of people living here that we did in the 1960s. Meanwhile, the rest of the country has grown like gangbusters.

We’re staying the same and falling behind.

There’s important work to be done around this. Work that will transform this region in a positive way and help everyone.

Instead of focusing on trying to take pieces of the proverbial pie from each other, we need to bake more pie.

Thing is, the power to change this lies in all our hands. We are better than this.. If we choose to be. The future of our region depends on it.

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Hispanics Outpace National Average For Home Ownership In Metro Detroit, African Americans Lag Behind http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/12/12/hispanics-outpace-national-average-home-ownership-metro-detroit-african-americans-lag-behind/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/12/12/hispanics-outpace-national-average-home-ownership-metro-detroit-african-americans-lag-behind/#respond Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:08:01 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40060 When it comes to minorities and home ownership, new data out shows that there are significant disparities between different racial groups around what is usually the largest asset a person or family has — owning a home.

The data, culled from U.S. Census data and other sources and compiled by the real estate site Abodo, paint a very interesting picture.

It’s one of the most clear numbers that illustrates wealth inequality. Nationally, 63% of Americans own homes.

Whites in America have the highest rate of home ownership. This plays out locally as well. 78% of the white population owns home here in Metro Detroit, compared to a national average of 71.3%.

When you dig deeper, more details start to emerge.

One is that Hispanic home ownership far outpaces the national average in Metro Detroit. Nearly 59.7% of Hispanics own a home in Metro Detroit. That’s far above the 45.6% nationally.

African Americans haven’t fared so well. Only 40% — nearly the half of of whites — own their own home. That’s also slightly below the national average of 41%. Both nationally and locally, the wealth gap is large between African Americans and the rest of the country.

The percentage of Asian home owners (57.4%) is also slightly behind the national average (58.5%), but closer to the white average.

“When analyzed specifically by the largest minority groups in the country, the breakdown of home owners is very interesting in Detroit. Clearly, all across the country, including Detroit, home ownership among minorities is far behind the home ownership rates of white people,” said Sam Radbill of Abodo.

When minorities do own homes, there are still differences. The median value of a minority-owned home in Detroit is $90,000 while for the region as a whole it is $142,700.

The number of minority renters of all races is also high in Detroit.

“When it comes to minority home ownership in Detroit, the metro area ranks No. 76 among all cities in the U.S. In Detroit, 44.7% of minorities own homes, while the other 55.3% are renters,” said Radbill.

Don’t Forget Detroit’s Hispanic Community

It’s often ignored by mainstream media, but at least in the city of Detroit, the one population group that grew during some of Detroit’s most challenging times were Hispanics.

History & Context Matters

It’s important to acknowledge the Detroit area as a whole has a long history of segregationist housing policies. From Grosse Pointe’s point system that enforced racial and religious restrictions; to subdivision deeds with racist covenants that only stopped being enforced a couple decades ago; to the impact of Federal policy where white veterans after World War II received home loans while minorities did not. The after effects of these actions and divisions have had real impact for generations.

We even have a wall that was built to keep black and white neighborhoods apart so that financing could happen for new suburban homes.

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Could Detroit (And Michigan) Be The Leader For Autonomous Vehicles? Survey Sees Opportunity http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/12/06/detroit-leader-autonomous-vehicles-survey-sees-opportunity/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/12/06/detroit-leader-autonomous-vehicles-survey-sees-opportunity/#respond Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:07:57 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39998 One of the things that’s talked about a ton is the perception of the state, city and region. After all, there’s a lot of money and effort spent by government, businesses and others to influence and help shape how the country sees us.

But, what is that perception, specifically when it comes to jobs? After all, there’s so much focus by the mainstream media on the splashes high-profile people and companies like Dan Gilbert make (because by putting the name in there, like we just did, more people will pay attention), when it’s nowhere near the entirety of the picture.

The 2017 Automobility Career Perception Survey put together by MichAuto, a project of the Detroit Regional Chamber, sampled 900 youth (ages 17-24) and adult influencers both inside and outside of Michigan. Influencers, to be clear, were defined as parents with kids ages 12-17, adults in leadership roles of youth organizations, high school and college-level educators, career counselors and academic advisors.

It was presented today at the MichAuto Summit in Midtown, Detroit.

Michigan has some significant work to do when it comes to national perceptions around having innovative companies in general. From those in the state, the data is better.

41% of Michigan youth respondents believe that innovative companies are in Michigan, while only 4% of those nationally.

When it comes to influencers, 54% of Michigan-based ones say those companies are here, where 5% nationally think that.

Regardless, California leads the pack.

What about Ann Arbor and Detroit? Turns out, again, that the perception shifts depending on whether you’re from the state or not from the state.

Autonomous Opportunity

Diving deeper into autonomous vehicles — a growth area of the future and the focus of a lot of investment — it’s interesting in that there isn’t a perceived place leader for the industry among the majority of respondents. According to the survey creators at MichAuto, this provides a real opportunity.

More than half of both youth (57%) and influencers (53%) say that they don’t know which location in the United States that they would choose as leading the development of autonomous/driverless vehicles.

Ford also stands in good stead. Although Tesla and Google are the top two companies that both youth and influencers think are leading the development of autonomous/driverless vehicles, Ford comes in at number three.

Our Two Cents: When it comes to the future of the region, our ability to not only go with the flow but lead the pack when it comes to autonomous vehicles, ridesharing, apps, all of that — it’s going to be crucial for our future. Not only the investment, but talent staying in the state and attracting more people to the region that as far as population has stayed basically flat for most of the last half century.

Ed Note: Today we’re live blogging from the 2017 MichAuto Summit at the College for Creative Studies. 

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