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18 Photos That Capture The Magic Of Detroit's Soccer Team

Soccer. Futbol. Whatever you call it, Detroit and Hamtramck have something very special in the Detroit City FC. Le Rouge as they’re affectionately known have garnered the loyal support of thousands – all without giant in-your-face ad buys, without network television deals. Just the heart and soul of Detroit embodied on a rehabbed Works Progress Administration-era Keyworth Field in the enclave of Hamtramck. DCFC is, in so many ways, Detroit. Many of their players hold full-time jobs. After al...

Metro Detroit's Future Could Go Off The Rails If We Walk Away From The RTA

This is why we can’t have nice things. That was our reaction, along with a cynical shrug of the shoulders, to the news that the Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority was forced to postpone voting on its master plan. This, after literally decades of false starts and setbacks that have left the Detroit region a woefully underserved backwater of public transportation, with two competing bus systems and a service area with glaring holes where virtually no transit service exists. The vo...

31.5 Fantastic Facts To Celebrate Detroit's 315th Birthday

Happy Birthday Detroit! 315 years is amazing – as Detroit was founded on July 24, 1701. If only we could get Al Roker on the Monday morning to wish the city a happy birthday on the Today show. But since that’s probably not happening, let’s celebrate with knowledge. Detroit over more than three centuries has a lot of history that you might – or might not – know about. So let’s get started. 1. Antoine Laumet de Lamothe Cadillac didn’t come out of the factory a Cadillac  There’s a car brand...

Sustainable Sushi Restaurant ITADAKU To Open In Detroit Later This Year

It has been said preparing food is art. It can also be said art is food for the soul. Mike Han plans to give you both when his new, casual sushi restaurant, ITADAKU, opens in Corktown at 1701 Trumbull Ave. later this year. ITADAKU is the intersection of Han’s two greatest passions, art and sushi. Besides preparing the sushi, he will design and paint tableware, bowls and murals for the restaurant. The eatery will serve high quality sustainable sushi, fast. It will feature Daku Maki (large f...

11 Motor City Match Grant Winners Announced

Round four of Motor City Match, Mayor Mike Duggan’s business development program, saw 11 more winners emerge recently. These businesses will receive grant funding to help them grow or expand in Detroit’s neighborhood business corridors. The grants range in size from $15,000 to $75,000 and have been awarded to a variety of small businesses, including a cycling studio, a butcher shop, and a musical instrument retailer. Motor City Match connects new and expanding businesses with Detroit real es...

Michigan Humane Society Giving Former Shelter To City Of Detroit Animal Control

Detroit Animal Control has been plagued by issues as well as lawsuits, in part stemming from the challenges of dealing with an undersized and obsolete animal control building that’s located on West Jefferson. However, the Michigan Humane Society (MHS), through a private fundraising campaign, has been able to build a state-of-the-art new shelter and center by I-75 and the Northend, a few blocks away from their old facility. That opened earlier this year. However, that old facility MHS has lef...

An Early Look Inside The New Co-Op Retailer Detroit Is The New Black

There is a new shop opening downtown this weekend on Woodward called Detroit Is The New Black. Calling it a shop doesn’t seem right, as that simplifies what it really is. DITNB is a co-op store that also serves as an art gallery. The space is much more than a standard store. It will be used as an incubator for businesses that are interested in the growing market. There are numerous businesses showcased in the store located on the 1400 block of Woodward. Roslyn Karamoko is the owner of Detroi...

Downtown Boxing Gym Receives $25,000 From Rite Aid Foundation On The Rachel Ray Show

Rachel Ray and The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program has a surprise on national TV yesterday. Ray announced a $25,000 donation to the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program from the foundation. In addition, they also are providing the DBG Youth Program with $5,000 in school, office, first aid and cleaning supplies. According to the gym, The Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program currently serves 110 students between the ages of 5 and 18, with more than 600 on a waiting list. To date, the organiza...

Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Week Of July 22-24

Get your birthday hats on because this weekend is Detroit’s 315th birthday. There are plenty of events happening through out the city, so find one that calls your name and celebrate our great city. French Food and Film – Cinema Detroit Cinema Detroit will be celebrating Detroit’s origin story by hosting a night of French food and the movie The Untouchables. There will also be some surprises for those who attend the film. French Cow Pop Up Crepes will provide dinner, (there will also have...

The Perseid Meteor Shower Is Coming And Here's A Great Way To Enjoy It

One of the great things about living in Michigan is the natural beauty of our state. Match that with something cool happening in the heavens, and you have a winning combination. You can do that during the upcoming Perseid meteor shower during “Meteors & S’mores” in participating Michigan state parks Aug. 10-13. It’ll be even better if you can travel a little and check it out at a Dark Sky Preserve, of which Michigan has a few. Dark Sky Preserves have protection against light pollution and...

Regional Mass Transit Plan Proposal Vote Delayed One Week

Detroit’s been waiting a long time for a cohesive plan for mass transit, and it looks like we’ll have to wait another week to get a final plan. A vote of the board of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan had been scheduled for their meeting today at 2 p.m. to approve the proposal that will go before voters this November, but in a statement, board chairman Paul Hillegonds said they needed more time to study the feedback they’ve gotten from the community – especially around the f...

Ferndale Officials Would Like To See More Offices Downtown, Developer "Open To Suggestions"

Construction projects continue to reshape downtown Ferndale, with plans under way to build a two-story office and retail building on the site where a vacant residential structure was recently demolished. The roughly 3,700 square-foot site at 413 W. Nine Mile was recently cleared to make way for a two-story office and retail development that is currently in the building plan process, Ferndale city planner Justin Lyons said. It’s directly across West Nine Mile from the Ferndalehaus lofts develop...

OPINION: Regional Mass Transit Plan A Giant Step Forward For Metro Detroit

Woodward, Gratiot, Michigan Avenue, and M-59. When a bill to establish a regional transit authority in metro Detroit came before the Michigan Legislature four years ago, it named only those four regional corridors as the agency’s focus, prompting concerns by some – including ourselves – that the authority might overlook the pressing transit needs across our whole region. Thankfully, the draft Regional Master Transit Plan released by the RTA at a series of public meetings this month is so muc...

Moonlight Yoga Comes Back To The Riverfront For Three Sessions

Ready to get your yoga on? Ready to warm up with the garudasana (eagle pose), do the happy baby or breath using the ujjayi? You can do it all and more on the Detroit riverfront by the light of the moon. On Wednesday, July 20, at 9:00 p.m. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy will host the first Moonlight Yoga session of the summer at West RiverFront Park located at 1801 W. Jefferson.   Moonlight Yoga is more than just fun. It can help you reduce st...

DWSD Issues Boil Water Advisory For Large Section Of Southwestern Detroit

UPDATE: As of this morning (Saturday), the advisory has been lifted. Until further notice, according to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, there’s a boil water advisory in a large section of the city thanks to a large, 42-inch water transmission main break this morning, and some people have reported low water pressure in the area. The testing of the water samples will be completed by Saturday, so this advisory has the potential to go on for days. Per DWSD and the Great Lakes Water...

WSU Business School Rolls Out New Rendering At Project Groundbreaking

Today the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University broke ground – a project at Woodward and Temple we told you about last week. However, the look of the building has been switched up pretty significantly. Gone are the columns and dome that reminds one of academia, and in its place is another glass facade that is going to be along Woodward avenue. Here’s what the old rendering looked like. Much more stately and traditional college-looking than above. In fact, so many of t...

Beautiful And Quirky, Hamtramck Disneyland Needs Your Help

If you’re near 12087 Klinger Street in Hamtramck, you’ll be met with one of the most colorful, unique, and unforgettable sites in Metro Detroit, Hamtramck Disneyland. This folk art installation was created by Dmytro Szylak, a Ukrainian immigrant to the area. Szylak spent 30 years working on building the assemblage sculpture on the two garages on his properties. In May 2015, Szylak passed away, and Hamtramck Disneyland was in danger of being torn down. Purchased by Hatch Art, a local non-profit...

Yes Indeed, The Stonehouse Bar Is Back Open

Rolling up Ralston off of Woodward in the passenger seat Friday night, there was a sense of anticipation, possibly enhanced by a couple of whiskey drinks from the previous stop. Would we see the red light in the distance? The familiar “BAR” that has been an icon of Detroit’s dive bar culture for years? After all, the week before, even though it was said the place was going to be open, there was a hand-written note in the door saying that they’d be open the 15th. We had heard there were liquo...

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