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[inlinetweet prefix=”null” tweeter=”null” suffix=”null”]$210 Million In Renovations Coming To Two Downtown Detroit Buildings Thanks To Feds  [/inlinetweet]

985 Michigan, building 1995. Daily Detroit photo.
985 Michigan, building 1995. Daily Detroit photo.

On Monday the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced some large plans for two downtown Detroit buildings – 985 Michigan Avenue and the historic Levin Federal Courthouse. The projects are part of a nationwide “Economic Catalyst Initiative” to better align the GSA’s building, leasing, and relocation plans with the economic development goals of local communities.

[inlinetweet prefix=”Detroit Ranks As Most Dangerous City in the US For Third Straight Year” tweeter=”” suffix=”null”]Detroit Ranks As Most Dangerous City in the US For Third Straight Year[/inlinetweet]

Well, this may not be the best news to wake up to on a crusty-eyed Monday morning, but despite an overall decrease in violent crimes in 2014, for the third year in a row, Detroit ranked number one among the most dangerous cities in the US with a population over 200,000. However, this cloud does have a silver lining.


[inlinetweet prefix=”null” tweeter=”null” suffix=”null”]Focus:HOPE to receive nearly $4.5 million for workforce development training[/inlinetweet]

The nonprofit born just after the riots in 1968 received a serious amount of financial support from a series of corporations to help put Detroiters back in the workforce. 

[inlinetweet prefix=”null” tweeter=”null” suffix=”null”]Debate is hot whether the EAA in Detroit should be disbanded[/inlinetweet]

In a heated exchange, the Education Achievement Authority came under fire in this radio segment. The EAA was formed in June of 2011 by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder as the governing body of a statewide school system that oversees failing schools. Its progress has been questionable as of late, and the Detroit Public Schools are falling farther into debt as well as losing kids to charters and suburban districts.

[inlinetweet prefix=”null” tweeter=”null” suffix=”null”]Good Morning America is going to broadcast from Campus Martius on Tuesday[/inlinetweet]

Tuesday afternoon Detroit will be in the spotlight as part of a special ’40 for 40′ 40th Anniversary broadcast. The show will be broadcast live online at from from 5 p.m. Tuesday through 9 a.m.Thursday with occasional cut-ins live to the ABC network. If you’re interested in being in the crowd for the segments, we hear there are opportunities for the public.

Development Dispatch

[inlinetweet prefix=”null” tweeter=”null” suffix=”null”]Bike Share Program In Detroit To Launch In 2016, Gets Sponsor[/inlinetweet]


The Motor City is quickly turning into the Cycling City. Adding to the momentum of the budding cycling culture in Detroit is Monday morning’s announcement that Detroit will soon join over 70 cities across the United States by offering the city’s first ever bike share program, set to launch 2016.

[inlinetweet prefix=”null” tweeter=”null” suffix=”null”]Rocket Fiber gets off the launchpad, to bring rediculously fast internet to greater downtown Detroit[/inlinetweet]


Superfast Internet that’s not from an oft hated on major provider, and from a company created locally. No wonder the Facebooks and Twitters are all abuzz about it. Karen Dybis has the details over here.

[inlinetweet prefix=”null” tweeter=”null” suffix=”null”]Painting with a Twist to open in downtown Detroit[/inlinetweet]


It’s quite a day when downtown Detroit gets its own Painting with a Twist location.

Michelle Lewis, the franchise owner, is from the area and has an interesting story having moved down to New Orleans after Katrina but now has returned to the Detroit region and found success opening Painting with a Twist locations in Farmington, Ferndale, and now downtown Detroit on Washington Boulevard. The opening event was tonight – the details on the location, hours, all that are here.

[inlinetweet prefix=”null” tweeter=”null” suffix=”null”]58 New housing units coming to New Center[/inlinetweet]

Occupancy rates are high in greater downtown Detroit – right around 98%. And even though these are “workforce housing” units, it’s going to run $1,523 for 870 square feet with two bedrooms. A 365 square-foot studio will run you $639 there. The details on the development are here, but one thing seems clear: Rents in downtown Detroit and surrounding neighborhoods are skyrocketing. We’re working on a feature series around the topic, and if you have a personal story to share, send it to Joel Gullickson at


[inlinetweet prefix=”null” tweeter=”null” suffix=”null”]Holy $%&$ the Lions won at Green Bay[/inlinetweet]

It wasn’t pretty, but the Lions broke their losing streak at Lambeau Field that’s been around since 1991. That’s a bright spot in an otherwise dreary season. Although, we’d like to imagine a fiery Martha Firestone Ford in the locker room rallying the troops, it’d probably be more like when grandma used to yell at you – you know you done bad when she got mad. The win was so huge that it even drew compliments from teams around the NFL.

[inlinetweet prefix=”null” tweeter=”null” suffix=”null”]VIDEO: Michigan Basketball team makes history in the best, and most embarrassing way possible[/inlinetweet]

Nearly 15 years after the fact, video of a high school basketball game between two Michigan teams has achieved full blow internet stardom. Find out what prompted comments like, “The moment when your dad stops pressuring you to play basketball.”

Where To Go

[inlinetweet prefix=”null” tweeter=”null” suffix=”null”]Try El Asador for a great meal that won’t break the bank[/inlinetweet]


Over the weekend Doc dined at El Asador over on Springwells, and it was nothing short of The full monty of a write-up to come, but try the Tortilla soup. Also, they do guacamole made tableside. Need we say more? Here’s their Facebook page with their deets. Remember, it’s BYOB.

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